Seems that some changes are happening in UCI’s concept and overall idea about pro level BMX, SX format and World Cup competition fields. Let’s look closer!
Following text is in UCI’s guide for organiser of World Cup series and let’s comment what we are seeing here as changes in previous obvious principles of SX:
A high quality BMX racing track with an 8m start hill is needed; occasionally, a tracks with only a 5m start hill may be considered. Of course, tracks with both 8m and 5m start hills are welcomed. Note that a suitable Pro-Gate starting gate must be used. The start hill and gate must feature a high grip surface so that racing and training in moderately wet weather is possible.
isn’t that state of the art, which could be needless after rapid banning of 8m ramp? Credits: designsdiary.com
So means that 8m starting ramp is not a mandatory anymore and feels like we are on the process of review for need of such high ramp which helps to generate speeds close to 20″ bike limits for stable run. But maybe, these options between 8 and 5 m are for calming those who have invested into 8m ramps and need some period for transition, to pay off investments made for bravely promoted 8m standard which turned out as just very long experiment.
The BMX racing track should provide a level of technical challenge suitable for the best Elite Men and Women in the world. This said, the track should be built in a way such that the main focus is on the spectacular and interesting nature of the racing itself and not upon the size of the jumps.
Finally, after 10 years, racing factor of Bicycle Motocross is placed in front of track’s “prettiness”, “greatness”, “state of art”, and limits of possibilities which more suitable for individual runs. Seems that finally UCI returned control over these factors, but not before Rio. Better later then never!
Safety of the athletes is of primary importance. The track must be built in a way such that the safety of the riders is protected in case of an error.
So happy to finally see this important aspect documented!
Tracks which promote close racing between the riders throughout the entire length of the track are highly desired.
Almost started to believe that finally strong points are made, but word “desired” looks little soft for some people. Why not say “track should provide space and shapes designed for several equal speed, parallel trajectories to provide safe and possible passing”
For tracks which have not hosted a UCI BMX Supercross World Cup or UCI BMX World Championships in the recent past, a site visit will be done to assess the suitability of the venue and the track. During the visit, some test riding must be done. Any changes to the track identified during the site visit are a condition of organising the event.
Also, tracks with a good all-weather surface are preferred so as to make it possible to train and race safely in light to moderate rain. Paved or concrete corners and finish area with a good quality high-grip surface are necessary.
It is also important that tracks are built in a way to provide the necessary working space for event staff, including Commissaires, Medics, Photographers and TV crew. Access and evacuation routes to and from the track will also be examined.
In case a night event is desired, the visit will include an examination of the track at night to sufficient lighting levels for both athletes and the television production.
So, hopefully, UCI finally listened to concerns from community and summed up whole development in past 10 years – TV coverage, growth, injuries, etc. to make some positive changes.
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