Working hard on the pump track

A bike track with a difference

Young people from the Prince’s Trust have joined Territorial Army soldiers to build a pump track in the Brun Valley Forest Park, near Burnley

120 metres long, it is looped, with rollers and berms that can be ridden without pedalling – riders shift their weight, which propels their bike over the contours.  It can be ridden by people of all ages and experience on mountain and BMX bikes.

It was designed by Ian Warby from CTC, and Jan Czuganlinski from Ride-On Cycles, in Rawtenstall.

Lt Col Al Veitch, Commanding Officer of 75 Engineer Regiment, said:"The Brun Valley Army Challenge has been a great project for the Army to be involved in. The project has provided valuable training for our soldiers. We have helped unemployed young people gain new skills and we have provided new facilities for the people of Burnley to enjoy. It will provide lots of fun and plenty exercise for cyclists of all ages and we are very grateful to the Army personnel who have worked so hard to build it."

The Brun Valley Army Challenge has been a great project for the Army to be involved in. The project has provided valuable training for our soldiers. We have helped unemployed young people gain new skills and we have provided new facilities for the people of Burnley to enjoy. It will provide lots of fun and plenty exercise for cyclists of all ages.

The TA used 340 tonnes of recycled materials and 30 tonnes of stone to create the track. The Brun Valley Forest Park will eventually provide more than 15 kilometres of routes for cycling, walking, running and riding, as well as facilities just for cycles.

SylviaHowe