History Of BMX
The history of BMX is actually shorter than you might think, because the sport has not been around for very long. Originally called bicycle motocross, BMX is now the simpler abbreviation used when referring to this sport. There are five different types of BMX styles that riders choose from: park, street, dirt, vert and flatland. Each type has its own unique terrain and techniques used. There are other types as well, but they are not commonly supported by BMX associations. These include leap of faith, drag and high jump.
Although European countries have participated in BMX spots since the 1950s, Southern California is actually credited with the origination of BMX. The history of BMX really begins in Southern California in the late 1970s. This is when manufacturers began producing a specific design of bikes meant for the sport.
The history of BMX continues to 1977. This is when the first organization for the sport came about, the American Bicycle Association. The Union Cyclist Internationale took BMX in as part of the organization in 1993.
Currently, BMX is in the Summer X Games. But previous forms of BMX are beginning to dwindle as mountain biking becomes increasingly popular. The history of BMX is now including off-road racing. There are specially-designed tracks used for BMX bikers to race and perform certain techniques while racing. These tracks often have jumps, bumps and other challenges for the riders to conquer.
The recent history of BMX entered a new chapter in 2008, when the sport was officially brought into the Olympics. This now adds different sanctions and a sense of legitimacy to the sport. BMX is now recognized as an official sport in almost every single country.