Spoke ‘n’ Word | Truckee Pump Track Project unites cycling community | SierraSun.com

Spoke ‘n’ Word | Truckee Pump Track Project unites cycling community

Courtesy Forrest HuismanZander Huisman, age 2, takes a water break in between hot laps on the wee-strider course at the Truckee pump track. The recently opened track, which was designed and constructed by local volunteers, continues to attract a wide range of cyclists from across the region.

Just three weeks after the grand opening of the Truckee Pump Track Project, phenomenal things continue to happen. In true Truckee form, cyclists with different cycling backgrounds and riding styles have brought the community together with another valiant destination for those looking for two-wheeled adventure.With the Truckee pump track’s immediate and widespread success, having hosted nearly 500 supporters on opening day and many more recently from around the state and beyond, fans from 2 to 72 are now building lifetime friendships and developing diverse bike skills.The diversity in pump track visitors is staggering. At any given moment, there could be families of toddlers, teens, dads and grandmas all riding their bikes through their favorite individual zones of the track, intertwined with the enjoyment of a family meal in a shaded barbecue area. andamp;#8220;It’s neat to see the camaraderie between the BMX and pump track participants,andamp;#8221; said Cortney Knudson, an IMIC certified mountain bike instructor. andamp;#8220;It all goes together, bridging the gap between all ages and types of riders.andamp;#8221;With this 17,000-square-foot skills course located just beyond Truckee’s downtown core, and open throughout the day and in between watering sessions, this track links many banked turns, bumps and jumps in a continuous circuit with multiple options, lines and angles, all designed in a zone located adjacent to the BMX track near Truckee’s Riverview Sports Park.The track’s design, construction and grand opening was made possible by impressive community spirit and nonstop organization, as well as straightforward, no nonsense, blood, sweat and beers. Additional gratitude is extended to Brooks McMullin and Mark Featherstone for their vision, fundraising and coordination, Randy Spangler for his track concepts and continued efforts, the cycling community for their volunteerism and strong enthusiasm, Truckee Sanitary District for the use of property, Truckee-Donner Recreation andamp; Park District for continued water maintenance, and the many valuable private donations of diverse services, tools, materials and soil. In addition to showing their strong support from the very start, more than 20 local businesses have all committed to support the Truckee Pump Track Project through future phases of expansions and growth. With this response and such reliable continued support, it’s obvious that the cycling community in Truckee really has no boundaries. If you haven’t already, join the fun, bring or borrow a bike and helmet, watch the lines and get your pump on!andamp;#8212; Team rider Forrest Huisman is the author of this week’s Marc Pro-Strava Racing column. For more information, results and upcoming events from the Truckee-based cycling team, visit http://marcpro-strava.com.

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