The Backyard Pumptrack Lockdown Project

Jun 28, 2020
by Ramsay MacFarlane  
Bike crazy Ramsay MacFarlane 34 from Glasgow has spent 5 weeks during the lockdown building a 75 square meter pump track in his section of his back garden.

The Coronavirus-enforced lockdown prompted unprecedented numbers of people into the outdoors, mingling in the local parks, exploring pathways with the family and generally “getting out the house!”. While it is brilliant to see so many new cyclists and people enjoying newfound pleasure in the outdoors, it left those living in the city with limited options when it comes to daily exercise – the local parks and canal paths are so busy it was impossible to adhere to the 2-meter social distancing rule.

The sensible and most responsible thing is to stay at home entirely, as advised by our government. With this in mind, Trailcoach founder Ramsay got to work in his back garden… building a pumptrack!

Ramsay MacFarlane on the backyard pumptrack
Bike crazy Ramsay MacFarlane 34 from Glasgow has spent 5 weeks during the lockdown building a 75 square meter pump track in his section of his back garden.

The dry spring weather has baked the clay nice and hard for a fast-rolling surface, and thanks to the odd day or two of rain to help smooth out the bumps and fills the cracks, the track is now pumping in both directions and running sweet!

The whole process is documented on video, so if you’re interested you can watch all the episodes on Ramsay’s YouTube channel. Don’t forget to grab some popcorn!

The mighty RAINBOW lit-up at night

Can we have a shot? As we move into lockdown easing, Yes! We now invite you to come and ride the pumptrack!!!

Locals will be able to book a slot on the track to come and get some exercise and have some fun in a socially-distant and responsible manner – one person, or one family/household at a time. Wee kids and big kids are all welcome!

It is FREE to use – book your 25 min slot online here.

The mighty RAINBOW at the Backyard Pumptrack
The mighty rainbow lays praise and thanks to the bravery of the NHS staff and keyworkers and acts as a beacon of hope and positivity to everyone


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3 Comments

  • 1 0
 Great project, have built something similar, but more like a video game now as cant keep 2km of trails vegetation free on my own
so level one is ride-able, but will take some clearing to reach level 2
But now have built in Trampoline & looking for right place to add a slack line too?

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  • 3 0
 Quality, good to see you make it a reality. The plus side to lock down
  • 1 0
 Cheers dude! It's been an epic project and such brilliant fun to share it with everyone Smile

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