Cycling at London 2012: The BMX venue
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Olympic BMX track
Image: London 2012
  The brand new BMX track is located next to the velodrome in the north of the Olympic Park.

The men’s track is 450m long and the women’s is 440m long. The entire venue covers a total area of 160m by 90m, slightly larger than the size of a football pitch.

The track features an eight-metre high ramp at the start, followed by jumps, bumps and tightly banked corners.

Around 14,000 cubic metres of soil were used to build the BMX track. This soil was excavated elsewhere on the Olympic Park site, cleaned then reused to create a series of levels up to four metres high, on which the final track was formed.

Construction was completed in around six months and finished in time for the third round of the UCI BMX Supercross World Cup, a test event for the London 2012 BMX competition.

After the Games, the temporary seating will be removed and the BMX Track will be reconfigured to make it suitable for riders of all ages and abilities.

The BMX track and velodrome will be joined by a new road cycle circuit and mountain bike course to create the Lee Valley VeloPark, combining cycling facilities across all disciplines in one cycling ‘hub’.

The facility will be owned, managed and funded by the Lee Valley Regional Park Authority.

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