10 facts about: Trials in Chile

The Republic of Chile is a country in western South America, and it has a long history in trials. Though, with a population of 17,5 million, just around 200 of those ride trials.

Here are 10 facts about trials in Chile:

  1. Trials in Chile began in the middle of the 1990s, as a mix of street and MTB.
  2. Around 2002 the riders started to identify themselves as pure trials riders.
  3. The rules at the first unofficial competitions were based on what the trials riders understood purely from watching videos. Remember, this was before the Internet and YouTube.
  4. From 2009 to 2014, world class riders were coming once a year to do shows and ride with the local riders: Vincent Hermance, Dani Comas and Benito Ros (5 times) have been there.
  5. Pablo “Chokapic” Nuñez became the first Chilean ever to ride a UCI Trials World Cup, in Aalter, Belgium in 2007.
  6. The following Chilean athletes have also participated in a UCI World Cup: Sebastian Montenegro in Pra Loup 2013, Jordi Muñoz in Krakow 2014 and Matías Alegría in Albertville 2015.
  7. The first Chilean rider to participate in an UCI World Trials Championship, was Matías Alegría in Andorra 2015. He got 27th place.
  8. At the UCI Urban Games in 2018, Chile had two participants at the same event for the first time ever: Matías Alegría in elite 20″, and Daniel Calderon in elite 26″.
  9. Chile is the only Latin American country that had riders at the official UCI ranking between 2013 and 2019.
  10. Due to problems with UCI and the Chilean National Cycling Federation, it has not been possible to organize competitions after 2017.

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