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What is a Pump Track?


What is a Pump Track?

Pump tracks are designed so riders never have to pedal their bikes.

©Beth Puliti
Definition: Pump tracks are manmade closed circuits with rollers in between and berms at each end. They are designed to be ridden without pedaling. A full-body workout, riders use their body to pump—or push down into the dip after an elevation and pull up before the crest of a mound—throughout the continuous loop.

By absorbing and compressing your bike over rollers, you convert gravitational force and downward thrust into speed. It’s been said that pump tracks were first designed by professional bike racers to advance their skills and racing times. Today, pump tracks can be found worldwide and enjoyed by riders of all levels.

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