This weekend Ian and I went to Taos, NM to build a pump track, and it came out great.
The whole process serves as a model for grassroots Pump Track Nation.
How the track came to be
International Standard pump track. Built using the sacred measurements from Welcome to Pump Track Nation.
This sort of project is all about getting the right people involved. I think, the less money you have, the more personal kung fu you need.
Randolph Pierce is a member of the parks and rec advisory board, and, as an avid rider, he wants to encourage the community to ride bikes. A bit of research led him to pump tracks. Small, safe, cheap and easy. He contacted me. I helped him assemble his proposal.
Brian Greer is director of the Taos Youth and Family Center. He gave us a piece of land behind the skate park. He also got us hoses, a nozzle and access to water.
D. Francisco “French” Espinoza is Taos’ Public Works Director, and he came through big time with 100 yards of good dirt and two days of Bobcat time. As several people said over the weekend, “French is a good man. On all things.”
Randolph wrangled a bit of money from local businesses — High Desert Tree Care, Taos Cyclery, Taos Ski Valley, Gearing Up, Taos Mountain Outfitters, Taos Cycle Club and Taos Video Works — to cover my costs. He also got sandwiches and pizza from local restaurants.
I provided the design and documentation, stressing the inherent safety of the International Standard Pump Track Design. We are not trying to push the envelope here; we just want a fun track to help get the community stoked on riding. The city said OK and added the pump track to the skate park’s insurance policy.
Everything went really smoothly. We’re getting better and faster at this.
Daniel was wringing out his Nomad. Wringing it out!
Sunday afternoon: The track is built. The riders are trained. And we’re ready to drive home.
Ian and I are tired but proud. In a couple days we’ll be ready to build a pump track in your community.
Know more. Have more fun!
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