Sweet new pump tracks at Martinhal Sagres Beach Family Resort Hotel in Sagres, Portugal


Check out this pair of pump tracks I designed for a 5-star resort on the coast of Portugal.

These tracks were built by the resort’s construction crew — and they look fun!

The beach view isn’t bad either.


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  1. Regis says:

    Lee,

    I had the pleasure of spending 10 days there with my family back in June; we made sure we packed our riding kit, needless to say we were excited on the way there!

    My 4 yr old boy and I rented bikes (16′ and 20′) and had two sessions on the tracks. My overall impression was good:

    Positives:

    • two tracks, one for beginners and one for more experienced riders

    • I really enjoyed pumping, working on the sequence of rollers, turns etc and getting a proper workout

    • the location, the weather, the view!

    • the bike hire station just round the corner

    Less positives:

    • I thought the rollers were pretty steep and high on both tracks. Is it just me? On the beginner’s track I wonder if it places the bar a bit too high? My boy got the hang of it eventually but not without getting really frustrated (you know what they’re like!)

    • on the longer track I found it really hard to get through the last berm (the one closest to the other track) and carry some speed – it kinda slows you right down even if you come into it with a bit of speed

    • although I’m aware of the limitations of hire bikes the world over, the bikes were really quite heavy – my boy missed his usual 16′ Islabike (he could barely lift the hire bike) and I missed my 20′ GT big time!

    I’d be interested to hear what you think given you designed the tracks. Thanks!

    Keep it up!

    Régis

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  2. leelikesbikes says:

    Régis,

    Thanks for writing. I’m glad you had fun. Some thoughts:

    • The specs I sent to Martinhal used proven spacing and shapes. It’s very common for builders to make rollers steeper than desired (it’s much harder to make them round). Whenever I hire builders to help me create a track, I spend a lot of time urging them to make things rounder. Even rounder!

    • These tracks are very new. As they pack in, settle down and wear, the shapes will get rounder.

    • I think you’re talking about the big 180° berm. I can’t see the precise shape of that turn, but to build speed through a 180 requires some pretty advanced cornering and pumping technique. Especially when you’re not on your own sweet bike.

    I hope to try these tracks some day!

    Lee

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