Video: Tour de Pump in Zurich, Switzerland

May 26, 2013 at 2:30
May 26, 2013
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The Gstaad-Scott team's sixth and final stage of the Tour de Pump is here! The team end their journey at the opening day of the new bikepark in the heart of Zurich, Switzerland.


The weather game seems to be a pattern of the Tour de Pump. It only took a few laps in the brand new bikepark Zürich until it started raining. A few minutes later, the rain turned into hail! Our drones had to land and hide under the Red Bull tents until it stopped pouring down. Thirty minutes later, we tried again, but it only took another ten minutes until it poured again. This game continued pretty much all day long.


Nevertheless, the Gstaad-Scott riders and the guests from Timo Pritzel's Scott Voltage team, Louis Reboul, Benoit Chauvet and Timo Pritzel himself, kept riding all day long, pulling out tricks and lines that we didn't imagine when we built the park.







One day later, the park was flooded with hundreds of kids that had just as much fun as the pros from Gstaad-Scott and Scott Voltage!




Big thanks to Brendan Fairclough, Noel Niederberger, Felix Klee, Floriane Pugin and Emilie Siegenthaler for giving it all on the Velosolutions pumptracks all week long! It's time for a break before we leave for Scotland, for the BDS round in Innerleithen and the first World Cup 2013 in Fort William.

Stay with us for all the racing news on www.facebook.com/gstaadscott and on Twitter @gstaad_scott!

Who knows, if we find enough towns who let us build Pumptracks, the Tour de Pump can go world wide in the future?

Words by Claudio Caluori
Photos by Hansueli Spitznagel
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83 Comments

  • + 69
 Scooter Kids on pump tracks now too.
  • + 21
 I just studied abroad in Europe and there were sooo many scooter kids. I don't get it. It's horrible.
  • - 37
flag rclugnut (May 26, 2013 at 16:12) (Below Threshold)
 whats wrong with scooter kids?
  • + 33
 everything is wrong with scooter kids..
  • - 13
flag RodRamsey (May 26, 2013 at 17:27) (Below Threshold)
 Scooter kids get the hell out the way fooo! Ok you guys win best pump tracks in world etc hurray for you. We building one here in NYC with a secret list of pros so you not only ones getting busy. Since pink not reporting on the Plattekill GRT heres the results. Neko Mullaly 1st place Macdonald- bulldog took 2nd. Big props to anyone who camped thru last 6 days of hell on the mtn. 4-6" snow this a.m. For racers to deal with. Usually 70 degress this time of year like it was last weekend. Hopefully this race gets some coverage. I know we on the scary east coast and all. Most reporters frozen inside tents all week lol. Gwin another no show = punk, maybe he make it for windham.
  • + 4
 why as i see it it gets kids on bikes and starting to learn how to ride used to they dynmaics of a bike... not every kid is gunna start out tearing up whistler on the dh runs with a $1000 bike that'll fit them for a year...
  • + 7
 I was talking about those extreme scooter kids that always causing pile ups in skateparks. Kids on scootbikes always a great sight and I would wait ten minutes for he/she to clear the track. Here in nyc theres a million annoying razor scooter tards running into everyone.
  • + 6
 yeah and they don't scooter the stuff you do on your downhill either. They could easily get a 200-300 dollar BMX instead of a $600 scooter like the kids i'm always getting snaked by whenever I decide I want to ride a little park. And @ jimmything, Scooter kids aren't just in Europe. (unfortunately)
  • + 1
 Scooterkids? This Hype is already over here in Europe...
  • + 2
 Move out my way get out my way bitch get out da way.
  • + 1
 Bad Parenting... Scooter Parents.
  • + 16
 Why can't they build a pump track like that in Melbourne??
  • + 2
 I'm with you there man. The closest one we have is at You Yangs and it's pretty basic. Not to mention that its just to far away.
  • + 8
 it can't be that hard to chuck one in. One tenth of the money from mykey would make a more efficient pump track around the city than our train system .
  • + 3
 A dirt one is being built in Kensington, should be finnished in June.
  • + 4
 Land next to train lines seems to be available for this kind of thing. There's a skate park in Adelaide next to the main city train station. If you want a pump track on public land I guess to have to get local council on board, or go private and build it yourself.

"they" is probably going to have be "you" and your mates, but look at what you can build if you're motivated: www.facebook.com/pages/City-Dirt/215037298586390

btw tommo, we have the same bike, loving mine, no way I'd part with it for $1,400, that's a great price, even if the chain guide isn't on right ;-)
  • + 3
 You're all lucky you don't live in Midwest America. Here in the northern suburbs of Chicago we don't have anything as good. Most skate parks are only for skate boards, scooters, and roller blades. Bikes here are a huge risk to park districts and other recreation programs.

With some headway we are seeing more parks, but nothing at the scale where we see coverage or featured in Pinkbike. Just the DH/FR parks on the East Coast and some others out in the Rockies.
  • + 4
 I want to live in switzerland
  • + 16
 You're forgetting we have British Columbia.
  • + 2
 when did pumptracks start being built everywhere like this?! its awesome but it just seems so random. i want to go there so bad
  • + 1
 and we dont have this in britan beause.....
  • + 13
 What a masterpiece! Great that I live in zurich! We had to fight about 10 years for this park. Thanks to the city of zurich, velosolution, and to zueritrails.ch !!!
  • + 4
 Reading these comments makes me feel lucky I live here. The council recently built 2 pump tracks in the area. They're nothing like this but it's nice to know that the council cares about cycling.
  • + 3
 The British councils seem to be getting on the hole pump track seen, great to see it
  • + 1
 For sure, there are quite a few near me now - I dunno what the initiative is or whether it is EU funding or something but is good to see them realising that you can create a lot of fun with a little bit of space, some concrete and a few weeks with digger.
  • + 1
 I know the one that was created next to my old house was payd for with eu money
  • + 6
 this has just made me moist
  • + 5
 This is the most epic pump track I've ever seen! Every city should install one of theseBig Grin
  • + 1
 Sorry guys, apparently I'm an internet asshole, I don't understand what its like in Europe and I shouldnt make assumptions, the problem I have is that even here in Canada where we can dig too many people bitch, complain and are lazy.
  • + 3
 Here is the official page (in german) of the Bike Park Zurich:

www.bikeparkzuerich.ch

Built by pumptracks gmbh and Think+Build Velosolutions GmbH
  • + 1
 pretty amazing track!
  • + 4
 Really annoying watching this. Makes me realize I will never see something like this here in Brazil.
  • + 2
 Or me, here in Slovenia...
  • + 6
 I guess if you're in a big city like Rio then space might be hard to come by, but if not, all it takes is a little land, a few tools, a load of dirt, and lots of motivation Smile


The pump track at the bottom of our garden is nearly finished, it's around 60 metres in length with 9 rollers and 3 berms. I won't lie, it's a heap of work and will have taken 6-7 months to create by hand, as there was a lot of prep work needed, but if you can get access to machinery it could be done more quickly.
  • + 1
 @dakarally: Exatamente, todo mundo pensa em fazer. Mas, a não ser que tu tenha muito capital privado e tempo pra ver o retorno, fica bem difícil. Aqui no sul ja foram 2 tentativas de bikepark. A galera não pensa em ajudar. Vai lá, anda e depois que enjoa vai embora. Eu ainda tenho esperanças de que um bikepark com infra de primeiro mundo funcione aqui, e qdo alguém quiser fazer eu sou o primeiro a ajudar, masss, até lá...
  • + 2
 In Brazil if you want to build a public soccer place you will find tons of sponsors and public and private money. If you show a project like that for bikes people will think you are crazy mad...
  • + 1
 Cant wait for my local pump track to be finished! Our council were kind enough to give us the spare dirt from there new roading project, lets just say its quite a bit of dirt...
  • + 3
 That makes 5 pumptracks in Switzerland! I just want one in LA and Id be happy.
  • + 2
 Oh trust me theres a lot more than that. I think i could list about 5 more off the top of my head
  • + 1
 theres more than a few in LA if you know the right people…
  • + 1
 Speakeasy pump track
  • + 3
 Can't wait to go hittin this on my 20's
  • + 4
 Funking rad pump track
  • + 19
 on the other side of the road is a huge skatepark. super rad they managed to build something like that in the middle of the city. and there's a mall just behind the pumptrack, where you get food and drinks. it's simply amazing!
  • + 11
 "Shut up and take my money" Big Grin
  • + 1
 looks like a great track! Seems a bit of shame that it's had to be built next to a motorway and a trainline but i'd take that over nothing any day
  • + 3
 That track is a masterpiece!
  • + 2
 holy shit, that pump track is massive !
  • + 1
 awesome vid makes me wish we had a pump track like that around here where I live!
  • - 2
 I can just hear it in the Red Bull sales meeting. "Lets throw some money to the park directors and have them build a pump
section for the kiddies so we can get them hooked on our poison at an early age."
Disgusting how such a huge corporate entity, which has a crap product, controls such an awesome sport.
  • + 2
 Pump track? More like jump track! Soooooooo, sweet!
  • + 1
 actually loving these videos, makes me jealous of their awesome tracks though.
  • + 2
 I definitely need to move to Switzerland
  • + 3
 Wow
  • + 1
 Malaysia, no pump track, no dirt jumps.... consider ur selves lucky. Our local pumptrack got demolished.
  • + 2
 Where does one acquire red bull in that quantity!?
  • + 2
 Tour de pump is getting better and better!
  • + 2
 Best one
  • + 1
 Why can't the rest of the world catch on?
  • + 1
 looks nice, glad to see some investment in the biking community!
  • + 1
 Sickest pump track ever!!!
  • + 1
 This lines look awesome, reminds me of a lot of the old snake runs
  • + 1
 Hm...I think I'm gonna build me one of them in my yard!
Yep.....I am.
Smile
  • + 1
 [bug]
  • + 1
 one word: Awesomeness!!
  • + 1
 we need this here Smile
  • + 1
 im with you there man!
  • + 1
 my oh my
  • + 1
 So cool!
  • + 1
 really a scooter.....
  • - 2
 Stop complaining. Go out in the woods and build a pumptrack.
  • - 5
flag mxnate (May 26, 2013 at 7:06) (Below Threshold)
 Totally agree, what a whining bunch of bitches, buy a shovel and get a clue you lazy F**kers, why does someone have to do it for you.
  • + 15
 Sorry but I don't have my own woods to built what I want....
  • - 10
flag mxnate (May 26, 2013 at 7:29) (Below Threshold)
 That's ridiculous, ride til the pavement ends, find some dirt and start digging. Excuses are like A-holes these days, seems like everyone's got one.
  • + 3
 easy to say that A. most places you cant just start digging any where you want to you hoser, A.
  • + 1
 How do you pronounce the name of the town?
  • + 4
 It is Illegal to dig just about everywhere around here. All state land. We need a place like this in the city, or up in the mountains around town.
  • + 0
 @Lilshredman the English way is (zurik.)
  • + 5
 nate =we can get away with that in Canada. In some places (south Germany for example) they get arrested for building in the woods. That's pretty heavy stuff
  • + 1
 last time i started digging a jump at random someone called the cops on me so yeah land kind of is a problem.
  • + 1
 Thanks czardave!
  • + 1
 Also here in Switzerland you will got big troubles if you build in the woods your lines or jumps. Therefore cities and communities build up parks like this one to avid building in the wilderness. We are here a kind of limited by the free space we have, it's not only because the cities want to make a gift for the biking community Wink
  • + 1
 @mxnate :
I built a lot of trails and I have to destroy a lot of them too. We had big of troubles with forest guards and administration. It's not because that's like that with you that it had to be the same everywhere. a*shole.

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