Photo Epic: 4X World Championships Val di Sole 2015

Aug 21, 2015
by Matthew DeLorme  
With the last light of the day it was finally time to stack em and rack em... World Champs 4X 2015 is go.
  With the last light of the day, it was finally time to stack em and rack em... World Champs 4X 2015 is go.

Like a moth to a one-million candle power bulb the Italian crowds came out in force.
  Like a moth to a one-million candle power bulb, the Italian crowds came out in force.

Crowds much Apparently 4X is anything but dead with an electric atmosphere here in Val di Sole under the halogen bulbs.
  Crowds much? Apparently 4X is anything but dead, with an electric atmosphere here in Val di Sole under the halogen illumination.

Riders ready watch the gate....
  Riders ready, watch the gate....

Slavik with the lead in one of the early heats.
  Slavik with the lead in one of the early heats.

Aiko Gohler
  Germany's Aiko Goehler on the attack.

Simon Waldburger taking it to the rocks swiss style.
  Simon Waldburger taking it to the rocks swiss style.

Benedict Last Scott Beaumont Julien Schnaebele and Ondreij Karkoska getting their snap on in the quarter finals.
  Benedict Last, Scott Beaumont, Julien Schnaebele and Ondreij Karkoska getting their snap on in the quarter finals.

Battered rims and vuvuzelas lined the ranks among the crowds in the dark.
  Battered rims and vuvuzelas lined the ranks among the crowds in the dark.

An English rose with a German thorn to spoil the party.
  An English rose with a German thorn to spoil the party.

Hitting the huge doubles of the pro-line to soar above the crowds must have been quite a feeling.
  Hitting the huge doubles of the pro-line to soar above the crowds must have been quite a feeling.

Tomas Slavik s brother Hannes seeded with the weight of the one plate on his back. Would the pressure prove too great
  Hannes Slavik seeded with the weight of the one plate on his back... Would the pressure prove too great?

Follow the leader down through the turns lined 4 people deep all the way to the finish line.
  Follow the leader down through the turns, lined 4 people deep, all the way to the finish line.

Italy s own Giovanni Pozzoni and friends in the gate.
  Italy's own Giovanni Pozzoni and friends in the gate.

Pozzoni almost got out ahead of Slavik in the semis but simply couldn t keep him at bay ultimately ending 6th overall.
  Pozzoni almost got out ahead of Slavik in the semis but simply couldn't keep him at bay, ultimately ending 6th overall.

Everyday their shuttling... The race uplift wagons ran like clockwork all night saving the riders a massive push through thousands of people.
  Everyday their shuttling... The race uplift wagons ran like clockwork all night saving the riders a massive push through thousands of people.

Helena Fruthwirth gunning to catch Romana Labounkova in the small final but it wasn t be enough and she would finish 6th overall.
  Helena Fruthwirth gunning to catch Romana Labounkova in the small final, but it wasn't be enough and she would finish 6th overall.

Lucia Oetjen leading out Steffi Marth and Valerie Fruhwirth in the semi.
  Lucia Oetjen leading out Steffi Marth and Helene Fruhwirth in the semi.

Anneke Beerten jumping a man s bald noggin for the win. Tire tap style points.
  Anneke Beerten jumping a man's bald noggin for the win. Tire tap style points.

Anneke Beerten charging hard into the boulders ahead of Switzerland s Lucia Oetjen who certainly gave her a good run for her money.
  Beerten charging hard into the boulders ahead of Switzerland's Lucia Oetjen who certainly gave her a good run for her money.

Beerten and Oetjen in the third turn in the final. Beerten pulled ahead in the next corner for the win.
  Beerten and Oetjen in the third turn in the final. Beerten pulled ahead in the next corner for the win.

Steffi Marth leading out Slovenia s Monika Hrastnik for the last available medal in the women s big final.
  Steffi Marth leading out Slovenia's Monika Hrastnik for the last available medal in the women's big final.

Kohler heading into the finish.
  Goehler heading into the finish area in the heats.

Aiko Golher leading the big-final pack into the rocks and thrashing his way down towards the finish jump.
  Goehler leading the big-final pack into the rocks and thrashing his way down towards the finish jump.

Aiko Gohler coming across the line in the final for the win.
  Aiko Goehler coming across the line in the final for the win.

Hannes Slavic after the final got away from him.
  Hannes Slavik after the final got away from him.

Last Bike s and Germany s Golher absolutely shell-shocked to take gold here in Italy.
  Last Bike's and Germany's, Golher, absolutely shell-shocked to take gold here in Italy.

Gold silver and bronze your new 2015 World Champion Anneke Beerten alongside Lucia Oetjen and Steffi Marth.
  Gold, silver and bronze; your new 2015 World Champion, Anneke Beerten, alongside Lucia Oetjen and Steffi Marth.

As if 25 000 at Crankworx wasn t enough Crankworx Queen and female bicycle prodigy Beerten banks another gold from the top step.
  As if $25,000 at Crankworx wasn't enough, Crankworx Queen and female bicycle prodigy, Beerten, banks another gold from the top step.

Cue the applause for all 32 men and 15 women racers that battled it out under the floodlights this evening.
  Cue the applause for all 32 men and 15 women racers that battled it out under the floodlights this evening.

Gold silver and bronze your new 2015 World Champion Aiko Goehler alongside Luke Cryer and Benedict last.
  Gold, silver and bronze; your new 2015 World Champion, Aiko Goehler alongside Luke Cryer and Benedict Last.

Cloudy with a chance of champagne showers... That s it that s all for Val di Sole 4X World Champs 2015.
  Cloudy with a chance of champagne showers... That's it, that's all for Val di Sole 4X World Champs 2015. Time to party with the champions...



Matthew Delorme • Age: 40 • Years Shooting: 8
Matthew DeLorme is just one of Pinkbike’s motley crew of World Cup Photographers. He currently lives out of a Ogio bag, and calls the road his home. Delorme works for Trek Bicycle, covering their MTB racing programs. He can usually be found laying in the dirt trackside, cracking jokes and saying things that make little to no sense. He enjoys capturing accessory moments and the journey every bit as much as catching the action shot.




Nathan Hughes • Age: 28 • Years Shooting: 2
Nathan Hughes was snared as mainstay Pinbike media crew for the 2013 World Cup season and has been trapped behind the lens and the keyboard ever since. In between the biggest bike events of the year Nathan can be found on client shoots, making far-off travel stories and trying to catch a moment to spin the pedals himself. A great appreciation of the wilderness, the fear of a normal life and the quest for the perfect picture will have him hooked and looking to raise the bar for years to come.



29 Comments

  • + 34
 Anneke Beerten got skills, Crankworx now this Eek
  • + 2
 Goooooo Anneke!!
  • + 2
 What is she doing seriously she competes in everything and the results are not bad either this girl is a beast!
  • + 27
 Dear Pinkbike et al. 4x videos purdy pleez.
  • + 11
 Man what a crowd! There must be some lower level four cross races going on to get interest like this or is it just more about one off massive events?
  • + 19
 Man get your head oot your ass 4X is huge, it doesn't get covered because uci
  • + 6
 Its not hide in AUS...
  • + 12
 not being part of the UCI does not explain why there is barly any coverage on sites like this - only see it when its all over - where was a the build up for it, all the course previews. rider profiles, practice photo epics - screw UCI, thats not he problem - the media is - it seems far from dead if the crowds are anything go go buy at all their races - so why is it quietly ignored and, seemingly, begrudgingly covered .
  • + 4
 Well take JBC.... A redbull sponsored event but, covered. Badly by ex channel not redbull Same weekend the BMX world champs had full coverage on redbull TV.... A UCI event Im not saying there's a conspiracy to keep non uci 4X off air but, we all know redbull are easily big enough to cover two events.
  • + 4
 Russ, we had an Aussie 4X racer at our UK national series finals weekend recently Salute!
  • + 5
 @makdthed media coverage of 4X is sadly poor i feel its not taken that serious by some media as i experienced while at Fortwilliam for the world cup this year .
practice was called off and they came into the media tent to announce it,then they said 4X was still on they all laughed and said its only 4X and all but a few of us went and photographed the event.

That way of thinking is only going to push 4X deeper into the dark.
I know Chris and Scott work damn hard keeping the discipline in the UK alive , as well as Tom with his winter series at Chicksands .

i have photographed 4X for a number of years along with Downhill both get me stoked to shoot.
  • + 1
 That's interesting, Fort bill was not letting anyone over 30 enter unless they had champs stripes or #1 plate.....

No other euro tour just fort bill
  • + 4
 Matthew Delorme @mdelorme and Nathan Hughes @natedh9 you LEGENDS!
Thanks so much for the awesome photos. Despite the lack of coverage by the media in general you manage to caught the action and show the mtb world that 4X is a very attractive sport not only for its competitors but also for the spectators.
  • + 8
 I don´t understand, is UCI supporting the 4X or not? I guess not, but there´s the UCI logo
  • + 6
 Only the world champs, to be a world champion it has to be uci sanctioned Uci dropped the world cup leaving the euro tour as the top 4X event
  • + 6
 Crowd looks huge! If only the media could give 4x more coverage
  • + 5
 Hannes and Tomas, Austrian and Czech, new to me that they are brothers. Maybe Bros!?
  • + 4
 Of course they aren´t.
  • + 4
 Fair shout good photo coverage by pinkbike.
  • + 3
 Hannes is NOT Tomas's brother. Do your research PB Frown
  • + 1
 Sorry for that one... corrected!
  • + 3
 what is this " 4 cross"?
  • + 3
 Four riders ride against each other at the same time. The two fastest riders advance, bracket-style. Repeat.
  • + 0
 Kkkkkkkkkkk
  • + 2
 looked so fuuuucking epic
  • + 3
 YES LUKE!!!!
  • + 1
 Stoked for Anneke, what a season!
  • + 1
 What is everyone using for frames?
  • + 1
 4X is dead they say?

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