Grands 2018 Information.

 

*We will be adding more information to this page as things get finalized, please check back often*

Parking info and map 

Okotoks BMX is pleased to offer plenty of parking within walking distance (2 blocks) of the track.

Okotoks BMX parking lot – Reserved parking

The main Okotoks BMX parking lot is reserved for handicap, volunteers and commissaires. In order to park in the main lot, a parking pass must be displayed on the front dash of the vehicle. Parking passes can be obtained from the parking attendants.

Drop-off / pick-up will also be available through the main lot.

Seaman Stadium parking lot – General parking

The Seaman Stadium parking lot is the main parking lot for the 2018 grands event and is located kitty-corner from the Okotoks BMX track. Parking attendants will be available to direct traffic and to provide direction to the track if needed.

Overflow parking

Overflow parking is available southeast of the Seaman Stadium parking lot in the Riverside Park parking lot.

No Parking

There are a number of other businesses located around the Okotoks BMX track. Okotoks BMX asks for everyone’s help in respecting the other businesses in the area by not parking in lots which are not indicated as permitted parking areas. The no parking areas located directly north (across North Railway street) of the track.

West of the track is the Okotoks eco-center. The eco-center has graciously offered to leave their gates open on the Sunday only to use for the 2018 Grands parking. Saturday the eco-center is open and requests that there not be any event parking on the Saturday.

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Tent info and map

There will be two areas for tents at the 2018 Okotoks grands. The north side of the track will be reserved for BMX club tents while the general tent city will be southwest of the track.

Reserved club tents

On the north side of the track there will be two reserved tent spots for each club. Tent areas will be marked for each club, and Okotoks BMX asks that all clubs follow the tents assignments.  Please see second picture below for specific tent site locations for each Club.

General tent city

General tent areas are located Southwest of the track and will be clearly marked to allow for proper aisle access between tents. Please respect the marked tent locations to allow for easy access for all. General tents city is on a first come first pick basis.

 

****Please note that there is no camping on-site at our track.****

 

 

 

 

 

What to Expect for the 2018 BMX Grands Awards Ceremony Evening


The awards ceremony will be held after all racing is finished at 7pm at the Okotoks Centennial Centre, 204 Community Way, Okotoks, AB. Doors will open at 630 to allow everyone to find a seat. There is ample parking around the building. ***Please be mindful of the surrounding businesses as to not block their patrons from accessing them, there will be an overflow option, watch for volunteers to help direct you there if necessary.***

  • If racing runs late, we will push the ceremony back a half hour. For example, if races finish at 630, the awards ceremony will begin at 730. We make all best efforts to keep everyone informed of a delayed start to the ceremony through postings on our various media.

  • In an effort to keep the ceremony flowing smoothly, Alberta BMX has decided that we will only be doing podiums for the top 3 racers in each category

  • If you place 4-24, you are still encouraged to attend the event as this is a great opportunity for you to cheer on your fellow competitors but it will also be your only opportunity to obtain your shiny new AB plate!

  • We will have a ‘red carpet’ area in the event centre where you will be able to take pictures against the Alberta BMX backdrop as well as the Okotoks BMX backdrop. These backdrops will also be available the following day for those wishing to avoid lineups.

  • Lastly, if award distribution goes smoothly and on time, we will take whatever time is remaining to have a dance party until 10pm! Polish up your best dance moves because this will be loads of fun and a great opportunity for parents to really embarrass their children. Lol!

**Please note that our Club is only responsible to make arrangements to host the ceremony, it is Alberta BMX who is in charge of the actual event and distribution of trophies and plates.**

 

  • *stay tuned for more information*

 

Friday Night Lights FINAL & Vintage Bike Night!

We are so excited to be hosting the series final down at our track on Friday, August 17th!  Come hungry as we will be selling hot dogs at our concession.

Please read our specific registration information….

You can pre-register online at our “Race Day” tab starting at 8pm on Thursday the 16th until 5pm on Friday the 17th.  You can also register on-site at our moto shed until 6pm SHARP.  Rider lists will be posted at 6:15 and races will start soon after.  If you pre-register you will need to check-in once you get down here, just like at provincials.  If time allows we will post rider lists and motos here on our website under the “race day” tab.

We are also hosting a Vintage Bike Night that night!  Please see poster for details!

Looking forward to seeing you all down here on the 17th!


CampCools Training Camp is coming up! Don’t miss out!

CampCools Training Camps

I have been coaching BMX for most of my life, my most recent role as High Performance BMX Head Coach for Cycling Canada. My coaching experience and proven track record as both a High Performance and development BMX Coach allows me to train and teach any athlete at any level of development. This can be attributed to my experience that has been developed since I began my coaching career in 1994. Since beginning my career as an international coach I have worked with and continue to develop both World and Olympic Champions. In my coaching career I have coached 5 UCI Elite World Champions, over 40 challenge World Champions, 5 ABA (American Bicycle Association) Pro Champions and a silver medalist at the 2012 London Olympics (Sarah Walker).

CampCools training camps began in 1994 and have continually taught camps and clinics thru the entire span of that time. Camps have been run all over Canada and the USA as well as New Zealand under the CampCools banner. During the years of 2000-2005 I lived in California USA and became the head trainer and partner of “SuperCamp” which is a USA based coaching company. The average of 300 days a year on the road doing camps and races during my time with SuperCamp allowed me to fine tune my skills of coaching and organization of camps.

The trainers that assist me on my camps all have been seasoned racers with plenty of experience to back up their knowledge and a few of them have been working with me for over 15 years. This has allowed me train the trainers on how to be great coaches, give constructive feedback and how to mentally kick start the kids.  The level of coaches that my camps have produced is one of the areas I am the proudest.

  • ChPC – Chartered Professional Coach thru Coaches of Canada

  • NCCP Level 4 Coaching Certification-highest possible achievement

  • Health Coach – Institute of Integrative Nutrition

Camp Layout:

There is always a wide range of ages (4-65) and skill levels (beginner to Elite) that attend each camp and we make sure to cover and teach all skill sets for each level and push each individual athletes according to their own ability.

The speeches that are given on all major areas of the race track have been developed over the years to a point where the progression of the skills taught will be a reflection of the abilities of those kids in attendance. Areas that will be taught on the track are:

  • Gates

  • Pumping

  • Manualing (single, double, nose, multiple)

  • Jumping

  • Corners (If track has good turns)

  • Race lines and tactical approach

A number of subjects will also be covered off the track, which will have a psychological component to them. Areas covered are:

  • Self believe and Self confidence

  • Pre-race routine

  • Goal Setting

  • Race Day Prep

Trainers:

I will be the head trainer at every camp that is put on and will be in attendance 100% of the time. In the past I have tried to have a ratio of (1 trainer: 7 athletes) at the camps and in general this works great until a certain point. My opinion is that when there are less trainers they actually work better and are more engaged with the athletes in attendance as too many trainers sometimes takes away from the kids on the track. Thus I will be running with a smaller group of trainers on the larger camps as it has been proven to show the kids get more out of the camp.

The trainers that I use for my camps are all currently or have in the past raced at a very high level but more importantly they have the ability to share their knowledge with other rides. Just because you can ride does not necessarily mean you can help others ride and the trainers that I use as my primary assistants are great at both, especially the coaching aspect.

BMX day in Alberta, Sunday June 3rd 2018

Come down to our track on Sunday, June 3rd for our BMX Day in Alberta event!  We will be down there from 12-2pm to welcome anyone who is curious about our sport and wants to try it out.  Some of our seasoned riders will get on the track and give a demonstration of a BMX race too!  We will have gear to lend out and waivers to sign for anyone who would like to ride the track and our Club members will be there happy to answer any questions you may have!    We will have some snacks and hot dogs at our concession too!  Our Club will then have one of our races after starting at 2pm.  Come down with the family, try it out and then see some BMX riders in action on the track!  See you down there to “DROP THE GATE”!

 

 

2018 Season Start Date…May 8th (New Rider Night + Bike & Gear Swap)

If you have had a chance to drive by our track lately you will see that we are nowhere near being able to access our track yet.  We are hoping to start on May 8th.

If we do start on the 8th we will have a “New Rider Night” for one hour.  During this time, the track will be designated to new riders from 6:30-7:30, returning riders can access the track afterwards.

We will also have a Bike & Gear Swap set that night, so bring down any gear you are wanting to sell/trade and come down ready to find some great deals on gear you may need!

Information & Registration Night-April 18th 2018

We will be holding an information night where families can also register for the 2018 BMX season on April 18th at the Centennial Centre in Okotoks in the Rotary room.  Come see us to ask any questions you may have, learn more about our Club and Sport and have the opportunity to register.  If you will be registering you will be required to fill out paperwork at the event as well as giving us a cheque for your volunteer requirements (if you fulfill your volunteer hours, the cheque will not be cashed).

Please Save the Date! Our First Work Bee will be Saturday, May 12th!

Please save the date of Saturday, May 12th and plan to come down to the track for our first Work Bee of the 2018 Season.  We have lots to do this year to get our track in tip top shape and the more hands on deck we have…the better!

At this Work Bee we will be focusing on the Pro Set, Rhythm Section, fixing up the bleachers, getting the safety fence started and general track tidy up.

Please stay tuned for more details closer to the date.

*this Work Bee will count towards your volunteering commitment to the Club*