Tumbler Ridge pump track opens July 16

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The Tumbler Ridge Mountain Biking Association is rounding the corner on their new pump track, and are expecting to open it the public on July 16.

A pump track is a looped sequence of rollers and berms for bike riders. It's designed to maximize riders momentum, so one can ride it with minimal pedaling.

Association President Jane Butters says the project began as an idea in 2019.

“Personally, I am very excited to take the fence down and open the track,” said Butters. "It's been a big project that we have put a lot of blood, sweat, and tears into and we cannot wait to see it full of kids and families having a blast.”

The track is located in Tumbler Ridge on Pioneer Loop, across from the Legion and will be owned by the district once completed.

Volunteers raised $850,000 to fund the project. Bikes, roller-blades, scooters, skateboards, and more are welcome to use the free track.

The association plans to add landscaping, signage, benches, a bike stand, and a bike tool station after the track is opened.

Tom Summer, Local Journalism Initiative, Alaska Highway News

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