We first stumbled across the BMX Track in Brockwell park when Zahara was 3 years old. Zahara was fascinated with the "flying bikes" and pretty soon was riding the track herself. One day in September a couple of years ago the track hosted an open day with Access Sport. That was the day that Zahara first tried a BMX bike and the day I got back on a BMX after a 30 year break. Pretty soon after we had joined Brixton BMX club training sessions and were looking for bikes for ourselves. Two years on I am volunteering with London's oldest BMX club as club secretary.
We are really lucky to have an open track that is accessible to the public in a public park. It is an amazing facility that is well used by both Brixton BMX club and the wider community.
But it does need some TLC. Heavy use and occasional misuse means wear on the track surface, combined with heavy rain and drainage problems at the site have degraded the track surface and some of the features. We would love to see races hosted at Brixton but at present the track does not have the facilities required to host a regional race. Events like races and open days are a great way to draw more young people into sport and having it visible in a public park makes that much more effective.
The planned upgrades include resurfacing, drainage improvements, fencing to keep dogs (and quad bikes!) off the track all of which will be appreciated by all users. Other improvements like an extra container with power, moving the compressor, more equipment and bikes and water supply to clean the bikes will help the club develop more riders coming into the sport. More details on the upgrade works, the history of how and why Ken Floyde founded the club in 1981 and a picture of British Silver medalist Kye Whyte, starting out age 3 over at Brixton BMX Track.
Brixton BMX clubs 40 years old this year. Please sponsor us as we ride 40 laps of the track each as part of the club riding the equivalent distance of Lands End to John O'Groats to raise money for the track repairs and upgrades.