Race Report: Jessie Smith & Michael Bias Take Wins at Pump Track World Championships - Cambridge, NZ

Mar 17, 2020
Athlete participates at the Red Bull Pump Track World Championships in Cambridge New Zealand.



The New Zealand Qualifier for the Red Bull UCI Pump Track World Championships went down to the wire over the weekend with a global field of riders pitted against some of the best local talents at the brand new Velosolutions Pump Track in Cambridge.

The Women's final race saw Jessie Smith, current Elite Junior BMX Champion secure her World Final ticket to Leogang, Austria after London Olympic medalist, Sarah Walker made a small mistake in her last run forcing her to leave the course. Smith was left with a victory lap of sorts to sign and seal her win. Current NZ Elite Woman's BMX Champion, Rebecca Petch secured the 3rd step on the podium against Dutch rider Manon Veenstra.⠀

Jessie Smith participates at the Red Bull Pump Track World Championships in Cambridge New Zealand.
Jessie Smith on track

Sarah Walker in New Zealand


The current Elite National BMX Champ, Michael Bias secured his place in the Men's category after beating out the current King of Crankworx leader, Bas van Steenbergen in the first semi-final. Bennett Greenough and Jayden Fleming battled it out in the second semi-final with Greenough eventually taking on the final battle against Bias. With a mere .200 of a second making the difference between the top 4 all day long, it made for a fiery day of racing with Bias taking the podium win in fine form.

Michael Bias participates at the Red Bull Pump Track World Championships in Cambridge New Zealand.
Michael Bias taking the win

Bas van Steenbergen on track


Results⠀

Women

1. Jessie Smith⠀
2. Sarah Walker⠀
3. Rebecca Petch⠀
4. Manon Veenstra⠀

Men

1. Michael Bias
2. Bennet Greenough⠀
3. Jayden Fleming
4. Bas Van Steenbergen⠀

Photography - Dan Griffiths

For more race information head over to http://redbullpumptrackworldchampionship.com

Jayden Fleming participates at the Red Bull Pump Track World Championships in Cambridge New Zealand.


Athlete participates at the Red Bull Pump Track World Championships in Cambridge New Zealand.

Athlete participates at the Red Bull Pump Track World Championships in Cambridge New Zealand.


Athlete participates at the Red Bull Pump Track World Championships in Cambridge New Zealand.





Race Plate at the Red Bull Pump Track World Championships in Cambridge New Zealand.



Jessie Smith and Sarah Walker at the Red Bull Pump Track World Championships in Cambridge New Zealand.

Rebecca Petch participates at the Red Bull Pump Track World Championships in Cambridge New Zealand.

Athlete participates at the Red Bull Pump Track World Championships in Cambridge New Zealand.


Men s Podium at the Red Bull Pump Track World Championships in Cambridge New Zealand.

Women s Podium at the Red Bull Pump Track World Championships in Cambridge New Zealand.



20 Comments

  • 2 0
 This seems to just be BMX Light. Here is the big boy/girl version which already exists...and for some reason isn't sponsored by redbull...https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zHWjYPRcy4Y
  • 4 0
 Somehow mashed 2 stories into 1 here
  • 2 0
 unsettling
  • 3 0
 The fact that BAS could hang with the BMX guys at all speaks volumes on his speed.
  • 5 3
 These tiny bicycles with these narrow road tires are sooo ugly...
  • 1 1
 these were the heydays of bmx
www.youtube.com/watch?v=cCx33c0OGDk
and the tyres were sturdy back then
  • 3 0
 What tyres would you want them to run? This is a race, and as such, the riders will probably use whatever is fastest.
  • 2 0
 This event wasn't cancelled? Are you kidding?
  • 1 0
 Only gatherings of over 500 banned in nz so far
  • 2 0
 There were 5 cases over the entire country when this event was held. Still no cases in the area.
  • 1 0
 Are the riders with a shorter fork offset at a disadvantage?
  • 5 0
 riders with a suspension fork are at a disadvantage
  • 1 3
 @DGWW: 29 inch would've been an advantage but nobody knows because nobody tried
  • 3 0
 @vhdh666: that only works for bumpy stuff I think
  • 2 0
 @DGWW: the rotating mass will make a difference but to gain that in the first place is the harder part along with any potential losses caused by other components that move (ie suspension).
For the BMXs a 24 would have more rotating mass which helps for pump races, but those kiwis in question are some of the best in the world so best of sticking to their normal 20s.
If in doubt go check out Michael Bias' videos, is awesome to watch, and even crazier if you have seen the gaps in person.
  • 2 0
 @vhdh666: 29er accelerate slower, so NO!
  • 1 0
 @Drawn: This is a smooth asphalt track. I call BS on this wheel size = speed debate. The design of the BMX bike, wheels, frame, bars, everything is what makes it faster for this. Not to mention the riders are mucho skilled.
  • 1 0
 @DGWW: not saying wheel size always means more speed, but the bigger wheelscan hold more rotating mass to maintain said speed.
Easier to accelerate the smaller lighter set ups but easier to keep the bigger ones spinning (negating friction and drag). That is true for the everyday person, not forgetting in most cases a mtb even a dirt jumper will have losses from the suspension.

I say this from experience in the bmx world. 20s are faster for starts vs a 24 (cruiser), but for the majority the 24 is easier to keep it flowing as it takes less efforts due to the effects of the wheels being like a bigger flywheel.

Just have to remember guys like Michael are at the absolute pinnacle of their sport. And after seeing him ride, knows exactly what to do to be ahead.
  • 2 0
 @Drawn: the number of times that these wheels accelerate , not to mention the mass of the rider and bike , as they pump and jump, is probably in the hundreds Throughout the course of the race. I’m still not buying it. Not to mention the redirection as you head into berms etc. Less bike means the rider can do more, I’m really not buying that a larger bike is faster in this circumstance. There is no way that extra mass on your bike is an advantage here .
  • 1 0
 Huh huh pump track

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