Sam Willoughby International BMX Facility
The Sam Willoughby International BMX Facility officially opened on 22 January with the Summer Showdown 2022 AusCycling BMX National Rounds.
The new Sam Willoughby International BMX Facility is South Australia’s only international-standard BMX track. It is part of a major sports precinct in the south, including a new $7 million southern soccer facility, and will be a new home for an estimated 900 soccer players and BMX riders.
Named after South Australian BMX star Willoughby, who represented Australia at the 2012 (silver medal winner) and 2016 Olympic Games, the new track is equipped to host large scale competitions such as state championships and BMX Super-cross World Cups.
The new facility will be home to The Cove BMX and Happy Valley BMX Clubs whilst becoming a facility for elite riders. There will also be a brand new soccer facility, including three floodlit turf pitches, clubrooms with a kitchen, bar, and car parking.
The new facility will also contain:
- Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) track with 5 metre and 8 metre start hills
- Clubroom and associated car parking
- Provision for a future pump track
Willoughby, who suffered a career-ending injury in 2016, has been involved in the design process of the track itself.
“This is going to be one of the greatest BMX facilities in the world,” Willoughby said.
The facility has its own car park and is located on Majors Road, O’Halloran Hill opposite the Fire Station and adjacent to the MTB Trails car park.
Second BMX Track – Pump Track (announced May 2021)
A second BMX track will be built alongside the Sam Willoughby International facility, with the Marion Council planning to build a pump track for use by novice BMX riders and the wider community.
A pump track circuit is typically smaller than a regular BMX track. It features a circuit designed to be ridden completely by ‘pumping’, generating momentum by up and down body movements instead of pedalling.
“With the addition of a pump track, we will have a BMX facility that can be used by riders of all standards,” Marion Council Mayor Kris Hanna said.
“A pump track can be ridden by first-time riders and kids while providing a challenge to more experienced riders.”
Marion Council will spend $136,000 to build the pump track with work starting once the main Sam Willoughby track is completed later this year, depending on the weather over winter.
“We’ll soon be asking the community and BMX riders to help us design the pump track,” Mayor Hanna said.
“We would also hope that the community can help build the pump track, which we expect will open early next year.”
Marion Council is contributing an additional $2 million towards building an iconic, nature-focussed playground at Glenthorne National Park.
Read more about Glenthorne National Park here
For more information and all enquiries please visit the City of Marion website.
What: Sam Willoughby International BMX Facility
When: Opened 22 January 2022
Where: Majors Road, O’Halloran Hill
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Image Source: SWBMX Facility
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