Part 2: Pumping
The pump tracks are one of the most entertaining and possibly exhausting stations at Joyride 150 Indoor Bike Park! Simulating rollers and undulating terrain like you'll find on the trails, you'll have fun and get a workout while working on some essential foundational skills.
Not only are they super fun to ride, they also encourage you to develop many great riding techniques AND they're easily repeatable, ensuring you get lots of mileage to help solidify your skills habits and test your endurance.
Pump tracks are great for:
Timing and Coordination (yes, this is a skill!) > If you are timing things wrong, you'll feel awkward, maybe slightly out of control or strike a pedal on the rollers. But get the timing right, and you'll tap into a flow state that feels so smooth and effortless, leaving you wanting more.
The feedback is immediate > You’re either speeding up and increasing your momentum or slowing down and feeling like the rollers are working against you.
Bike body separation > Riding the pump track and rollers will help you establish the movements needed to be the driver instead of the passenger on your bike.
Repeat, repeat, repeat > The indoor pump track is made of wood, meaning that nothing will change as you work on your mileage which is a great way to focus on your skills in a predictable environment.
We would love to work with you to ensure you understand and build the proper foundation on your bike this winter. Our Groundwork MTB Fundamentals Course runs three cohorts over the winter and is the perfect course that will leave you feeling confident and ready to hit the trails again in the spring.
When you’re ready to progress from the fundamentals, you can focus on "pumping" - a technique that creates momentum without pedaling along with many other benefits such as:
High-speed sections > Better manage your bike at speed in undulating terrain.
Learn how to 'dance' with your bike > You and your bike are a team, and you need to learn how to move smoothly with it for better control in more challenging sections.
Momentum > Create momentum without having to pedal.
Traction > You can pump to momentarily increase your traction by adding more downward force into your tires.
Advanced maneuvers > Pumping helps with the timing and coordination needed for pressure control in jumping and bunnyhops.
We would love to work with you to ensure you're 'pumping' your bike correctly. Our Level Up Workshop Series runs three cohorts over the winter and is the perfect course to take your pumping, jumping and other bike skills to the next level!