On Saturday, May 4th, season two of the 4X ProTour will begin on one of the finest 4X tracks in the world. Szczawno Zdroj in Poland will host the opening round for 2013 and the scene is set for plenty of action on Saturday night. Chris Roberts and Scott Beaumont have worked relentlessly over the winter months and have created a five round series that will continue to put 4X mountain bike racing on the world stage. With over 100 pre-entries so far, the first round of the 2013 4X ProTour has a solid entry list (unlike former World Cups, registration will be also available at the event).Who to Watch
In the men’s race, 2012 4X ProTour Champion Tomas Slavik will be the man to beat. After an amazing season in 2012, Tomas won the opening 3 rounds on his way towards the overall title. Slavik has already got his season off to a winning start last weekend at the second round of the Schwalbe British 4X Series in Falmouth, Cornwall. His reasons for racing in the UK early in the year – he wanted to be ready for round 1 of the 4X ProTour.
Slavik will not have it all his own way though. Michal Prokop will be back and looking for the form that has previously made him unstoppable in the 4X world. Injury free and ready, Prokop will be looking to find his best form to beat Slavik.
Quentin Derbier, Mechura brothers, Scott Beaumont and host of the world’s finest 4X riders will be pressing hard to topple the Czech Republic riders in 2013.
In the women’s race, Katy Curd will enter this race as the clear favourite. The 2012 4X European Champion won that championship in Szczawno and will be looking to repeat that win; to start her 2013 ProTour campaign in style.
Celine Gros, Lucia Oetjens and Helene Fruhwirth plus many more will all be looking to beat Katy.RACE SCHEDULE:
FRIDAY – 20:30-22:00 – gate training at night conditions - Video highlights will be shown on Pinkbike.
18:30-19:30 – qualifications
19:45-20:15 – gate training for the qualified riders
20:30 – final racesLOCATION:
Szczawno-Zdrój is situated in the south-west of Poland (Lower Silesia), 86 km from Wrocław, 339 km from Berlin and 204 km from Prague. The nearest airport (Wrocław Strachowice) is 80 km away, the nearest train station (Wałbrzych Miasto) – just 4,6 kmOFFICIAL INVITATION FROM THE ORGANIZERS:
Once again, we are honored to invite riders from all over the world to compete at our four cross course – Sunny Meadow in Szczawno-Zdrój, Poland. We have been organizing 4X Festina Night Race for seven years now and the last two races in 2010 and 2011 were introduced to Euro Fourcross Series. We are proud to be in the new 4X Pro Tour series launched this year, especially since we are the only new venue with experience in the former World Cup events.
Another great thing about being in the 4X ProTour is the possibility to promote our town and our course among more and more riders, coaches and people interested in the development of one of the most spectacular biking events in the world. We are looking forward to meeting plenty of riders and thousands of viewers at Sunny Meadow 4X course in Szczawno-Zdrój on 4th May.
We wish the riders the best results and the viewers unforgettable thrills.
See you in Poland!
Tadeusz Wlaźlak, mayor of Szczawno-Zdrój
Andrzej Skrzypczak, race director
More information: mtb-anna.eu
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