The 2013 season has brought on several rule changes in USA BMX but none are more have rocked the boat more then the clipless shoe ban.
There are a few new rules on the books for 2013 in USA BMX, but the one that is drawing the most attention is the ban on clipless shoes in the Novice class. Many feel they need the shoes to be competitive, but more still are not racing because they are not yet comfortable enough on the track to run them. So USA BMX took action a surprisingly large percentage of the parents that we talked to at the Grand Nationals were in agreement with and banned clipless shoes in the Novice class.
Intermediates and Experts will crank on, clipped in, but things are about to change for the Novice class.
We spoke with USA BMX’s Shannon Gillette and here is what he had to say…
“As of 2013 no novices will be allowed to race in clips. It doesn’t matter if your 41 and fought in desert storm, you cant run them.”
What if a Novice rider does not feel comfortable without clips?
“If you want to run clips and have been as a novice then you can class yourself up to intermediate at your next race.”
What inspired USA BMX to finally take action?
“Injury reports and stuff have influenced this decision as a lot are novices and younger kids can’t clip out. We realize there is always the risk of not being able to clip out in the event of a crash, but at least as an intermediate you are a better rider, the skill level is higher and the risk of injury is greatly reduced.”
What safety the only thing that influenced this decision?
“No, another part of the problem is parents see it as a ‘must have’ when riders start. This can be off putting to new riders, as well as their parents who don’t understand the act of clipping in and its benefits, as well as the additional cost. When you buy a bike, what pedals come on the bike? Flats. That’s how you learn to ride a bike and as a novice you’re still in the process of learning, so the mindset should be the same.”
For more info on new rules and how they will effect your 2013 season, be sure to check the site for all updates.