We bloody love pump tracks. They’re perfect places to hone skills that are incredibly useful even if you never intend to get into the air and they’re incredibly strenuous too. They’re excellent fun to warm up on or to squeeze the last bit of energy out of your legs after a bit of trail centre riding and they’re always a good place to hang out with mates after a ride. However, DMR have decided to take it to the next level with their new Pumptrack Challenge race series.
There are going to be five events across Britain this summer and if you’re feeling a bit handy then there will be loads of prizes for the the people that set the fastest time around the track. Although there’s obviously no pedalling allowed it’s still going to be a proper trial of strength and endurance as well as bike handling. Full details below or head to the website…
“The DMR Bikes Pump Track Challenge is great for rider and crowd participation so its easy to see how this will become one of the great fun events on the calendar.
What is a Pump Track?
Pump Tracks are one of the best ways to learn skills for all types of riding dirt. Open to all skill levels, Pump Tracks are attractive to dirt new comers and are the breeding ground for dirt jumping and 4x racing formats. Pump Tracks are springing up all over the country. They vary in design but are generally short, rolling, tight and twisty. They challenge rider’s skill. Races will be won and lost in the corners. Upper body strength and bike handling is key as no pedalling is allowed.
Racing Format & Prizes
Simple format leads to fast competition and fast action. Each entry races at least one timed lap of the track for a qualifying time. From this there will be knock out rounds using Quarter’s, Semi’s and Finals.
Everyone has a great chance to win some prizes & the DMR Pump Track Challenge trophy.
Entry is in four categories with great prizes up for grabs:
RIPPERS (12yrs to 16yrs); OPEN (17yrs+), LADIES (12yrs+): racing for Lezyne prizes :
PRO CATEGORY: racing for £400 of cash prizes (1st £250/ 2nd £100/ 3rd £50) per round
As a side show to the Pump Track Challenge anyone can enter for free the Lezyne Exploder. Showcasing the incredible pumping power of the Lezyne Dirt Floor Drive pumps two competitors go head to head in frantic pumping action to explode an inner tube. First to burst gets a Lezyne prize.
Any mountain bike can be use with a minimum of 24” wheels (no BMX) but we’d recommend riding a 4X or dirt jump hardtail bike to get the most fun, of which DMR make plenty of bikes in this category – see www.dmrbikes.com
When and Where
The DMR Pump Track Challenge will be 5 events across Britain in 2011:
First two events are part of the Schwalbe British 4x Series:
#1 Saturday 2nd April – Leamington Spa, Warwickshire
#2 Saturday 15th July Hales Superbole , Harthill, Cheshire
…then three standalone events
#3 OnePlanet Adventure, Llandeglla, Wales – Date TBC (Check website for details)
#4 Venue and Date TBC
#5 Indoor flood-lit race (Private Venue)- Invited riders only – £600 cash prizes!
DMR Pump Track Challenge is promoted by Naked Racing.
Head honcho Chris Roberts: “There has been an explosion of pump tracks across the country so now is just the perfect time to start racing on them. The small pump track creates an intense racing atmosphere with the whole crowd of spectators really shouting & screaming for their favourite riders to win! DMR Bikes have been fantastic and really got the behind this with amazing Lezyne prizes topped it off with a Pro prize purse of £400 per event! Just can’t wait to kick it all off at Leamington on 2nd April”
DMR’s Damian Mason: “DMR Bikes are stoked jolly excited to boost the growth of the pump track scene with these exciting new competitive events. We are expecting some ripping action from each round.”