Kids pumped about Te Anau's new pump track

Josh Pearson is the centre of attention as he gives Te Anau's new pump track a speed test.
Barry Harcourt

Josh Pearson is the centre of attention as he gives Te Anau's new pump track a speed test.

Te Anau kids are pumped about the opening of a $70,000 track for cyclists, scooter riders and skateboarders.

The two-looped asphalt track is called a pump track.

A pump track is a continuous loop of berms and smooth mounds, known as rollers, which are ridden without pedaling. 

The name "pump track" comes from the pumping motion used by the riders as they ride around the track, with the aim to maintain speed without pedaling. 

Te Anau Community Board chair Rachel Cockburn said the community board funded half the $70,000 cost of the track, and the other half was paid for by the Community Trust of Southland and Meridian.

"It's exciting. It's another step in our goal to become a cycling hub."

Te Anau Cycling Incorporated president Andy McDonald said the pump track, which starts and finishes at the Te Anau Skate Park, was opened for use on Tuesday.

About 30 kids had a go and it proved a hit, he said.

"The kids absolutely loved it ... it's something else for our young kids to do with their time, which is great."

The track could be used by people of all ages, with McDonald, 42, saying both he and his daughter, 2, were having fun on the track on Wednesday.

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"Once the word gets out a lot of skateboarders and BMXers will travel here to ride it because it's a lot of fun," McDonald said. 

The track, built by Elevate Trail Building in Queenstown, will be officially opened on February 18.

 

 


 

 - The Southland Times

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