Beenleigh's revamped Doug Larsen skate park to host freestyle BMX nationals

FLYING HIGH: 2017 world champion Logan Martin will compete at the newly-revamped Doug Larsen skate park.
FLYING HIGH: 2017 world champion Logan Martin will compete at the newly-revamped Doug Larsen skate park.

THE newly-revamped Doug Larsen skate park will be the site of this year's Freestyle BMX Nationals.

The $3.1 million reconstruction of the park began in May and included international standard steel ramps and a concrete surface to promote smoother riding. The existing half pipe was retained and refurbished.

The Freestyle BMX Nationals was first held in Melbourne in 2018, won by world championship medalist Brandon Loupos.

Among the contestants in this year's competition will be former Crestmead local Logan Martin, the 2017 world freestyle BMX champion.

"I'm excited for the Nationals to be held at Beenleigh this year, not only because I grew up locally to Beenleigh but because of the recent rebuild of the skatepark," Martin said.

"Unfortunately last year I was injured so I had to miss a few events including the nationals, so my goal in 2019 is to not only attend the nationals but to ride my best and take home the green and gold.

"I'm always doing my best at every event but now these events have a lot more importance as Tokyo Olympic team selection is coming up very quickly."

The 2020 Olympics will be the first to feature freestyle BMX.

The Freestyle BMX Nationals will be held as part of a weekend of cycling across Brisbane which will include the TISSOT UCI Track Cycling World Cup at the Anna Meares Velodrome and the Cycling Australia Cyclist of the Year Awards Dinner.

Brisbane Lord Mayor Adrian Schrinner said the 2019 Freestyle BMX Nationals would be a welcome addition to the cycling events to be held in Greater Brisbane.

"Greater Brisbane will be an exciting hub of cycling this December and I encourage athletes and fans attending the TISSOT UCI Track Cycling World Cup and Freestyle BMX Nationals to make the most of all there is to see and do in the region," Cr Schrinner said.

The championships will also feature a Union Cycliste Internationale category one event as part of the program.

The event will be held on December 14 and 15.