THE South African qualifier for the Pump Track World Championship will be hosted this Saturday, April 28. The fifth leg of the Red Bull Pump Track World Championship series will be hosted by the eThekwini Municipality’s GO!, Durban Cycle Academy and the Durban Green Corridors (DGC) at the KwaDabeka Bike Park and promises participants and spectators some great sporting action.
While valuable partners such as Red Bull and Sasfin have made this event possible, some hard work by local DGC trail builders went into the creation of a world class pump track, ensuring that some specialist labour skills landed locally.
The first Velosolutions pump track in the province was completed a month ago, under the design and guidance by world-renowned former competitive Mountain Bike (MTB) cyclist and owner and manager of
Velosolutions, Claudio Caluori.
Caluori spends much of his time supporting future generations of cyclists by building pump tracks and bike parks around the world.
The construction of the pump track at KwaDabeka began in February and took four weeks to complete.
Durban Green Corridors’ trail builders were brought onto the construction team to build the track and learn valuable skills from Caluori.
This core team of six will now be able to use the knowledge gained to help create more tracks, as the municipality continues to develop bike parks as part of its non-motorised transport strategy to encourage a culture of cycling and walking within the city.
Mlungisi Nzonzo, Mandlenkosi Mampogose, Mduduzi Cele, Sifiso Cele, Ayanda “Cruz” Cele and Njabulo Meyiwa all from KwaDabeka, were part of the team that constructed the 1000 m2 track set in the picturesque valley of the Umgeni river alongside the bridge on the MR577.
“Developing these tracks is very specialised and involves levelling the site and putting in the drainage systems, a critical part of the maintenance of the track,” said Shaun Peschl, Sports Director of the GO! Durban Cycle Academy.
“The construction team had to bring in the soil which is the most important phase as this is where the track starts to take shape and the berms and angles need to be exact.
“Finally the top layer of asphalt had to be laid and then compacted into the shape and design of the course.
“What was particularly important about involving local people in the development of this track, is that this has created a foundation for rolling out future tracks in the city, under Velosolutions’ guidance.
“It is a skill that takes years to perfect so it will be an ongoing process to continue developing these specialist skills within our team.
“This project has definitely helped to enhance the existing skills of our trail builders into a more refined art that will help GO!
Durban, and any other interested parties in KZN to promote cycling and create accessibility to the sport in the province,” said Peschl.
“Stefanutti Stocks played a critical role in the process from start to finish, supplying machinery and other labour resources to make the project possible, for which we are most grateful,” says Peschl.
The Red Bull Pump Track World Championship series is open to male and female riders from the age of 16.
To register, visit redbullpumptrackworldchampionship.com
Spectators can purchase tickets for R100 for the day from webtickets.co.za
Gates open T 8 am for riders and spectators. The event ends at 3 pm followed by DJs Inferno, Gregory Banx, Mazz & Luee and I am DJ, who will entertain the crowds until 6 pm.
Entrance for the DJ concert is R20. Tickets available at the door. - Supplied