Laoshan Bicycle Moto Cross (BMX) Venue will give birth to the first ever Olympic BMX gold medal. It is one of the 31 Beijing-based venues for the 2008 Olympic Games. One of the best tracks in the world for BMX cycling, it is hosting both men and women games events.
Know the Venue
To help athletes maintain speed and to facilitate their stunts, the
entire cycling BMX track is slightly downhill with a four meter
decline. Separate male and female tracks have been made, crossing
each other at some points. The tracks have been designed according
to the current levels of the sport. The race track is bowl shaped
with the court placed at the bottom of the bowl. The women's track
is shorter and it intersects with that of the men's. However, it
does not interfere with it.
For the safety of the riders and the service life of the track, a
bituminous layer has been added at the curve track. The method is
applied for the first time in a BMX venue. The construction of the
venue has been assisted by the International Cycling Union (UCI)
which sent a group of experts to assist in the development of the
The venue lies over an area of 1.98 hectares and is 300-400 meters
in diameter. The track is ten meter wide at the point of start and
five meter wide at other points. The track contains jumps, flattops,
and several other obstacles. The slopes and obstacles of Laoshan
Bicycle Moto Cross venue have been designed by the technical
officials from the UCI.
Pre Olympics Events
The venue hosted the Good Luck Beijing 2007 UCI BMX Supercross
World Cup competitions from August 20-21, 2007, to test its
preparations for the Beijing Olympics.