This week a redesigned BMX track opened at the Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista. Tyler Brown, manager of the track since October 2012, developed the new look.
A pro racer for the past ten years and an Olympic hopeful in 2008, Brown said that making a new track keeps riders interested and challenged. He plans to make regular changes in the future, but another full reconstruction like this won’t take place for a while.
The track took two weeks to redo with the help of USA BMX, which had its own track-builder come out. He first flattened the dirt using a tractor and then began to construct Brown’s design. The track now includes four straightaways where the second straightaway splits into a pro and an amateur section.New step-ups, rollers, doubles and triples have also been added.
The track is now reputedly one of the most difficult in the country and has been created ahead of the national championships, which will be held here in September. On that same weekend, the Olympic Training Center will host the BMX World Cup at its other track, which replicates the one from the 2012 London Olympics.