The long-anticipated wait is finally over as the city of Temecula recently finished construction on a new pump track located at the Ronald Reagan Sports Park. A pump track is a continuous loop of rolling whoop-de-do’s with banked turns, called berms, designed to be ridden completely by riders without having to pedal.

“It’s relatively simple to use and this one will cater to a wide variety of skill levels of all ages,” James Wilcox, recreation supervisor for Temecula, said. “It’s going to be a very popular place to be for riders of all sorts. Scooter riders (non-motor only), skateboarders, mountain bikers and BMX riders can share this on any given day.”

Located next to the Temecula Skate Park, the new 12,000-square-foot pump track has an asphalt surface to help reduce maintenance and came with a price tag of around $450,000. The new attraction was unveiled Tuesday, Nov. 19, with a ceremony and pro rider demonstration.

“It has fast corners, is super smooth and very fun,” professional BMX rider Lenny Westfall of Vista said. “This is where you get all your fundamentals.”

The major gripe from bike riders is that through they do have dirt lots and streets to utilize, there are a lot of places they can’t ride, which makes it hard to develop skills.

“To have something like this as an adult is great, but for the kids this is a huge push for them to have goals to strive toward,” Westfall said. “This is going to set a new standard for pump tracks in Southern California.”

Once the professionals were done giving the track their blessing, eager residents took to the track and gave it a spin.

“This is super rad,” exclaimed a rider who goes by the name of BMX Todd. “I have lived here for almost 35 years, and the city hasn’t really done anything for the bike riders, so this is awesome to have. I have been to pretty much all the pump tracks in Southern California and this is going to go down as one of the best.”

The festivities carried on from the afternoon ribbon cutting all the way throughout the evening and included informational booths, popular bike manufacturers, as well as safety gear companies. The staff from Chick-fil-A was also in attendance as they brought their infamous prize wheel for guests to spin. The Bike Shop in Temecula drew a large crowd as they were on hand giving away two new BMX bikes, apparel and gear as a part of the grand opening raffle.

“I like it,” Temecula City Councilman Zak Schwank said. “It definitely adds a new dimension to the Ronald Reagan Sports Park. There was a desire for this. We heard the community, and we gave it to them.”

The new pump track is located at 30875 Rancho Vista Road. For more information, call the Community Services Department at (951) 694-6480. Note that safety helmets are required when riding in the pump track. Parent supervision is recommended for younger children.

J.P. Raineri can be reached by email at sports@reedermedia.com.