Sun City Resort has a thrilling new, multi-wheel pump track suitable for the whole family and all rider skill levels. The pump track is part of the new Sun City Bike Park, which opened on 16 December 2017 to welcome holiday-makers, and adds to the many activities available at the resort.
What is a pump track?
Pump tracks are designed to accomodate all wheels. From Mountain bikes, to bmx and skateboards, a pump track creates a fun facility for all. A combination of rollers and turns allow riders to learn basic skills and improve in a controlled environment. Riders carry momentum by using a pumping motion by bending your arms and legs as you 'roll' through the track. From youngsters to professional riders these tracks offer a variety of challenges all dependant on speed and skill level of the rider.
The Sun City Resort pump track was a massive project that began in July 2017, designed and constructed by DirtLab, who are experts in creating cycling venues, including bike parks, pump tracks and mountain bike trails.
What to expect at the Sun City Resort Pump Track
Being a multi-wheel facility, it can be enjoyed using most types of wheels including skateboards, BMXs, mountain bikes, dirt jump bikes, push bikes and even inline skates.
“While the main pump track requires some ability, the facility was designed with beginners in mind, so if you can balance a bike fairly well, you'll be able to learn the basics of a pump track,” says project manager and designer, Dirk van Schalkwyk.
DirtLab has also built a dedicated kiddies track for push bikes only with a special surface that has more grip and makes it safer and easier to ride on.
Come to the Sun City Bike Park and try out what riders have dubbed an ‘epic pump track’. No bike or kit? Sun City has a full range of rental bikes, as well as protective gear to hire.
Fast facts about the Sun City Resort pump track:
The DirtLab team of seven plus a team of 50 were involved at various times of the build.
DirtLab sourced most of the materials locally.
The biggest challenge was building this facility on a steep slope. Excavation was extremely difficult as approximately 1 800 tons of material had to be removed to create a level area to build on. More than 1 500 tons of this material was rock.
Construction took place in temperatures of 35-40ºC most of the time.