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.
Triumphant for two years running – Bruno Lavagnino and Renata Urrutia scoop the World Final ticket in Chile
Riders from Uruguay, Chile and Columbia line up for an explosive race at the foot of the imposing Osorno volcano in Chile, and New Zealand joins the list of qualifier races on April 28th.
With near perfect weather conditions in the idyllic setting of the Kotaix Bike Park in Puerto Varas, the fastest riders from Chile, Uruguay and Columbia respectively battled it out at a blistering pace which saw MTB reigning supreme in a field of elite riders. The demand for being a part of this experience is surely growing – one of the competitors even embarked on three days of travel to secure his participation in what is fast becoming a crowd favorite on the Red Bull Pump Track World Championship race calendar.
Lavagnino and Urrutia advance to the World Final
It came down to a dead heat split second finish for Bruno Lavagnino in the male category. The Chilean rider took the win for the second consecutive year against the rising talent of rookie Matias Acuña. The fastest time of the day was laid down by Matias Acuña who set a new track record with 23.073 sec in the semi-final as well as a speed record of 38 km/h yet it came down to the 22 year old Bruno who stepped up during the final run at a searing speed with the time of 23.165 – nudging him ahead by a mere fraction to take the win against the 23.206 seconds by Matias.
The heat of the competition continued in the women’s category. There was just no stopping 19 year old Santiago BMX rider Renata Urrutia from taking the win against Andrea Farias in a female category that was largely dominated by mountain bikes. No stranger to the podium the reigning Chilean National BMX champion was not going to be outdone on the day and confidently took the win to represent South America at the World Final.
1. Bruno Lavagnino – MTB
2. Matias Acuña – BMX
3. Sebastian Mendez – BMX
4. Daniel Gallaguillos Ojeda – MTB
1. Renata Urrutia – BMX
2. Andrea Farias – MTB
3. Constanza Rubio – MTB
4. Maria Luisa Sotomayor – MTB
The Kiwis are back in the race!
The capital city of Wellington sees a return to the Red Bull Pump Track World Championship on 28 April at the Velosolutions Pump Track in Miramar. This event is set to once again deliver an epic day of racing in this rural heartland, known for being one of the southern hemisphere’s largest deepwater ports.
With yet another international location added to our race calendar making New Zealand the 19th stop on the tour it is truly more of a world series with every announcement – be a part of the history that is being made on our tracks around the world. Check out when there is a stop close to you and sign up for the chance to represent your country at www.redbullpumptrackworldchampionship.com
That takes the tally to 1 for MTB and 0 for BMX in the male category and 0 for MTB and 1 for BMX in the female category with the Red Bull Pump Track World Championship heading to Shenzhen, China on March 9th with an even score between the two bikes.
See all pictures of the event here.