A new state-of-the-art BMX track officially opens in Southwark today, as part of the legacy of London 2012.
The £1.1m track in Burgess Park will be home to Peckham BMX Club, one of the country’s top teams. The project has been funded as part of Southwark Council’s Olympic Legacy project, with British Cycling contributing £100,000.
If you head down to the opening celebrations today, you’ll be able to see top British BMX stars Quillan Isidore and Tre Whyte in action.
Olympian Whyte, who was born and grew up in Peckham, says: “I started out training at the Peckham track, so I know what this means to the club and to young people in the area. Personally, it would have been amazing to have such a facility when I was growing up. I’m sure so many young people are going to want to take up BMX and I’m proud that the borough I grew up in is investing in it in such a major way.”
Today’s celebrations continue to 4pm with BMX demos, Strider bike sessions for two to five year olds (two!), racing by age group, as well as open riding and finally a prize giving. There’ll also be a family fun in the form of a bouncy castle and face painting. The floodlit facilities will then stay open until 9pm.
Find out more about Burgess Park’s new BMX facilities here