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Posted: Apr 1 2011, 12:27 AM
BMX News Reporter
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Joined: 27-September 10
*** World Cycling Centres BMX Track: Why Its So Popular ***
Aigle,Switzerland ( UCI News ) -- 03/30/2011
Photo - The French athletes on the World Cycling Centre's BMX track.
The BMX track at the World Cycling Centre in Aigle, Switzerland,
has been a hive of activity over the last few weeks.
In March alone, nine training camps were held at the centre, as specialists
from all over Europe sharpen up for the first leg of the UCI BMX Supercross
in Pietermaritzburg, South Africa, on April 8th and 9th.
The WCC’s Supercross track and eight-metre high starting ramp with spectacular
views of the Swiss Alps would appear to provide the perfect training ground judging
by the repeated visits of certain National Federations.
“I love coming here and we come often,” enthuses French Cycling Federation coach
Fabrice Vettoretti. “It is an ideal spot for training with an excellent track and ramp.
It is close to the nature and there are no outside distractions.”
Fabrice Vettoretti was in Aigle at the beginning of March with France’s Olympic
group and again from March 21th to 25th with a national selection of 15 athletes
and five staff. Eight of the athletes will compete in Pietermaritzburg, and training
focused on technical aspects of the discipline.
The French contingent was not alone on the BMX track: specialists from the
Czech Republic, Germany, Austria and Italy were also testing their form at the
WCC during the same week. They also rubbed shoulders with the centre’s own
“We all know each other from the circuit and it’s good to share training sometimes,
especially the technical sessions. I’m open to that,” said Fabrice Vettoretti.
He will be back at the WCC with his athletes in July to prepare the UCI
BMX World Championships in Copenhagen (DEN) from July 27th to 31st.
“We are looking for good results in the World Cup, a successful World
Championships and to gain qualification points for the London Olympics.
We came here to prepare Beijing and we will be back before London,” he added.
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