THE hard work is under way to make sure the city's BMX complex in the Mount Panorama precinct can accommodate up to 3000 spectators this weekend.
Two hundred riders from 35 countries will take part when Bathurst hosts two rounds of the UCI BMX Supercross World Cup this Saturday and Sunday, but that's not the headline figure.
It's the crowd that will watch on that has kept the World Cup site manager Simon Rollin busy.
"We have got a BMX track with a bit of a slope [on the site], so we're really focused on how we're going to accommodate 2000 to 3000 people," Mr Rollin said on Monday.
Set-up has been going on at the site for about a week-and-a-half, he said.
"A lot of local suppliers have been engaged to do a lot of the work," he said.
"So far, a lot of the scaffolding has gone in up on the hillside to accommodate spectators up there and we've got people finishing off the BMX clubhouse, which will be finished in the next few days.
"We have also had the guys building marquees."
Screens are going in so the action on the track is visible from various points, hydration trailers are on the way and food vendors still need to set up, he said.
"As the week goes on, it will be more and more hectic," he said.
Bathurst BMX Club track co-ordinator Greg Westman said having international riders coming to Bathurst to vie for Olympics selection is an absolute coup.
"Bathurst Regional Council were very forward-thinking a number of years ago, back in 2014, 2015, in putting in an international level track so we could host events such as this," he said.
"We hosted the National Championships back in 2016, the Oceania Championships in early 2017 and we've been working to bring the real international events, a World Cup event, since then and it's paid dividends."
The clubhouse being built at the site by Bathurst Regional Council will be used long after this weekend, he said.
"That's an additional facility that's really going to work well for our club.
"We haven't had a proper canteen or proper toilets since the club got up and running back in 2006, so that's going to be really nice to have a proper clubhouse and toilet block."
Council's Simon Armitage said council had pulled out a section of the track and rebuilt it to suit the requirements of the event and had put a polymer-based coating on the entire track to give it a hard finish.
Mayor Bobby Bourke, meanwhile, said the event was set to give the city a significant economic boost.