Rock Hill’s new BMX Supercross track is performing well and recently drew 3,000 visitors from 12 states for its grand opening, city officials reported on Thursday.
The Novant Health BMX Supercross track is part of the city’s lineup of cycling facilities located at the Rock Hill Outdoor Center at Riverwalk. The development also includes commercial buildings, single-family homes and apartments, which are under construction.
Late last month, city officials celebrated the grand opening of the $1 million track and welcomed Olympic athletes from around the world to enjoy some of the first rides. Recently, the city began hosting clinics and new rider orientation sessions to open the BMX track to beginners.
The public classes and recent local races have had strong participation, said John Taylor, director of Rock Hill’s Parks, Recreation and Tourism department. The youngest rider so far was 2 years old, he said.
The first clinic for beginners is free. The new rider session takes place every Tuesday in September, with registration beginning at 5 p.m.
Track use for practice and registration for weekly local races require fees from riders. Bikes and helmets can be rented on-site for $10. Admission to watch races is free.
Worldwide attention on the Rock Hill track will help the local economy as athletes and fans visit the city, eat in restaurants and stay in area hotels, Taylor said. The supercross track will have an estimated $4 million direct economic impact for local businesses, he said.
Rock Hill will host its first major BMX sporting event next month with the national organization, USA BMX, bringing its Gold Cup East Finals. The city has also been tapped to host two world events over the next three years, including a World Cup Finals event in September 2015.
Next month’s Gold Cup event will last three days, with more than 800 racers participating. Admission is free for spectators.