We recently sent out our team rider, Olly Wilkins, to a pumptrack race in Holland. Not your ordinary race though. This was held in a nightclub, on the dance floor, by Joost Wichman the 2013 4X World Champion. Check out the edit:
‘Holland was crazy. I set off with Sam (Reynolds) on Saturday at Lunch. I would be racing that night at 11pm so there was no rush. We drove throughout the day. Only 4 and a half hours from Calais so not too bad, those notoriously flat Dutch roads did make for some boring driving though. After arriving that evening we had food and went for practise. The pumptrack was the same we’ve raced before at other shows. It was set up in an oval with two 180 degree berms and three rollers on each straight. A lap took just over 4 seconds!
In qualifying Sam and me came 2nd and 3rd/4th respectively I think. Everything was kinda unclear as we didn’t understand a word of Dutch. The track was surrounded by crazy dutch party people, horns, beer flying, it was nuts! Some of the crowd had chainsaw engines and the club air was thick with 2 stroke smoke. Next we went into knockout rounds. In the Quarter finals Sam came off, was a shame as he was looking super fast. I unfortunately went up against Joost in my quarter and after he messed up I had an easy route through to the semis, not a popular win up against the hometown hero. The knockout rounds involved a standing start so we had to race-start against some of the worlds best race-starters! In the semis my luck ran out and I messed up a turn and lost my ticket to the finals. After winning my B final I had scraped together a podium position in 3rd, Pumped!
I find it so stressful racing pump track. With laps so short its so easy to make mistakes. You feel like you’re holding your breath the whole time!
Big thanks to Joost for the invitation. Can’t wait for next year!’ Olly Wilkins