Video & Race Report: British 4X Series - Harthill

Oct 11, 2020
by Nick Bentley  
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Words & Photography by Nick Bentley (Man Down Media) // Video by Lewis Bradley

Harthill Hales Bike Park just outside Chester UK played host this weekend to the British 4X sort of series (only 2 rounds being able to be run due to you guessed it COVID-19). With northern weather not being kind this week the normally fast running Harthill track had turned in to a slop fest. With thick mud and ruts as far as the eye can see across the track this would be a race for the riders who excel in the mud. However, the British 4x team and British Cycling commissaire were quick to get any areas that seemed dangerous into rideable condition so racing could get underway.

Scott Beaumont returning to the top step of the podium today.

Like the other big race this Sunday the riders had plenty of mud to deal with.
some people handled it better than others.

In the Elite fields, Scot Beaumont & Josie McFall put on dominant displays to take the wins. It was impressive to see the power put down out of the Gate by Baumont who seemed unaffected by the swamp-like conditions of the start straight in the early round constantly hitting the first double and taking the inside line through the first corner. Josie McFall lead from the front of her motos as well showing that in these conditions a smooth style was the order of the day.

Scott Beaumont returning to the top step of the podium today, returning to business as normal after a broken chain in the last round.

Josie McFall taking the win again today in the women's elite field.

Some good racing throughout the women's field.

Libby Smith looking smooth though the tough second corner.

Silvi Vargas hitting the corner out of the jump line.

Reanne Atherton on her way to taking the win in the female masters class.

Mophead and Copper on the mic today keeping everyone entertained and on top of the action on track.

The Harthill track really is a stunning setting.

As impressive as the elite field and seniors are the thing that really shined today was how many under 18s there were racing. Just over 50 of the field was riders both girls and boys under the age of 18 with rippers the youngest of the age groups (10-12 years old) being the biggest field of the day. showing you're never to young (or too old with a male and female vets category racing as well) to have some fun on your bike at the British 4X series.

A packed out youth section lead to some amazing racing between the kids

Even the smallest of riders not afraid to send it.

some close racing as always in the senior class Lewis Bradley managed to come second in Seniors and film the edit for the day at the same time

David Richardson taking the win in the mens Vet's

Not everyone stayed on their bike today but thankfully just damaged egos were the result.

Red Bull continuing their support of British 4X supplying the riders with free Red Bull as they crossed the line (if they were over 16 obviously)

Plenty of style on show today through the proline.

Scott Beaumont heading for the inside line on Davi Roberts

None of this would happen without the hard work of Chris Roberts and the team at Action sports timing and the volunteers behind the scenes.

Rippers 10-12

2nd Gabe SIMPSON
3rd Noah KILLEEN

Female Masters

1st Reanne ATHERTON

Women Elite

1st Josie MCFALL
2nd Libby SMITH
3rd Keira STRETCH


2nd James SANKEY

Youth (15-16)

2nd Daniel WILSON (yth)
3rd James BURNEY

Junior (17-18 )

1st Finn CLARK
2nd Daniel BIGGS
3rd Jack HOWELL

Senior (18-29)

1st Lewis ASHE
2nd Lewis BRADLEY

Master (30-39)

1st Martin BROWN
2nd Alastair KEEN
3rd Richard DOBSON

Veteran (40+)

2nd Martin OGDEN
3rd Ben COX

Men's Elite

1st Scott BEAUMONT
2nd Zac HUDSON
3rd Davi ROBERTS

A massive thanks and well done on an amazing and safe event to Chris Roberts and his team at British 4X.


  • 6 1
 Wish the UCI hadn’t binned 4X. It’s always seemed the best kind of gravity format to make it into the Olympics, and would fit even better now they’re going all X Games with skating and climbing.
  • 3 0
 100% agree. But we are where we are and we are certainly making the most of it. 8 years after the UCI pulled the World Cup plug and the sport is doing just fine.
  • 2 0
 Brilliant day. So good to be racing bikes again! Every single person smiling and enjoying riding their bikes. Love 4X more now than ever. Thanks @nakedracing for the effort in organising this in such tough global times.

Can't wait for the next one. There's no more fun riding mountain bikes than racing your mates.
  • 1 0
 What are the bikes to look for when checking out used 4x bikes?

I gather DJ bikes are the wrong kind of thing.

Are there any options that are easy to find? Is the Nukeproof Snap still a good bike?
  • 3 0
 I have had my snap for 10 years and still find it amazing....came 2nd in senior and no issues, I never do gates so that's my downfall!
  • 2 0
 There’s a lot more people running short travel full suspension bikes nowadays but definitely wouldn’t say DJ bikes are the wrong kind of thing.

Every hardtail I’ve ever owned has been just a long DJ frame with gears on. As long as it’s not too short they’re perfect really
  • 1 0
 Any bike is fine. 24,26,27.5 or 29. Hardtail, XC bike, Enduro or Downhill. Literally anything will be fine. Hardtail's or short travel full sun 26" are the most common bikes you'll see at races but literally every form of Mountain Bike can be seen at every race.

Not many MTB disciplines can say that.........

Every one and every bike welcome.
  • 1 0
 @ScottBeaumont: Yeah that's cool. I am looking at getting another bike mostly to use at pumptracks and stuff. I like the idea of a slightly longer and slacker than DJ 4X bike. I will be buying used, and am not aware of many models that have that kind of shape.
So far I have identified the Nukeproof Snap, Banshee AMP, Transition Bank and Pivot Point. There aren't any of any of those for sale at the moment that I can find near me.

Are there any other bikes in the same vein that I don't know about?

I remember seeing you race 4x probably in 1996 or 1997. Good to see you're still at it Scott Beaumont.
  • 3 0
 Such a rad weekend.
  • 2 0
 Great day out racing bikes!
  • 1 0
 Scott Beaumont still on top of his game ,he must have been winning elite races for nearly 30 years Boom Boom !
  • 1 0
 Hahaha. Thanks man. Love it more now than ever.

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