Motocross is an exciting and physically demanding sport, which burns approximately 400 calories per hour. The strain of keeping the MX bike upright and in motion over tough and undulating terrain increases the heart rate, lowers blood pressure and improves strength. We’re feeling better already and forget about the burgers.
As the legs and arms are in constant use, it is an effective way to keeping fit even though you are classed as a sportsman and not an athlete. Motocross is not in the Olympics but this doesn’t mean you, as the rider, shouldn’t get as fit as you possibly can. I don’t remember seeing any overweight Tellytubbies winning the British Championship.
Like other high-octane sports, MX riding has a risk of injury. It comes with the territory as there is physical contact between rider and machinery at speeds touching 70-80mph. This combination makes the sport both thrilling but extremely risky.
Whilst you won’t get much deterioration of the joints and muscles through overuse like a runner, the sudden impact injuries are career threatening and reason for having all the right safety equipment before you set out on the bike. Motocross is like others sports – you have stay fit to get the best out of the sport.
Motocross does not have to be done as a sport. Evidence suggests many riders just enjoy the thrill of riding over rough ground without a hint of competition. Scrambling through muddy forests can be more fun than lining up against 15 other riders behind a start gate.
Motocross is also an excellent way to develop communication skills and learn to work effectively with other people like mechanics, riders and spectators. All riders would have started life in a club and this offers a variety of social events beyond just riding.
Approximately 30,000 people in Britain have a motocross license and there are more than 100 clubs in the UK. The ability to ride comfortably and safely in a bunch of other riders is perhaps the essential skill of motocross racing. So a great place to start is by joining a club which regularly runs training rides on private and purpose built tracks.
Before taking to the course, it is essential to wear safety equipment such as a motocross helmet, gloves, goggles, boots and chest protector. Check out moto41 who are run by fans of the sport and offer great customer service who will makes sure you have all the right gear to ride as safely as possible.
For parents looking to get their children started in competitive racing, all clubs run a number of events for juniors of all ages visit the British Motocross Association website for more details.