At its most basic level, 4X and riding our mountain bikes on BMX tracks capture the essence of our sport - carefree, easily accessible on any bike (Hardtails rule!) and a fantastic way to develop skills. Did we mention that both Aaron Gwin and Danny Hart started out in BMX?
At this point we need to introduce Euan Rossi - A bike riding doctor who races the 4X pro tour and organiser of the 4x Wednesday nights held at Cumbernauld BMX track, just outside Glasgow, in Scotland's central belt. #4xWednesdays is a regular Wednesday night meet up for mountain bikers and BMX riders of all abilities. It is designed to get everybody and anybody on a bike having fun. Euan and Leslie Bike Shop managed to rope in some pro riders to help with coaching at Cumbernauld’s BMX track - Luke Cryer, Greg Williamson, Duncan Ferris and Joe Connell to name but a few and there were all sorts of bikes on show - hardtails, BMX's, race Enduro bikes - Anything and everything goes at 4x Wednesday!
With over 100 riders making an appearance the nights are proving to be a roaring success - not bad for mid-week, winter nights in Scotland! Euan has pretty much single-handedly made this happen and is a shining example of the unsung heroes who bond the mtb community together "It's difficult in Scotland to have regular meetups during the week. The BMX track is a great facility as it's floodlit, runs consistently no matter the weather and has something for riders of all abilities."
"We have a wealth of bike riding talent in Scotland and the rest of the UK. It's been amazing to see this group in action and showing the public what's possible on a bike. The kids especially have loved it and we get more along every week. Hopefully it inspires them to give 4X racing a try"
"I think there is something for every level of rider at a #4xwednesdays night. We do some basic skills and tips, games to keep pushing your skills whilst having fun and the track has loads of line options to keep the elite level riders on their toes."
Look out for Euan (@4xeuan) especially at the 4X Protour in Fort William this year. He's always happy to chat to people about riding and how they can get into racing.
"I'd like to say a massive thank you to the guys at Descent World, the track staff, Sam Flockhart from Xtreme Bikes, Spartan Protein, Roost MTB Holidays and the Fort William Downhill Mountain Bike World Cup/4X Protour Team for supporting the group."
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