Trials: 2018 in figures

Dec 26, 2018, 15:28 PM

18 (and two weeks): Alejandro Montalvo’s age when he claimed the overall UCI Trials World Cup title in the Men Elite 20” category. The young Spanish athlete won two rounds of the four-round series and finished second in the final round in Berlin (Germany) in October to take the overall title. One month later he successfully defended his Junior Men’s title at the UCI Urban Cycling World Championships in Chengdu, China.

3 consecutive World titles for Nina Reichenbach (Germany) and Jack Carthy (Great Britain) in the Women Elite and Men Elite 26” categories in Chengdu, China. At just 19, Reichenbach is a five-time medallist at the UCI World Championships. Carthy, 22, was double Junior UCI World Champion (2013 and 2014) and finished second in 2015, his first year as an Elite rider, before embarking on his hat trick of golds.

26 inch: the new category chosen this year by Spain’s Abel Mustieles after winning 11 World titles (two Junior, six Elite and three teams) in the 20” category. In his first year competing on a 26”, the 27-year-old finished fourth in the UCI Trials World Cup and 10th at the UCI Urban Cycling World Championships.

17: the number of times Belgian Kenny Belaey has competed in the UCI World Championships. The multiple UCI World Champion, 35, also known as the Magician, is a huge ambassador for the sport, performing stunts and filming videos all over the world. For the record, he holds the Guinness world record for most 180° rotations in a minute (35) and is a member of the UCI Trials Commission.

6 out of 7 titles up for grabs at the 2018 UCI Trials World Youth Games  went to Spain. The annual competition for athletes aged 9 to 16 this year attracted a record participation of 190 athletes from 16 countries to Lazzate, Italy.

230: the total number of points scored by Thomas Pechhacker in the Men 20” final in Chengdu to claim Austria’s first-ever trials World Championships title.

1248: the total points gained along the year by Nicolas Vallée from France, winner of the Men Elite 26” UCI Trials ranking.

37-year-old: Benito Ros, also known as “La Bestia”, is the oldest rider on the world circuit and is the 20” specialist. The Spaniard has won the UCI Trials World Championships eight times and the UCI Trials World Cup on five occasions. This year he won the opening round of the UCI Trials World Cup in Vöcklabruck (Austria).

163 is the total number of riders who took part in the 2018 UCI Trials World Cup: 74 Men Elite 26”, 70 Men Elite 20” and 19 Women Elite.