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VENUE. CHULA VISTA BMX RENOVATION & DIRT PARK
Chula Vista BMX track operator and former CVOTC resident athlete Tyler Brown recently took shovels to the dirt and Soiltac® to the surface of what is considered one of the best and most technically-challenging amateur BMX tracks in the United States. Since most of the track is dirt, it is possible to re-build it on a fairly regular basis by lifting up the top layer of dirt, re-shaping the jumps and covering it again with Soiltac, the glue-like substance that holds the dirt in place.
“We recently rebuilt Chula Vista BMX and what an awesome rebuild it was! The good thing about not only running a track, but riding it as well is you can see first-hand all the things that went right and what went wrong from previous builds,” said Brown. “With this rebuild, we tried to enhance the positive while fixing the negative. It was very important to us to build a world-class track that the best riders in the world would enjoy, but also focus on building the grassroots of the sport and making sure the track is fun and safe for everyone!”
Image. Chula Vista BMX track at sunset by Tyler Brown Instagram (@tylerbrown316)
The Chula Vista BMX track is open to the public on Tuesdays for both practice & racing (Pro practice is from 4:30 – 5:30 pm; open practice from 5:30 – 7:00 pm and racing immediately follows; cost is $10/person). Saturday practice costs $5 and is held from 2:00 – 4:00 pm. Tyler runs a clinic on Thursdays with three levels (beginner/novice, intermediate and advanced) at a rate of $20/lesson. Rental equipment is available for first-timers who want to make sure that they like it before investing in their own gear.
The Chula Vista Dirt Park, located to the south of the main Chula Vista BMX track, features jumps and space for skills that can’t be perfected on a conventional BMX racing track alone. It was opened to the public earlier this year and has proved to be popular.
Image. Dirt Park at dusk by Chula Vista BMX Twitter (@ChulaVIstaBMX)
“It is so important to develop not just the speed of the riders on the race track, but the skills needed to progress in the sport and that is exactly the idea behind the Chula Vista Dirt Park, plus its pretty fun to ride as well!” added Brown.
The Dirt Park is open on Wednesdays from 5:00 – 7:00 pm and on Saturdays from 12:00 – 2:00 pm for $5/person per session. There is also a skills clinic held on Monday evenings for beginner and advanced riders at a cost of $20/lesson; however, rental equipment is unfortunately not available at the Dirt Park.
For more information about the Chula Vista BMX program, including information about private parties and schedule changes, visit www.ChulaBMX.com and follow @ChulaVistaBMX on Twitter.