Volunteers in the Hope Valley, just over the border from Sheffield in Derbyshire, have worked together to extend a pump track in the village of Hope.

Developing a space for local children, adults and visitors to enjoy, Dads, John Helliwell, Dan Critchlow and Steven Dalton came up with the original idea to develop the track in order to give their own kids somewhere to play. Along with Chay Granby (who rides for Cotic Bikes in Calver) and Aaron Worwood, they’ve designed and worked on the track, finding massive support from local businesses and mountain bikers.

Located behind Hope Sports Club, the pump track, a circuit of rollers, banked turns and features which mountain bikers and BMX riders use to develop skills, has been expanded to create something which is now five times its original size.
Funding for the development came solely from the community and includes support from individuals, businesses and mountain bikers visiting the area.

Fundraising was kicked off in July 2019 with a summer BBQ and social event hosted by the local bike hub, Café Adventure, which raised over £300 in one evening. In the subsequent months, the community group has raised around £1,700 from local business and also received donation for the materials used in the build. However, it’s not just donations of cash and materials which have helped to create the track. Up to 15 volunteers at a time gave up their Saturdays to do the digging on site, while other folk from the Hope Valley community brought lunch and cakes for the hungry workers. 

Speaking about the development Dan, who is a fencing contractor, said:
“We’ve been blown away by the amount of support received from so many different people and would like to thank everyone who has contributed cash, materials or their time.

"Special thanks must go to RJA Contracting for providing the diggers and to Breedon Group who donated all the stone used on the site. Furness Brothers transported the stone from the quarry, along with lending dumpers to the build team and donating money to the project. We also received some free advice on how to create the actual structure of the pump track from professional mountain bike trail builders, Bike Track.”

Run by riders, for riders, Bike Track are a Sheffield-based  design, build and consultancy company with decades of experience in track building and have lent their expertise to many of Sheffield's purpose-built trails. 

The pump track was officially opened at an event on Saturday 12 October by Steve Peat, mountain bike legend and former world champion downhill mountain biker, who has plenty of experience himself, in crowdfunding trails/tracks with the mountain bike community in Sheffield. 

Speaking afterwards, he said “I’m stoked to come and see Hope Pump Track. The guys have done an amazing job and it’s awesome that local businesses support such things. Every little town needs one of these. All the kids have huge smiles on their faces and it’s really good to see.”

Anyone interested in visiting the pump track can find out more via the official Facebook group: www.facebook.com/HopePumpTrack

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