When Endura graphic designer Agnieszka Pomaranska competed in the UCI Pump Track Qualifier last month, she had no idea that she would fly off to Chile this November to take part in the UCI Pump Track World Championships.
Despite being a non-competitive rider, her friends persuaded her to enter the qualifying event in her hometown of Edinburgh, Scotland. To her surprise, Agnieszka’s ‘yes’ resulted in her winning the event and earning herself a spot at the World Championships taking place in Santiago from 16th to 20th November.
All-round cycling experience
Agnieszka is a keen cyclist and regularly rides the commute to Endura’s headquarters in Livingston, Scotland. She enjoys mountain biking and enduro racing in her free time and during the lockdown started cycling at a local bike park in Edinburgh.
Once lockdown rules eased, she joined the informal cycling group, the Grrrlshred Edina, for weekly pump track sessions. It was here she got to grips with pump track racing, which is riding along a looped circuit at speed by the momentum of ‘pumping’ on the bike instead of pedalling.
Journey to the World Championships
For Agnieszka, riding has always been about enjoyment rather than racing or training; one of the reasons she entered the qualifier was to have some fun on the track. She also wanted to boost the number of women entrants.
On race day, she beat the more established riders – including Dasha Polakova, a former elite BMXer and the 2019 UK pump track champion – to secure her place in the World Championships.
Agnieszka will be one of 70 riders, from 20 countries, to compete on the new Santiago pump track, that will be the largest in Latin America.
As she’ll be competing against the best riders in the world, she’s now working with a personal trainer and training at some local spots around Edinburgh.
You can keep updated on Agnieszka’s journey to the championships in Chile via the Endura blog.
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