Crankbrothers and Pump for Peace: Nepal’s First Pump Track

Crankbrothers set out on a mission to make a difference by launching a special edition shoe in collaboration with Pump for Peace, the charitable arm of Velosolutions, a globally renowned pump track builder. 

The goal was simple: to help fund a pump track in an underprivileged area and bring the joy of riding bikes to people from all walks of life.

They started the Pump for Peace initiative because they believe in the transformative power of cycling. They know that riding a bike can bring joy, freedom, and a sense of empowerment to people of all ages and backgrounds. 

They wanted to give back to communities that might not have easy access to this life-changing activity. Today, thanks to the support of an amazing community, the first-ever pump track in Kathmandu, Nepal, is now ready to ride. 

With the support of local groups such as the Himali Riders Club and Switchback, all of us can celebrate the opening of “Pump Track Nepal” in the heart of the Kathmandu Valley.

Whether you purchased a pair of Pump for Peace shoes, shared our campaign with your friends and family, or simply cheered us on from afar, your contribution has made a meaningful impact. Without your help, we could not have achieved this important milestone. 

What is a Pump Track?

A pump track is a type of bicycle track featuring a series of small hills, banked turns, and other obstacles, allowing riders to maintain momentum and speed without pedaling. 

Instead of relying on pedals, riders use their body weight to “pump” their bike up and down over the terrain, which creates a flowing, rhythmic motion that can be both challenging and exhilarating.

Pump tracks are popular among cyclists of all ages and skill levels, from beginners to professional athletes. They’re often used for training, as well as for casual riding and competition.

Why is a Pump Track Perfect for Nepal?

First, Nepal has a long history of cycling, particularly in the Kathmandu Valley, which is a hub of cycling activity in the region. However, many people in Nepal do not have access to safe and well-maintained cycling facilities, which can limit their ability to enjoy the sport and its many benefits.

Second, pump tracks are particularly well-suited to Nepal’s unique terrain and landscape. The hills, valleys, and varied terrain of the Kathmandu Valley provide the perfect backdrop for a pump track, which relies on small hills, banked turns, and other obstacles to create a flowing, rhythmic motion. This type of terrain is ideal for riders of all skill levels, and it can help to improve their cycling technique and overall fitness.

Finally, a pump track is a cost-effective and sustainable way to bring cycling to more people in Nepal. Because pump tracks require minimal maintenance and can be built in almost any location, they are an excellent way to provide cycling facilities to urban and suburban areas that might not otherwise have easy access to biking infrastructure.

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