The US Olympic Committee BMX Training Centre is located in Chula Vista, California so when we received the call from USA BMX Program Director Mike King at USA Cycling to build a BMX Pump Track it was a dream come true for the team at Clark & Kent Contractors.
The brief was for the construction of an extensive and comprehensive pump track to include two BMX SX training straights with associated berms and a start hill and to carry out track maintenance on the existing facilities.
Clark & Kent worked on the track design and supplied consultancy services and 3D drawings during the planning stage of this prestigious project.
Unlike European BMX tracks, the American specification requires that the circuit is mainly constructed from earth and not built up in layers like a typical British or European BMX track.
The Chula Vista BMX pump track is designed to challenge and improve the skills of elite Olympic-level athletes and it features sections that reflect the different styles of BMX tracks found throughout the world.
There are examples of steep French-style rhythm sections, long mellow American-style sections, multiple berms and also challenging straights that include road gaps and a box jump.
The track is constructed of dirt with skid steers compacted with rollers. Test riding of the circuit was carried out by 2008 Olympic BMX Silver medalist Mike Day, GT's Corben Sharrah and Crupi BMX team rider Tyler Brown.
When testing was complete, a soil stabilising compound was used to seal the pump track surface to help reduce the ongoing maintenance of the site.
Clark & Kent also constructed two BMX SX training rhythm sections to meet standard American specifications. The straights were 110 metres long and included an array of obstacles such as step-ups, step-downs, doubles, triples and quads.
The straights incorporated a three-metre high 180° berm to replicate a BMX race-style environment in training sessions.
General maintenance carried out on the existing BMX SX track at Chula Vista included compaction of the circuit surface.
Clark & Kent Contractors enjoyed positive feedback from all stakeholders including the Unites States Olympic Committee BMX team and other riders too.
'Excellence Awaits' is a phrase commonly used at Chula Vista Training Centre and the whole facility certainly lives up to the term.
Chula Vista BMX, located at the USA Olympic Training Center in California, is not just for pro riders. The complex is open weekly for the public where BMX riders can not only participate in an Olympic sport but get on track riding terms with current Olympic athletes.
The Chula Vista track is considered to be one of the top tracks in the USA and is a national ranked BMX track. You can find more details and photos of the Chula Vista BMX complex here.