Merci Lyon pour cette journée de folie – France, that was brilliant.


Merci Lyon pour cette journée de folie – France, that was brilliant.

The Red Bull Pump Track World Championship touched down for the last qualifier of the season before heading off to Switzerland for the World Final and LCQ in Bern. The French came out in force and never disappoint with a  field of 75 riders strong waiving the flag high at the WeRide Indoor Bike Park in Lyon.  

Lyon is located at the junction of the Rhone and Saone rivers. Its centre bears witness to 2,000 years of history, with its Roman amphitheatre of the Three Gauls, the medieval and Renaissance architecture of Old Lyon and the modernity of the Confluence district on the peninsula. Traboules, covered passages between buildings, connect the Old Lyon to the hill of La Croix-Rousse and it is here at the We Ride Indoor Bike Park that the Red Bull Pump Track World Championship celebrated the French Qualifier of the 2019 season on their 1400sm2 Velosolutions Pump Track.  

Mathilde Bernard takes the win a second year running 

The French rocket took the win again after laying down the best time on track in the Women’s Category run after run. Equally comfortable on a DH track she swopped back to a BMX for the race and secured her World Final ticket in a tough field of riders. “I’m very happy to win a second time the great final. It was very close with the second-placed rider all day long.  I look forward to being in Switzerland for the World Final and fight again with the best pilots.” She finished 4th at the World Final in 2018 and is sure to secure a solid run at the top 3 in Bern this year.

Thibault du Pont takes the win on home ground

BMX reigned king on the day and saw a stacked field of riders battling it out during an intense day of pump track racing with the fastest time of the day belonging to Hugo dos Santos at a cracking 13.28 seconds. Thibault du Pont, however, remained in the lead run after run to secure his podium win and place in the World Final. “I’m very proud to win the competition, I’ve been waiting for that for a long time after my crash at the Italian Qualifier. I look forward to fighting against the best in the world.

Thank you, France you never disappoint and we can’t wait to be back in 2020!