A BMX – ‘bicycle motocross’ – race is over in 45 seconds or less. This short sprint up a start hill, over a jump and around banked turns displays speed on a single lap. Olympic-level BMX riders reach peak power and cadence (pedaling speed) within 6 meters and 1.6 seconds. “Starting off well” takes on a whole new meaning. Winning depends on pedaling at high speeds, cornering, passing, jumping, hopping and other lift-off moves.
Snapping – Out of the gate, whether ‘one footed’ or ‘two footed”, riders thrust their hips into the handlebars and crank the forward pedal.
Pedaling – Riders’ hips extend and knees flex, their feet are planted firmly on the flat pedal, just behind the ball of the foot. This gives the bike extra grip on the trail. When cornering, they lead in with the opposite foot (right turn with left foot leading), pushing that foot up off the pedal. The heel of the outer foot drops when taking the turn, increasing traction.
Pumping – Standing on pedals at feet level, they explode up from their dipped heels, making their bikes jump. Their body weight moves from their feet up out of the bike. There is little lower body movement, feet frozen on the pedals. If riders pump right, they don’t need to pedal.
Everyone who competes in the games goes into strict training. They do it to get a crown that will not last, but we do it to get a crown that will last forever. 1 Corinthians 9:25 (NIV)
TRAINING – COMPETITION – PODIUM