4X Alliance to organise new 4X Pro Tour in 2012

Dec 16, 2011
by Ian Hylands  

After what will be remembered as the finest year for 4X in 2011 since the sports creation, we are pleased to announce that for 2012 a new 4X Series has been formed. We are extremely happy to announce the launch of the ‘4X Pro Tour’.

2012 4X Pro Tour venues and dates:
Round 1 – Houffalize, Belgium – 14th April
Round 2 – Szczawno Zdroj, Poland – 5th May
Round 3 – Val Di Sole, Italy – 2nd June
Round 4 – Fort William, UK – 9th June
Round 5 – TBC

Round 5 is being worked on right now and we hope to announce that venue in the new year.
The 4X Alliance have been working with the UCI and race organizers to create the new 4X Pro Tour. As you can see from the calendar, we are stoked that some of the existing World Cup events have made this statement and continued with their belief that 4X should be on the World stage in 2012. Houffalize, Val Di Sole and Fort William will all host rounds of the 2012 4X Pro Tour alongside World Cup XC and DH during those weekends.

The guys behind the new series are Chris Roberts and Scott Beaumont.
Chris Roberts said:
‘4X has been gaining popularity over the past few years and after the UCI announced it would not be part of the World Cup in 2012, we knew we had to create our own series and continue to grow the sport’. 2012 will be important for the development of 4X and together with some fantastic support from organizers, riders and fans, we are looking forward to an awesome season in 2012.’
Scott Beaumont agreed:
‘4X is a fantastic sport and to see the UCI just wipe it out of the World Cup when so many organizers, riders and fans love the sport just seemed crazy to me. Together with Chris, we have worked hard to put together a new Pro Tour for 4X riders and we are looking forward to a future where we can help to grow 4X around the World.’

The 2012 4X Pro Tour already has the support of all of the World’s finest 4X racers. Czech favourites Tomas Slavik and current World Champion Michal Prokop, Joost Wichman and his new 4X team, Women’s World Champion Anneke Beerten and her arch rival Melissa Buhl are all confirmed to be competing in the Tour in 2012.

So it’s a new beginning for the sport of 4X and the new 4X Pro Tour.
There are exciting times ahead. We have plans to add new events and locations into the 2013 Pro Tour to take 4X racing to the streets and the public in venues all around the World that we just could not fit into the 2012 4X Pro Tour at such short notice.
It's been really hard work and an incredible adventure so far, but with the fantastic support and belief in the sport from organizers in Belgium, Poland, Italy & Scotland we have an amazing season planned for 2012.

We look forward to seeing you all trackside in 2012.


For all the up to date news, please ‘like’ our Facebook page: www.facebook.com/4xprotour
Follow us on Twitter: www.twitter.com/4xprotour
The website is being constructed right now. Please keep an eye on www.4xprotour.com

For any inquiries on the series, please email : chris@nakedracing.com or hello@beaumontracing.com


38 Comments

  • + 32
 No matter how hard the UCI tries, 4X is not dead... and will never be!
  • + 2
 ohohh.. UCI is a dead walking! and 4X lives on, 4ever. www.4xprotour.com is now one of my favs page.
  • + 1
 Keep in mind the UCI still controls the biggest race, and they may bring it back on it's own if this succeeds. This might make the sport stronger than it was, if they do it right. They sould continue to do crazy experimentation with the tracks and maybe try some dual slalom or giant slalom races the same weekend. I also wasn't to see big jumps and drops, maybe a huge rock garden with jumps in it. And a HUGE whoops section, like in motocross. How about a start with a huge whoops section right of the bat and a big step down into a rock garden. Make it so you can compete on DH bikes on some courses.
  • + 19
 "We have plans to add new events and locations into the 2013 Pro Tour to take 4X racing to the streets and the public in venues all around the World" - that's the best sounding part!!! It would be so spectacular to see 4X races take place also in urban areas!!! Thanks for all the effort you guys put into this!!!
  • + 18
 funny how UCI cites environmental damages for reasons to not include 4X, and this protour ends up having most of the events at the exact same venues as the UCI world cups..lets worry about the big things (e.g., autos, agribusiness) before we worry about the environmental impact 4X races=p
  • + 1
 how does 4x effect the environment
  • + 1
 Only UCI knows... but somehow they are not sharing their mysterious knowledge... lol Smile
  • + 5
 4x alliance have behaved with dignity and class throughout, on top of that they got venues and riders signed up nice and quickly. very pro from the start, think some other organisers could take a few tips from them.
  • + 8
 Thank god!
  • + 7
 they should come to canada
  • + 3
 hell yes they should have the race be on the north shore or whistler
  • + 16
 A-line 4X lol
  • + 3
 that would actually be insane Big Grin
  • + 5
 We have a worldcup class 4X track here at Mont-Sainte-Anne
  • + 1
 I agree with Sam41, world class track @ Mt. St. Anne, why not use it?
  • + 5
 make the tracks more like a dh track not a bmx track
  • + 2
 Great!!!! glad its still at fort bill was gutted when UCI cancelled it fort bill wouldnt be the same without everyone crouding round the 4x track Big Grin !!!!
  • + 2
 Thanks to everyone on Pinkbike for the positive comments. We can't wait to get the ProTour started. Look forward to seeing you all at a race in 2012. Cheers SB.
  • + 4
 yeaaah Szczawno Beer
  • + 1
 Im very happy that the 4x Alliance started a new Pro Tour. After all the b.s. from UCI, its time someone took charge. 4X is not dead!!!
  • + 3
 Very nice guys, thats it!!! And UCI sucks Wink
  • + 1
 Finally a real logo rather than that shitty cheap ass rocky roads UCI world cup logo
  • + 3
 Round 5- USA!!! Please.
  • + 1
 I second that!!! Round 5 in the States!!!
  • + 3
 Great news!
  • + 1
 wwwwwwwweeeeeeee szczawno ;d
  • + 2
 bring it to the states
  • + 1
 Round #5 Windham, NY please.
  • + 1
 Windham was a fantastic track, it would be great to back....
  • + 1
 Wasn't Windham a temporary track which got knocked down after the WC?
  • + 2
 I am happy now!!!
  • + 1
 Fcuk UCI...(from my point of view)
  • + 1
 YYYYEEEEEAAAAAHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!! Big Grin
  • + 1
 Thanks to 4X Alliance!
  • + 1
 sssssiiiiiick
  • - 1
 big bmx tracks first out the gate wins. yawn
  • + 2
 i take from your comment that you didnt actualy watch last years season?

Post a Comment



Copyright © 2000 - 2019. Pinkbike.com. All rights reserved.
dv56 0.040891
Mobile Version of Website