Video & Race Report: British 4X Series Final Rounds from Afan Forest

Sep 8, 2021
by Nick Bentley  


The final two rounds of the HSBC British 4X series were hosted at the Afan Forest track. The track had just had a full makeover by the Afan trail volunteers and was prime for the weekend's racing. With many of the series titles still up for grabs on the final weekend and the Welsh sunshine welcoming the riders, we were in for an amazing weekend and as always the British 4X series didn't disappoint. This really is the most entertaining form of racing to come and watch, so next year come down and see for yourself or, better yet, why not come and race?!

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A massive thanks once again to @Behindthetapeproductions for their video of all the action from the 4X series.

The return of Duncan Ferris. Back to back wins on the Afan track for Duncan just a small matter of 2 years and a pandemic in-between. Duncan was out racing and winning on an enduro trail bike proof that you really can race 4X on any bike.
The return of Duncan Ferris. Back to back wins on the Afan track for Duncan, just a small matter of 2 years and a pandemic in-between. Duncan was out racing and winning on an enduro/trail bike. Proof that you really can race 4X on any bike.

Foot out flat out for Duncan Ferris.
Foot out flat out for Duncan Ferris.

Harry Kirby carving hard into the corkscrew.
Harry Kirby carving hard into the corkscrew.

Fist bumps around in the Juniors
Fist bumps around in the Juniors

It s all about having fun
It's all about having fun

Scott Beaumont was as focused as ever on Saturday. He was determined to add the national series title to his National Championships win.
Scott Beaumont was as focused as ever on Saturday. He was determined to add the National series title to his National Championships win. He did just that by taking second place in the men's Elite race.

This sums up how it feels to win the HSBC National 4X series.
This sums up how it feels to win the HSBC National 4X series.

There was some tight racing all weekend but the sprint finish in the men s elite final on Sunday really was the closes of the all with Charlie Currie coming out the victor ending Duncans Afan winning streek.
There was some tight racing all weekend but the sprint finish in the Men's Elite final on Sunday really was the closest of the all, with Charlie Currie coming out the victor ending Duncan's Afan winning streak.

Getting the hole shot into the first corner on Sunday became so important mostly just to stay out of the carnage behind.
Getting the holeshot into the first corner on Sunday became so important, mostly just to stay out of the carnage behind.

Sunshine Party shirts and stunning Welsh views whats not to like.
Sunshine, party shirts and stunning Welsh views - what's not to like?

Duncan Ferris changing hard in the first corner on Sunday
Duncan Ferris charging hard into the first corner on Sunday

Simon Rickett taking a different line through the rock garden.
Simon Rickett taking a different line through the rock garden.

Zak Hudson carving hard round the drop.
Zak Hudson carving hard round the drop.

Charlie Currie and Dan Wagstaff put on one hell of a show in there head to head race with some amazing racing from these two guys. both riders seemed to be really pumped up after the world championships.
Charlie Currie and Dan Wagstaff put on one hell of a show in their head to head race with some amazing racing from these two guys. Both riders seemed to be really pumped up after the World Championships.

Just 3 under 14 s casually sending it. Out in front is Elizabeth Bown who was the first woman on Sunday to clear the proline jumps one hell of a feat for such a young rider.
Just 3 under 14's casually sending it. Out in front is Elizabeth Bown, who was the first woman on Sunday to clear the proline jump. One hell of a feat for such a young rider.

The refurbished shark s fin was a hit with the riders.
The refurbished shark's fin was a hit with the riders.

Lewis Bradly in his happy place out in front.
Lewis Bradley in his happy place out in front.

Josie was back having fun on her bike on Sunday.
Josie was back having fun on her bike on Sunday.

Dan Wagstaff sending it over the proline and running out of landing.
Dan Wagstaff sending it over the proline and running out of landing.

Afan 4X track must have the best view from a start gate of anywhere in the UK
Afan 4X track must have the best view from a start gate of anywhere in the UK

Afan s Stunning views were only beten by the close racing on track
Afan's stunning views were only beaten by the close racing on track

Mop Head was joined on the Mic by Hannah Escott for this weekend. Considering it was Hannahs first time on the mic at a 4x event she smashed it
Mop Head was joined on the Mic by Hannah Escott for this weekend. Considering it was Hannah's first time on the mic at a 4x event she smashed it!

there s plenty of opportunities to send it on the amazingly refurbished Afan track. the Afan forest trail volunteers did an amazing job of refurbishing the track for this weekend of racing
There's plenty of opportunities to send it on the amazingly refurbished Afan track. The Afan Forest trail volunteers did an amazing job of refurbishing the track for this weekend of racing!

David Richardson took the overall series win in the veterans class could we see him racing in a different class next year
David Richardson took the overall series win in the Veterans class. Could we see him racing in a different class next year?

Roy Sutton was back out racing this weekend and ended up back on the podium. it s amazing to see some more riders returning to the 4x track. Hopefully this won t be Roys last race
Roy Sutton was back out racing this weekend and ended up back on the podium. It's amazing to see some more riders returning to the 4x track. Hopefully, this won't be Roys last race!

2 generations of Elite Racers going head to head with Zak Hudson taking the outside line and the Series winner and National champion Scott Beaumont taking the inside line
2 Different generations of Elite Racers going head to head with Zak Hudson taking the outside line and the Series winner and National champion Scott Beaumont taking the inside line.

Davi Robberts was having plenty of fun in the Afan rock garden
Davi Robberts was having plenty of fun in the Afan rock garden.

Its so good to see the kids out racing. there little bikes look tiny compared to the rock garden
It's so good to see the kids out racing. Their little bikes look tiny compared to the rock garden.

the hot weather had made the Afan track so fast. with the berms just turning to dust.
The hot weather had made the Afan track so fast with the berms just turning to dust.

These little kids are not afraid to send it.
These little kids are not afraid to send it.

More kids out having fun on their bikes. 4X is such a good introduction to racing for kids they learn develop so many bike handling skills and get a lot of track time over the weekend.
More kids out having fun on their bikes. 4X is such a good introduction to racing for kids. They learn to develop so many bike handling skills racing 4X and get a lot of track time over the weekend all whilst having a ton of fun.

Fighting all the way to the line.
Fighting all the way to the line.

Duncan Ferris charging hard to the line.
Duncan Ferris charging hard to the line.

Dan Wagstaff finishing his final run on the back wheel.
Dan Wagstaff finishing his final run on the back wheel.

it s amazing to see such close racing and 4 riders genuinely happy for each other
It's amazing to see such close racing and 4 riders genuinely happy for each other!

Riders ready watch the gate
Riders ready, watch the gate!

When Lewis Bradly isn t Filming providing us with his amazing edits of the 4X racing he s racing in the Senior men s field and even taking home a win on Sunday too
When Lewis Bradley isn't filming providing us with his amazing edits of the 4X racing, he's racing in the Senior men's field and even taking home a win on Sunday too!

when he s not on the mic Mop Head is out racing in the masters class.
When he's not on the mic Mop Head is out racing in the Master's class.

Kasperi Reynolds focussing on the jumpline.
Kasperi Reynolds focussing on the jump line.

with the Afan rock garden taped wide there were so many lines to chose from.
With the Afan rock garden taped wide, there were so many lines to choose from.

Coby Wrayford on his way to winning the 10-12 boys race with one of his competitors spotting a penny in the bush behind him.
Coby Wrayford on his way to winning the 10-12 boys race with one of his competitors spotting a penny in the bush behind him.

With the series win wrapped up on Saturday and still suffering with an injury picked up at world champs Scott Beaumont took the smart move to sit out Sunday racing.
With the series win wrapped up on Saturday and still suffering from an injury picked up at World Champs, Scott Beaumont took the smart move to sit out Sunday racing.

Lots of shiny trophies ready for the series winners. Hats off to Chris Roberts and the team at Naked Racing they put on an amazing series once again
Lots of shiny trophies ready for the series winners. Hats off to Chris Roberts and the team at Naked Racing, they put on an amazing series once again

Your 2021 HSBC 4X National Series Champions
Your 2021 HSBC 4X National Series Champions!

This being the final round of the series, the National Series winners were also crowned and these are:

10-12 Rippers Male – Coby Wrayford
10-12 Rippers Female – Annalise Cadman Carpenter
13-14 Juvenile – Flynn Drelincourt
15-16 Youth Male – Freddie Cadman Carpenter
15-16 Youth Female – Megan Kirby
17-18 Junior Male - Joe Willoughby
17-18 Junior Female - Mia Haste
19-29 Senior Female – Sophie Cade
19-29 Senior Male - Ian Forsyth
30-39 Masters Male – David Sibley
40-49 Veteran – Dave Richardson
50+ Grand Vets Male – Simon Rickett
50+ Grand Vets Female – Julie Morrissey
Elite Male – Scott Beaumont
Elite Female – Josie McFall

A massive congratulations to all of the winners from this year's series. If you want to find out more about British 4X, search for British 4X on Instagram and Facebook and come and have some fun racing 4X next year.


8 Comments

  • 5 0
 Dude's not wrong. Definitly the best track in UK 4X. Bring 4X back to Chicky tho!
  • 3 0
 Looks like an awesome weekend, great race report. I think I'll dust the cobwebs off the old jackal and have a bash next year.
  • 2 0
 Great race report really shows how much fun you can have in a bike. Thanks to Afan Trail builders for revamped track made for exciting racing. Some races planned this winter at Afan keep the fun going
  • 4 0
 What a weekend, 4x is still strong in the UK.
  • 1 0
 woop woop had a shocking result but still the absolute best times with the 4x family results don't matter!!!!! bring on next year
  • 2 0
 Track looks the sh!t. Quality.
  • 1 0
 That action shot of Duncan Ferris is next level
  • 1 0
 Such a great weekend to be part of. Lets get more people racing in 2022

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