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Taupō BMX Club welcomes prospective new members.

It can be a tad daunting when you first come along to the track to check out BMX - remember that we are here to help you out and get you riding!

Here's a few tips to help you out.

Our club nights during daylight savings are on Wednesday evenings with registration from 5.15pm.

It's a good idea if it's your first time here, to get there as early as possible to have a chat with the ladies in the points hut, (that's what we cll the garage near the finish line) as they will be able to give you advice and hire you the gear and/or bike that you may need.

 Getting there early will almost guarantee you a chance to get all the information you need. If you turn up later, there will more than likely be 10 or 20 people all wanting to register so you may miss out on valuable info!

Club Membership is on an annual basis and runs from 1st January to the 31st of December. It is open to all ages from young children to seniors.

There are three Categories of Membership for the 2018/19 season

  • Club Membership $60 per annum - This fee covers the affiliation to Taupo BMX Club ONLY. It entitles the member to race at club day/nights.  Includes gate access after hours.
  • Sprocket Membership (open to children 7yrs and under) $80 per annum - This fee covers the affiliation to Taupo BMX Club and BMX NZ. It entitles the member to race at club day/night and anywhere in New Zealand. Each child receives a number plate and number from BMX NZ.  Includes gate access.
  • Full Open Membership 8 years and over (UCI age) $105 per annum- This fee covers the affiliation to Taupo BMX Club and BMX NZ. It entitles the member to race at club day/night and anywhere in New Zealand.  Includes gate access.
  • Upgrade from Club to Full Open - $60.00
  • Download BMXNZ Licence Form HERE

There is provision for the member to upgrade from Club Membership to Open Membership during the year.

Track Access 2018/19

For track access outside of scheduled club days and practice sessions, access is available at any time (unless notified on social media, text or e-mail due to maintainance) to gate code holders.

  • For financial members of Taupo BMX Club, this fee is included in your membership.
  • $20 per annum for any BMXNZ member not affiliated with Taupo BMX Club.
  • $40 per annum for anyone else.

This fee covers immediate family access only - e.g. Parents and siblings.

  • Download Taupo BMX Club gate entry rules HERE
  • Fees can be deposited to our bank account: Westpac Taupo 03-0430-0249068-00.  Use your family name as the reference.

Once you have filled out the form and sent it back to us (e-mail info@taupobmx.org.nz) and we have received your fee, you will be issued the code.  If the code changes, we will email you with the new code.

Club Membership is on an annual basis and runs from 1st January to the 31st of December. It is open to all ages from young children to seniors.

There are three Categories of Membership for the 2018/19 season

  • Club Membership $60 per annum - This fee covers the affiliation to Taupo BMX Club ONLY. It entitles the member to race at club day/nights.  Includes gate access after hours.
  • Sprocket Membership (open to children 7yrs and under) $80 per annum - This fee covers the affiliation to Taupo BMX Club and BMX NZ. It entitles the member to race at club day/night and anywhere in New Zealand. Each child receives a number plate and number from BMX NZ.  Includes gate access.
  • Full Open Membership 8 years and over (UCI age) $105 per annum- This fee covers the affiliation to Taupo BMX Club and BMX NZ. It entitles the member to race at club day/night and anywhere in New Zealand.  Includes gate access.
  • Upgrade from Club to Full Open - $60.00
  • Download BMXNZ Licence Form HERE

There is provision for the member to upgrade from Club Membership to Open Membership during the year.

Track Access 2018/19

For track access outside of scheduled club days and practice sessions, access is available at any time (unless notified on social media, text or e-mail due to maintainance) to gate code holders.

  • For financial members of Taupo BMX Club, this fee is included in your membership.
  • $20 per annum for any BMXNZ member not affiliated with Taupo BMX Club.
  • $40 per annum for anyone else.

This fee covers immediate family access only - e.g. Parents and siblings.

  • Download Taupo BMX Club gate entry rules HERE
  • Fees can be deposited to our bank account: Westpac Taupo 03-0430-0249068-00.  Use your family name as the reference.

Once you have filled out the form and sent it back to us (e-mail info@taupobmx.org.nz) and we have received your fee, you will be issued the code.  If the code changes, we will email you with the new code.

Track Access 2018/19

For track access outside of scheduled club days and practice sessions, access is available at any time (unless notified on social media, text or e-mail due to maintainance) to gate code holders.

  • For financial members of Taupo BMX Club, this fee is included in your membership.
  • $20 per annum for any BMXNZ member not affiliated with Taupo BMX Club.
  • $40 per annum for anyone else.

This fee covers immediate family access only - e.g. Parents and siblings.

  • Download Taupo BMX Club gate entry rules HERE
  • Fees can be deposited to our bank account: Westpac Taupo 03-0430-0249068-00.  Use your family name as the reference.

Once you have filled out the form and sent it back to us (e-mail info@taupobmx.org.nz) and we have received your fee, you will be issued the code.  If the code changes, we will email you with the new code.

Club Days/Nights.

  • Club nights (during the summer months and early winter) are on Wednesday evenings, registration at 5.15pm, 6pm racing.

The club takes a winter break during the months of June and July and usually resumes early August.

Fun Day/Nights

These races will be more fun races. Riders may ride in different age groups, there may be relay races or other fun races organised.

Points Days/Nights

The 1st and 3rd weeks of each month are point's nights and if there is a 5th club day/night in a month then its double points. These points are totalled up and at the end of year prize giving prizes are given to every club member. Points are also awarded to riders racing on the 2nd and 4th week of every month even though these are fun nights.

On points day/nights each rider will race 5 motos (races) they will be awarded points for each moto depending on their placing. These points will be totalled at the end and a ribbon or trophy and a prize will be awarded.

Helpers

Non racing adults may be asked to help out with various duties required for the successful running of the club, such as call up, marshalling, operating the gate etc.

Shop

Taupo BMX club has a shop on site open during club days/nights and BMX NZ race meets. There will be a variety of food and drink available for purchase.

Race/safety Wear

Long sleeved shirt, long trousers, gloves, closed shoes and a full face helmet are requirements for racing on the Taupo BMX Track.

Specific BMX clothing is available i.e. BMX trousers, shirt, helmet, gloves, elbow pads, knee pads and armour.

Bikes and Helmet Hire

Bikes and full face Helmets are available to hire from the points hut $5 per bike and $2 per helmet.

Safety

Please make sure you ride around the track the correct way if there are a several riders on the track.

Publicity and Communication

  • A Club Newsletter will be published monthly.
  • All current BMX information and news will be posted on our club website, facebook page and notice board.
  • Whenever possible, major race meet results will be published in the Taupo Times or Weekender, though this is dependent on available space.
  • Text Message service is available to paid members.

End of Year Prize Giving

At the end of the season there is club prize giving. Each member will receive an age group prize and club trophies will also be awarded.

 

Working Bees

Continuous upgrading and general maintenance of the track are essential to providing a safe, fun and challenging track. We endeavour to hold Working Bees regularly in order to keep on top of all essential tasks. All members are expected to contribute to the upkeep of our facility whenever possible and many hands make light and quick work.

BMX NZ Race Meets

It is important to get there on time. There are usually a few members attending the race meets and we usually set up together as a club. When you get to the venue you will need to register. Then there will be time to practise before the racing starts. The racing format is similar to racing at club night.

  • At the beginning of the BMX NZ race season there is a new calendar that BMX NZ brings out. These dates are emailed to all club members and will be posted on the club website and notice board. BMX NZ's website also has calendar details. http://bmxnz.co.nz. There are two other sites that are important to bookmark - https://bmxevents.nz and https://nzbmx.club - these two sites allow online entry to race meets around NZ.
  • BMX NZ emails the flyers for these race meets. The flyers give the criteria for entry and other relevant information i.e. Date, registration, order of racing, cost, and closing date for the entries- You are responsible for your entries which must be accompanied by the correct payment.
  • The only entries that have to be sent in by the club are entries for the North and South Island Championships, Oceanias and the BMX NZ Nationals Championships.
  • The club will post the flyers on the club website and notice board and will have spare entry forms in the points hut.

Things to Take:

  • Food
  • Drink e.g. Water and/or Powerade.
  • Race gear, protective gear, helmet, number plate and bike etc.
  • Change of clothes
  • Rain jacket
  • Umbrella (parents)
  • Chairs
  • Gazebo (optional)
  • Bag for all your gear
  • First aid
  • Licence card
  • Tools
  • Spare inner tube

While it is very individual, you should avoid fatty foods until after the meet, hot sausages, chips etc. Normal healthy food is usually alright. Take care with foods that contain sugars i.e. lollies. Take note of what works for your rider; it's a bit of trial and error.

Some Food Suggestions:

White bread honey sandwiches (no butter), Pretzels, almonds, low fat yoghurt, fresh fruit, bananas, 1 snake or aeroplane before each race.

Glossary of BMX Racing terms

  • Moto: A race to qualify for a Quarter Final, Semi Final or Final.
  • Meet: A competitive opportunity organised to bring riders of a similar competitive ability together.
  • UCI: Age that rider turns that year.
  • National Championships: A National competition held once a year at Easter open to riders who have raced at least three BMX NZ NQM race meets and hold a sprocket or open BMX NZ licence.
  • Pits: An area near the start ramp, where riders collect ready for call up at the start of each race round.
  • NQM: A National qualifying point necessary to compete at National Championship Meet.
  • Number Plate: Boys must have a yellow background with black numbers and TPO written on the plate. Girls must have blue background with white numbers and TPO and cruisers (24" wheel) must be red back ground with white numbers and TPO. Plate numbers can be any number between 51 and 999.

Committee Members

POSITION NAME CONTACT DETAILS
President  Simon Thompson president@taupobmx.org.nz
Vice President Darren Crocker
Treasurer Tracey Burley treasurer@taupobmx.org.nz
Secretary Anne-Marie Ranford secretary@taupobmx.org.nz
Website/Facebook Jane Hirst/Darryll Ranford
Shop Manager Amber Smith
Youth Delegates Jono Sargison
Abby Hirst
 Rider Delegates Ray Dunbar
Logan Hirst
Track Manager Craig McIntosh
Club Coach Lance Hirst / Scott Sargison
Sprocket Trainers Charmaine O'Hanlon
BMXNZ/Club Licences/Points Hut Jane Hirst
Committee Members Jane Hirst
Matt Collins
Anne-Marie Ranford
Bryan Ludlam
Kristy Motensen
Charmaine O'Hanlon
Fundraising Matt Collins
Media/PR Matt Collins

 

Kiwi Sprocket Rocket Programme (Junior BMX)

Kiwi Sprocket Rocket is a skills based biking programme which target is children aged 7 years and under but relevent for beginners of any age. This programme has been developed based on a modified version of BMX and teaches children fundamental biking skills that specifically cater to children’s size and skill level.

Sprocket Rocket was originally developed by BMX NSW in 1994 as a competition based programme and later expanded as a very successful skill development programme by Bicycle Motocross Australia.

In 2004 BMX New Zealand further adapted the programme and it was successfully introduced nationally in 2005.

More specifically the program aims at providing:-

  • Fundamental biking skills
  • Safe and Fun learning environment
  • 24 progressive sessions
  • Qualified coaches at every session
  • Promotion of participation and skill development rather than a win-at-all costs culture
  • Skills required to go on to compete in competitive biking

The programme concentrates on four specific fundamental skills areas including pedalling, balance, braking and corning. These skills are fundamental for all biking activities regardless of the participants age.

The Kiwi Sprocket Rocket programme consists of 24 progressive sessions that teach skills through a series of fun drills and skills that children just love.

Each child registered receives a Kiwi Sprocket Participation and Skill Log Book, an interactive resource to record their personal progress. All children receive a cool Kiwi Sprocket Rocket Number Plate which can be displayed proudly on their bikes.

When your child registers they will receive The Kiwi Sprocket Rocket kit which includes the following:-

- Jersey Patch (to be sewn to rider’s jersey)
- Kiwi Sprocket Rocket Number Plate
- Kiwi Sprocket Rocket sticker
- Coaching Skills Award Logbook
- Kiwi Sprocket Rocket Guidebook
- Rule Book (if available)
- Welcome letter Benefits of Membership

Contact us now for details.

Taupo BMX Club would like to acknowledge the financial help from the following sponsors.  Without their help, we would not be able to have such an awesome facility for our riders.

Lake Taupo District Sports Advisory Council

Lion Foundation

Southern Trust

Bay Trust

Youthtown

Taupo Moana Rotary Club

Note: Some changes/updates to what is outlined in this information may occur during the year from decisions made by the Taupo BMX Club committee or through BMX NZ.