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BMX riders go big in the capital

It's been a big day for Wellington's avid BMX bike riders, with the opening of the largest BMX track in the lower North Island.

The largest BMX track in the lower North Island opened in Wellington today. Source: 1 NEWS

Hundreds of riders, aged from five to 40-something were there to test their skills on the new 400 metre dirt track.

It was built using 12,000 cubic metres of soil from a construction site at Victoria University.

The track at Ian Galloway Park is free for public use outside of club training and race events and the secretary of Capital BMX, Leasa Carlyon, says it's been two and a half years in the making.

"We've been off the BMX map for almost 20 years and we used to have national events here, so we really needed to get back on the BMX map."

We also want to hold big events here like the nationals, North Island titles and the regionals, - Capital BMX secretary, Leasa Carlyon

"We need to attract our own champions and bring others to the Wellington district," said Mrs Carlyon.

The track is getting good reviews from riders in the regional development squad, such as Aaron Downes who has been riding since he was three.

"It allows us to push the boundaries. From being kind of the average riders to now go elite," he said.

Cohen Moore, 19,  says it's going to be a big help for all the young riders coming up through the ranks.

"We usually have to travel like seven hours to go to a decent sized track and now it's like 15 minutes down the road.

Wellington City Council contributed $130,000 towards the track while 70 per cent of the funds were raised by the Wellington BMX club.