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Panther Valley bike pump track opens
by Tribune Staff
Jun 21, 2012 | 1690 views | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Reno, NV — A collaboration of the City of Reno, Poedunks, Inc., and the Tahoe Area Mountain Bike Association will celebrate the grand opening of the bicycle track at Reno's Panther Valley Bike Pump Track today from 4-5 p.m. at Reno's Panther valley Park at 850 Link Lane in Reno.

The new track is the first public pump track to open in Reno. A pump track is an endless loop of rollers and berms where bicycle riders propel themselves through the track by shifting their body weight, or “pumping,” in conjunction with the track contours, rather than having to pedal.

It is used for recreational and skills development in addition to being a great community gathering place for off-road bicycle riders to play. The Panther Valley Park pump track can be used by all age groups and all experience levels and will be open daily from sunrise to sunset.

The bike track was formally an underutilized bicycle BMX track. The Poedunks and others have transformed the old trance into a modern-style pump track that can be used by almost any bike rider of any age.

The benefits of a pump track include promoting healthy, physical outdoor activity; a low risk environment for cyclists of all ages and skill levels; affordable fun for all families (no cost to use the track); a sustainable recreation with minimal environmental impact; and low initial costs along with low maintenance costs.

The grand opening celebration will include a ribbon cutting and demo rides by bicycle riders.

Black Rock Bicycle will be hosting hot dogs and beverages. Black Rock Bicycles is the Reno/Tahoe area's best source for downhill bikes, trail bikes and full-suspension bikes, according to its literature. The business builds and sells only mountain bikes that the owners would ride and race themselves. Black Rock Bicycles is also Reno's largest supplier of quality bicycle rentals and bike sales for Burning Man participants.

The track was built through volunteer efforts of the Poedunks, Inc. (www.poedunk.org) and the Tahoe Area Mountain Bike Association (www.mountainbiketahoe.org) along with many in-kind donations.

In May, the Reno City Council approved a recommendation by the Ward 4 North Valleys Neighborhood Advisory Board and the Recreation and Parks Commission for the project.

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