PUMP BATTLE WORLD CHAMPS

After Pump Battle stops in London, Berlin, Riva del Garda, Willingen and Arnhem it was time for the big finale, the Pump Battle Worlds. Time to crown the first ever Pump Battle World Champions.

Over 80 BMX and MTB riders made their way to the Netherlands for the Pump Battle Worlds, 70 men and 10 girls. During the head 2 head finals, at midnight inside the club, there was only room for 16 men and 4 girls. On the world longest modular pumptrack ever built (over 250meters) riders battled to make the cut for the head to head finals.

QUALIFYING: All riders had 2 chances to set their best time. After all chains were removed, it was time to get behind the Pro BMX Gate and give it their best shot. At the end it was Crankworx Les Gets Pumptrack winner, Chaney Guennet from France who was fastest, in front of Olympic BMX racer Twan van Gendt and Swiss DH rider Noel Niederberger. Laura Brethauer from Germany clocked the fastest time in the women category, in front of Geraldine Fink from CH and Junior BMX World Champion Ruby Huisman.

HEAD 2 HEAD FINALS

At midnight is was time for the big head 2 head battles, who would be crowned as the first ever Pump Battle World Champions. On the worlds smallest possible modular Pumptrack riders went head 2 head. Two riders dropping in at the same time, only one rider getting out... The rider who catches up the other rider qualifies for the next round, or if a rider gets of course he/she is disqualified.

Girls finale Big favorite for the win was Laura Brethauer, but a mistake in Semi finale against Geraldine Fink forced her to take part in the small finale. Here she took the bronze. The big finale was a crazy one, after 20 laps BMX Junior World Champion Ruby Huisman took her 2nd title of the year leaving Geraldine Fink with the Silver. Congrats!

Mens finale Big surprise of the evening was local 15 year old ripper, Tristan Botterham. He took out Crankworx Pumptrack champion Chaney Guest. In the other semi finale Noel Niederberger was up against another local, Mirko Hendriksen, who earlier that night took out BMX champ Twan van Gendt and former 4X World Champion Joost Wichman. But Noel kept it cool and qualified for the big finale, where he was up against Tristan. After the gate dropped it looked like Tristan would take the gold, but Noel re-grouped and started pushing.. at the end it was Noel who looked like to have the better endurance and was crowned as the first ever Pump Battle World Champion.

We would like the thank all riders and our partners: 360Boost, Icycle, Pro Gate, Mobii timing, Magura, Modular Pumptrack and de Radstake for making this amazing event happen.

For Pump Battle events bookings please email pumpbattleseries@gmail.com

See you next year and #bepumped

Photo credits: Plons Racing

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