Rio Olympic BMX track appears on front pages, opens discussions, initiates protests and new questions. Another track designed by Tom Ritzenthaler from Elite Trax is being prepared for Olympic BMX battles – this time without help of Clark and Kent Contractors as it was in London.
In pictures we can see another great and spectacular venue – showcase for our sport, which definitely will look awesome on TV and BMX will be remembered by general public for some time and definitely will open topics about track’s look and whether all pro BMX tracks look similar. It all helps for BMX promotion – hopefully, at positive direction.
Generally, it’s same layout as Beijing track had, but there are differences in obstacles and something more…
On pictures we can see some Olympic experiment – asphalt painting/coating, which is something new in BMX, but if it works, then seems it will be new trend for BMX tracks as such painting also protects and preserves asphalt/tarmac from cracking and turn into bad shape. Other questions are: how pleasant painting will look after tires making streaks and whether this paint pop some surprises in terms of traction therefore – another suspicion: could some team know about such experiment just on Olympics and prepare best tire solution for it? Who knows?! Anyway – fact that such experiment is being done exactly now is creating suspicion. And another interesting thing: instead of grass, we have indoor style carpet cover for sides – first time in olympics. Could it mean that track will be dismantled after Olympic games, and therefore it’s not worth to provide expensive planting? Will see. At Beijing they just took grass sods off and and track is still there – abandoned. Let’s hope for best!
See Rio Olympic track on map