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PMB a test for 2012
- Updated: April 7, 2011
The track for this weekend’s UCI BMX Supercross at Alexandra Park in Pietermaritzburg has been finalised with track builder Tom Ritzenthaler incorporating a number of new elements as part of an experiment for the eventual design of the layout for the 2012 Olympic Games.
Using cutting edge techniques and some design elements never seen before Ritzenthaler and his team have transformed the previously under-utilised stretch of ground between the Pietermaritzburg cricket oval and the cycling velodrome into a state of the art BMX facility.
ÔÇ£We’re very happy with how things have come together and what the final product appears to be. We’re just doing the final shaping and adding the finishing touches now and we’ll just keep grooming it daily ahead of this weekend’s big race,ÔÇØ said Ritzenthaler. ÔÇ£The rain over the past few days, a couple of equipment issues and waiting for a bit more sand at the start meant a slight delay but we’re happy with where we are at the moment and it will definitely be ready in time,ÔÇØ he added.
With Ritzenthaler being given the important task of designing and building the 2012 Olympic track in London he was eager to use the opportunity in Pietermaritzburg, as one of only two he will have ahead of the Games, to test as many of his ideas and designs as possible.
ÔÇ£We’ve got some really cool, brand new features lined up for the Olympics and so obviously there will be quite a few of those elements in this track too,ÔÇØ said Ritzenthaler.
ÔÇ£The first jump will give the riders the option of jumping the 15-metre gap or to skip around it. The men’s second berm is also very technical and will make for some pretty interesting riding,ÔÇØ he added.
With the rain still lingering the track remains under cover and is making the drying of the surface difficult which could result in riders having to deal with some tough practise conditions come Thursday morning.