Today the last spots for tomorrow's Red Bull UCI Pump Track World Championships will be given out. The Velosolutions pump track next to the iconic bridge in Lisbon (yes, next to the skatepark) is the terrain for the 2021 battle for the UCI rainbow jerseys in Men and Women. The set-up is pretty unreal. Leave it up to Red Bull to go all in and show the participants a good time.
In case you're wondering where the live feed will be, find the info on Red Bull TV but we'll keep you posted right here on FATBMX with pics, results, etc. Don't forget to follow us on social media for the inside scoop. After multiple laps on the course at the end of the day it was Switzerland's
One of our favourite guys out there, Wethepeople rider Joeri Veul filmed this video shortly before he suffered a brain haemorrhage last year. Joeri is taking some time away from riding whilst he recovers but managed to put together this video with a few clips of his homies in The Netherlands to finish it off. Much love and respect to Joeri for pushing through the tough times and staying motivated. We cant wait to see you back on a bike soon Joeri!
Pump track has been under the UCI flag since 2019. This means that the winner of this weekend can wear the well-known rainbow jersey for a year. Pump tracks are becoming increasingly popular and are popping up like mushrooms, there are already 39 tracks in the Netherlands. A month ago, the riders were able to qualify for the World Championships during the preliminary round in Eindhoven. Here, among others, well-known BMX star Merel Smulders has managed to get a ticket to Portugal.
The World Championship This year's World Championship is in the town of Parque das Naçõe in Lisbon. Participants from more than 25 different countries participate in this. The competition starts with the preliminary rounds, from which the 16 fastest riders follow, who will compete against each other in the knock-outs. In the end, the best two remain and they face each other in the final. During the final, it is determined who can ride in the rainbow jersey for a year.
Winners Dutch qualifiers The best 4 riders of the Dutch qualifier of both men and women have qualified for the World Championship. This year Olympic medalist Merel Smulders came first in the women's competition and Frenchman Eddy Clerté in the men's race. Last year Niels Bensink took the first prize. He won with his girlfriend Drew Mechielsen, who also took first place. In 2020, a wildcard was awarded to Manon Veenstra. Due to the Corona measures last year, the 2020 World Championship was canceled and the
Claudio Caluori explores the city of Lisbon with Eddy Clerte, Niels Bensink Tommy Zula, Payton Ridenour and Drew Mechielsen as we hit day 2 in Road to Lisbon series and head closer to the World Final on Sunday for the Red Bull UCI Pump Track World Championships!