Pump up your fitness

Back in 2009, with the World’s at Stromlo, I learned that Gareth Patton had turned his entire back yard into a pump track. I’ve never had the appropriate yard space to do that.

Then last year I got a brief chance to ride the Claudio Caluori “Velosolutions’ pump tracks at the Steve Smith Bike Park in Nanaimo.

My conclusion from visiting many pump tracks and speaking to several people who had their own is that Stromlo needs to build us bikers a pump track. A Velosolutions one would be ideal because it requires zero maintenance. But even a good dirt one would be OK if it got some upkeep.

Why? From five years old and up, from beginner to expert - the pump track is fun. You try to ride around it without pedalling. Push down on the down bits, be light on the up bits; do it right and your speed increases. Most have rolling bumps that become doubles (or triples) at speed - giving you yet more speed.
It is also an amazing workout. Five minutes on there for most people and you’ll be baked. It works arms, shoulders, back, core and legs. If you made 3 visits per week for 6 months you would develop muscles in places you didn’t know you had places!
And it develops skills. Pumping - the timing and the motion - takes practice. Lots of it. As your speed builds you need to manual and jump segments. That is two more skills. With the same schedule - 3 sessions a week for 6 months - you would be a way better mountain biker than you are now.

I have heard so many times that Stromlo was getting a pump track. We need to figure out how to make it a reality. And yes, I have sent a letter to the ACT govt explaining what it was and why we should have one.