PBR Canada’s Monster Energy Tour Returns to London on May 11

By: Kacie Albert  Tuesday, September 18, 2018 @ 10:14 AM

Arkansas Bull Rider Reese Cates won the last Monster Energy Tour event in London in 2016. Photo: Cody Moore/CovyMoore.com.

LONDON, Ontario – For this first time since 2016, PBR (Professional Bull Riders) Canada’s elite Monster Energy Tour will return to London, Ontario, holding its fifth event of the 2019 season inside Budweiser Gardens on Saturday, May 11. 

The Monster Energy Tour regularly features Canada’s best riders alongside some of the league’s top international athletes, squaring off against the rankest bucking bulls from across the nation. Fans will witness exhilarating 8-second rides and wrecks throughout the action-packed event as the PBR’s courageous bull-riding athletes face off against their 2,000-pound opponents.

Notably, the 2019 Monster Energy Tour will feature the most events in the series’ four-year history. After holding five events in 2017, the tour expanded to nine stops this season, with 11 on the docket for 2019.

In 2016, as one of three riders to go a perfect 2-for-2, Arkansas’ Reese Cates won the tour’s inaugural stop in the Forest City.

Meadow Lake, Saskatchewan’s Cody Coverchuk, third, and De Winton, Alberta’s Brock Radford, fourth, were the event’s top-finishing Canadians. Both Canucks, currently locked in a tight race for the 2018 PBR Canada Championship, are expected to compete at the London Classic in 2019, alongside two-time and reigning PBR Canada Champion Zane Lambert (Ponoka, Alberta) and Lonnie West (Cadogan, Alberta), last year’s runner-up to the national title.  

The bull riding action begins at 7:00 p.m. ET on Saturday, May 11 at Budweiser Gardens. All riders will attempt one bull each in Round 1. The Top 10 will then advance to the Championship Round for one more out and a chance at the event title. In addition to competing for points towards the Canadian national standings, riders will also have the opportunity to earn world points in an effort to earn a berth onto the elite PBR: Unleash The Beast. As part of the Monster Energy Tour, riders have the opportunity to earn increased world points, with the event winner netting 120 world points.

Tickets for the one-day event go on sale Friday, September 21 at 10 a.m. ET. They range in price from $25 to $75, standard fees apply, and can be purchased at the Courtesy Ford Gate #1 Box Office, online at BudweiserGardens.com, or by phone at 1-866-455-2849.

The 2019 slate of events marks the fourth season for the Monster Energy Tour as a unified competitive series traveling across the country. The London stop will be the fifth event on the 2019 Monster Energy Tour schedule, following the season opener on January 26 in Winnipeg, Manitoba, and subsequent stops in Lethbridge and Calgary, Alberta, and Québec, Québec.