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2021 Freestyle BMX Nationals

Event Dates:  13th - 14th March, 2021

Event Overview

We are proud to announce that the 2021 Freestyle BMX National Championships will be back at RampFest on the 13th & 14th of March 2021.  We last hosted the National Championships in 2018, so we can't wait to bring Australia's biggest Freestyle BMX Event back to Melbourne.

The Freestyle BMX Nationals will be one of the last major contests for our Olympic hopefuls before Tokyo 2021 – and they’ll all be looking to impress the judges and selectors.

The Event will feature Elite, Junior, Amateur and Masters categories (for Men & Women), entries are open online now.

Register to Compete HERE.


Special BMX Sessions - Meet the Pro's

In the lead up to the Nationals, we're hosting 2x special BMX Sessions at Rampfest where you can meet & ride with Logan Martin, Brandon Loupos and Natalya Diehm.  Find out more:

Event Schedule

This is a preliminary schedule and all times and days are subject to change based on rider numbers.  Event Start, and Event Finish times WILL NOT change.  Anyone travelling from interstate should plan their travel around these times.  Schedule updates will be released closer to the date and emailed to all competitors when changes occur.

Saturday, 13th of March

9am - 12pm - Open Practice for all event Competitors.

Official Event Start Time:  12pm

Am (15+) Practice: 12pm – 1pm

Am (15+) Qualifying: 1pm – 2:30pm

Pro Practice:  2:30pm - 3:30pm

Pro Qualifying:  3:30pm - 6pm

Sunday 14th of March

 All competitors should assume they must be at RampFest by 9am. 

Jnr & Masters Practice: 9am - 11am

Jnr Comp:  11am - 12pm

Masters Comp:  12pm – 1pm

Am (15+) Practice:  1:15pm - 2pm

Am (15+) Finals:  2pm - 3pm

Pro Finals Practice:  3:15pm - 4pm

Pro Finals:  4pm - 5:30pm

Presentations:  6:00pm

Event Finish – by 7:00pm at the latest.  All competitors should plan to be at RampFest until this time.

Please note, RampFest will be open outside of these times for general entries and sessions.  All competitors are welcome to attend any other session and practice as often as they choose.  All event riders will be given a minimum of 1hr practice time as a part of the event at RampFest.  This time period will include other riders in your category, and may be broken up into multiple sessions.

Travel Info

All event activities, including practice times, qualifying & finals, will be run between:

12pm Saturday, 13th of March & 7pm Sunday, 14th of March

All competitors, regardless of competition category, should plan to be available at RampFest between these times.  Any schedule changes will take place within this window – short of any major incidents or delays beyond the organisers control.

The closest accommodation to RampFest is the Discovery Holiday Park at Braybrook – approximately a 5min bike ride, or 10min walk.

The closest train station to RampFest is Tottenham Station – approximately a 5min bike ride, or 10min walk.

Competition Details & Entry 

Registration

Online entries via entry boss:  https://entryboss.cc/races/6505 

Pro Entries CLOSE Online Thursday 11/3.

All Other Entries may be available on the event day - depending on competitor numbers.

Competition Categories

AusCycling Freestyle BMX National Championships features the following categories:

  • Juniors U12 (year of birth 2010 or more)
  • Juniors U15 (year of birth 2007 or more)
  • Amateurs 15 and over (year of birth 2006 and less)
  • Masters 30 and over (year of birth 1991 and less)
  • Elite 15 and over (year of birth 2006 and less)

Age Category is based on year of birth.  So that if you are currently 11, turning 12 in 2021, you will need to compete in the Under 15s Category.  Similarly if you are currently 14, turning 15 in 2021, you will need to compete in the over 15s category.

Notes about Categories

The purpose of these competition categories is to make the event fair and accessible to all riders.  There are no limitations on rider’s competing in a higher category to what they are eligible for – in fact, we encourage competitors to push themselves to compete in the highest category possible.  The goal of these rules is to ensure that we do not have “sandbagging” – riders deliberately competing in the lowest possible category to gain an unfair advantage or easy win. The event judges will have discretionary power to alter the category of any competitor if they believe that they are acting against the spirit of the competition and outside of good sportsmanship.

Competition Format

Each Category of the event will have a set number of Rounds of Competition.

Each Round of Competition will follow the same format:

  • Riders given 2 x 1min Runs on the course
    • A run is determined by the judges confirming the rider is ready to start, the clock starts when they drop in.
    • A buzzer will sound at the end of 1min. Any tricks not completed within this time will NOT count to the score.
  • The Judges will score each run individually according to the Judging Criteria outlined below

Junior / Master Competition Format (U12, U15, 30+)

  • Made up of one Round of Competition.
  • The results of this Round will be the final placings.
  • Riders will be broken up into Heats at random to perform their two runs. The best run only will count for their overall result.

Amateur Competition Format (15+ Open)

  • Made up 2 x Rounds of Competition (Qualifying & Finals).
  • During Qualifying, Riders will be broken up into Heats at random to perform their runs. Your score is compared to all riders – not just those in your heat.
  • During Qualifying, both runs will count for your score.
  • The number of riders who progress to Finals will depend on the total entries (4-12)
  • During Finals, the riders will in ascending order from their Qualifying Position (lowest placed qualifier for finals goes first)
  • During Finals, only your best run will count for your final score / placing.
  • The results from the Finals round will be the final results.

Pro / Elite Competition Format

The Pro / Elite Competitions will be run according to UCI regulations for Freestyle Park Events.

Number of entries

Competition phase

Qualification rule

Number of heats

5-8 entries

2 phases:

Qualification x 1

Final x 1

Top 4 in qualification advance to Final

Qualification: as below

1 heat of 4 in Final

9 -15 entries

2 phases:

Qualification x 1

Final x 1

Top 8 in qualification advance to Final

Qualification: as below

2 heat of 4 in Final

16-31 entries

2 phases:

Qualification x 1

Final x 1

Top 12 in qualification advance to Final

Qualification: as below

2 heat of 6 in Final

More than 31 entries

3 phases:

Qualification x 1

Semifinal x 1

Final x 1

Top 24 in qualification advance to Semi-Final

 Top 12 in semi-final advance to Final

Qualification: as below

4 heat of 6 in Semi-Final

2 heat of 6 in Final

 

Number of heats: The number of heats in each round is found in the table above. For the Qualification phase, the number of heats should be chosen such that as many heats as possible have 4-6 riders.

  • Whenever it is not possible for all heats to have 6 riders, a number of heats will have either 4, 5 or 6 riders, whichever must be done to maximize the number of heats with 4-6 riders. By preference, heats should be formed with the highest number of riders possible. Any heats that do not have 6 riders, will be at the start of the heat order
  • With a field limit of 30 Riders, there will be 2 x Rounds of Competition – with the top 12 progressing to Finals.
  • During Qualifying, riders will be broken into heats of 4 (if 30 x riders enter exactly, the first two heats will have an extra rider) – and running order will be in reverse order from UCI World Cup Points Ranking. Riders who have no rankings, will be run at random.
  • During Qualifying, Riders will get 2 x 1min Runs – with BOTH scores being averaged for their qualifying score and rank.
  • During Finals, Riders will get a further 2 x 1min Runs – with the highest score counting as their final score and rank.

Judging Criteria

The performance of each rider is judged on overall impression including, but not limited to:

  • Difficulty
  • Height
  • Flow
  • Originality
  • Versatility
  • Style
  • Consistency
  • Variety of tricks
  • Control of the tricks
  • Bike control
  • Landings
  • Use of the course
  • Execution
  • Progression

The overall composition of the runs is most important as the judges evaluate the sequences

of tricks, the amount of risk in the routine, and how the rider uses the course. The judges

take errors such as falls and stops into consideration.

More Information

For Further Information, please download and read the event technical guide.  A Riders Meeting will be held prior to the start of each competition where the rules are explained in detail.  We encourage all riders to attend the meeting to make sure you know how the event is running.

Event Technical Guide.