USA Cycling Opens New BMX Training Facility in Chula Vista
USOC Chief of Sport Performance Steve Roush and USA Cycling CEO Steve Johnson officially open the track with the customary ribbon cutting.
The event kicked off at noon pacific time and included a Q&A session with athletes, officials and coaches, as well as a ribbon cutting ceremony and a demonstration of the newest Olympic sport by those expected to contend for medals in Beijing. The project is a joint venture by USA Cycling and the USOC to provide and maintain a world-class training facility for American BMX athletes.
"The opening of the USA Cycling BMX training facility in Chula Vista highlights the importance of the close partnership between the USOC and USA Cycling in the continued development of the sport of BMX," said Steve Johnson, CEO of USA Cycling. “This facility not only represents the current state-of-the-art in BMX training centers, but will continue to evolve over time to keep pace with the rapid evolution of international BMX racing."
The course is also the only permanent Supercross structure in the nation. Completed in January, the track will offer training and competition grounds for some of the top American BMX athletes as they prepare to qualify for this summer’s Olympic Games.
Built by Tom Ritzenthaler, the track in Chula Vista is an exact replica of the one Team USA will compete on in Beijing.
Kintner, a BMX and three-time 4-cross mountain bike world champion, has been at the Olympic Training Center since early December as one of six athletes taking part in USA Cycling’s resident athlete program. As an experienced rider, she's seen and rode on several of the world’s best courses including the one in Beijing.
Steven Cisar, Mike Day and Donny Robinson test out the new track.
"It’s going to be such an advantage having this replica track in our backyard," she said. "The Olympic Training Center has opened my eyes to what the possibilities could be towards an Olympic dream, and they have provided an incredible resource. In my normal life, meeting all these different athletes and learning from those who have been to the Olympics before just wouldn’t have been available. This environment has plenty of positive motivation to train hard."
Recognized by the U.S. Olympic Committee and the Union Cycliste Internationale, USA Cycling promotes American cycling through its 60,000 members and 2,500 annual events. USA Cycling associations include the BMX Association (BMX), National Off-Road Bicycle Association (mountain bike), U.S. Cycling Federation (road/track), the National Collegiate Cycling Association and the U.S. Professional Racing Organization (professional men’s road). For more information, visit www.usacycling.org or contact USA Cycling Director of Communications, Andy Lee at 719-866-4867
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