Round 3 Schwalbe British 4X series

Jun 2, 2011
by Graham Foot  

Friday's practice saw sun and dry conditions for those who'd managed to get time off work to attend, but this was soon to change, the Slam69/Dartmoor crew arrived early Saturday morning to be greeted by gales and horizontal rain; just what the doctor ordered...not.

This weekend was not only the 3rd round of the UK series, but also the Euro 4X, which would take place on the Sunday. On arriving it soon became apparent that the venue was prepared for rain as the field to park in was one slippery slope.

With the promise of a break in the weather, practice was postponed until lunch time, midday came and indeed the rain stopped and the clouds parted to reveal the hills around the venue and even some sun. Bring it on!

The motto's kicked off and the riders did battle with this brand new track, littered with rock gardens and cork-screw corners it promised great close racing.

With the Euro's on the Sunday a much larger pro field showed up to give series leader Scott Beaumont a run for his money, but it was to be series regular Pat Campbell Jenner's big day, as he took the top prize in the pro category.

Full results on the British 4X website.

The Slam69/Dartmoor boys did us proud, all proving how good they are with all of them taking win after win in the motto's, but, it's the knockout rounds that count and several failed to carry their form through to the finals. Rich Lane being one such rider, he was so fast throughout, but just couldn't settle for second in the quarters; which would have got him one step closer to the finals, no he had to go for the win and he tangled with the guy in first and hit the deck, resulting in him being out. One of the team who did progress through to the final in junior was Tom (Deep) Denholme - Parker, who made it onto the podium for a well deserved 4th spot.

Of course this race followed on from the round at Porc and the terrible crash that put Scott Shepherd into Hospital, and in turn the cancellation of that round. Since then a campaign to raise money for both Scott and the Kent Air Ambulance Trust www.justgiving.com/scottshepherdheinz has grown via facebook. The team working hard to raise money were on hand selling t shirts. Great to see the support from in and around our sport for Scott.

Here's a Film to give you a taste of the event... Filmed and Edited by Pete Newman:

Views: 5,426    Faves: 56    Comments: 9


Big thanks as always to Chris Roberts for a great event despite the conditions, also series sponsors, Schwalbe, Trixter, Start Gate Pro, Dartmoor Bikes, Fox and British Cycling.UK

The next round is at Harthill on July 16-17th and will include the National Championships, see you there. details on www.british4x.com


12 Comments

  • + 1
 Song was a bit of a Joke, never heard some proper old school 90s in any bike videos and fancied a change, I think the experiment has proved it should never be repeated! However, its probably better than the other tune i was tempted to use!
www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dx8CZyFM4b4

Was also gonna use this at the start, maybe i should have!
www.youtube.com/watch?v=T6WzwMeWeOY

Btw the song is: N-Trance - Set you free
  • + 1
 Newport is no-where near afan though Wink
  • + 1
 I know....thats why i didn't use it! The Ali-G one would have made a good intro apart from the swearing. "When you think of Wales you probably think of the fish with the biggest d!ck in the ocean!" classic!
  • + 3
 well done to the guys that raced that. nothing more soul destroying than trying to corner and jump in those conditions
  • + 3
 I was there!!!!! Did the fun category and loved my first 4x race
  • + 2
 man, this couldn't have been more different from the last race at porc, looked pretty sick though
  • + 1
 man I wish we had more 4x races here, seems like such a fun relaxed atmosphere
  • + 1
 Nice vid, bud that song must be joke...
  • + 1
 *but
  • + 1
 Great video, shi*** weather and song...yeah uh yeaaah
  • + 1
 Looks pretty sickk
  • + 1
 slip and slidy

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