Venue profile for London 2012: BMX Track

With an eight-metre high ramp at the start and the Velodrome on its doorstep, the BMX Track will provide spectacular images as well as spectacular action.

Designed with the aim of "pushing the boundaries" of the sport, the course features jumps, bumps, tightly banked corners, an innovative underpass in the women's races and a platform jump for the men's event.

Facts & figures

  • Sport: BMX Cycling
  • The track is 450m long for men and 440m for women
  • The venue covers an area slightly larger than the average football pitch (160m by 90m)
  • 14,000 cubic metres of soil were used to form the track (enough to fill three Olympic swimming pools)

It took six months to build and was completed in time to host a UCI World Cup meeting last August.

Britain's Shanaze Reade won the women's event, but expressed concerns that the track was "right on the limit when the wind changes."

After listening to feedback from Reade and other riders, a number of alterations were made, including a reconfiguration of the first straight and some of the jumps.

Legacy

The temporary seating will be removed and the BMX Track will be reconfigured to make it suitable for riders of all ages and abilities.

The BMX Track and Velodrome will be joined by a new road cycle circuit and mountain bike course to create the Lee Valley VeloPark.