The Red Bull Pump Track World Championship is back with great news!
Bigger, better and faster - season kickoff in Chile this week, the first qualifier in China, a return to the birthplace of #pumpforpeace in Lesotho, a national series announcement for South Africa - and that’s only the beginning.
The Red Bull Pump Track World Championship has already succeeded in creating a revolutionary global series with over 23 groundbreaking inaugural events around the world in 2018. More than 2000 athletes participated in over 19 countries and 67 riders competed in a World Final that saw local heroes, Olympic BMX racers and MTB World Champions compete on an even playing field. Now in 2019 the series is back with more stops, more athletes and more Pump-Action.
Chile kicks off the Red Bull Pump Track World Championship this week
The first qualifier of the 2019 season heads back to the Kotaix Bike Park in Chile at the foot of the breathtaking Osorno volcano, making South America first in line for some off the rails pump track action on 24 February. The Championship continues to unite BMX and MTB riders and created a new pump track format to ensure that both bikes compete in an equal competition format. The goal was to level the field for BMX and MTB, but since it doesn't make much sense to level a pump track, the organisers adapted the format instead.
The Chile qualifier was one of the biggest events in the race calendar in 2018 with over 80 participants, more than 600 spectators and is already shaping up to smash last year’s rider’s participation and attendance records. Renata Urrutia is the current Chilean National BMX champion that took the overall win in the women’s category. In the men’s field, MTB rider Bruno Lavagnino challenged local BMX stars to take the win. These two 2018 winners will set out to compete once again in what is sure to be a hotly contested day of racing in the hopes of securing a ticket to the World Final.
China - an exciting addition to the 2019 race calendar
New races in more countries are being added for 2019 and China is just the first exciting announcement! Shenzhen will host this first qualifier on 9 March and a future Red Bull Pump Track World Champion is surely only a few races away.
“Entering China with Velosolutions and the Red Bull Pump Track World Championship is a big deal for us! Think of 1.4 billion people, think of a whole different world, think of a whole different mentality, and think of the new level of riding that is going to come from the world's largest population when they get on the stoke of pump track riding! We’ve set the spark, now let’s see what happens!". Claudio Caluori (CEO Velosolutions)
Shengda Sports Park - a multi-sports park offering a variety of indoor and outdoor facilities - now includes a brand new Velosolutions Pump Track which is sure to set the stage for an action-packed qualifier. Situated on the roof of an office building with a surface area of 1500m2 this track was built from lightweight materials. The construction although difficult produced a result that is the first of its kind in the world proving again that Velosolutions never steps back from a challenge.
A return to Lesotho and South Africa comes in strong with the introduction of a national series concept
The 30th of March sees the series travel to Africa, visiting the majestic mountain country of Lesotho and the home of the Velosolutions #pumpforpeace initiative. #pumpforpeace is a global movement for athletes in developing countries that facilitates access to pump tracks - not only to engage cycling - but to create an improved environment for health, well being, tolerance and a better world.
Now almost two years since its completion, the pump track at Roma Trading Post has become the base for a successful self-sustaining community, boasting a locally run bike shop and multiple events in the area. Hosting its second qualifier this year, the development of local riders has been inspiring and we are sure to see a thrilling finish in the Kingdom in the Sky.
Still in Africa, presenting the very first National series, South Africa steps up to the plate with multiple events. Chesterville in Durban will host a pre-qualifier on 14 July. Eduplex BIke Park in Pretoria will follow suit on 20 July with a second pre-qualifier and the National Final on the same day, culminating in a showdown between the best pump track riders the country has to offer.