4X Wednesdays in Scotland - Video

Jan 30, 2017
by 4X Wednesdays  

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?

4X Wednesdays - Photo by descentworld

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!

4X Wednesdays - Photo by descentworld

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"

4X Wednesdays - Photo by descentworld

"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."

You can keep up to date with happenings over at the events Facebook page.

4X Wednesdays - Photo by descentworld

4X Wednesdays - Photo by descentworld


MENTIONS: @4xwednesdays



49 Comments

  • + 11
 cool as. In mountain biking there is way way waaaaaaaaaaaaay too many people who are all power and no technique, especially in 'enduro' so its great to see people learning to jump, pump, manual etc. Just need some tracks in Ireland now and we could do the same haha
  • + 8
 This is a big part of the set up Smile There's something every level of rider can get out of a BMX track session.
  • + 6
 Great night had by all and it was also really good to see all the young kids enjoying themselves too. Thanks to Euan and the lads for organising the Wednesday nights.
The main reason I started going along to these sessions, learning how my jump, manual,and pump.Its has brought on my biking skills a huge amount along with my fitness
#yournevertoold, #4xWednesdys
  • + 3
 Been great having you along Andy. You'll be leaving us all behind soon enough!
  • + 5
 Thanks to everyone for coming and making it a great night. We're on every Wednesday Big Grin Hit the link at the bottom of the article!
  • + 3
 Nice one buddy! I'm going to try to get down for a session although unlike you my skills haven't progressed much from the PP Dh trail days ha ha!!
  • + 2
 @LUCKYMULLEN: It's a great fun way to work on the skills mate Smile Everyone's just stoked to be riding so it doesn't matter if you're a bit rusty!
  • + 7
 I'd like to see some pinkbike reviews on solid little 4X hardtails
  • + 6
 We will get the British 4X crew on it this season Wink
  • + 2
 i kinda think it should say 'in glasgow' instead of 'in scotland'... (aye, aye, I know, glasgow's in scotland)
anyhow, it's a brilliant idea/event, looks like tons of fun! would be really awesome to see this becoming a 'thing' scotland-wide. or worldwide even...Wink Smile
props @4xwednesdays!Salute
  • + 2
 haha maybe we should start franchising! DMs to #4xwednesdays Wink
  • + 2
 It isn't in Glasgow though!
  • + 2
 It would be fantastic to see 4x back. I get asked a lot but time is the main problem. Venues are the key thing here. Once you get a good local venue and people who want to run regular events you will see aassive growth in the sport. When we started it all off when it was called BSX we ran a full uk series and regular races and it was heaving. Love to help bring it back. Also and importantly. We opened it to any bike, any ability, kept prices down especially kids. No British Cycling Rules. If you run 1 gear and 1 brake good on you. The sport is the best mtb format out there. Affordable. Easy to setup and FUN!
  • + 4
 How is that track dry and not a puddle of slosh this time of year? I went down to a local BMX track and it was a great massive pile of peanut butter!!
  • + 4
 The water just runs off the track
  • + 4
 The track crew (Josh Hanlon and team) do a fantastic job and we can't thank them enough!
  • + 4
 Does anyone know anything like this, or even a BMX / Pumptrack in, around, or within even an hour of Oxford?! Seems to be barren lands (or a business opportunity)
  • + 4
 Trail forks says you have a pump track in Kennington. There looks to be a few BMX tracks in Reading too. Not sure how far the 417 project is from you, but they have a pump and dirt jump barns which may be worth a look?
  • + 3
 Hit up BMX/Pumptracks directory on facebook. They have an app that tells you where and what every track in the UK is Smile
  • + 4
 Is the Leamington Spa 4x track a bit far? Worth a trip!
  • + 2
 www.facebook.com/bmxandpumptrackdirectory
Your'e not too far from Chicksands Bike Park either and they have a National 4X Track, Dual track, loads of dirt jumps and bigger jumps for trail/dh bikes. Plenty of friendly 4X racers there and a very well maintained park.
  • + 1
 Chicksands bike park Bro! Or Aston Hill. Both have 4x courses, the one at Chicky is well maintained and there are regular gate nights for racers practicing their starts.
  • + 1
 Great bmx track in Hayes/Uxbridge will be around an hour from you but good people
  • + 5
 Massive thanks to Euan for organising this, it's a fantastic night for all ages and skill levels????
  • + 2
 Glad you're liking it mate Smile Cheers for coming!
  • + 4
 For those of us who don't do Facebook, do we just turn up or do is there a sign up process?
  • + 4
 Yup, half 6 start time. Get there early to pay at the main sport centre reception and away you go. You can also hire any equipment you need
  • + 4
 Just turn up 6:45pm, get your ticked from the main building £5, any bike will do as long as it has a working back brake, if you are bringing a BMX take the pegs off if it has any, failing that you can rent a bike for the night £5, full face helmet is mandatory, helmet hire is £1 as is pad hire
  • + 5
 @aerobic247: This is all brilliant! Perfectly accessible and reasonable prices. No wonder its packed!
  • + 4
 @aerobic247: awesome, thanks. Will be there!
  • + 3
 Every Wednesday, 6:30pm at Cumbernauld Smile Just show up, pay at reception and make sure you have a full face, working back brake and no pegs.
  • + 5
 @ajh4446: ahh 6:30 not 6:45 forgot about the time change
  • + 4
 It's not totally clear in the video but loads of girls go along to these nights as well, so ladies get joining in! Smile
  • + 2
 Yeh we have a great group of female riders there each week. We will also be launching our Female Racing Development programme in March so get involved ladies Big Grin
  • + 1
 @4xwednesdays: Team Leslie Bike Shop / Bikers Boutique Downhill riders Debs Primrose and Hope and Téa Jensen have been known to fly the flag for the girls too????
  • + 1
 @Morriente: yup they came along to the session last week!
  • + 4
 I'm ve been going from the start, it's great to see how far everyone's riding has progressed in such a short space of time
  • + 4
 was an awesome night - Lewis (12) took a while to try the gates but no stopping him afterwards.
  • + 4
 Great to have the kids along and see them progressing Smile Next generation of 4X shredders coming through!
  • + 5
 Good night be along more often
  • + 3
 love the 4x, ds, bmx race riding style on mtb, so fun and satisfying to watch too.
  • + 1
 The best spectator sport in our humble opinion Wink
  • + 3
 Nice one guys. Should have a race on the old track up at St Mo's to separate the men from the boys. Wink
  • + 2
 Stoked - thanks for the invite @4xwednesdays and glad everyone liked the vibe!
  • + 3
 Time to get some of these going in other places now!
  • + 3
 It doesn't take much @Joebohobo Just a keen rider and a track! Smile
  • + 3
 Great stuff, hopefully get some more 4X tracks up your way!
  • + 1
 Gotta love fourcross, well i definitely do! Whats the song on this video though ?????
  • + 1
 Hi, we made the video for 4X Wednesday and the song is Matt and Kim / Daylight. Cheers!

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