Horrible hit out for BMX team in Rio

Horrible hit out for BMX team in Rio

The New Zealand BMX team is leaving Rio with more questions than answers after a disastrous test event.

Racing finally got underway last night after practices and racing were delayed due to major safety concerns over the track.

But heavy rain struck soon after which severely damaged the track again, forcing organisers to scrap the whole event.

Kiwi rider Daniel Franks said the track was simply too dangerous.

Source: Daniel Franks, Facebook
Source: Daniel Franks, Facebook

“It was just going to be unsafe for racing, you know? 8 guys going through the track shoulder to shoulder, the margin to error was none. So it would have ended badly for mostly all of us.”

Getting the chance to ride on the track before the Olympics will be important.

However, Franks is “not 100% sure on the plans right now but I think they’re trying to organise a race before the Olympics. I hope that goes ahead because it’s an awesome opportunity.”

Organisers are now urgently modifying the track in time for the games.

The bulk of the New Zealand squad will now return home, having completed various commitments overseas.


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