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Chris James rises to the Top at Vans BMX Pro Cup Málaga regional qualifier

Chris James rises to the Top at Vans BMX Pro Cup Málaga regional qualifier
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Podium winners James, Charveron and Wallace advance to Series World Championships.

Following a back to back showdown of rising BMX talent, the Vans BMX Pro Cup concluded the second regional qualifier rounds earlier today to secure a final field of 31 riders to compete Sunday, May 7 at the infamous El Málaga Skatepark. Surpassing more than 80 international BMX hopefuls in the open prelims rounds, Australia’s Chris James soared above the rest, showcasing massive airs and back to back technical tricks to clench a triumphant win, taking home the first-place prize of $1,000 USD and the coveted invite to the Vans BMX Pro Cup World Championships in California. Not far behind, Maxime Charveron, better known as the “Flying Frenchman”, demonstrated clean 360 maneuvers and giant transfers to earn him second place, while UK native Ben Wallace’s consistent style and mammoth heights placed him in third. Since Charveron is already a World Championships invitee, UK’s Lima Eltham, who placed fourth, will take the ticket to the championships. In a special women’s round, chilean rider Macarena Perez claimed first place, dominating the park with seasoned style, an impressive one hander on the hip, and a toboggan over the box. Perez also secures her spot in the Vans BMX Pro Cup Series World Championships women’s division. The official start of the Vans BMX Pro Cup Málaga Global Qualifier takes place Sunday, May 7, where the Top 10 advancers from today’s competition will join the 18 advancers from Vans BMX Pro Cup Sydney in an exciting battle of BMX park terrain!


Vans BMX Pro Cup Regional Qualifier Results

1. Chris James, Invited to World Championships
2. Maxime Charveron
3. Ben Wallace, Invited to World Championships
4. Lima Eltham, Invited to World Championships
5. Jack Clark
6. Matt Priest
7. Paul Thoelen
8. Daniel Sandoval
9. Alejandro “Pitu” Ibarra
10. Jayden Fuller


Top 18 from Vans BMX Pro Cup Sydney Global Qualifier

Sergio Layos ESP
Dennis Enarson USA
Larry Edgar USA
Corey Walsh CAN
Kevin Peraza USA
Gary Young USA
Ryan Nyquist USA
Jason Watts AUS
Matt Cordova USA
Kris Fox USA
Alex Hiam AUS
Dylan Lewis AUS
Tom Dugan USA
Greg Illingworth ZAF
Pat Casey USA
Boyd Hilder AUS
Tyler Fernengel USA
Corey Bohan AUS


Wildcards for Vans BMX Pro Cup Spain

Chase Hawk USA
Clint Reynolds USA
Dan Foley USA


The Vans BMX Pro Cup series debuts in 2017 as the world’s definitive platform for BMX park terrain competition, showcasing the most talented BMX athletes from across the globe. The Vans BMX Pro Cup kicks off its inaugural season in Sydney, Australia as the series embarks on a four-stop global tour, concluding with the crowning of the first-ever Vans BMX Pro Cup World Champion. For more information on competition format, locations, athletes and sanctioning, please visit



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