The location: Northeast Portland, Oregon. We’re visiting our friend Paddy C’s backyard for what has become a 4th of July tradition, the yearly pump track party. The barbeque has been fired up, beers are flowing, and we are ripping circles over and over on the backyard track.
Back yard pump tracks are still a new phenomenom in the world of mountain biking. Since there aren’t that many still, they seem to be a viral kind of thing. Lots of us have built jumps, but most of our backyards aren’t quite big enough to handle a set of trails. After I rode the legendary Peacock Pit for the first time (Mark Weir’s track) my brother Izaak downloaded Lee McCormack’s Ebook pump track nation and built a track in his backyard. After our friend Rocker Dave rode Izaak’s yard he built a track in the back of Jim-Bob’s house. Then Rocker helped Pat build one in his backyard. And so the pump track love spreads.
Every good pump track session starts with a bit of love for the dirt. Paddy got us started right with a bit of hose and water action, and the non-stop session began. As the afternoon ran on, more and more peeps show up, beers are drank, and good times are had.
One of the best parts of Paddy’s track is the dirt quarter and wall ride half pipe. More pump tracks need wallrides. High mark contest anyone? I bonked my head on the branches above the wall a few times.
Pat’s pump track is going on several seasons now, and the dirt is solidly packed. You know your pump track works when guys can skate it.
We had some sweet trains on the track that continued until thighs were burning. When it was time to light some fireworks, it was mandatory to roll laps with sparklers in hand.
It’s the middle of winter right now, and I’m finding myself really missing these days. Even more so now that I’m located back in the Bay Area, where pump tracks like this are even further far in between. (As far as I know-at least for now.)
The riding and partying went on long after dark, but didn’t stop.
I have some sweet footage from the session I’ll hopefully find time to piece together soon.