World Champion of Lyons Endurance Pump

Until today, our friend/rival Will at LateApex4Life held the record for 100 laps of Lyons pump. The jerk actually texted me right after his ride: “Will McDonald, June 27, 100 laps on Lyons pump track, 31:59.2”

OK Tough Guy, it’s ON!

Will gets some on opening day.

This evening I hit some Lyons jumps with Ian and his buddies, then, when everyone cleared out, I got down to business.

Set the cell phone on a rock in the infield. Hit Start. Do 10 laps clockwise with my right foot in front. Roll to the cell phone. Hit Stop. Rest until things start to make sense. Hit Start. Do 10 laps counterclockwise with my left foot in front. Hit Stop. Repeat for a total of 100 laps.

Specialized P.3. Fox F100 set very stiff. Sun Charger 27 wheels (pretty light, nice and stiff). Specialized Eskar tires (my new official rubber; they roll plenty fast and RIP the turns). Hayes Stroker brakes (unused).

Five.Ten Impact shoes. Specialized Enduro shorts (so sweet). The Fix Bike Shop t-shirt. Mismatched socks (mandatory). Clean underwear.

I get some on race day. Photo:

The first sets were around 2:10, then I settled into a 2:30 pace, then the pain came. Laps 80-100 were brutal! It was like, just get this one roller or turn really well, then cruise the rest of the lap.

Heavy feet, light hands! Tea Party fingers!

Total riding time: 26:42

Will did two sets of figure eights at the end, which added about a minute to his time. Full details on Will’s feat.

My time includes a fair amount of fiddling with the cell phone.

My rest intervals were not measured. They were probably longer than Will’s.

This protocol isn’t suitable for UCI competition, but it’s good enough to make me the World Champion of Lyons Endurance Pump. At least for now.

All right you fast/fit meatheads. I know you’re out there. Who’s gonna take this?


— Lee (WCoLEP)

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14 replies
  1. dylan says:

    Just to add to it. What is the total rolling distace of one lap of the track and what was your avg speed, More data.
    I hit up mine avg speed with breaks included in the time is 9.0+mph, Around 13+mph with the breaks taken out. My track is a total of 203’ft for one lap and it take s me about 23:22.00 for a full 100 laps with breaks timed in to that.

    This is all on the outside lap of my track, and switching feet and directions.

  2. Chris says:

    Great work Lee!

    Nice track and riding Dylan!

    Wills max heart rate was 189 without turning the cranks. That is fantastic! It reminds me of times when people who had never raced DH used to say it must be easy because you don’t have to pedal.

  3. zach says:

    Lee, you are the man when it comes to pump that is for sure, but you forgot your pads at my place. I guess you were having so much fun rocking the pump track you forgot all about the pads at the end of the day:) I did 80 laps last night before din din which for me is alot in a short amount of time as you know. 26incher not the 16ner. Goal 100 laps in 25 min that’s including break time just so you can come destroy it on my own turf…..

  4. dylan says:

    I used a heart rate monitor when i was racing Nordic as a kid. I stop running cross country and Nordic skiing and went sraight to gravity. DH mtb and Alpine Skiing, It would be very interesting to see what my heart would be at, I will deffinetly have to check this out

  5. leelikesbikes says:

    Guesses based on the Lyons track specs:

    Outside distance: 200 feet

    100 laps distance: 20,000 feet or 3.8 miles

    Average speed: 9 mph

    OK …

    At the Lyons Outdoor Games Pump Track Worlds, the fastest single laps were about 9 seconds.

    If the track is 200 feet long, that’s a speed of 15 mph.

    Lyons is apparently a relatively technical, slow track. Jon Watt clocked 21 mph on my old backyard track. I think Weir has hit 25-26 on his track.

  6. leelikesbikes says:

    Hey Zach! Yeah man, I miss those pads. Too busy rocking your fantastically turny creation. Hey, I don’t suppose you can send that vid you shot? ???

    You are *fast* on that track. No doubt you’ll rock some great 100-lap times.

  7. Will says:

    My time might have been a little better if I had stopped the clock during my rests. 🙂

    Interesting trivia: 100 Laps at Lyons = 1300 squats in 30 minutes or so. Feel the burn!

  8. zach says:

    Bad news, the video I shot didn’t save, I am guesing I forgot to hit save which sucks cause you were ripping it. I guess you will just have to come back down so we can get another one. By the time you come back down I will have switched it up to even make it more flowy and jumpy which you know is good….

  9. zach says:

    I will give you a call here shortly and we can plan another little sesh. Bring Ian and any one else, we will turn it into a pump track party. The grill will be going so we can get some good video and photos then. I think the rollers might be a bit small??? should make bigger!!!!!

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