We plan and build sustainable pumptracks!
The planning and building of sustainable pumptracks is our passion! It doesn’t matter if the pumptrack is built as an inner-city community project or at the mountain station of a mountain railroad – it puts a smile on the faces of young and old bikers.
A pumptrack is a special type of track characterized by a varied combination of hills, curves, and banked turns. A unique feature of a pumptrack is that it is in a way designed that mountainbikers can build up speed through the skillful use of body movements without pedaling – this is called “pumping.” Pumptracks are often built of gravel or asphalt and can accommodate different types of bikes and skates.
Advantages of Pumptracks
Improving cycling and skating skills
Pumptracks are a fun and challenging way to improve riding skills, promote balance and coordination, and build confidence on a bike or skates. They provide an entertaining and effective training ground for athletes of all ages and skill levels.
Indeed, riding on a pumptrack requires physical exertion and can be considered a form of cardiovascular training that can improve strength, endurance, and flexibility. The repeated motion of pumping and jumping on the track engages various muscle groups, including the legs, core, and upper body, helping to build overall fitness and athleticism.
Social meeting point
Pumptracks often serve as a meeting place for people of all ages and skill levels who share a common passion for cycling or skating. This can lead to social interactions, friendships, and a stronger sense of community.
Improvement of safety in road traffic
Since pumptracks provide a safe environment for practicing and improving cycling and skating skills, it can help people become safer and more confident riders and skaters, which can translate into better performance on the road and improved safety.
Pumptracks are suitable for different types of bicycles and skates, providing a varied and challenging environment for riders of all levels.
Planning and Realization
We have been able to develop ourselves in the planning and implementation of pump tracks and training courses in Austria and Italy so far. The planning and implementation of a pump track can vary depending on the size, location and budget.
The following points are taken into account when implementing a pump track:
1. Location selection
Fundamental to the Pumptrack building process is the right location. It’s mandatory that there is enough space available, to properly build a track.
2. Target audience analysis
Another essential factor is the target audience. To properly build a track that’s on the right Niveau, it’s important to define what audience will use the track. According to the needs and interests of the audience the track can be planned and visualized.
3. Get permits
Depending on the location, various permits from local authorities and landowners may be required to plan and build the trail.
The design of the pumptrack must meet the needs of the target group and optimize the available space.
The construction of the pumptrack is done in several phases, starting with the preparation of the terrain, the creation of curves and waves, the installation of drainage systems, and the safety measures of the track.
6. Testing and fine-tuning
After the completion of the pumptrack, tests will be carried out to ensure that the track is safe and rideable. If necessary, fine-tuning should be done.
Which maintenance work implicates a Pumptrack?
In addition to regular cleaning of the track and maintenance of green areas, there may be some other maintenance tasks associated with a pumptrack. These may include repairing any damage to the track surface, maintaining any drainage systems, and ensuring that any safety features such as barriers or padding are in good condition. The frequency and extent of maintenance required will depend on factors such as the materials used, the level of use, and the local climate. Regular inspections and upkeep are important to ensure the continued safety and usability of the pumptrack.
History of Pumptracks
Pumptracks originated in BMX racing and dirt jumping, where they were used as training and racing tracks. The term “Pumptrack” was informed in the late 1990s by a group of BMX riders in California began building a track specifically designed to generate speed through pumping and rolling.
Since then, Pumptracks have evolved into a standalone discipline in cycling and skating. They are now popular not only in the BMX scene but also among mountain bikers, skateboarders, inline skaters, and scooter riders.
The popularity of Pumptracks has led to their construction in more and more cities and communities around the world, providing people of all ages and skill levels with a safe and enjoyable environment to practice and improve their cycling and skating skills.