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Cyclopark, Gravesend, Kent

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Clark & Kent Contractors were approached by multinational construction company Volker Fitzpatrick to build a national level BMX track in Kent, England.

A design and build process, the project was completed in the summer of 2011. The track has since been used for the Southern Regional Championship BMX races before being officially opened and organisers expect to attract international BMX race events in the future.

The track features a five-metre start hill and a Bensink eight-man safety gate. The design also includes pro-straights, extensive drainage and — a first in the UK — an innovative split-height first turn.

Other features incorporated into the track design are typical multi-level third and fourth straights, comprehensive spectator areas and an extensive tarmac pens area.

The Cyclopark track was used by several countries for BMX training prior to the London 2012 Olympic Games, including the USA team who used it as their primary race training facility.

Facilities include a race smooth tarmac 2.9km floodlit Cyclocircuit, 6 km of Cycloterrian mountain bike trails and CycloBMX track with its awesome 330 metres floodlit track "designed for BMX beginner's to professional riders featuring obstacles that guarantee a thrilling ride".

Client comment

Clark & Kent were selected for the contract due to their high reputation for building top-quality BMX tracks. After working with them on the contract it is clear why they have built up such a reputation . . . The best form of reference I can give is to say, if I have the chance to build another BMX track, Clark & Kent will be building it for me.

Cyclopark offers a range of BMX activities

Cyclopark is a registered charity that operates on behalf of Kent County Council and its partners.

The centre offers coaching resources from fun riding through to competing as an athlete. The multi-sports activity venue providing first-class cycling, BMX, skateboarding, running and extreme sports set amongst 43 hectares of landscaped parkland.

Cyclopark is also a base for local sports clubs and offers facilities and support to develop cycling both as a sport and for exercise

Cyclopark has some first class coaches that provide a range of sessions to suit all abilities. Located near Gravesend, within easy access of the M25, A2, Cyclopark provides the ideal venue for a family day out.

Learn more by visiting the Cyclopark website here or see BMX rider Scott Waterhouse riding the newly completed Cyclopark BMX Track

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