Twan van Gendt

Poor grade Rio test event

The BMX track for next year's Rio Olympics hosted its first test event 3/4 October but received a poor grade from riders. The two-day test event was reduced to one day after some of the world's top riders declined to race on Saturday, citing dangerous jumps and turns.

Organizers tried to modify the track for Sunday, but both men and women wound up using the women's circuit as the men's course was deemed too risky. To add to the problems, Sunday's racing was washed out by a downpour after three hours.

"The changes have improved it, but it's still not race ready," said Tory Nyhaug of Canada, who won gold in the recent Pan Am Games in Toronto. "There will still have to be some changes made for the Olympics, for sure."

The track is designed by Tom Ritzehthaler, who also built the courses for the last two Olympics in Beijing and London.


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