About ABA BMX
Somewhere in California during the early 70`s, a
bunch of kids on modified 20" Schwinn Stingray bicycles went out to
a vacant lot and created a sport of their very own...
Those kids were probably not even the first. The same scene of
youthful energy and American resourcefulness was quite probably
going on in Nebraska and/or New Jersey. But it was the California
gathering of nameless pioneers who were recorded on film by Bruce
Brown`s cameras. The resulting motorcycle film,
ON ANY SUNDAY
, would spread the word like a wildfire.
There was no stopping it now. A new sport created by kids for kids
was born. Bicycle Motocross was the name it was given. That name was
quickly shortened to BMX . It grabbed the attention
of thousands of kids in one short summer. Boys and girls on their
modified bicycles were seen jamming through the dirt emulating their
motorcycle motocross heroes.
Imitation lead to innovation and quickly the kids were performing
tricks and "getting air" that made their motorcycle heroes green
with envy. The next step was organized racing. By 1977, pockets of
loosely organized BMX races dotted the nation from
coast to coast. It was time for a national sanctioning body and from
out of this need, the AMERICAN
BICYCLE ASSOCIATION was created.
The AMERICAN BICYCLE ASSOCIATION
not only filled that need, it completely changed and
continues to shape the future of the sport it serves. The first step
was to create a system of qualifying participants that was not only
fair, but one which enhanced the competitive nature of the very
sport itself and still afforded each and every rider the chance to
be a winner. This need for fairness and allowing for the fortunes of
luck led the way to the transfer system, in which the winner of each
moto advances to the next round - be it quarter, semi or main event.
That first step led to a long and continuing list of firsts that
spell out the very success of the
ABA . From supplying the first and world`s
largest national sanctioning body, first national tour, first Pro
purse, first Cruiser class competition, first sanction to call fouls
as they occur, first starting light system, first automatic gate
system, first voice command, first duel announcing, first
computerized membership and points system, first computerized
sign-ups, first computerized system for local tracks, first
interactive website to service it`s members, first and most
prestigious National Amateur Championship to cover all ages and the
list goes on…
ABA BMX racing is a sport of youthful
achievement and the American family. While the young boy or girl
BMX racer develops skills at an individual pace,
they are learning about winning, losing and trying again. The
racer`s family learns that time spent together is support of the
racer and the individual achievements is quality time.
It is the duty of the ABA
to establish the rules of racing that provide fair
competition and fun family entertainment for all of it`s 60,000 plus
members. This is a job to which the
AMERICAN BICYCLE ASSOCIATION and all of it`s
Sanctioned Tracks are 100% dedicated.