Skatepark Winterthur. When you put that in Google when you're in the city in not only lists the Skills Park. There's an outdoor park also that will please street riders. The quarters are steep and low and reminded me of the first miniramp we had in our town which was 5 feet high and vertical. The concrete spot had loads to offer for street riders, from flatrails, banks, rollers, quarters, kinked rails, gaps to hips. On the Sunday that we visited the place was packed with scooters, skateboarders and some kids on rollerskates making it hard to get a line in.
The location also serves for a legal graffiti spot and even had some rail wagons at hand to practice graffiti on those. One of them was all set-up as a chill place with electricity/music/lights where visitors could chill. The pump track behind the concrete bank wasn't very good. It was next to impossible to do a lap just pumping the 15 cm high bumps. Good for beginners maybe, but you'll grow out of it quickly. The place is open 24/7 basically and it's free to enter. The park being made of concrete and asphalt is tough to destroy. Most likely it will look different next time we visit as graffiti is timeless. Anyway, one more
Philip and I spent a weekend in Switzerland for the MXGP in Frauenfeld. We decided to bring the bikes because we had Sunday off and if we would arrive early enough on Friday we would be able to check out first spot(s). The 8 hour trip went well and we caught enough daylight for us to explore Winterthur. We had checked in at the IBIS in Winterthur and took the bikes out of the van. Google had informed us that a pump track was only 3.1 kms away. It was dry so we decided to ride there. On the way it just felt good to be on the bikes. Traveling by car has its perks as you can take pretty much all you want with you.
We headed in the direction of the pump track and stopped to check the phone from time to time making sure we had not taken a wrong turn. The last bit was a bit desolated and lead through the woods but we managed to find the place. No one was there and on first sight it was a good sized pump track. But something was strange. The concrete/asphalt reminded us on the roughest surface that Romford or Southsea has to offer. It was strange to be on a pump track with such rough surface. Polar opposite of what the Velosolutions pump tracks are like.
We did not bring our helmets/gloves which was stupid but it was just more convenient pedaling to the place like that. Key was to stay on the bike as a crash would definitely scrape you up.
Swiss National Championship - Winterthur - 22 October 2019 Men: 1 TONOLI Alessio SUI 200 points 2 LEHMANN Zeno SUI 160 3 SIDERIS Alexandre SUI 130 4 RINDERKNECHT Nick SUI 110 5 HILBER Matthias SUI 90 6 BARANYAI Mike SUI 70 7 MINGUELY Alexandre SUI 50 8 BUESS Patrice SUI 30 9 HUPPERT Lucas GER * 0 10 SCHILLIGER Fabian SUI 10
THE CASH JAM OF WINTERTHUR 2019 took place recently and here are the names of the winners. Enough cash for these riders. The results: 1. Jeffrey Oehri 2. Matthias Hilber 3. Marcel Wacker 4. Ellis Oswald