Gympie BMX Club members are waiting for flood waters to drop to fix the racing track in time for a come and try day later this month.
Gympie BMX Club members are waiting for flood waters to drop to fix the racing track in time for a come and try day later this month. Jordon Warhurst

Revamped BMX track flooded

GYMPIE BMX riders will be keeping their bikes in the garage for at least a week after flood waters swamped the BMX track yesterday.

Club members rushed to the track on Monday and cleared out its facilities, anticipating the wall of water.

As one of the lowest lying areas in Gympie, the BMX track at the One Mile Ovals was, predictably, one of the first casualties.

It’s not possible to publish what Gympie BMX publicity officer Daniel Kirkpatrick thought of the situation yesterday. He did, however, say track director Chris Rodighiero was a shattered man.

“Chris is devastated because the track was in pristine condition,” Kirkpatrick said.

The Gympie BMX Club had just completed an overhaul of its track and had carried out extensive repairs ahead of hosting the final round of the Southern Zone Shootout Series.

The flooding now means the track will require even more back-breaking work when the waters eventually recede.

Kirkpatrick said the extent of the damage would not be known until the water had dropped.

Compounding the situation is the fact the club is due to host a come and try day on March 14. But with no shortage of willing volunteers to work on the track to return it to its former state, the Gympie BMX Club will ride again.

“We are lucky to have such great club members who want to help out,” Kirkpatrick said.

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