The debut of a new mode of cycling and soon with an international level competition exceeded expectations. The Red Bull UCI Pump Track World Championship took place this Sunday (October 18th), in Lisbon, with the presence of fifty athletes from four countries. The National BMX Champion, Bruno Cardoso, took the silver after the clash in the final with the Frenchman Dupont.
Lisbon entered the international map of the Red Bull UCI Pump Track World Championships circuit with the right foot, after receiving on Sunday (October 18) a qualifying stage with 55 athletes from four countries: Portugal, Spain, France and Latvia. It was thus, by the hand of many big names from BMX and MTB, that the official track of Parque Tejo was inaugurated, in a competitive system with successive duels to the stopwatch that culminated in a great final (female and male) with the two fastest athletes. The competition took place without an audience, following the recommendations of the DGS.
In men, the Frenchman Thibauld Dupont, 24, was the big winner of the competition – being the only one to be able to lower the bar of 30 seconds (28,985 seconds). The BMX Racing athlete was “happy and pleased” with his performance and with the characteristics of the course, which he considered “very technical and demanding”. With a year of experience in this sport, Dupont was, however, cautious when referring to the goals for the 2021 World Final, for which he has just guaranteed a presence: “I will aim for the Top 10”. For Portugal, the great source of pride was undoubtedly the performance of the National BMX Champion Bruno Cardoso. The 21-year-old, who lives in France, did well with the characteristics of this sport: “It was my first Pump Track competition and so I can only be happy to have played in the grand final and to take the silver medal. . I ended up making some mistakes, but I had to risk it ”. Cardoso, who is currently struggling to qualify for the Olympic Games, also has a place in the World Final next year. As for women, the Latvian Vineta Petersone categorically beat (for three seconds) the French Nolwenn Grajewski.
Recognized in 2018 as an official sport by the International Cycling Federation (UCI), the “Pump Track” provides a unique spectacle. The action takes place on a tar track, composed of a succession of rolls and curves, allowing athletes to progress only with the body swing and without practically pedaling. Considered accessible to everyone, this strand allows the use of different types of bicycles, whether these are BMX, MTB or even touring. Overlooking the river and the Vasco da Gama Bridge, the new runway at Parque Tejo is 285 meters long and consists of a succession of 16 curves and bumps.
The Red Bull UCI Pump Track World Championships, is open to over 17 years old (male and female), mixing amateur athletes with cycling professionals, coming from different styles, such as Down Hill, Four Cross and Cross Country Olympic modalities or BMX. The last edition brought together more than two thousand participants from 19 countries. The best 67 reached the World Final, including BMX Olympic athletes and MTB champions.