Bathurst Regional Council has submitted a development application for a new $600,000 clubhouse at the Bathurst Bike Park and, if approved, it comes at an exciting time for the Bathurst BMX Club.
Bathurst is gearing up to host a round of the UCI BMX Supercross World Cup in February 2020, which will be the first World Cup round to be held in Australia.
The proposed new clubhouse, at the club's headquarters on College Road, was submitted on March 6 and would see a new two-storied clubhouse constructed at the top of the Bathurst Bike Park.
The ground level floor would feature an office, club room, canteen and amenities, while the top floor will feature an open viewing area with a roof, fence and steel clad frame shed.
Viewing the proposed clubhouse eastwards, stairs would be constructed outside of the building to the right, which would grant access to the top floor.
When it was announced that Bathurst would host a World Cup round on October 1, 2018, plans were in place for a new clubhouse, with the hope that it would be ready for the tournament.
The club has also upgraded the timing system at the track which measures riders’ reaction times out of the gates and through different sections of the circuit to better tailor their training.
The Victorian regional city of Shepparton will also host a round of the World Cup and it and the Bathurst round will serve as qualifiying rounds for Australian riders hoping to make the team for the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo.
In October, Bathurst mayor Graeme Hanger said the World Cup hosting rights is a reward for the effort council has put into construction a world class facility at the Bathurst Bike Park.
"This announcement is an endorsement of the quality of the infrastructure we have as well as the city’s ability to host major events," he said.
"For Bathurst and Shepparton to host rounds of the UCI World Cup, the first time the event has been brought to Australia, is a huge coup for both our communities."