BMX supercross: ramp for World Cup takes shape

2009-08-14 00:00

A START ramp almost three storeys high will tower over the track at the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) BMX Supercross World Cup, to be presented by Swatch at the Royal Agricultural Showgrounds in Pietermaritzburg from Thursday August 20 to Saturday August 22.

The structure will be eight metres high, 10 metres wide and 26 metres long. It will give the world’s best BMX racers the high-speed start they need to tackle the super-sized obstacles on the 315 metre track built for the event.

The huge project has been managed by Gearhouse and headed up by Richard Conibeer, whose wife, daughter and two sons all compete in BMX Racing.

“It’s been quite a challenge because the start ramp structure has to be extremely safe and has to conform to exact measurements in terms of type of materials used as well as the varying decline angles on the start slope,” explained Conibeer.

The UCI’s Tom Ritzenthaler, who has built more than 300 tracks around the world since 1997, including the track used at the Beijing Olympic Games, designed it and is in Pietermaritzburg to oversee the construction.

Entry on Thursday is free for the practice sessions, and R20 per person on Friday and Saturday.


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