BMX: World Champs circuit to be constructed in Auckland

London Olympic track builders Clark and Kent Contractors have been signed to build the track for this year's UCI BMX World Championships in Auckland.

World Championships event director Jane Patterson said the organisation was delighted to secure the services of the British company which earned such acclaim for the track in London.

The championships on July 24-28 will be held in Vector Arena in downtown Auckland.

"They have an outstanding reputation not only with their efforts with the Olympic BMX track but also another of other high-profile projects," Patterson said.

"We are also keen to leave a legacy for BMX in New Zealand with Clark and Kent working closely with our track operations led by Tony Takarua and home-grown staff who have experience with BMX tracks in this country."

The Bridgett brothers, who have a keen background in BMX racing and trail riding, worked initially for a British company building tracks until they branched out on their own.

The restrictions of space at Victor Arena will provide a challenge.

"In our opinion a track for the worlds need to be safe yet challenging for every level of rider, fast smooth and flowing is key. Variety is also good but we don't feel the need to necessarily try building new things at the world championships," said Kent Bridgett.

"More space is better and building indoors presents some challenges but at the same time it will be a unique and exciting venue."

The project will involve moving 4000 cubic metres of clay into Vector Arena with six days to complete the track.

- APNZ

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