What is the BMX Commission of South Africa?
All cycling in South Africa is controlled by Cycling South Africa, a statutory body tasked with the administration of cycling.
BMX Commission of South Africa is a sub department of this organisation and has a position on the Board. The Commission controls all aspects of National and International participation.
Each province is affiliated to the BMX Commission of South Africa. The BMXCSA is affiliated to the South African Cycling Federation, which is affliated to UCI, the International Cycling Union.
BMX Commission Structure
A Short History of BMX
BMX (Bicycle Motocross) started in the late 1960′s in California, around the time that motocross became a popular sport in the USA.
The motorised version of the sport was the inspiration for the human powered competition. Children and teenagers with the desire but not the means to participate in motocross sated their appetite by racing bicycles on self-built tracks. These young adventurers completed the imitation by dressing themselves up in motocross gear. The sport was given the name ‘bmx’ and the conception was complete.
BMX racing offered exciting action at a low cost, close to home. It is easy to see why the sport was an instant hit. In California the sport was more popular than anywhere else. During the early 1970s a sanctioning body for bmx was founded in the USA. This is considered as the official start of bmx racing. As that decade progressed, the sport was introduced on other continents too, among them Europe in 1978.
In April 1981, the International BMX Federation was founded, and the first world championships were held in 1982. BMX rapidly developed as a unique sporting entity, and after several years clearly had more in common with cycling than motorcycling codes. Thus, since January 1993 bmx has been fully integrated into the Union Cycliste Internationale.