This is the preliminary race calendar with the confirmed races for 2019. We’ll update it with more races in the upcoming weeks. You can expect well over 20 qualifiers around the world this year.
Canada slam dunks it – the Red Bull Pump Track World Championship wins at the Stevie Smith Bike Park.
The Red Bull Pump Track World Championship marks the 17th Qualifier of the series as it touches down on Canadian soil at the Stevie Smith Bike Park in Nanaimo for another day of the best of pump track racing.
Two Velosolutions Pump Tracks were built in the vibrant urban centre found on the east side of beautiful Vancouver Island, Nanaimo, BC to honour the memory of Canadian professional downhill mountain bike rider, Steve Smith. The Steve Smith Bike Park consists of an advanced and beginner pump track covering a total area of 2,600m2. The park also features 3 dirt jump lines and 1 mulch jump, built by Island Native Jordie Lunn, with the help of Darren Berrecloth. It’s the largest skills park of its kind in North America. The creation of Stevie’s dream park was made a reality by generous donations from the entire community, the Steve Smith Memorial Fund, and the City of Nanaimo.
Mitch Landry set the fastest time in the qualifying rounds with a scorcher at 25.71, but it all came down to the wire in the Men’s category with last year’s winner BMX rider Ben Leslie lining up against 17-year-old MTB rider Jacob Jewett for the podium win. Jacob is a relative newcomer that has made some big inroads after his incredible performance at this year’s Crankworx’s Whistler
But it was only 0.02 seconds that decided the winner for the World Final ticket with last year’s winner, Ben Leslie narrowly edging out Jacob in the final run.
Violet Cejalvo, the 17-year-old Canadian bred BMX rider from Langely owned it in the Women’s category, beating out fellow Canadian, Karsen Tielen and American BMX rider Alaina Henderson to secure her ticket to the World Final in lightening form during the final runs.
The Stevie Smith Bike Park delivered on all fronts as usual with brilliant racing, excellent crowd support, often deafening and that’s what we live for! #longlivechainsaw
1 Violet Cejalvo (Langley BC)
2 Karsen Tielen (Maple Ridge BC)
3 Alaina Henderson (Encinitas USA)
4. Haley Stonnell (Victoria BC)
1. Ben Leslie (Nanaimo BC)
2. Jacob Jewett (Squamish BC)
3. Mitch Landry (Nanaimo)
4. Nate Berkheimer (Nanaimo)