New Velosolutions' Pump Track: Pontresina, Switzerland
Velosolutions' latest creation recently opened in Pontresina, Switzerland. One year ago the town expressed interest in having a pump track built there, and originally there was due to be only one line so cross country skiers could use it in winter, but the new pump track was built packed with multiple lines.
There was no room for error on this project, the build was so compact it proved a real challenge to get right.
The process involved returning to look at plans, measuring the distances and stopping and restarting digging to make sure nothing went wrong. The end goal was reached, creating a pump track with open line choices and combinations that can be experimented on for years.
The foundations of the pump track started with basics, allowing Velosolutions to create the next level of pump track:
We started by laying out a proper drainage system as well as electrical pipes for flood light. After finishing the raw shape, we added a layer of coloured concrete, which allows riding in any weather, without having to reshape it. It also allows usage with skateboards, inline skates and scooters. Last thing was the landscaping/greening by the gardener. We will have to wait for next summer to see the green though, as the snow covered the track in white right after the inauguration.
The track was packed on opening day with riders of all ages coming along to test the track; including the Scott Voltage team with Timo Pritzel and Xavier Pasamonte.
Opening Day Gallery