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Venue guide: BMX track

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Where is it?: Olympic Park, Stratford, East London.

How do you get there?: The track is situated next to the Velodrome to the north of the Olympic Park, which can be reached by rail, underground, Docklands Light Railway, bus or coach. National Rail, London Underground and DLR all serve Stratford station to the east of the park and West Ham station to the south, while Transport for London has bus stops in the area and there will be coach services to the park.

Capacity: 6,000.

What events will be held there and when?: BMX cycling (August 8-10).

Public facilities: To be shared with the Basketball Arena and neighbouring Velodrome.

History: The final venue in the Olympic Park to be built — it was started in March 2011 and finished in time for a test event in the summer — the track forms part of the Velopark with the adjoining Velodrome, replacing the old Eastway Cycle Circuit. The men's circuit measures 470 metres and the women's 430m, with the men's including a banked corner, jumps and an S-bend transfer, while the women's features three jumps in the opening straight and a tunnel. Both have an eight-metre high starting ramp. Around 14,000 cubic metres of soil was required for the track, which will be redesigned after the Games. The temporary seating will be taken down and the venue will be adapted for use by the local community under the auspices of Lee Valley Regional Park Authority, with a new mountain-bike track and a one-mile, road-cycle circuit being added.

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