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Warrnambool BMX Track

Upgrade to see BMX track reach new heights

News Article Date: 
Friday, 9 January 2015

An upgrade to Warrnambool’s BMX track will put the city in the running to host elite competitions.

The $58,000 project will see the three gravel berms (angled track turns) repaired then sealed with bitumen, making for a much smoother ride.

The track will be closed from Monday January 12 for up to one week to rebuild the turns and prepare the track for sealing in early February.

Warrnambool BMX Club will manage and deliver the project with support from the State Government and Warrnambool City Council.

The project will be completed in time for the club's BMX Victoria-sanctioned event in March which attracts participants from across Victoria and south-east South Australia.

Warrnambool BMX Club President Karla Jephcott said that the investment will help boost the popularity of the sport in the region.

“We have been classed as one of the best tracks in Victoria and our aim is to host the Victorian titles at some stage,” Ms Jephcott said.

“We have been in talks with BMX Victoria, who hold the state titles, and having the bitumen corners will improve our chances of securing them.”

Ms Jephcott said that while a short-term track closure may be inconvenient for some, the long-term benefits would be enjoyed by club members and casual riders.

“Looking at the bigger picture, everyone will benefit from it,” she said.

“Going from gravel to bitumen means that the chance of accidents and injuries decreases.

“The track at the moment has a lot of wear and tear on it so we would possibly have had to close the track for maintenance during the holidays anyway.”

Rapid deterioration of the gravel berms sees the club spend $3500 and 300 hours on maintenance every year.

“Thank you to the State Government and the Warrnambool City Council for supporting us,” Ms Jephcott said.

“Our participation numbers have been steadily increasing and I’m sure that after the bitumen berms are installed things will get even bigger, which is great for the club and great for the community.”

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