Gaston County is set to host The Red Bull UCI Pump Track World Championships for the third year at George Poston Park in Lowell, NC on Saturday, May 21, 2022.
Come see some of the world’s best battle it out under the lights to be the top woman and man at the US kickoff race for 2022! Featuring a knockout head-to-head format, each round of the finals decides the fate of the riders, and only one will survive. This race is open to 17+ riders and is one of three events taking place including the USA Pump Track Championship Qualifier on Sunday and BikeFest throughout the weekend. This will be a stellar weekend for not only only the athletes but spectators as well. The whole weekend will be family friendly.
Surrounded by forest in a 344-acre park, George Poston Park plays host for this Qualifier. The technical and tight Velosolutions Pump Track is a perfectly sized inverted symmetrical track, ideal for head-to-head racing as well as straight-through riding. There are too many transitions to count and endless lines to keep you busy.
Race Day Schedule
FRIDAY, MAY 20, 2022
4 pm - 7 pm
Rider registration for the Red Bull event and FREE practice
SATURDAY, MAY 21, 2022
Red Bull UCI Pump Track World Championship Qualifier
11 am - 10 pm
11 am | Bikefest Kickoff
12 - 3 pm | Rider registration for Red Bull Qualifier
3 pm | Riders Briefing
3:30 - 6 pm | Timed Runs
6 - 7 pm | Break
7 - 9:30 pm | Knock-Out Heat Finals
9:45 - 10 pm | Award Ceremony
REGISTER IN PERSON: Friday, May 20th, 4 pm - 7 pm or Saturday, May 21st, 12 pm - 3 pm
The Red Bull UCI Pump Track World Championships
The biggest event in pump track racing, The Red Bull UCI Pump Track World Championships is a revolutionary global pump track racing series with over 23 groundbreaking events taking place around the world since 2018. In 2019, Red Bull and Velosolutions took things to the next level with the iconic rainbow stripes. Today this cycling discipline of pump track racing continues to grow and is now in the fourth year of organized competition.
The Red Bull UCI Pump Track World Championships will see athletes compete at qualifiers located around the world for their spot in the finally. The top four men and women from each qualifier event have the right to race at the finals in Santiago.
Ponte Buggianese, Italy – May 14 - 15, 2022
Ainsa, Spain – May 21, 2022
Gaston County, USA – May 21, 2022
Genk, Belgium – June 5, 2022
Paris, Texas, USA – July 2, 2022
Langford, Canada – July 3, 2022
Åre, Sweden – July 9, 2022
Berlin, Germany – August 5 - 6, 2022
St Charles County, Missouri, USA – August 6, 2022
La Neuveville, Switzerland – August 20 -21, 2022
Eindhoven, Netherlands – August 27, 2022
Harstad, Norway – August 27, 2022
Tosovice, Chech Republic – September 17, 2022
2022 World Championship
This year the Red Bull UCI Pump Track World Championships will be taking place at the the Sante Fe Bike Park in Santiago, Chile. Still under construction, when complete, this will be the biggest Velosolutions Pump Track in Latin America and will include g trails, dirt jumps and a skillzone for bikers of all levels.
What is a pump track and how do you ride it?
A pump track is a circuit that loops back on itself and includes rollers, banked turns and jumps. Riders hit the circuit by using momentum of 'pumping' instead of pedaling. Track features are utilized to gain speed with the aim of going as fast as possible. Pump tracks are used mostly by BMX or a mountain bike riders, but you can ride almost anything on it.
For Red Bull UCI Pump Track World Championship events, most racers are on BMXs, dirt bikes or mountain bikes. At this level, bike set-up is of upmost importance to get marginal gains to win on the track on race day. Tire pressure, wheel size and suspension settings also play a part.