The North Avon Christchurch BMX Club has worked hard since the February 11 earthquake to regroup and rebuild, starting again on their new site in Bexley Reserve, which opened for riding in March 2014. The popular track has since been utilised by a significant number of local children and families from surrounding communities, as well as bike enthusiasts from further afield. They have the benefit of playing, training and racing on a track designed and maintained to an international standard, ensuring a healthy growth of the sport of BMX in the region and the development of solid cycling skills in the community.
The icing on the cake was an NZCT grant of $34,427 that helped them build a permanent cover for the start hill. Club Secretary/Treasurer Christina Freeman says, “The Club is delighted with the outcome of the start hill cover design and construction process. As always with projects of this nature being run by a not-for-profit organisation, it has taken a long time to get the money together to fund the design work and then finally the construction project.
“The new cover keeps our expensive gate start hardware out of the elements and it has reduced the financial load of purchasing marquees to erect temporary cover every three or so years when Club is in line to host a national event.
“Thanks to NZCT funding, the start hill cover construction process is complete and being fully utilised as it was intended. The Mainland North Region community, our surrounding local communities that play at the track and our NAC BMX Club members are stoked!”