Nearly two dozen kids from the local area stopped by the Castle Rock Bike Park on Saturday to test things out as part of Pump Track Preview Day. The event was hosted by Growlers Gulch Racing.
After watching a demo by Kevin Knorr, bikers had a chance to ride a modified lap on the south end of the course for time. Big thanks to Ryan McMaster for organizing the competition and clocking the racers. Tyler K killed it with a winning lap of 33.6 seconds.
A small crew from GGR then went to work.
Kevin Knorr, Brandon Gross, and Tyler O’Neill began shaping moguls on the advanced jump line. Chris Laughlin spent several hours limbing and brushing trees on the site.
Dave LeMonds, Jeff Lipton, Ryan and I began work on the first feature in the skills area. It took us nearly six hours, but we were nearly able to complete the entire thing.
Running parallel to the River Walk Trail for more than 125 feet, the low-to-the-ground feature includes four transitions and offers something for everyone.
It begins with a 30-inch-wide bridge, followed by a benign area covered by paver rocks and another bridge that starts at 30 inches and narrows to 24.
The bridge drops to an open area of approximately 25 to 30 feet that will eventually feature two rollers. (We need to have several piles of drain rock pushed away from the trail before we can start on this)
Things get interesting as the next bridge narrows to 18 inches and crosses ten pieces of concrete culvert. Riders have to be on their toes to prepare for a 16-foot bridge that is 11 inches in width.
A brief rock slab transition follows before the feature concludes with a 6-inch skinny and a modest flat drop.