Crazy day of racing Czech Republic! Close to 70 riders from 11 nations lined up on Saturday at @heipumptrack to chase that Red Bull UCI Pump Track World Championships ticket to Chile in November. The fastest time of the day in the Women's category and the first place medal belonged to local rider Sabina KOŠÁRKOVÁ, fresh of her win in Norway, in a time of 22.628 in the final run.
It was neck in neck racing all day long, Kristína MADARÁSOVÁ swapped in her little wheels from her win in Italy for the big wheels here and a mistake in her final run saw her take 2nd place on the podium. Leaving the third place and the trip to Chile to 2018 World Champ Christa VONNIEDERHÄUSERN with Sabina and Kristina already set for Chile.
In the Men's category Latvian rider Kristaps VEKSA took the fastest time of the day in 21.035 seconds and the ticket to Worlds. Close on his heels was Slovakian rider Daniel HRADSKÝ in a time of 21.331.
The Dutch qualifier of Red Bull UCI Pump Track took place Saturday in the Urban Sportpark in Eindhoven. Aiko Gommers (BEL) and Anaia Istil (FRA) took home the win and earned their spot in the World Final in Chile. The format of the Red Bull UCI Pump Track Qualifier is simple: first all riders were given two runs to set the fastest time. Then the fastest 32 men and four women battled against each other in direct duos, of which the fastest was allowed to advance to the next round.
The women's final was between the Belgian twins Aiko and Robyn Gommers. Aiko got it from her sister. She is the current world champion, and in her rainbow jersey she lived up to expectations.
A stacked field lined up for the Swiss Qualifier @pumptrack2520 with some exceptional racing all day long. In the Women's category French newcomer Lea Brindjonc took the win in a lighting fast time of 18.870 against 2019 World Champ Christa von Niederhaeusern's 18.890 with a third place for current World Champion Aiko Gommers.
In the Men's category it was the second win for France's Thibault Dupont after his win in Spain earlier this year. Leaving that ticket to Santiago, Chile for second placed Tristan Borel and a third place for Anaia Istil. All three riders breaking the 17 second mark in excellent form.
Urban Sportspark in Eindhoven plays host to one of the last qualifiers of the 2022 season before the riders head to Santiago, Chile, for the World Championships. With two fully paid tickets for the winners up for grabs, along with 228m of technical track to cover on race day, it's sure to make for an intense day of racing. The legal age to participate: 17 years (2005 year of birth). Entry fee: 10 EU includes day license
An official UCI ID or any kind of cycling licence (daily, road, BMX, MTB, cycling for all, etc.) from the National Cycling Federation is required to participate at this race. Foreign riders need to have an official licence from their own National Cycling Federation to participate abroad. For those without licenses the entry fee includes a daily license
Timed run: Solo runs Knock-out heat final: Head to head pursuit
Spectator information: Free entry for spectators! Come and enjoy the races, freestyle BMX demo’s and the DJ’s while enjoying food and beverage.
Red Bull UCI Pump Track World's Qualifier in St Charles County! In the Women’s race Carly Kane laid down the fastest time from the get go with 25.280 seconds. She led the field with Madison Pitts,Brooklynne Schuetz and Jacelyn Reno rounding out the semi-final lineup.
With Carly Kane besting Jacelyn Reno and ultimately Madison Pitts to take home the win and earn herself a paid trip to Chile. Jacelyn Reno prevailed over Brooklynne Schuetz to take the third spot on the podium.
On the Men’s side, Louis Kaminski layed down a blistering run in qualifiers of 22.2 seconds and lead the field into knock-out rounds. The entire 32-rider bracket was full of epic battles and heartbreak. Top qualifier, Louis Kaminski unfortunately crashed out in the round of 16 when he was challenged by a fire run from Michael Hicks.
After many close battles it came down to semi-final matchups between @andersen.amakye325
Are bike park in Sweden was the venue of the latest Red Bull UCI Pump Track World Championships Qualifier. Tommy Zula found himself in Sweden and took the win for the 2nd time in 2022 after his win in Gaston County in a time of 17.443 with a 2nd place for Oskar Kindblom coming in at 17.698. With Tommy already travelling to Chile, that all expenses paid ticket to the World Championships went to Oskar. In the Women’s category it was Helena Sund who took the win against Alma Wiggberg with a time of 21.386 against Alma's 22.623.
1. Helena SUND 2. Alma WIGGBERG 3. Elina DAVIDSSON 4. Filippa RING
Well well Canada look at that! Niels Bensink qualified for the Red Bull UCI Pump Track World Championships in Belgium on his BMX and now he has done it in Langford on his MTB. He took the top spot in qualifying rounds, setting the fastest times all day long with a winning time of 18.885. Always nice to make a bit of history. Second placed rider Ryan Gilchrist from Australia on a borrowed bike and a garbage bag for a rain jacket earned the ticket to Chile (with Niels already travelling after his win in Belgium) his fastest time of the day in the Finals on 18.994.
In the Women's category, both newcomers to the series saw a battle between BMX riders Molly Simpsonn and Teigen Pascual at the very wet Jordie Lunn bike park (seems Niels takes the rain with him). Molly secured her place in Santiago with the fastest time of the day in 21.429 against Teigen's 22.069
Paris, Texas! That was HOT, both in temperature and racing! A fierce battle between Shealen Reno and former UCI World Champ Payton Ridenour ensued all day long with Reno one upping every time that Ridenour laid down with Shealen would take the top qualifying place.
The Big Final had both those riders in one final showdown. By the halfway mark it was too close to tell who was in the lead but the second half of the lap showed Payton super focussed and mistake free and the win and that ticket went to Ridenour by just .205 of a second.
The men's class had an immediate favorite in Alec Bobster who placed second to Tommy Zula at the first USA Qualifier in Gaston County, NC. The field of challengers were deep though and this wouldn't come without some hard work from Alec. The 2021 finals came down to Alec Bob and Andersen Amakye and once again they would qualify one and two in the timed runs.
In the Big Finals Amakye faced Alec in a repeat battle from 2021 for the top spot and the amazing
Set in secluded green space in the heart of Edinburgh's UNESCO world heritage site listed Old Town, the world class all weather pump track designed and built by Velosolutions for Skelf Bike Park is the host for the first UK qualifier of the Red Bull UCI Pump Track World Championships in 2022. Just a stones throw from central Edinburgh, the pump track sits at the bottom of the huge volcanic monument, Arthur’s Seat. The 160m track is compact with lots of interconnecting sections and transfer lines, providing lots of challenging opportunities.