Built and beautiful: Jrich’s pump track

At last, we have photos of AA BMX Pro Jason Richardson’s completed pump track. I would have given my left arm to ride this sod-bordered ribbon of love, but there was too much rain.

Material: Decomposed granite. It was easy to work with, and it seems to be holding up well.

Style: This track is much tighter and peakier than the Welcome to Pump Track Nation international standard. European BMX tracks are tight and peaky; Jason says this pump track is French Style.

The sweetest pump tracks appease wives and neighbors. That sod might survive a AA pro; if Jason’s smart he’ll keep the riff-raff off his track.

Tight turns abound. This roller will move closer to the turn.

Master of All He Surveys.

The Pump Track is maturing as an art form. We now have:

– French Style (tight and peaky),

– Colorado style (fast and flowy like my old one 1, 2 and Lory State Park) and

– NorCal style (huge and interconnected a la Mark Weir’s 1, 2).

9 replies
  1. leelikesbikes says:

    Nice. Lemme guess … dark red clay, overlooking the ocean, slaloming through the jungle …

  2. Bob Burnes says:

    I’m afriad my style won’t be as cool as the others…dirt on top of dirt-maybe a few rocks in there. I guess I could put a Joshua Tree in there…:D

  3. Walt says:

    It looks flat between rollers instead of like a sine wave as described in the Pump Track Nation. Yet, that works? I mean, you can gain speed throughout the whole track without pedaling?

  4. leelikesbikes says:

    A sine wave would be better from a pumping standpoint. But:

    – BMX tracks are frequently flat between rollers and jumps.

    – I’m not gonna tell a AA Pro how to build *or* ride!

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