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Niels Bensink Takes Back-to-Back Wins on MTB & BMX in Pump Track World Champs Qualifiers

Jul 8, 2022
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Niels Bensink takes the MTB win at the Jordie Lunn Park

Niels Bensink did what most thought nearly impossible. He not only took the win at the Genk Qualifier in Belgium on a BMX (in a strong starting line-up of riders that included current World Champion Eddy Clerte along with Aussie's Bodi and Wade Turner), he then followed it up with a MTB win this past weekend at the Jordie Lunn Bike Park in Langford, Canada.

In Genk, Sport Vlaanderen played host to the Belgian Qualifier for 2022. Located on the doorstep of the Hoge Kempen National Park, the Velosolutions Pump Track was completed in 2019 and with a total length of 250m it made for a long, technical ride on race day. With weather not quite on the racing side, in a very rainy wet Genk, results were finalised based on the qualifying times (never underestimate those first timed runs). Niels conquered it in a blazing time of 21.965 and secured his ticket to the World Final in Chile in November with a second place for Didi van Tiggel with a time of 22.423 and in third place Eddy Clerte at 22.428.

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The BMX win in Genk

In Canada (seems the rain follows Niels), Langford's Jordie Lunn Bike Park hosted the first Canadian Qualifier for 2022. Their Velosolutions Pump Track consists of three sections: an upper intermediate pump track, intermediate snake run and lower beginner pump track, with its unusual and unique design making for a challenging ride come race day.

Niels took the top spot in qualifying rounds, setting the fastest times all day long with a winning time of 18.885 in the final run against fellow MTB rider Ryan Gilchrist from Australia who rode on a borrowed bike with a garbage bag for a rain jacket. Ryan earned his spot in Santiago (with Niels already travelling after his win in Belgium) with his fastest time of 18.994 in the finals against Bensink.

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Ryan Gilchrist takes the 2nd place in Langford

In the Women's category in Langford, a battle occurred between current Canadian BMX champ Molly Simpson and junior Canadian BMX champion Teigen Pascual for that all expenses paid trip to Worlds. Both are newcomers to the series, but it was Molly who secured her place in Santiago with the fastest time of the day in 21.429 against Teigen's 22.069 in the final showdown.

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Tiegen Pascual and Molly Simpson

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Josh Gibb in action at the Jordie Lunn Park taking third place on the podium and its all smiles for Bensink in Canada

Results Belgium

Women

1. Daniëlle Vrenegoor (BMX)
2. Sanne Winters (MTB)
3. Lies'l Schevenels (BMX)

Men

1. Niels Bensink BMX)
2. Didi van Tiggel (BMX)
3. Eddy Clerte (BMX)
4. Wannes Magdelijns (BMX)

Winners posing during Red Bull UCI Pump Track World Championships in Genk Belgium 6th of June 2022.
Winners posing during Red Bull UCI Pump Track World Championships in Genk Belgium 6th of June 2022.
Podiums in Genk, Belgium

Results Canada

Women

1. Molly Simpson (BMX)
2. Teigen Pascual (BMX)
3. Taylor Smith (BMX)

Men

1. Niels Bensink (MTB)
2. Ryan Gilchrist (MTB)
3. Josh Gibb (MTB)
4. Henry Sherry (MTB)

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Celebrations in Langford, Canada


Upcoming Qualifiers

Sweden, Are - 9 July
USA, St Charles County - 6 August
Switzerland, La Neuveville - 20 August
Norway, Harstad - 27 August
Netherlands, Eindhoven - 27 August
Lac Delage, Canada - 1 September
Czech Republic, Heipark Tošovice - 17 September
Chile LCQ, Sante Fe - 18 November

World Championships - 20 November - Santa Fe Bike Park, Santiago - Chile

More info and to register http://redbullpumptrackworldchampionships.com


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12 Comments
  • 12 0
 It seems good to have a BMX background these days.
  • 1 0
 For this guy, I think he had more of a BMX surrounding than just a background. It would be worth a mention that he won the pumptrack race at crankworks Austria too.

Wondering, considering this is in Belgium, did Aiko Gommers race too?
  • 1 0
 @vinay: she didn't in Belgium no, she'll be racing in the Netherlands
  • 1 0
 @RedBullPumpTrackWorlds: Ah cool, and her sister too? I recall she also did well at the finals last year. I can imagine after having the wins in Belgium taken by some Dutch (born) riders, they'll want to come and have revenge in The Netherlands.

To you, thanks for actually realizing these great events all over the world. This thing can never grow too big.
  • 2 0
 @vinay: Thank you for the support! Yes her sister too, they might pop up at an event or two before that. Indeed, the Belgium wins were Dutch riders in both categories.
  • 8 0
 Need video …
  • 1 0
 Yea agree. You can’t see pump properly in photos...
  • 1 0
 @rich-2000: it leaves more to the imagination
  • 1 0
 many videos of it on instagram
  • 1 0
 Many on instagram @redbullpumptrackworlds
  • 3 0
 What most thought impossible? I don’t think many have given pump track racing much thought at all, but good on him.
  • 2 0
 New skill… Pump Track background.

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