BMX Track - The Games Venue Guide

BMX Track - The Games Venue Guide
By Eurosport

28/06/2012 at 21:20Updated 03/07/2012 at 00:06

The BMX Track at the London 2012 Olympic Park has been specially designed for the competition and will be re-purposed for public use after the Games.

The last of the venues in the Olympic Park to be completed — it was started in March 2011 and finished in time for a test event in the summer of that year — the BMX track forms part of the Velopark with the adjoining Velodrome, replacing the old Eastway Cycle Circuit.

After the London 2012 Games the BMX Track, the Velodrome, a new road circuit and a mountain bike course will form the basis of a cycling hub to be managed by the Lee Valley Regional Park Authority.

During the games the mountain bike events will be held at Hadleigh Farm in Essex, but fans can get their BMX fix without leaving the Olympic Park.

The track took around six months to build and was put together on soil which was excavated elsewhere on the site of the Olympic Park and then treated to prepare it for re-use. Following the completion of the new track it was used in a test event in August of 2011 as the UCI BMX Supercross World Cup visited the London 2012 Olympic Park.

BMX was introduced to the Olympics in 2008 in China so the London 2012 BMX Track will host only the second ever Olympic BMX competitions.

The London 2012 men's circuit measures 450 metres and the women's 440m, with the men's including a banked corner, jumps and an S-bend transfer, while the women's features three jumps in the opening straight and a tunnel. Both have an eight-metre high starting ramp.

Around 14,000 cubic metres of soil was required for the track, which will be redesigned after the Games. The temporary seating will be taken down and the venue will be adapted for use by the local community.

Capacity: 6,000

Public facilities: The Games Mobility service will be present, plus there is a London 2012 Shop. There will also be London 2012 information points for venue and sports information, transport updates, lost and found services and pushchair and wheelchair storage. Some facilities are shared with the Velodrome and the Basketball Arena to make the best use of space and resources in the area.

History: The BMX Track was completed in 2011 and hosted the third round of the UCI BMX Supercross World Cup in August of that year. It will host the second ever Olympic BMX competition at the London 2012 Games and will then become part of the Lee Valley Velopark hub.

What events will be held there and when?: BMX cycling (August 8-10).

How do you get there?: The BMX Track forms part of the Olympic Park which can be reached by rail, underground, Docklands Light Railway, bus or coach. National Rail, London Underground and DLR all serve Stratford station to the east of the park and West Ham station to the south, while Transport for London has bus stops in the area and there will also be coach services to the park.

Find it on a map: here

Location – in relation to other venues: The BMX Track is situated in the Olympic Park in Stratford, East London, next to the Velodrome and the Basketball Arena.

Location – in Olympic park: The BMX Track is located to the north of the Olympic Park, close to Hackney Marshes and Eton Manor Gate.

Location – on the tube: Closest underground stations are Stratford (Jubilee and Central lines - around 15-minute walk) or West Ham (District and Hammersmith & City lines – around 25-minute walk).