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The new berms at the Warrnambool BMX track

BMX asphalt upgrade complete

News Article Date: 
Wednesday, 25 February 2015

Warrnambool is now the home of a world class BMX track capable of hosting major competitions and providing a top training base for elite competitors.

The Warrnambool BMX Club, with support from the Warrnambool City Council and the State Government, has completed the installation of asphalt berms (angled track turns).

The track, located in South Warrnambool, is one of only two facilities in Victoria to have bitumen berms, which are considered global best practice.

Warrnambool BMX Club President Karla Jephcott said that everyone at the club was over the moon with the upgrade.

“There was a lot of work involved in getting it done, but the finished product is fantastic,” Ms Jephcott said.

“Our dream is to host the Victorian titles in Warrnambool and with the asphalt berms as well as our pro starting gate definitely puts us in the running.

“We are stoked that things are moving forward for us as a club and it is great to know that the track is open to the public too so they can come down and see what it is all about.”

Club coach and Australian BMX rider Mic Williams knows all about the benefits of bitumen berms.

Having represented Australia at the World Championships in the Netherlands in 2014, he said that bitumen berms are essential for attracting top competitions as well as developing young riders.

“Most tracks now that are considered world class or even national class have bitumen turns, so that puts our track up there in contention for a state championship,” Mr Williams said.

“Bitumen berms are really quick compared to gravel. You don’t lose speed through the turns and it also means that you can put more of pressure in your tyres, which also helps.

“Warrnambool BMX Club has fantastic foundations with a heap of kids at the moment and it will be exciting to see them develop into competitive senior riders over the coming years.”

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