BMX racing emerged as an exciting and challenging sport that could be practiced close to home, and was suitable for children and adolescents who could not participate in motorcycle races. It is commonly thought that this sport first developed in California in the late 1960s, when children began organizing bicycle races on obstacle-filled dirt paths, inspired by the Motorcross races.
The BMX races, which began taking place in an independent and unorganized manner, developed rapidly, and the 1972 movie "On Any Sunday" reflected their spread throughout the United States. Beginning in the mid-1970s, bicycle companies began producing special models for BMX races, and this sport rapidly spread to Europe. Although Americans tend to describe this phenomenon as born in the USA, photographs, films and various testimonies reveal that as early as 1957, BMX races already took place in Amersfoort, in the Netherlands. In 2008, this sport was officially included in the Beijing Olympics. In Israel, several parks for extreme bicycle racing exist in Netanya, Holon, and Modi'in and additional several parks are planned to be built.
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