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The Title Breakdown

2022 USA BMX Pro Championship

By Connor Fields

As a BMX kid, you dream of one day being a pro. You dream of being a champion. You dream of putting your name on the champion's banner and going down in BMX history. That lifelong dream is going to come true for two athletes this month. What started ten months ago in Okeeheelee, Florida, comes to a conclusion on November 25th in Tulsa, Oklahoma, with the final round of the 2022 USABMX Pro Series. There are so many ways this can go, so get your scratch paper and calculators ready, and let’s dive into it.

How It Works

I presume many of you reading this know how this works, but for those who do not, here is a refresher. The USABMX series champion is decided by a points system. Your best eight national results count, plus the final round (Grands). The pro series has limited rounds, with only ten (two-day) weekends being part of the pro series. That means you have 20 shots to max out your eight scores, but that also means there is no dodging competition. Pretty much everyone is there every weekend. The main difference between the pro title chase and the amateur N.A.G. (national age group) title chase is that the R.O.C. (Race of Champions, a one-day event) counts for the pros as a national score. That means there is ONE final chance for riders to move up the rankings before the Grands. In most years, it doesn’t mean much. This year it means A TON. More on that later.

Every series from 2019 and before was decided by taking your ten best scores plus the Grands result. In 2020 it was a one-shot race for all the marbles due to Covid, but in 2021 the requirement for scores was reduced from ten to eight. This was done in an effort to tighten the title chase, and after reviewing this year’s points, it is safe to say that it worked. Theoretically, now you can now win the championship by competing in less than half of the races, which might actually happen this year in the women’s class. Historically, only two or three riders per class would even be mathematically up for it. Typically a rider or two would get hot and go on dominant streaks. This year has been a season of parity with no one rider proving overly dominant in the men’s class, and the result of that is the men have SEVEN (7!!!) riders mathematically up for the overall championship. Let’s take a look at how the points work.

Just like in amateur, National points break down with the following set amounts per position:

  1. 240

  2. 200

  3. 160

  4. 120