Dirt trail pump track opening in Bristol

BRISTOL — On Saturday, June 16, the Bristol Recreation Club will hold a popsicle party to celebrate a new pump track at the town Recreation Field adjacent to Mount Abraham Union High School.
A pump track is a dirt trail on which mountain bikers roll up and over little hillocks and banked turns designed in such a way as to enable the rider to create momentum by pumping their body up and down and thus keep forward momentum with little pedaling.
Project Coordinator Ali Zimmer said the track’s construction was completed in early May and has already become a gathering place for local kids and adults looking to work on bike skills.
Saturday’s party will run from 1 to 3 p.m. Everyone is invited to bring their bicycle and ride Bristol’s new pump track for the first time, or celebrate what has quickly become a frequent play spot and community hang out. The rec club will offer free clinics to demonstrate and teach how to ride the track, pump track etiquette and maintenance, and general biking tips every 15 minutes with Zimmer, a former professional rider.
And organizers mentioned a group art project will also be taking place.
Plus there will be popsicles for everyone.
The project was funded by grants secured by Porter Knight of the Bristol Recreation Club, among them a $1,500 grant from Burlington’s Outdoor Gear Exchange. Additional funds were supplied by Ben and Jerry’s, Neat Repeats and the Bristol Recreation Club.

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