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Race Report: British 4X National Championships at The Malverns Classic

Aug 27, 2023
by Nick Bentley  
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Words: Nick Bentley

This year in a change that has sparked plenty of conversation within the 4X community, the 4X National Championships took place this weekend at The Malverns Classic. Say what you want about the track but the team at Malverns Classic know for sure how to put on a show and that's exactly what they did with a main arena full of people cheering on the 4X riders, there won't be many bigger crowds at a 4X event other than a Pro-tour round this year. The riders who did race gave it their all battling bar to bar to take home that coveted National Champs jersey.

Scott Beaumont was on it this weekend winning back-to-back National titles in both Dual Slalom and 4X. Scott really does dominate in this discipline in the UK
Scott Beaumont was on it this weekend winning back-to-back National titles in both Dual Slalom and 4X. Scott really does dominate in this discipline in the UK

British Cycling Commissaires were on hand to make all the racing fair
British Cycling Commissaires were on hand to make all the racing fair

Wheels on the gate it s time to go racing
Wheels on the gate, it's time to go racing

The possible dark horse of the men s masters race was Ben Deakin who seems to be a jack of all trades on a mountain bike having been entered into every race this weekend taking home second
The possible dark horse of the men's masters race was Ben Deakin, who seems to be a jack of all trades on a mountain bike, having been entered into every race this weekend, taking home second

Riders came across the road through the funfair and through the crowd to the finish
Riders came across the road, through the funfair and through the crowd to the finish

Plenty of time to gossip while waiting for your call up to the gate
Plenty of time to gossip while waiting for your call up to the gate

But the riders did get a beautiful view when they sat in the start gate
But the riders did get a beautiful view when they sat in the start gate

It s tight into the first corner
It's tight into the first corner

Hero lenses out for the sunshine
Hero lenses out for the sunshine

First place in the female youth went to Amelia Martin
First place in the female youth went to Amelia Martin

Riders were ready to have fun
Riders were ready to have fun

Layla Begley-Tracey took home second place in the female youth
Layla Begley-Tracey took home second place in the female youth

4X racing is all about that snap out of the gate although with the very slippery corners on this Malverns track it was a little less important than usual
4X racing is all about that snap out of the gate although with the very slippery corners on this Malverns track it was a little less important than usual

George Cawdell taking yet another medal for the GT Viris team this weekend and a National title to go with it in the male youth field
George Cawdell taking yet another medal for the GT Viris team this weekend and a National title to go with it in the male youth field

Aidan Bishop making the most of his beautiful Ancillotti on his way to taking the win in the male veteran field
Aidan Bishop making the most of his beautiful Ancillotti on his way to taking the win in the male veteran field

Dave Richardson sliding it round the corner
Dave Richardson sliding it round the corner

Josie McFall making the long trip up to the start ramp
Josie McFall making the long trip up to the start ramp

Always great to see the Jones brothers out racing together they re not at all competitive with each other of course
Always great to see the Jones brothers out racing together, they're not at all competitive with each other of course

It was a long push-up for the riders the little top-up of Monster halfway really was helping
It was a long push-up for the riders, the little top-up of Monster halfway really was helping

Ollie Carne trying to jump his way up a place
Ollie Carne trying to jump his way up a place

4X riders are never shy about sending a jump
4X riders are never shy about sending a jump

Ben Deakin doing an early wheelie Wednesday
Ben Deakin doing an early wheelie Wednesday

Mid-way up the hill by the infamous bomb-hole Monster Energy were putting on a party
Mid-way up the hill by the infamous bomb-hole Monster Energy were putting on a party

The track here at The Malverns was made entirely of grass with plenty of slippery corners for the riders to negotiate
The track here at The Malverns was made entirely of grass with plenty of slippery corners for the riders to negotiate

4X legend Dave Richardson finished up 4th in the men s veteran field a great effort by Dave considering he s been working all weekend on the LeisureLakes stand at The Malverns
4X legend Dave Richardson finished up 4th in the men's veteran field, a great effort by Dave considering he's been working all weekend on the LeisureLakes stand at The Malverns

I m pretty sure this vuvuzela is as big as the person playing it
I'm pretty sure this vuvuzela is as big as the person playing it

When we say 4X is bar to bar racing we re not joking
When we say 4X is bar to bar racing we're not joking!

Felyx Williams had some fantastic battles this weekend in what ended up being one of the bigger classes. The juveniles for sure put on a good show
Felyx Williams had some fantastic battles this weekend in what ended up being one of the bigger classes. The juveniles for sure put on a good show

Matt Hillyard took home the win in the Masters race
Matt Hillyard took home the win in the Masters race

With a tape tail and a bit of the Eastnor Castle plant life all over him Rob Francis clearly had some sort of exertion off the track somewhere
With a tape tail and a bit of the Eastnor Castle plant life all over him, Rob Francis clearly had some sort of exertion off the track somewhere

Veteran s race was one of the tightest. These old boys know how to ride a bike and they re not too shy on making a move on each other when even the slightest chance arises
Veteran's race was one of the tightest. These old boys know how to ride a bike and they're not too shy on making a move on each other when even the slightest chance arises

Davie Roberts had been working all weekend providing timing for all the races but still found time to compete in the 4X finishing up in 4th
Davie Roberts had been working all weekend providing timing for all the races but still found time to compete in the 4X finishing up in 4th

Foot out flat out for Matt Jones
Foot out flat out for Matt Jones

Pete Watson came out on top in this encounter
Pete Watson came out on top in this encounter

Medics on hand. 4X is certainly on the edge of being a contact sport
Medics on hand. 4X is certainly on the edge of being a contact sport

As proved right here two riders into one grassy corner doesn t always come out with a great answer
As proved right here, two riders into one grassy corner doesn't always come out with a great answer

Some classic British 4X with a classic British Orange painted pink
Some classic British 4X with a classic British Orange painted pink

Joseph Jamieson left everyone in the B-final for dead with one hell of a sprint from a long way out
Joseph Jamieson left everyone in the B-final for dead with one hell of a sprint from a long way out

Riders powering up and over the final hill to the finish
Riders powering up and over the final hill to the finish

In an amazing last two corner move Sophie Cade went from third to becoming your new 4X UK National Champion in a move she couldn t quite believe
In an amazing last two corner move Sophie Cade went from third to becoming your new 4X UK National Champion in a move she couldn't quite believe

Harry Schofield showing he s not just all about bit jumps and tricks he s also got some race craft too taking home third in the juvenile men s race
Harry Schofield showing he's not just all about bit jumps and tricks; he's also got some race craft too, taking home third in the juvenile men's race

Malverns Classic main man and long-time 4X racer Si Paton picked up his second national title of the weekend this time it was the grand veteran 4X title
Malverns Classic main man and long-time 4X racer Si Paton picked up his second national title of the weekend, this time it was the grand veteran 4X title

It was a close sprint to the finishing line for the men s senior title
It was a close sprint to the finishing line for the men's senior title

The lure of coffee and donuts was enough to power anyone to a sprint finish
The lure of coffee and donuts was enough to power anyone to a sprint finish

It s safe to say Jono Jones was having a great afternoon
It's safe to say Jono Jones was having a great afternoon

Along with his brother Matt
Along with his brother Matt

Your 4X UK National Champion once again is Scott Beaumont
Your 4X UK National Champion once again is Scott Beaumont

It doesn t matter what your background everyone can enjoy a bit of 4X
It doesn't matter what your background everyone can enjoy a bit of 4X

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5 Comments
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 Incredible weekend of racing with a relaxed feel of a festival. Simon Paton has got the balance perfect between serious and fun with the 4X being the epitome of that. Brilliant racing in all categories through the day and a pleasure to show the thousands in the crowd just how great 4X is. Stoked to take the win, but moreover, 4X was the winner at The Malverns Classic. See you next year.
  • 2 1
 “4X riders are never shy about sending a jump“

As I’ve proved over the last 20 years you don’t need to be able to jump to do well at 4x, come and have fun with your mates!
  • 1 0
 Devastated to let the win slip away, but had the best weeken racing!
  • 1 0
 Great weekend of bikes and racing
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 Brilliant days racing to round off a mega weekend!







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