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We Need a Pump Track

(updated: Jun 15, 2008)

A couple of weeks ago I got the chance to ride Greg's backyard pump track. I had never ridden a pump track before. There's always something new to learn on a bike. That's why am never bored with bikes - there's so many different types of bikes and types and styles of riding. Then throw in building and tinkering with them and you'll keep yourself busy until you drop dead with a smile on your face.

The first thing I realized after hitting the track for about a minute was what an awesome workout it was. Forget the gym, running, swimming, etc. This was on par with wrestling. After a minute my legs were burning and I was out of breath. Maybe I just wasn't used to it and was wasting a lot of energy when I should have been pumping more. But the thing is, it's just so much fun.

Not only is it great for training, it teaches you how to ride more efficiently and go faster. I found myself getting better and better as the evening wore on to where I could just make it around the track without pedaling, which is the point of a pump track.

We have to get one of these build at Blue Clay. I could be out there all day long. They are very compact and we could put one in pretty much anywhere.

Greg's Pump Track (1m 7s):
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1. Sir Disappears said...

what are we waiting for?

Jun 16, 2008 @ 4:38 AM

2. Jonathan said...

Ive been wanting one for ever. And when I saw "we need a pump track" I'm like yes we do. That would be so sick.

Jun 16, 2008 @ 7:46 AM

3. Sir Peanuts said...

I havn't even gotten to ride this thing at Gregs yet! Dang it all!

Jun 16, 2008 @ 8:12 AM

4. Ben said...

I've been wondering for a while, is this what the BMX track is going to be? or is it going to be like the one that the olympic people are doing?

Because we could put one of theese under the power lines in about 2 days (if we could get a boss-load of clay).

I would be totally down for putting in an 8 hour day out at the trails (building or riding) a pump track! It's kind of like the now extinct section of UNCW that was that long chain of rollers. You could pump your way through those

Jun 16, 2008 @ 9:17 AM

5. Ben said...

you guys ride so slow =)

Jun 16, 2008 @ 9:30 AM

6. SBA said...

It would be in addition to the BMX track/dirt jumps.

Progress Energy won't allow us to put anything under the powerlines, and the parks dept hasn't given the ok for phase 2 to put anything on the other side (hilly side).

Jun 16, 2008 @ 12:10 PM

7. Mac said...

I have gave the park director all the stuff for building the BMX Track. don't know why they have such a problem with BMX Racing or tracks. Weres that pump track at? i'd like to ride my 20" on it. wish we could build it under the power lines already cleared.

Jun 16, 2008 @ 4:10 PM

8. Mac said...

The Track does not have to been like the one for the oylimpics anyway thats more geared to top AA pros. I got the track design we cna us that will fit every age from 4yrs old to 60yrs old. I will also be the track director. i race now and have been for last 5yrs

Jun 16, 2008 @ 4:13 PM

9. Stephen said...

I was just watching pump course action on youtube!I know you said phase II hasn't been cleared yet but there is a great spot back there for a pump track. On the back, when you head down into the bottom sandy/red clay area area. Seems like easy dirt to manipulate and it's already pretty flat.

Jun 16, 2008 @ 5:58 PM

10. SBA said...

Problem there is that when it's wet it's underwater. Otherwise the material is good to work with there - higher clay content.

Jun 16, 2008 @ 6:20 PM

11. Sir Disappears said...

Why not where Steve and I cleared out for it, near the wooden berm?

Jun 16, 2008 @ 7:05 PM

12. SBA said...

That location would work. You don't need much space. Now where can we get some clay?

Jun 16, 2008 @ 8:01 PM

13. Ben said...

Where is the space cleared out?

We could just pilfer the clay from that sandy part of the trail (the part by the sick berm) when it's dry.

Jun 17, 2008 @ 5:00 AM

14. Sir Disappears said...

If you are facing the trail head, we cleared out a section of the woods between the parking lot and wooden berm. It would be on your left. This was a while back, we would need to go back in and clean it up, but that would not take very long.

As for getting the clay, I'm sure we can come up with something.

Jun 17, 2008 @ 10:17 AM

15. Jonathan said...

instead of getting clay we could dig smooth holes and use the dirt from the holes to make the bumps. The bumps wouldn't have to be as big either.

Jun 17, 2008 @ 11:26 AM

16. Ben said...

This would be all and good, except for the major drainage issues that would follow.

It's still clay

Jun 17, 2008 @ 1:30 PM

17. Kevin said...

Why can't we go to Greg's House?
Except I don't know greg... :(

Jun 18, 2008 @ 2:20 PM

18. sirtoots said...

dont have much to report yet but we will have one in the very near future BC is first on the list
One thing i can say is under powerlines is a definet off limits But there is options.

Jun 19, 2008 @ 10:58 AM

19. Travis said...

I would love to ride this. I ride a lot at blue clay and have been wondering if theres any other jumps beside the ones near the teeter totter(done yet?). I ride a transition bottlerocket and need some one to ride with and show me where to ride at.Thanks Travis

Jun 24, 2008 @ 7:17 PM

20. C Me Crash said...

Hey SBA, I dropped off a bunch of those concrete cylinders for the pump track at Blue Clay. They will be perfect for using as the base of the jumps on the track, thus allowing us to have more dirt for the berms and such. I still have a few more i will bring later in the week.

Jul 1, 2008 @ 12:55 PM


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