World-class National BMX Freestyle Park opens on the Gold Coast
Jess Bowen | June 29, 2022
The state-of-the-art facility recently opened in Carrara, providing the next generation of BMX riders with a space to hone their skills and practice tricks ahead of the 2032 Brisbane Olympics.
The Queensland Academy of Sport, in partnership with AusCycling and the Australian Institute of Sport, launched the million-dollar Hurricane park. It is the first competition-standard course in Australia, and features walls of up to 5.2 metres, a half bowl, box jump, step up, quarter pipes, and more.
Hurricane now hold the rights to host Olympic and UCI BMX Freestyle events until the end of 2028, making the Gold Coast the home of elite BMX competition in Australia.
“Since Logan (Martin)’s win in Tokyo, the growth of BMX Freestyle has accelerated, and this park, along with our programs, will be a key focal point in attracting more young people to the sport,” AusCycling CEO Marne Fechner said.
“Thank you to all the QAS, City of Gold Coast and AusCycling staff who have worked so hard to bring this centre to life.”
Hurricane Park features walls of up to 5.2 metres, a half bowl, box jump, step up, quarter pipes.
A rider mid-jump.
This new facility complements the separate AusCycling BMX Freestyle Training Centre that opened in early 2022. The indoor training centre was built at the Gold Coast Sports Precinct and will form part of the National Centre of Excellence for BMX Freestyle.
Athletes can learn new skills in the Training Centre, which is equipped with protective foam pits and rubber mats. Once the riders feel confident, they can try their tricks outside on the competition course. Having both the Training Centre and the competition course allows riders to progress their training in a safer way, with a level of calculated risk.
AusCycling’s BMX Freestyle Head Coach Wade Bootes is excited about the new facility and the future of the sport both locally on the Gold Coast and nationwide.
“The riders are enjoying the course at the moment which is set up similarly to how the course will be in France for the World Cup,” Bootes said.
“Within the course we have built, there are many different lines, opportunities, transfers, and the features of the ramps.
“Hopefully, it provides a head start when they get into practice at these significant events.”
And one such event is Urban Sport Fest, taking place at the new facility 9-11 December 2022. This first-of-its-kind festival will feature the best BMX riders in the world, competing in a BMX Freestyle World Cup, one of only three in the world.
Matt Burgess from Evolve Sports, who is the founder of the festival, is thrilled to deliver a series of firsts for the adrenalin pumping sport within the event offering which has something for everyone.
“This is truly a festival of firsts for the Gold Coast and Australia,” said Burgess.
“The UCI BMX Freestyle World Cup event is sanctioned by the world cycling governing body, Union Cycliste Internationale meaning you’ll see the best of the best competing. Our connection between the community these sports represent and the Olympic podium are what distinguish Urban Sport Fest from other action sports exhibitions.
“Also, 2022 is the first-year equal prizemoney is on offer for male and female riders, which is significant for the sport, and something we considered integral to our investment.
“Another major focus will be the coming together of action sports, music and culture – opening up each unique segment to new audiences and cross-promotional opportunities.
“It’s going to be a vibrant melting pot of entertainment combining leisurely viewing through to adrenalin pulsating fun – something we know the Gold Coast will love.”
The program of events and live music is set to be announced on the website closer to the event, while ticket sales are open now.
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