Mountain Bike Ashburton members were among the first to ride the new track last week. Below: Fifteen-year-old Oli Nicholls takes to the air on the new track

A newly built pump track at Mountain Bike Ashburton’s skills park is providing riders with a good workout and a test of technique.

The asphalt track is around 70m long and features a circuit of rollers and banked turns.

It is designed to be ridden by riders “pumping” and generating momentum by up and down body movements rather than by pedaling or pushing.

The track has been constructed at a cost of $25,000 and has received funding support from the Lion Foundation and Advance Ashburton.

It was built by local trail builder Cam Bissett.

Mountain Bike Ashburton president James Reid said the pump track had been in the pipeline for a couple of years.

It was fast and would be lower maintenance than the current gravel pump track.

“It’s riding really well and we’ve had some great feedback.

“It’s another great addition to what we’ve build up at the ACL Skills Park over the last five years,” he said.

Mr Reid said the club was grateful for the funding received for the track and the favourable rates given for materials by ACL.

More landscaping was planned around the new track and some big drops were being eyed up as the bike club’s next big project.

The skills park contains many features for riders to practice their skills and includes jumps, rock gardens, a see-saw and manual machine.

Hundreds of natives planted over the last few years are growing well and there are bike wash facilities, water fountains and plenty of parking at the site, which is signed and accessed off Dobson Street West.

Mountain Bike Ashburton has around 120 members and offers adult, youth and family memberships. Club fees help fund track maintenance and upgrades.

-By Mick Jensen