Pump track! Undulating ribbon of asphalt in shadow of NLR’s Emerald Park challenges bicycle riders

Prove your mettle without pedals on Big Rock Quarry Pump Track

Karl Whitcombe rides around the Pump Track in North Little Rock on Friday, Nov. 10, 2023. (Arkansas Democrat-Gazette/Stephen Swofford)

Nestled in the shadows of the towering sandstone and shale cliffs of Big Rock Quarry, below Emerald Park and not far from the Arkansas River, the North Little Rock Pump Track is a ribbon of undulating asphalt that cyclists navigate, sometimes very quickly, without a single pedal stroke.