Velosolutions' Pumptrack in Pontresina, Switzerland

Oct 21, 2013 at 4:59
by Claudio Caluori  

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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!

During the inauguration in Pontresina

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!

A bit of thought was necessary....

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!

Ruedy Hellstern 68 on Timo Pritzel s Scott Voltage

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!

the kids love it
Timo and Xavier showing how it s done
Raw shape ready
During the concrete work
Adrien Loron sayling
Claudio Caluori trying out new lines
Lucas Lagneau on attack
kids lesson by Adrien Loron
and so does Adrien Loron
the inauguration
Massive traffic

Photos by Stefan Hunziker
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46 Comments

  • + 34
 Want one these near where i live Big Grin
  • + 31
 Who Doesn't?

looks like the sweetest pump track on earth
  • + 6
 That is a sick pumptrack
  • + 3
 I'm looking for a nice dirt patch near my house so I can build one
  • + 44
 no claudio chest cam course preview?
  • + 1
 Do it!

The pump track at the bottom of our garden in nearly finished, it's so much fun, but site access is important if you want it done quickly and easily Smile


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  • + 14
 such a sick pumptrack. the concrete is cool, and is nice somewhere where it rains a lot, but I still like the look of the dirt one better. call me a purist
  • + 6
 rides better too i think. we have a few good pumptracks in the netherlands, and while concrete rolls faster riding is just more fun on dirt
  • + 3
 @ yorntjefreerider:
Where?
  • + 8
 I like dirt, too, but the upkeep on a giant, public track like that would be tough. What about using that rubber they top all the playgrounds with? It's pretty durable, might duplicate the dirt feel a little better, and maybe even go a little easier on you when you wreck. It might be expensive and the skateboarders couldn't use it, though.
  • + 10
 Would love to do this to half the baseball diamonds in my town! Let the kids have some real fun and develop real skills.
  • + 6
 I've got a fever, and the only prescription is more Claudio!
  • + 1
 I would love to create a proposal for our local park to create a permanent pump track. I'm assuming only Velosolutions could even come close to giving me a quote on how much it would cost to develop and complete.

Kind of hard to go to a town counsel with a proposal to raise an unknown amount of funds for a project no one knows the cost of?
  • + 1
 Check out progressivebikeramps.com they have basic features and pricing
  • + 1
 Alpine Bike Parks Builds Pumps tracks and does proposals
  • + 1
 i have been in pontresina this summer in August for the Piz Bernina's tour. we slept very close to that place where the pumptrack is built, but that time still nothing was there. Wonderful place!!
  • + 3
 God Europe has the sickest pumptracks ever!
  • + 3
 Yes, finally a pumptrack in Engadin!!!
  • + 3
 黄色的铺装是什么?
  • + 7
 “整理的原始形状后,我们加了一层彩色混凝土,允许骑在任何天气,而无需重塑。” (says google translate!)
  • + 14
 Absolutely!
  • + 2
 Switzerland looks like pumptrack paradise
  • + 2
 This Video should be POD! Looks like so much fun Smile
  • + 3
 You mean VOD now don't you...
  • + 1
 of course VOD. Sorry about that Wink
  • + 2
 I rather have this then a Football field.
  • + 1
 Ok, now I know that the next summer I'll have to bring with me both my bikes!
  • + 2
 What's the draw to pump tracks?
  • + 4
 They are fun and a good way to help build certain technical skills. Since riding a few both indoors and outdoors my ability to pump terrain has increased greatly. Want to learn how to ride berms better? Ride a pump track for a while. Not to mention they are a great workout.
  • + 6
 U must ride one to understand how fun it is
  • + 2
 If you can't tell from watching this vid (fun, community, exercise, skill building, fun!), then, with all due respect seanblurr, you should probably just stick to road biking.
  • + 1
 Switzerland. If only I could live anywhere I wanted. The world could learn so much from them.
  • + 1
 Does anyone know any specifications of the concrete?

How thick is it? Are there expansion joints?
  • + 1
 Hi guys, someone know how much does it cost to make a pump huge like this?
  • + 1
 What is the top of it made of smooth sand what type of mix is it
  • + 1
 "After finishing the raw shape, we added a layer of coloured concrete, which allows riding in any weather, without having to reshape it."
  • + 1
 qunut..have you not seen the concrete pump tracks these guys have built all over Europe. Absurd stuff.
  • + 2
 perfect!
  • + 1
 I Thought Claudio was going to give us another firt run...
  • + 2
 Golden
  • + 1
 Man that is so awesome wish there was one near me they are a blast to ride
  • + 1
 nice place!... sorry for the skater!
  • + 1
 Looks awesome! Wish I had something like this near me
  • + 1
 Work of art!
  • + 1
 Wow, a masterpiece
  • + 1
 Looks Awesome!

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