Beijing Olympian and BMX Australia Development Academy coach Luke Madill has given Bathurst’s new BMX track the thumbs up, lauding it as a world class venue ahead of its opening mid next week.
The new $1.5million dollar facility, which will host the 2016 BMX Australia National Championships in March, has enjoyed backing from the Bathurst Regional Council and will hold its inaugural event, the RSL Bathurst Open on Sunday January 17.
With final touches being completed on the venue this weekend, including the asphalting of the berms at the end of each straight, Madill completed a test run of the track today and reported that competitors will find the it a tough one negotiate, irrespective of experience.
“This track flows really well, it’s a technical one to ride. Finally we have a track that will suit everyone, not just the fastest riders,” Madill said.
“I think some of the younger riders may struggle a little compared to other tracks, the jumps are fairly deep, but this track is also hosting the Australian Championships and it will ask the riders to rise to the level expected of that competition.
“What will shock everyone is the elevation of the facility. The drop from the start hill to the finish could be intimidating for riders, but the track itself is of high quality.
“It’s a world standard track that competitors will find hard to master, and it is a step forward for us. It’s a track we need in Australia and great for the entire BMX family.”
While originally slated for a completion date in late 2015, unavoidable delays pushed completion back into the New Year. Despite delays, BMX Australia President Barry Knight confirmed that the track would be ready for it’s inaugural event next week, thanks to the thorough work of the Bathurst Council.
“BMX Australia has been elated with the progress of this track and the way that the Bathurst Council have gone about building this facility,” Knight said.
“They have left no stone unturned throughout the process and my thanks must go to Lord Mayor Gary Rush, who despite setbacks, has ensured that the track will be ready for handover next week.
“We now eagerly await the commencement of the RSL Bathurst open, especially following the positive feedback about the track provided by our Development Academy coach Luke Madill.”
In preparation for next weekend’s event, BMX NSW will complete further inspections of the track tomorrow (Saturday January 9), before the venue is handed over mid next week.
The first major event for the facility will be the 2016 BMX Australia National Championships from March 1-6.