Austin Warren and Kialani Hines Take the Win in Leavenworth, WA
Riders from across the state of Washington were joined by competitors from California and New York as the Red Bull Pump Track World Championship pulled into the small Bavarian town of Leavenworth.
The Velosolutions Pump Track in Leavenworth would play host to the second USA qualifier of the Red Bull Pump Track World Championship and another 8 riders would qualify for the world final later this year.
Having already won in OKC, the Seattle local, Jill Kintner was ready to try and take the win in her home state. She has been a driving force behind pump track racing and was the first rider to officially open the Velosolutions Pump Track in Leavenworth 2 years ago. Jill’s success over the years has inspired the next generation of talent and fellow Seattle local Kialani Hines came out fighting. The battle between the two would come down to the wire and with 8/10’s of a second separating them, 20-year-old Kialani would steal the win from Kintner. With both riders now having won an expenses paid trip to the world final, the two will battle it out again later this year for the Red Bull Pump Track World Championship title.
“Today was so fun, I love that we had something so local and that Washington got to experience pump track racing. As athletes we want to race more pump track events and now we have the opportunity to, this was such a cool experience for everyone who came” – Kialani Hines
In the men’s field it was East Coast versus West Coast, BMX versus MTB in another incredible showdown. Dave Holzer travelled from the Bronx, NY to put his BMX to the test against the best the west had to offer. After a day of neck and neck racing he would take 4th with Josh Gibb winning the small final and taking 3rd. Having put down the fastest lap earlier in the day, Austin Warren was the favourite to take the win but Kyle Warner was not going to let the ticket to the final go without a fight. With just half a second separating the two, Warren would prove unbeatable on the day and came away with the win.
“Today was amazing. Great event, love the track, love the people here, just a great atmosphere and I just can’t wait to go to the finals and compete against the best in the world in pump track, the world final is going to be an incredible event.” – Austin Warren.
With 11 qualifier events now complete, the Red Bull Pump Track World Championship heads back to Asia on the 23rd of June when it is the turn for Thailand to put its best to the test. 10 more qualifier events are set to take place around the world over the coming months as we find the best pump track riders across the globe to do battle at the final.
Women’ s Results Leavenworth:
1. Kialani Hines
2. Jill Kintner
3. Lizzy Bowers
4. Sierra Warren
Men’s Results Leavenworth:
1. Austin Warren
2. Kyle Warner
3. Josh Gibb
4. Dave Holzer