Professional Freestyle BMX rider Logan Martin in front of his backyard ramp park. (ABC Gold Coast: Tom Forbes )
How far would you go to win an Olympic Gold medal?
- Professional Freestyle BMX rider Logan Martin’s BMX park took two weeks to construct and cost $70,000
- Australia is aiming to qualify two riders for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics
- Neighbours are not impressed with the competition-sized BMX park
Professional Freestyle BMX rider, Logan Martin, has just built his own training facility in the back yard of his property in the Gold Coast hinterland.
The BMX park is built on a 30 by 15-metre slab and the ramps allow the athlete to hone his bag of aerial tricks which include spins, flips and tail whips.
“I’ve pretty much built what I need to train all of my bigger tricks each day and help progress my riding,” the 2017 BMX Freestyle world champion said.
Born in Logan, south of Brisbane, Martin moved into his Gold Coast acreage property in December.
The closure of an indoor BMX park at Coomera, on the northern Gold Coast, left him without an adequate training facility.
“I’ve had to build this because there’s not so much for me to practice on around the Gold Coast and around Brisbane,” he said.
The BMX park cost the professional rider $70,000 to construct.
Freestyle BMX park built in the backyard of professional rider Logan Martin on the Gold Coast. (ABC Gold Coast: Tom Forbes)
A custom job
Carpenter Jason Watts said it took weeks to build and it was customised for his client.
“You’ve got to plan it out and cater for what each rider likes,” he said.
“People like different styles of ramp, steeper, mellower, whatever the situation is.
“The size and the height of them are perfectly designed for contests, so that’s why they’re built the way they are.”
Martin became a professional in 2013 and won gold in the men’s BMX freestyle event at the inaugural UCI Urban Cycling World Championships in 2017.
“That’s probably the biggest achievement to date,” he said.
Carpenter Jason Watts took two weeks to build the a Freestyle BMX park in the Gold Coast backyard of professional rider Logan Martin. (ABC Gold Coast: Tom Forbes)
He also won an X Games gold medal in Minneapolis last year, which is considered the equivalent of an Olympic gold within extreme sports.
But last year’s success was tempered by a serious injury before the 2018 World Championships.
“Unfortunately I injured my ankle literally two weeks out from that contest so I couldn’t make it,” Martin said.
“The goal this year is to go back and win that world championship and then go to the Olympics and win a gold medal.”
Australia is currently leading the qualifying process ahead of powerhouse Freestyle BMX nations including the United States, Great Britain and Russia.
“The top qualifying country will get to take two riders, it’s pretty minimal, but every other country will get to take one,” Martin said.
Freestyle BMX is considered a fringe sport, but Logan Martin said acceptance into the Olympic program will boost its profile with mainstream audiences.
“It’s absolutely amazing to show Freestyle BMX in front of an Olympic crowd,” he said.
“It’s going to put BMX in front of more kids, in front of a bigger audience, larger audience which is always good for any sport.”
The 25-year-old said some of his neighbours are not happy with the BMX park, but he plans to convert the space into a tennis court when he retires.