Here’s a neat concept that sees cyclists from different disciplines compete against each other on a portable pump track that can be moved from venue to venue.
The action, from a couple of weeks ago, is from the opening round of the Pump Battle Series 2016, held in De Radstake at Heelweg in the Netherlands.
The format reflects a trend we've been seeing more and more of in recent years - pop-up events using infrastructure that can easily be dismantled then taken elsewhere - think Street Velodrome, or the Red Bull Mini Drome.
Billed as the U-Turn Edition due to the design of the course, riders were allowed to use chains – normally banned – in the season opener.
Two identical 100 metre tracks complete with bumps and turns allowed the 32 qualifiers in each category to race each other in pairs.
Among the riders competing was 2013 four-cross world champion Joost Wichman, of Radon Factory Racing Team.
In the meantime, here’s the teaser video for the 2016 competition.
Simon joined road.cc as news editor in 2009 and is now the site’s community editor, acting as a link between the team producing the content and our readers. A law and languages graduate, published translator and former retail analyst, he has reported on issues as diverse as cycling-related court cases, anti-doping investigations, the latest developments in the bike industry and the sport’s biggest races. Now back in London full-time after 15 years living in Oxford and Cambridge, he loves cycling along the Thames but misses having his former riding buddy, Elodie the miniature schnauzer, in the basket in front of him.