Local mom raises money, brings ‘pump track’ to Greensboro

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GREENSBORO, N.C. -- Susan Thomas had a vision. The mountain bike junkie wanted to take cycling to the next level in the Triad. After two years of planning and working with Greensboro Parks and Rec, she now has something to show for it: a pump track.

"It's twice as big as I envisioned it in the beginning," Thomas said. "Sometimes I wondered over the course of the two years what the heck I was doing."

She raised more than $9,000 through GoFundMe and then applied for a $25,000 grant to build two pump tracks at Keeley Park in Greensboro.

"It's an area of Greensboro that I'm not really familiar with, I've never been up this way really, but it'll bring a lot more people here," said local cyclist Christina Faust.

Thomas says the key is using your body and momentum to go up and down the hills, without pedaling.

"You gain speed by going down and then you pump up," Thomas said.

And there is a mini track for kids who are getting off training wheels, but looking for a new hobby.

"The kids just ride for hours its a great way for kids to get out of their neighborhoods, off the street, into a safe place where they can meet other kids that do the same thing, but also stay outdoors and do something that's healthy," Thomas said.

The tracks will have a grand opening Thursday night from 6 to 9 at Keeley Park. Bikes will be provided for those who want to learn.

Keeley Park, 4100 Keely Road, McLeansville, NC 27301 (Keeley Park is located in the Greensboro city limits but has a McLeansville postal address)