Khothalang Leuta's life changed thanks to a pump track built by an initiative called Pump for Peace, spearheaded by Claudio Caluori and his pump track and trail company Velosolutions. Not only does Velosolutions build pump tracks that will host events like the Pump Track World Championships, like the one Grow Cycling Foundation has been working on, but it also has a mission to make pump tracks a global phenomenon and has built pump tracks in disadvantaged and war-torn areas in an attempt to make riding as accessible as possible.
After building a pump track in southeast Asia, Claudio decided he wanted to keep the momentum going, and Pump for Peace was born. "When we were finished building [in Cambodia], we immediately saw all of these kids come out and ride with whatever they had," he said. 'Some of them had old rusty bikes, others didn’t even have pedals, but they kept riding. I had tears in my eyes. And so I thought, 'We have to make this possible everywhere in the world.'" Read more about Khothalang Luetha's story and Pump for Peace here