What is a Supercross track?
The Supercross BMX track is the pinnacle of the sport of BMX bike racing.
A Supercross track is the most challenging for the BMX rider and requires a bigger, faster and more demanding design and layout.
Supercross tracks should also feature a high start ramp to enable riders to gain the speeds necessary to tackle the testing jumps and berms that are often incorporated into the circuit.
Supercross BMX tracks are the standard for the Olympic Games, World Championships and the UCI World Cup all of which have involved the direct input of Clark & Kent into track design standards.
Supercross BMX track design
SX tracks will often have an eight-metre high start hill with a starting gate, and they will normally have a much larger footprint than other tracks, often around 130 by 80 metres.
Although Supercross tracks are built using the much the same methods and techniques as national circuits, berms are usually much higher at four metres or more.
BMX riders can reach speeds of 45mph or more along track straights and be prepared to tackle bigger jumps and some testing berms.
First straights on Supercross BMX tracks may often feature a 'pro' section of demanding hills and circuits may include crossovers where one route jumps over another.
Combo tracks will usually incorporate both an eight-metre hill start for elite riders and five-metre high challenge hill for other BMX rider classes.
In drawing up designs for Supercross tracks, consideration must also be given to spectator seating and rider preparation areas.
BMX track designs often include fencing schemes for spectator areas, floodlights, clubhouses, marshall points and other track features.
Clark & Kent acted as consultants when the UCI track guidelines were drawn up in 2014 to help streamline and standardize BMX track design.
Visit our project pages for many examples of completed Supercross BMX track projects.