MACPHERSON COMMUNITY PUMPTRACK
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Mountain biking infrastructures are rare commodity in Singapore. Couple that with a wet tropical 365 days of unpredictable rainy climate, realising a soil based pump track is always a hit or miss.
We chance upon the opportunity to push a pump track in a central Singapore Community Centre, right into the (typically) traditionally managed social club where sports normally means team game, community bonding activities. This is really a big deal to push mountain biking as one of the youth sports to such managers.
Working with the ad-hoc mountain biking club hosted at Macpherson Community Club, we managed to work a plan to put forward a clay based pump track into Macpherson Community Club garden.The track is constructed with a composition of sandy and lime based dirt from the new Downtown Line subway excavation nearby, a durable composition that wish to experiment for wet tropical tracks, where traditional clay based tracks does not work well in wet Singapore.
With the assistance of a skid-steer loader, and great bunch of volunteers from the community (B26er, ITE Central Mountain Bike Club, the individuals) we decked up a working pump track in 5 days, and with some further few days of work from the volunteers, we have a natural grassy sides to help with soil control.
The hosting club, B26er, continues with the maintainance efforts and keep it shape up for the various style of biking one could do.
The track have since been decommission after some years of operation.