A few people have been talking on the forum about a new track popping up in Surrey so we went straight to C&K Contractors who are doing the work to find out the full scoop.
They’ve recently started on the site at St Marks Academy School in Mitcham Surrey CR4 1SF. Due to the infrastructure and space they have this will be classed as a regional track however the build quality of the track will be of National standard. An 8 week build is scheduled and when completed late April will be left race ready by the team. Approx length will be 320 metres, tarmac turns and a U in U design with a slight hip into and out of turn one. A Bensink safety gate is being fitted along with pens behind the start hill. There will be a 100 x 5 metre raised viewing area and the whole site will be fenced and floodlight.
St Marks will be using the track during the daytimes but they hope to attract riders and volunteers from the area to form a new club and run gate practice sessions and club racing.
This is the perfect opportunity if you live in the area to help get a new club off the ground and new blood into the sport. If you are interested in helping to form a club please contact firstname.lastname@example.org who will forward your email to St Marks Academy who will follow up.
Things are definitely on the up in the South region with this new regional venue amongst other new projects planned later this year. C&K will also be back in the capital working on another new facilty in a few months time. With Brixton getting a re-vamp as well this year the London area have quite a bit to shout about before the Olympics.
2012 is the biggest year for UK BMX racing, with the Worlds , the Olympics and all the media focus around Shanaze Reade new facilities like the St Marks project will be seeing new user groups and will definately form a breeding ground for new UK talent.
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