Urban cycling track open

2016-10-25 06:00
 Nathan Jowell takes to the bumps and berms of the Epic Pump Track that opened in Deer Park last week.

Nathan Jowell takes to the bumps and berms of the Epic Pump Track that opened in Deer Park last week.

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A cycling track at Deer Park has been officially opened, for use by the community and avid cyclists.

The pump track – a loop with banked corners and humped mounds where cyclists have fun overcoming the obstacles – has been donated by the Absa Cape Epic cycling race.

The Deer Park Epic Pump Track was launched last Tuesday. It features a short course with bumps and banked corners for local children to have fun and learn some skills. It includes rhythm sections – with man-made humps – and berms on corners.

The pump track has been built next to the Deer Park parking area.

Absa Cape Epic CEO Lynn Naudé says building the track enabled the cycling race to give back to Table Mountain National Park – which has twice hosted the Epic prologue – and the local cycling community.

“It is also an opportunity to educate youngsters on responsible use of the mountain as well as introducing them and their families to Table Mountain,” Naudé says.

“An added benefit is that it is a safe place for youngsters to have fun on their bikes and to learn skills that will serve them well when they move on to other cycling disciplines.”

Absa Cape Epic spokesperson Sarah Haigh previously told People’s Post that the Epic organisers wanted to give back to the communities in which it operated. There was an opportunity in Deer Park and the space was offered by Table Mountain National Park for the creation of the track, she explained (“Epic track gifted to cyclists”, 2 August). The cost of installing the track was around R25 000, but the team also spent many hours on the project and meeting the various parties involved. The track boasts rhythm sections (with raised mounds) and a few small sweeping berms on corners which are “ideal for the young cyclist to hone his or her skills in a controlled environment”, Haigh says.

It provides a safe environment for children to have fun and for those who have a passion for the sport to develop their skills, she says.

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