The Arenacross track builders and production crew will have their work cut out when the 2019 AX Tour gets underway. There may be just three venues, but there will be six very different tracks to sculpt and build.
Every Arenacross track is meticulously planned and shaped to optimise the space and orientation of each arena floor. With input from Arenacross promoter Matt Bates, track builder extraordinaire – Justin Barclay of JB Tracks, together with his crew of Alfie Smith and Joe Moran aim to deliver the most technically-challenging race circuit imaginable in the shortest amount of time, and the smallest amount of space.
See below as we talk through the two tracks our riders will face at Round One at The SSE Arena, Belfast.
January 18th Round 1:
The track will go clockwise (rather than anti-clockwise in 2018). From the start straight, it’ll head into a lefthander over five, three-foot singles, which can be taken three ways either as double-triple, triple-double, or double-double-single. A 180o lefthander around the bottom of the FMX landing leads to another lane with a three-foot single, four-foot table and then two three-foot singles – there are two options for the riders here; step-on-step-off single, or single all the way over the table top, so a biggish double and then double-out. A bowl 180o righthander heads into a lovely set of whoops right in front of the crowd. It then heads down to the far end of arena with a 90o right over a double, into a 90o right bend and then over a huge finish line double. Another 180o bowl turn will see riders back on the first lane of the track.
January 19th Round 2:
Still clockwise. Off the start to 90o left-hand bend into a set of harsh whoops then a 180o bowl turn to the right over the finish line jump. It’s then into a 60-70o right-hand turn past the mechanics, over a 130o turn and then across the start line, directly in front of the gates into a technical rhythm section with two three-foot singles, a five-foot single and then three three-foot singles. The easiest way to tackle these would be a double-double-double. The harder route would be a double-triple-single, or a triple-triple, however, the biggest one and definitely not for the faint-hearted would be a double-quad. This is followed by another 180o bowl turn into two three-foot singles, a four-foot table and two three-foot singles; this would be double-tabletop-to-single, single-out, or possibly triple-on to tabletop and then step-off single-out, or yet another big jump would be double–triple-out. The riders then hit another flat 180o turn heading back into the whoops and round to the left.