The beautiful town of Pontresina, high up in the famous Engadin valley in the canton of Graubünden, Switzerland, was visited by the Scott Voltage team with Timo Pritzel, Xavier Pasamonte and pump track king Adrien Loron, for the inauguration of Velosolutions' latest creation.
Pontresina became interested in having a pump-track just over a year ago, and we incorporated a special design feature into our latest creation: to keep one straight line usable for the cross country skiers in the winter. The designs process of the track was quite surprising, as Pontresina didn't slow us down when we got excited and packed the whole surface with multiple lines. In fact, they wanted us to get the maximum out of the available area of 1100m² (around 12,000 sq ft), a dream for any pump track builder!
But a dream on paper can be a real challenge to build in reality! The layout of the track is so compact that we had absolutely no room for error. We constantly had to stop digging, look at the drawings, measure the distances and restart digging. The result is a pump track that provides numerous line combinations, offering riding options for years!
We started by laying out a proper drainage system as well as electrical pipes for flood lights. After finishing the raw shape, we added a layer of coloured concrete, which allows riding in any weather, without having to reshape it. It also allows usage with skateboards, inline skates and scooters. The final step was the landscaping by the gardener, though we'll have to wait for next summer to see the green coming though, as snow covered the track right after the inauguration!
A 68 years old local road cyclist (he's in the video too), got so excited about the pump track that he spent 2 and a half hours of flat-out digging to clear the track of snow! The kids in town really appreciated it! Maybe we should hire him as a new Scott rider/Velosolutions shaper?
On the day of the inauguration, the concrete had to prove its advantages: heavy rain in the morning didn't stop a lot of people from coming, the track was packed with kids, and Xavier Pasamonte, Adrien Loron and Timo Pritzel pulled out some surprising tricks and line-combinations. The track has been packed ever since!
Photos by Stefan Hunziker