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Party for the Truckee Pump Track Project

Photo courtesy Truckee Pump TrackJump on the Truckee Pump Track fundraiser at the Cottonwood Restaurant April 24 to support the expected June completion.

TRUCKEE, Calif. and#8212; The Truckee Pump Track Project is throwing a fundraising party at the Cottonwood Restaurant and Bar, 10142 Rue Hilltop Road, Truckee on Tuesday, April 24, at 7 p.m. There will be live music provided by Forget the Roses, happy hour food, beer and a raffle with prizes donated by all your favorite bike companies. Proceeds go to fund the Pump Track, which is set to break ground this May in River View Park.

You might be wondering what a pump track is and why Truckee needs one. A pump track is a compact skills building course designed to teach rhythm and the use of momentum when riding mountain and BMX bikes. The intended design links together berms (banked turns), whoops (evenly spaced bumps) and jumps in various circuits built into the track. Imagine a skate park built into a course in which the rider can propel his or herself forward using sculpted dirt features. Serpentine by design, pump tracks pack a lot of fun into a relatively small space.

Truckee is a community where riding a bike is as important in the summer as skiing is in the winter. Truckee is a community devoted to cycling, and itand#8217;s no surprise it has embraced a formal track setting alongside other sport facilities such as a concrete skate park, ice rink, basketball court and softball diamonds. The Truckee Pump Track will provide a way for the community to recreate, exercise and socialize.

After a lot of grass roots organization and hours on the phone connecting all the dots, the TPTP has received the majority of the money and supplies needed to complete the track. Much of the thanks goes to grants from Specialized, Clif Bar, Truckee Rotary Club, the Tahoe Area Mountain Biking Association and the International Mountain Bicycling Association. The TPTP invites bike lovers and interested parties to turn out and help bridge the gap in funding. The return on the investment will be quick.

The Pump Track will break ground in May and it has an estimated construction time of three weeks. Randy Spangler (longtime bike track designer) and his pro team are performing the build with the help of Granger Excavation and Peak Landscaping. The grand opening of the facility will be sometime this June.

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