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.
Estonia that was excellent! Kivioli sets the bar even higher for the Baltics
Clear blue skies and perfect race conditions greeted the competitors in Kivioli, Estonia for the 16th round of the Red Bull Pump Track World Championship Qualifier. The technical and compact Velosolutions Pump Track in Kivioli delivered some super exciting racing with one of the closest races ever in Red Bull Pump Track World Championship history!
Justine Zonne, 18-year-old Latvian MTB rider took an amazing win with only a 0.01 sec margin over 2nd placed BMX rider from Estonia, Keitlin Tekkel in a nail-biting final run. Justine: ‘The track was technical so I wasn’t sure what to expect today. I will go home and train hard, I can’t wait for the finals in Switzerland”
Arnis Petersons from Riga, Latvia is a part of the Velosolutions Baltics build crew and the 24-year-old XC rider has certainly taken his pump track racing to the next level by taking the win here. Arnis previously placed 6th place at the UCI Mountain Bike Cross Country World Cup in Nove Mesto, CZE in 2018. “The track was super technical so I’m stoked I managed to take the win. Although the lap times around 15 seconds and it wasn’t hard on the lungs, my legs definitely started to feel it at the end of the day”.
Reinis Preidits took a close second place on the day, “I was obviously going for the win, but happy to get 2nd place, I’m still getting used to the 20 inch BMX bike (being a tall guy), but hoping to get some more riding in before the finals in Switzerland. I like big pump tracks and love to jump, so hopefully, that’s what we will have in Switzerland”
All the photos
- Justine Zonne, LAT
- Keitlin Tekkel, EST
- Ly Puri, EST
- Yulia Kiryukhina RUS
- Arnis Petersons, LAT
- Reinis Martins Preiditis, LAT
- Edgars Melnalksnis, LAT
- Kenth Lusenberg, EST