Cyclopark gears up for BMX season with huge crowd to watch regional competition
PUBLISHED: 16:39 07 April 2014 | UPDATED: 11:42 08 April 2014
Gravesend's Cyclopark will host the next two rounds of BMX National Series this weekend, as the site cements its place amongst the largest parks of its kind in Europe.
Last month Cyclopark welcomed 465 BMX riders to the sport’s south regional event – believed to be one of the biggest ever.
In addition, about 600 people watched the riders, who were preparing for the British BMX Series event this weekend at the same venue.
Laurence Tricker, Cyclopark’s chief executive, said: “The south regional event was a huge success, not only in terms of riders, but attracting a large number of spectators to the park.”
The public paid just £3 for a day’s pass to watch the action at the Gravesend site near Watling Street.
“This is great for the park, showcasing our facilities and helping to promote the sport,” added Mr Tricker.
“The recent improvements to the park’s infrastructure guaranteed we could deliver and host a fantastic event. Plus, everyone involved in the planning and running of the event performed brilliantly.”
Quillan Isidore, an elite BMX rider and member of the Sky Olympic Development Academy, won his event after spending 11 months off the bike, recovering from two broken ankles and a broken wrist.
Speaking after the south regional event, he said: “My first ride back could not have gone any better.
“I will be racing the national this weekend and I can’t wait.
“It’s always good racing at Cyclopark as the facilities they have are outstanding and definitely one of my favourite tracks out there.”
This weekend the next two rounds of the BMX National Series, featuring “the very best talented BMX athletes”, will take place.
BMX event organiser Martin Baxter was also keen to trumpet the Cyclopark as a regular feature on the sport’s circuit.
He said: “The BMX track is now looking great following the recent resurfacing and the course will continue to attract the riders from across the UK.
“The success of the events maintains the parks popularity with national elite riders and build the park’s reputation as a world-class facility.”
Visit www.cyclopark.com for more information about BMX National Series this weekend.