Race plate info: The North Region uses the same regulations for race plates as British Cycling;

10.9.2 Number plates must be made of plastic or other similar flexible material. Plate Height 20 cm Width 25 cm Digits Height 10cm Line width 1.5 cm

10.9.3 Riders must use the plate and number colour combinations specified for the category in which they are racing as follows: Elite Men: White plate, black numbers Juniors Men: Black plate, white numbers Championship Women: Black plate, white numbers Men/Boys: Yellow plate, black numbers Girls: Blue plate, white numbers Cruiser: Red plate, white numbers

10.9.4 If a photo finish system is utilised, each bicycle entered into competition must display a lateral number plate/sticker located just behind the steer tube. The number shall be black with a white background. The height of the number must be a minimum of 8 cm with a width of 1 cm. and with a gap of 1cm between numbers. These numbers must match that on the front plate and be on both sides of the bike and not folded or curved. No other logo, graphics or colour is allowed within the number area of the plate. All prefixes and suffixes must be the same size as above, i.e. W1 and not w1

10.9.5 In all BMX events a rider must display the number assigned to him according to the rules set forth in the event information. A rider who fails to display the correct number may be relegated.

10.9.6 The area of the plate that provides a background for the number must, during the entire duration of a competition, be kept free of markings, stickers or other impediments to the number’s legibility. Riders may not cut, mutilate or put additional stickers or marking on their number plate if it’s provided by the Organiser.

10.9.7 The required background colour must be clearly visible around and in-between all numbers used. The background colour must not be cut down to follow the contours of a number, but may be cut to follow the design of the number plate or to form one straight line defining the edge of the background.


links to the bmx specific british cycling rules

British Cycling regulations governing BMX (National Series regulations) can be found by clicking HERE

Further rules including qualification for Brits etc can be found HERE

This link is also on our Brits page

An explanation of of the British Cycling rankings work can be found HERE


As is standard in BMX Racing, riders will have 3 motos (qualifying stage) to determine which riders progress through to knockout stages (eighths, quarters, semis etc depending on number of riders entered in the class). The exception to this is where a class has 8 or fewer riders entered and isn't merged with another class on race day. This is known as "Grand Prix" format where there are 4 motos (the 4th is run with finals for the other classes) and results from all 4 motos count to overall result on the day.

Classes with 9 to 16 riders entered will usually go straight from 3 motos to the A Final (also known as the Main) with the top 8 riders advancing from motos. Classes with 17-32 riders entered will usually have a semi final for the top 16 riders after qualifying motos to determine who advances to the A-Final. The top 4 riders in each knockout race advance to the next stage. Classes with 33-64 riders entered will usually have quarterfinals for the top 32 riders after motos, where the top 4 in each quarter advance to the semi final. Classes with 65 or more riders will have eighths, classes with 129 or more riders will have sixteenths. 

The North Region is in line with the British BMX Series whereby the losing semi finalists will have a B Final. The exception to this is the Supercruiser class where there are invitational finals to accomodate the larger entries in the class, so C, D etc finals will be run depending on entries.

1) Riders may compete in up to, but not exceeding 5 Regionals as a 'novice' before being required to compete as an Expert.
2) Clip Pedals are NOT permitted in novice categories

Side Plates
1) Side plates will be MANDATORY for all EXPERT classes