Race Report: Pump Track World Champs Kicks Off 2021 in Cambridge New Zealand

Mar 22, 2021
Billy Meaclem getting some airtime at the Red Bull UCI Pump Track World Championships Qualifier in Cambridge New Zealand on March 20 2021

​It was all smiles, high fives and insane racing as the Red Bull UCI Pump Track World Championships kicked off at the Velosolutions Pump Track in Cambridge, New Zealand this past weekend with some of the best of NZ's BMX and MTB riders laying it all down to nab that all-expenses-paid trip to this year’s World Finals.

Remy Morton hosted the first jam session in the series with Billy Meaclem and Liam Brierly taking the honours with some crazy riding for the Highest Jump and Tim Fergusson for the Longest Manual competitions.

Race day and it is all in for the battle for those rainbow stripes. Michael Bias, the winner of the 2020 Qualifier and fresh off his New Zealand BMX National Championship win the previous weekend, looked strong in the qualification stage of the competition laying down the fastest track time of the day. The final match-up and a repeat of the 2020 Final came down to Bias and Bennett Greenough with Bennett laying down a breakneck time for Bias to chase, but Bias went wide in turn two and left the track, leaving Bennett to take the win.

Rebecca Petch, the current Zealand BMX National Champion took the lead in the qualification stages and the final would square Rebecca up against the New Zealand Jr. Elite National Champion, Megan Williams. With only 0.15 seconds separating the two riders Megan took the no 1 spot on the podium with a fierce final run.

Results

Women

1st Megan Williams
2nd Rebecca Petch
3rd Jessie Smith
4th Shania Rawson

Men

1st Bennett Greenough
2nd Michael Bias
3rd Jayden Fleming
4th Daniel Butterworth

Next up Argentina! As the Red Bull UCI Pump Track World Championships head to Bariloche on 18 April with Gaston Country, USA on 15 May, Springdale Arkansas on 22 May and Paris, Texas on 29 May. Head over to http://redbullpumptrackworldchampionships.com for all upcoming race info.


Velosolutions Cambridge Pump Track venue for the Red Bull UCI Pump Track World Championships Qualifier in Cambridge New Zealand on March 20 2021

Remy Morton taking it easy during runs at the Red Bull UCI Pump Track World Championships Qualifier in Cambridge New Zealand on March 20 2021

It it all in the detail at the Red Bull UCI Pump Track World Championships Qualifier in Cambridge New Zealand on March 20 2021

Doggos smiles and Jessie Smith at the Red Bull UCI Pump Track World Championships Qualifier in Cambridge New Zealand on March 20 2021

Riders at the Red Bull UCI Pump Track World Championships Qualifier in Cambridge New Zealand on March 20 2021

Billy Mealem on track at the Red Bull UCI Pump Track World Championships Qualifier in Cambridge New Zealand on March 20 2021

Megan Williams nabs the gold at the Red Bull UCI Pump Track Qualifier in Cambridge New Zealand on March 20 2021

Shania Rawson takes 4th place on the podium at the Red Bull UCI Pump Track World Championships Qualifier in Cambridge New Zealand on March 20 2021

Michael Bias secures 2nd place at the Red Bull UCI Pump Track World Championships Qualifier in Cambridge New Zealand on March 20 2021

Rebecca Petch takes 2nd place at the Red Bull UCI Pump Track World Championships Qualifier in Cambridge New Zealand on March 20 2021

All that determination at the Red Bull UCI Pump Track World Championships Qualifier in Cambridge New Zealand on March 20 2021

Connor Mahuika at the Red Bull UCI Pump Track World Championships Qualifier in Cambridge New Zealand on March 20 2021

Bennett Greenough on track at the Red Bull UCI Pump Track World Championships Qualifier in Cambridge New Zealand on March 20 2021

Rider at the Red Bull UCI Pump Track World Championships Qualifier in Cambridge New Zealand on March 20 2021

Jayden Fleming at the Red Bull UCI Pump Track Qualifier in Cambridge New Zealand on March 20 2021

Remy Morton on track at the Red Bull UCI Pump Track World Championships Qualifier in Cambridge New Zealand on March 20 2021

Bennett Greenough celebrates the win at the Red Bull UCI Pump Track World Championships Qualifier in Cambridge New Zealand on March 20 2021

Men s Podium at the Red Bull UCI Pump Track World Championships Qualifier in Cambridge New Zealand on March 20 2021

Women s Podium at the Red Bull UCI Pump Track World Championships Qualifier in Cambridge New Zealand on March 20 2021

Megan Williams and Bennett Greenough secure their World Final tickets at the Red Bull UCI Pump Track World Championships Qualifier in Cambridge New Zealand on March 20 2021



15 Comments

  • 31 1
 I'm a creaky old cyclist - mountain, road and tourer. Pump tracks absolutely rule!

Incredibly fun, absolutely insane high-intensity full body workout, phenomenal for your bike handling skill (especially for mountain biking). Nearly none of the attitude and drug culture of skateparks. Good riders have much skill and flair - great entertainment.

My city (Seattle) has zero pump tracks. It should have 10. Get our kids (and really anyone interested) outdoors getting great exercise, improving their bodies and clearing their minds, being social without screens? Go ahead and point my tax dollars at that.
  • 10 0
 Was just talking to someone yesterday at our local park/pumptrack... he noted how it's like "therapy".
  • 6 0
 I second your opinion and I am a crusty old fart also . . . LOVE ME SOME PUMP TRACK !
  • 5 0
 Love that! Love Seattle, but Seattle definitely needs some tracks
  • 14 0
 Wow, is it ever weird to see pictures of a group of people together and they're not wearing masks. Way to go New Zealand! Hopefully this is the future for the rest of the world too.
  • 9 0
 It’d be cool to have the bikes listed with the riders names. BMX or MTB.
  • 11 0
 We can do that in future for sure
  • 8 0
 Some of the facial expression of the riders are hilarious. Great write up and photos, thanks for this!
  • 9 0
 Vans slip-ons and jorts for the win!
  • 4 0
 I rode a velosolutions pumptrack for the first time this past weekend in San Antonio. Skilled riders make it look easy, but pumptrack riding is no joke! Fun and challenging in a whole different kind of way!
  • 2 0
 The velo solutions pump track in hartcliffe Bristol has been mine and my friends saviour through these lockdowns. Keeping us fit and improving our skills. And they’re great places to hang, as they’re open for everyone. Scooters skaters bmx and Mtb. And transitions and options galor love them!
  • 1 0
 Jean shorts and slip on Vans for the win. Way to go!
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