The last of Velosolution's RED BULL UCI Pump Track qualifiers took place in Switzerland. That leaves one last chance to qualify on October 16th, the day before the 2021 Red Bull UCI Pump Track World Champs in Lisbon on the same pump track. A small mistake in the Big Final, saw Nadine Aeberhard lose out on that World Final ticket to Christa Von Nierderhausern. Nadine, number 2 from 2019, and Christa brings a number 1 from 2018 and a number 3 finish from the 2019 World Final. High level racers come out of Switzerland. A close top 4 in the Men's Category but Tristan Borel, number 2 from 2019, remained unbeatable on race day. A 2nd place for French rider Axel Jondeauu in a close battle till the end.
When I first got into FPV, one of my lofty goals was to one day get a call from a brand like Red Bull to ask me to fly for them for a commercial or an event like this... 2 years later, this actually happened. I'm having trouble expressing how much of a life achievement this was for me. Being validated by the brands that you looked up to for the better part of your professional career. This is HUGE for me.
It feels good to be back at events. This past weekend a lot of things were happening. Our event calendar post showed this:
-24-25 Sep 2021 Thunder Days, Sankt Pölten, Austria C1 FREESTYLE -24 Sep-25 Sep 2021, UEC BMX European Cup Rounds 7/8, Papendal, Netherlands RACE -24-26 Sep 2021 Extreme Barcelona, Spain C1 FREESTYLE -25 Sep 2021 Haut-Richelieu Canada Cup RACE -25 Sep 2021, Red Bull UCI Pump Track World's Qualifier, Schüpfheim, Switzerland PUMPTRACK -25 Sep - 26 Sep 2021, Japanese National Championships RACE -26 Sep 2021 Austrian National Championships, Sankt Pölten, Austria CN FREESTYLE
Even missed out on listing the FISE Xperience event in Reims, France and I'm sure a few others. On top of this the MXON and F1 GP were happening plus the Step In The Arena event in Eindhoven. Non BMX events, but still something to follow.
We managed to cruise over to Papendal for the UEC race. Upon arrival we had a hard time finding the accreditation set-up. After attempting to find the accreditation centre for 30 minutes and being sent to wrong places 5 times it was Guido who came to the rescue. Thanks for that. Five minutes later we were having a coffee at the VIP section. In fact, this spot was so good that I stayed there most of the day in
Results UEC BMX European Cup - Round 8 - Papendal - Netherlands 26 September 2021 Elite Men: 1 ANDRE Sylvain FRA 2 CLERTE Eddy FRA 3 RAGOT RICHARD Mathis FRA 4 VAN DER BURG Dave NED 5 MARQUART Simon M. SUI 6 OEGEMA Ynze NED 7 KIMMANN Justin NED 8 PILARD Arthur FRA 9 BRUNNER Gil SUI 10 VERHOEVEN Matthijs BEL 11 RACINE Romain FRA 12 CULLEN Ross GBR 13 GOBERT Dylan FRA 14 DARNAND Simba FRA 15 BUTTI Cédric SUI 16 SCHOTMAN Mitchel NED