Here in Santa Rosa we’re getting our very first public pump track bike park.
If you’re unfamiliar with the concept, here’s what to expect: a pump track is a small course consisting of berms, rollers, and other features that allow a bike rider to roll around a groomed dirt loop without pedaling. The rider uses their body, chiefly by pumping their arms and legs into and out of terrain, in order to gain momentum. This helps riders of all levels, from absolute beginners to seasoned pros, develop critical riding skills that can be applied to mountain biking, road racing, cyclocross, BMX, dirt jumping, or simply riding a bike. It also happens to be an insanely fun way to spend an afternoon with family and friends.
The Santa Rosa pump track, hopefully the first of many, is the brainchild of Doug McKenzie. After over three years of planning, fundraising, permitting, and plenty of waiting, the 56-year old Santa Rosa native is seeing his dream become a reality. Professional riders and builders, including track designers Andrew Taylor and Greg Watts, are putting the finishing touches on the course with the assistance of many volunteers from our local cycling community.
But it won’t stop there. McKenzie has been involved with the Redwood Empire Mountain Bike Alliance (REMBA) to promote an initiative for a pump track in every park. If that sounds overly ambitious, you haven’t met REMBA before. And if one pump track seems like enough, you haven’t ridden a pump track before. So inflate the tires on your old BMX, strap on a helmet and get out there. You’ll be pumped too.
The pump track can be found at Northwest Community Park adjacent to Comstock Middle School.
For more information, visit the REMBA Facebook page.