How do I Build a Track?
If your interested in building a new track in Ireland and would like some help, direction or advice you can contact us through our contact page or get in touch with either of the following people:
Eamonn Wyer (south)
+353 87 231 7927
Kevin McShane (north)
+44 7770 943711
BMX Ireland can supply track designs and a list of experienced track builders if required.
NATIONAL STANDARD TRACK REQUIREMENTS:
The BMX track requires a space of 105m x 55m, a downhill orientation taking account of prevailing
wind is preferable. Track area does not include spectator area.
The BMX Track will consist of 4 straights of approx. 90m each (other designs possible),
360m approx. total length.
Each of the 4 straight should be raised to allow for drainage and each of the straights should be lower
than the previous one to allow for a downhill feel to the track.
Track width will be 10m wide at the start hill for an 8m wide gate, 9m wide 1st straight. 7m wide
2nd straight and 6m wide 3rd & 4th straights.
The surface will be suitable for the Irish Climate with suitable drainage. Jump sides will be shaped to
allow rain drain off the sides and not to gather or run down the faces.
Track design should be roll-able for younger riders yet challenging for experienced riders.
Electronic safety Starting Gate system.
Secure Container for club storage, ideally integrated into start hill.
Galvanised starting pens (ten), and safety rails around start hill.
Galvanised Start and Finish Line gantries.
Water supply and electrical supply available for operation and maintenance.
NATIONAL STANDARD TRACK SPECIFICATION:
Basic track shape and layout will be crafted from soil.
90mm deep base layer of 3.5” down stone will be applied to the start hill, flat track sections
and the Berms, for drainage and to properly support the tarmac layer.
100mm deep layer of 1.5” down 803/804 will then be applied to the entire track, at this point
the track should be shaped to 95% of the design.
75mm Deep layer of 6mm SMA Tarmac will be applied hot as the top layer to the Start Hill and
Berms, racked level and whacked.
50mm deep layer of a “Specified” 0-3mm Limestone dust applied evenly on the track with a harder
wearing 100mm deep application on peaks and faces.
Topsoil layer 150mm deep and grass to be applied on sides of start hill, backside of Berms,
sides of jumps up to top level of jumps to prevent erosion.
Start hill will have a concrete pad and recess suitable for chosen start gate system.
Ducting/piles for floodlights, water pipes and drainage pipes should be placed in drainage ditches
and a clean stone backfill used, ditches should be dug after the track is built to prevent clogging.
Surrounding areas such as pens and finish line return areas paths and spectator areas etc.
should be surfaced.
Take a look at the videos below for some idea how it’s done around the world.