2012 4X Pro Tour - Slavik and Beerten win Val di Sole

Jun 2, 2012
by Ian Hylands  
As the sun went down over Val di Sole, riders from across the world were going wheel-to-wheel for round two of the 4X Pro Tour.
The 64 men who made it through yesterday's qualifier battled it out on the 45 second track. All night long the defending world champion, Michal Prokop (Czech Republic), was looking strong, getting the lead from the gate and pulling away from the competition. In the final it was not to be though, his countryman, Thomas Slavik, took the lead into the first corner and not matter what Prokop tried, he couldn't close the gap. Scott Beaumont (Great Britain) took the third step of the podium.
In the women's racing, last year's defending series champion and world champion, Anneke Beerten (Netherlands), was unbeatable, winning every one of her heats and comfortably taking the win in the final. She was one of the few ladies who tackled the intimidating jumps on the track's pro-line. Katy Curd (Great Britain) was her nearest competitor and looked strong throughout her heats, but she couldn't find the power out of the gate to stay with Beerten. Celine Gros backed up qualifying 17th in the downhill earlier in the day with the third spot of the podium.

Men's Final

1 1 CZE19870612 SLAVIK Tomas RSP 4 Cross Team
2 2 CZE19810401 PROKOP Michal SPECIALIZED Racing
3 3 GBR19780602 BEAUMONT Scott Yeti Racing UK
4 4 SWE19911121 BECKEMAN Felix Trek Sweden Racing/Fox Head

Women's Final

1 3 NED19820707 BEERTEN Anneke MILKA-SUPERIOR MTB RACING TEAM
2 1 GBR19890427 CURD Katy ROSE VAUJANY GRAVITY MTB TEAM
3 2 FRA19830128 GROS Céline Team Morzine-Avoriaz
4 4 SUI19810926 OETJEN Lucia Thömus Racing Team

Complete Results at bottom....

Marek Pesko leading the bunch into the first turn at Val di Sole during the first round of 4X racing.

Marek Pesko leading the bunch into the first turn at Val di Sole during the first round of 4X racing.


Ahh 4X...Prokop with a clean get-away from turn two but no so much for Mariusz Jarek.

Ahh, 4X...Prokop with a clean get-away from turn two, but no so much for Mariusz Jarek.



Say what you will but 4X is arguably one of the most entertaining mountain bike competitions to watch live. Qualifying on the other hand is as boring to watch as paint drying. But the actual racing is pretty damn cool to watch. You can already see Chain Reaction s Michael Machura setting up for the first corner.

Say what you will, but 4X is arguably one of the most entertaining mountain bike competitions to watch live. Qualifying, on the other hand, is as boring to watch as paint drying. But the actual racing is pretty damn cool to watch. You can already see Chain Reaction's Michael Machura setting up for the first corner.



Adam Stasek with the classic hole shot.

Adam Stasek with the classic hole shot.


Derbier Quenten exiting turn 3. At this point the only way to lose this race is by shooting yourself in the foot.

Derbier Quenten exiting turn 3. At this point, the only way to lose this race is by shooting yourself in the foot.


Martin Soderstrom

Martin Soderstrom took time away from dirt jump and slopestyle competition this weekend to race the 4X. 33rd spot...


Cube was debuting a new 4X bike in Val di Sole.

Cube was debuting a new 4X bike in Val di Sole.


Beaumont

Scott Beaumont into 3rd spot in the final


Prokop

Michal Prokop, second place.


Tomas Slavik

Tomas Slavik, so far unbeatable this year...


Beerten

Anneke Beerten easily took the win for the women.


Thomas Slavik is just as deadly as he every was. The Czech marched pretty much uncontested through the rounds to claim the lead. Here in the semis it was a bit more serious--no massive whip like in the quarter finals.

Tomas Slavik is just as deadly as he every was. The Czech marched pretty much uncontested through the rounds to claim the lead. Here in the semis it was a bit more serious--no massive whip like in the quarter finals.


Women s Semis with Katiy Curd storming to the win in the round.

Women's Semis with Katiy Curd storming to the win in the round.


Gotta love smart phones...likely this video of the men s final is up on a website somewhere.

Gotta love smart phones...likely this video of the men's final is up on a website somewhere.


Anneke Beerten with the win. Interesting...it s not a UCI World Cup but the World Champs both wore their jerseys.

Anneke Beerten with the win. Even though it's not part of the World Cup circuit it was a UCI Cat 1 race so the World Champs both wore their jerseys.


Evidently Great Britain and France don t drink podium champagne. Slavik with the win...

Evidently Great Britain and France don't drink podium champagne. Slavik with the win...



Rl c73 4x Men Elite f 1 0
RL C73 4X Women Elite F 1 0
Photos by Charles Robertson and Colin Meagher


12 Comments

  • 17 0
 Thanks for the results, it's such a shame we can't watch it live on freecaster as each previous year!
  • 5 0
 I'm so proud of Tomas! I've been watching this guy since he was an unknown Czech rider, talented but still one out of many, and the progress he has made for all those years is simply outstanding! Real fighter, true athlete... the only one who can survive the whole night of partying and win a race the next day... well, not only a race but all of his runs as well Wink (Szczawno-Zdrój 2011). Watch out for Slavik everyone, this season he's on fire!
  • 5 0
 martin soderstrom racing 4x?
  • 5 4
 Slavik is now the dominating force in 4x,guy is unbeatable for now
  • 1 1
 How come Beaumont is listed as Yeti racing UK, when he is sponsored by GT??
  • 5 0
 are you thinking of Marc?
  • 8 0
 Because it's Scott, not Marc!
  • 2 0
 DOH!
  • 2 0
 no photos or vids?
  • 1 0
 No Rinderknecht... But then I suddenly remembered its an Olympic year.
  • 1 0
 Shame not to see Katy Curd on the top step...
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