The biking destination reshaping the sport in Manila marks its anniversary with a major qualifying event
Last April 7, The Bike Playground held the Red Bull Pump Track World Championships qualifier, a global race series that took local pump track racing to new heights, to coincide with their first anniversary.
This was one of the qualifier events undertaken in cities around the world, which will culminate with the grand finals on September 7 in Lenzerheide, Switzerland. This is set to coincide with the world-renowned Union Cycliste Internationale Mountain Bike (UCI MTB) World Championships, where the official Pump Track World Champion will be named.
For the Philippine leg of the competition, Jericho Farr took the win in Manila for the men’s category, with Lea Denise Belgica taking the top spot in the women’s.
With bike exhibitions to thrill the crowd, The Bike Playground’s anniversary also featured Dutch professional mountain biker Joost Wichman, winner of the 2013 UCI Championship, World Cup racer, Radon Factory rider and team manager, and celebrity in the biking world was present as a participant in the Philippine leg of the qualifiers.
The global race series is being jointly undertaken by Red Bull and Velosolutions. Velosolutions is known for its pump track and bike park construction, and is also the team behind The Bike Playground’s facilities.
The Bike Playground offers bike rentals and assistance from skilled coaches from the Philippine National Team. It also houses the country’s first indoor asphalt pump track, which can be used even during the rainy season. An outdoor trail and a kids’ track expands the list of spaces that can be enjoyed within the park.