Video: Tour de Pump in Chur, Switzerland

May 24, 2013
by Velosolutions Global  
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Tour de Pump stage 4, Segnes Pumptrack Chur


The fourth stop of the Tour de Pump took us to a very exciting place, the tarmac pumptrack in Chur. Pouring rain in the morning changed our plans of downhill riding to a visit in a gym, and even when we got to the pumptrack, the rain came for a little visit once in a while.

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Once the riders saw the track though, the rain didn't matter anymore. Felix Klee and Brendan Fairclough jumped on their bikes and started inventing new lines and jump combinations that were thought to be impossible. They kept riding together with the local kids for almost 5 hours, and didn't seem to get tired. Looks like pumptracks can be used for endurance training too!

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The Segnes Pumptrack is located on a kid's playground and was built in October 2012.


After the filming in Chur, the riders hopped on the bus and drove in the direction of Mendrisio, stay tuned for more to come!


62 Comments

  • + 45
 OH COME ON!!!!
Why can't we have that crap here in the United States?! Do you realize how much actual USE it would get? That's so epic!
Jealous, guys! Very cool.
  • + 142
 Because you guys are in debt, we on the otherhand have moneyWink
  • + 18
 Hahahahahahahahahaha! Was going to ask the same question until I saw the best reply ever. ^
  • + 29
 What do you like about being Swiss? "well the flags a big plus!" But your little dig is funny......
  • + 49
 Thats so funny, I have A.D.D so I like randomly go through wikipedia. Last night I was on switzerland's 'pedia page and it said that they have the most prosporous economy in the world. Science is highly emphasized in school AND... Kids are tested on their skill level and then placed in the appropriate class for school. I wish our country would take a note from countries like sweden, norway and switzerland. Then again we have wayyyyy to many religious fundamentalists. There are actually teachers denouncing science in our schools. No wonder we fail.
  • + 10
 yup. very simple. war=dept+death. Before Bush, Clinton had the USAs economy in the black, the trillions of dollars dept racked up faster then the interest rate on a pay day loan. As for A.D.D. the further east you are in the states the more likely you are to be diagnosed. www.youtube.com/watch?v=zDZFcDGpL4U
  • + 3
 hahahahhahahahahha !
  • + 3
 Sadly most Americans don't even know why they are in debt... They think they can print money forever xD
  • - 26
flag smokey101 (May 24, 2013 at 16:36) (Below Threshold)
 War actually stimulates the economy, but your bull crap answer works too.....
  • + 6
 Of course it does. Before you call it bs search a thing or two about the Federal Reserve Smile
  • + 3
 Not trying to be a dick but it's like Caiocrz just took his first macroeconomics class and thinks he's hot shit. Why don't you stop worrying about America and take a look at Brazil's literacy rate. Maybe once Brazil is a developed country you can talk Wink
  • + 5
 My wife is Swiss and all her family is in and around Herisau near St-Gallen. They work hadr, very hard but know how to enjoy life on their time off. I was always under the impression it was an expensive country to live but they have a far better quality of life when comparing income versus cost of living. Street lights are dimmed down and every second one turned of past midnight to save on hydro. Makes a lot of sense. Kids don't have as many breaks as they do here in Canada and U.S., they actually learn something. They do a lot for biking, hiking, back country leisure sports in general. I'm due to go soon, miss it.
  • + 11
 Not to say poverty or ignorance don't play their own roles in keeping America sucky, but the people I know who have first hand experience trying to bring pump tracks and other small bike parks into their communities all say that it is old people who block the projects. There are ways to raise money and to limit liability. But a motivatied (+wealthy helps) group of old people can kill any pump track on public land at the town meeting stage. And they do. You can walk into one of these things and say something like "If you improve this existing park such that more children use it, there will be more noise. I moved here to live next to an unused park." Someone else will say that children who ride bikes also use drugs. I think it's a lot more about shitty, selfish individuals than the global economy.
  • + 1
 If you want this in your parks, you have to show up and ask for it.
Attention Sacramento area riders:
Community Meeting
June 19th at 7:00pm
Sutter's Landing (skatepark)
Proposal to build pump track.
  • + 1
 I wanna ride for Scott!
  • - 7
flag mougetm (May 25, 2013 at 11:23) (Below Threshold)
 This is how they use the money stolen from jews during ww2 - Good job switzerland ! Don t look @ the swiss economy, they used the dirty money of all the worst basterd in the world ( wars, drugs, slavery, prositution etc.).
  • + 0
 ^^ sorry but the jew is right.... switzerland is probably on the top 5 list of fiscal paradises... but let away the jew thing
  • - 1
 Sorry mougetm, but look at your own country, "also French sent thousands of Jews off to their deaths in the East under Hitler".
  • + 11
 lol video about pump tracks turns to talk of jews/hitler. wtf
  • + 0
 it's the first law of the internet... every argument will always end up with Hitler
  • + 1
 Excellently enough, the youtube video of educational reform, the ever expansion of mountain biking, pump track building, large outdoor sports companies giving away gear, tickets to ride and dreams are all ways we are turning our ADD/HD society in America to ways that we see fit to ourselves. We all have our own societal issues and our own views of other countries, but we as a human society face the same problems- war, drugs, prostitution, economic hardships...etc. What is ever so enlightening for myself, is that as an American, I can come to PinkBike and meet the world face to face with my bike and learn about their drives, their desires and their atitutdes from my stupid, broke ass little ho dunk trash town in Vermont ( I love my home town btw) but the short is- we all bike, we all do it and it's another universal language that no democratic, drug torn or war mongering society can ever take from us. Hitler rode a bike, I am sure there is a video here on pinkbike of that Wink That is all.
  • + 0
 @ casums, ya nailed it brah. You're proof that all Americ*nts, aren't........ c*nts. Switzerland is a militarily neutral, scientifically motivated country that values all the right things for all the right reasons. I think Canada, although a great place to live & consistently considered one of the best countries in the world, would be even better & even more like Switzerland if we unfortunately, didn't have Muhrica for a neighbor. The shit we do or don't do, out of fear of what the USA will do in response troubles me greatly.
  • + 16
 When I was a child a park just had a swing and seesaw, why didn't they have a sick pump track!!!!
  • + 1
 LOL!! yeah..I sat on a seesaw by myself and just stared at the other end.
  • + 9
 Haha, this place is called Chur... The kiwis in the crowd will get it...
  • + 2
 Chur bro!
  • + 1
 Yeah definitely
  • + 6
 Why aren't these more popular in the States? Specifically SoCal?
  • + 2
 The ultimate ride/workout everyday. Better start the fundraiser. I'd be down.
  • + 17
 Obeh, it's because we are a lawsuit happy country. A kid would go out there slip on a leaf and his Mom would sue the city. Everybody is freaked out here. Our loss. Otherwise I think they would be popular all over the states.
  • + 4
 @philip..true dat. LAWSUIT, LAWSUIT!!! Say the city built one and on a rainy day a homeless person or any person slips/falls and scratch his knees (the least) and sue the city for $1.5 billion. He/She will win and get something like $2 million or something and then live like a King. Welcome to America biatches!! Sucks but true.
  • + 2
 Then how does the city get away with having skateparks?
  • + 3
 Most cities don't. I think we as a culture need to grow in our desire over our fear. All over the world kids are die from hunger, and we're afraid that our kid is going to break his wrist? How are kids and young people going to make a difference if from a young age they are taught not to take risks. Skateparks and pump-tracks are places to learn that stuff, as well as learn what they can contribute. I'm a parent and I think that we need kids who are comfortable being uncomfortable as kids so when they see a world in need they give. That's where our efforts and money need to go, not lawsuits, and parks and stuff are part of the training grounds. You get hurt there, you learn that life is hard there, you practice there, you succeed there. People can't say that those aren't life lessons.
  • + 3
 I want this so bad! Trying to persuade my local council to build a pumptrack, and this is what i want them to build! Time to start fundraising..
  • + 3
 Awesome pumper park. Red Bull is still poison.
  • + 1
 Congrats to you Claudio, amazing what you're doing for our sport in the country. Lots of success to the whole crew for the season. Ride hard!!!!
  • + 1
 Going to ride the new one near Didcot tomorrow - cant wait - taking my 10r old lad & his mate along. Hope to get one built in Hungerford Berks alongside the skate park.
  • + 3
 How are they filimg the aerial views? With some sort of RC chopper maybe?
  • + 1
 That would be my guess one of those quadra copter things. Looks like an awesome track though and you never really have to fix the lips unless the concrete cracksSmile Wish I had one of these at the park near my house!
  • + 2
 in the first one in Jenaz u can actually see the quadra copter in the background... Smile
  • + 1
 DJI Phantom w/ a GoPro Hero attached. I have one and they're quite easy to learn and fly.

www.dji-innovations.com/product/phantom
  • + 1
 Pretty sweet - now I need one!
  • + 3
 Saying the track looks incredible doesn't really scratch the surface
  • + 4
 Just like skidding on that track...
  • + 1
 Weir is our pumptrack? HAH! We are close to getting one in Novato, CA. I think we just need some more Benjamins.
  • + 2
 Dude's manuals are mental..
  • + 1
 Yep that's because its Brendan Fairclough...!!!!!!!!!!!
  • + 2
 That's a bitchin pump track!!!
  • + 1
 I wish the council built a sick pump track like that one were i live in stead of a shit skatepark.
  • + 1
 At first i thought going around the world looking for pump tracks was stupid, now i see the logic
  • + 2
 So awesome wish I had pump tracks like that near me
  • + 1
 do you guys also come to zurich and test the new one?
  • + 2
 Huck and flow!
  • + 1
 we have one in sun valley 2 acttully
  • + 1
 eEery city in the world should have one of these right in town sooo rad.
  • + 1
 Why Not in my City?? So jealous. But that track is awesome!!
  • + 1
 Ja Dieter keep pumping the track again and again and again.
  • + 1
 Whats the song!?
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