Recap: 4X Pro Tour Round 3 - Fort William

Jun 7, 2014
by Colin Meagher  
You know it s a big track when the racers are carrying more than 3 cogs on their cluster for 4X. Fort William s one of the few places with a permanent 4X track and it s definitely one of the longer ones that still sees regular use. A lot of other
  You know it's a big track when the racers are carrying more than 3 cogs on their cluster for 4X. Fort William's one of the few places with a permanent 4X track, and it's definitely one of the longer ones that still sees regular use.

Reigning World 4X Champion Joost Wichman contemplating what comes next retirement from 4x and focusing more energy on filming projects.
  Reigning World 4X Champion Joost Wichman contemplating what comes next: retirement from 4X, and focusing more energy on filming projects.

That s one way to sweep off the 4X start gate... just disconnect the air hose that drives the gate and have at it.
  That's one way to sweep off the 4X start gate... just disconnect the air hose that drives the gate and have at it.

It s interesting that the green means go but the big red button is the one that kicks off the racing.
  It's interesting that the green means go, but the big red button is the one that kicks off the racing.

Quentin Derbier of France was the top qualifier for the 4x and pretty much walked through the initial rounds with nary a scratch. Unfortunately he just didn t have the horses compared to Slavik in the final.
  Quentin Derbier of France was the top qualifier for the 4x and pretty much walked through the initial rounds with nary a scratch. Unfortunately, he just didn't have the horses compared to Slavik in the final.

Joost the Boost was looking to walk away from the 4X scene with a win and he consistantly marched through his rounds.
  Joost the Boost was looking to walk away from the 4X scene with a win, and he consistently marched through his rounds.

Katy Curd qualified 14th earlier today in the DH but brought home some bacon with the win in the Women s Pro Tour 4X held today at Ft Bill. There were only 5 women initially entered in the 4X Fionn Griffiths came out of a 2 year self imposed 4X retirement to add one more to the mix but Curd was clearly a cut above the rest. She consistently smoked the remaining women with a great gate start good legs and superior handling skills.
  Katy Curd qualified 14th earlier today in the DH, but brought home some bacon with the win in the Women's Pro Tour 4X held today at Ft Bill. There were only 5 women initially entered in the 4X (Fionn Griffiths came out of a 2 year self imposed 4X retirement to add one more to the mix), but Curd was clearly a cut above the rest. She consistently smoked the remaining women with a great gate start, good legs, and superior handling skills.

Thomas Slavik like Katy Curd not only raced the DH Qualifier today he ended up just outside of the 80 rider cut off . but also was bringing his A game to the 4x. The DH race was hard. I like to ride all day but I like gravity so I won t switch to Enduro. I ll see what I can do with the Downhill.
  Thomas Slavik, like Katy Curd, not only raced the DH Qualifier today (he ended up just outside of the 80 rider cut off). but also was bringing his A game to the 4X. "The DH race was hard. I like to ride all day, but I like gravity, so I won't switch to Enduro. I'll see what I can do with the Downhill."

Joost had one hell of a lead coming into the last corner of the final and opted for the less risky line around the generous triple jump that sits just before that corner. Alas Slavik may have raced DH today but he still had the legs to hit the triple and go inside outside on Wichman and seized the win.
  Joost had one hell of a lead coming into the last corner of the final, and opted for the less risky line around the generous triple jump that sits just before that corner. Alas, Slavik may have raced DH today, but he still had the legs to hit the triple and go inside outside on Wichman, and seized the win.

Katy Curd on the top of the box in the Women s 4X Pro Tour here at Fort William.
  Katy Curd on the top of the box in the Women's 4X Pro Tour here at Fort William.

Slavik was all smiles after taking the last corner win against Wichman.
  Slavik was all smiles after taking the last corner win against Wichman.

Paul Mounsey s UCI racing number is GBR19460906. Meaning he was born in 1946. That s right a 67 year old not only races 4X but qualified 31st in a field of 32 for todays 4X race. We should all be so lucky to be able to ride like that at age 67.
  Paul Mounsey's UCI racing number is GBR19460906. Meaning he was born in 1946. That's right, a 67 year old not only races 4X but qualified 31st in a field of 32 for todays 4X race. We should all be so lucky to be able to ride like that at age 67.

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34 Comments

  • 77 0
 Pinkbike! Please bring us an interview with the awesome Mr. Mounsley, who probably never saw a mountain bike until he was 40.
  • 3 5
 uh hi, he was probably only 37 or 8. seriously though Interview!
  • 5 0
 Who knows? Maybe he was 50 or 60. Interview Pinkbike!
  • 12 0
 How about starting 4X at 60+
LEGEND!
  • 8 0
 Imagine your grandfather is faster than you... what a legend!
  • 7 0
 I ride with Paul regularly and he only started riding a few years ago so to even contemplate riding at the age he was is already an achievement let alone getting to compete in the pro tour a couple of years after. Congrats to him and I wish him many more years in successful mountainbiking
  • 2 0
 Hats off to Paul. Fookin hero. I hope to one day be like you.
  • 30 0
 i ride with Paul Mounsey at chicksands bike park and he shreads shows alot of us up and we are half his age and some keep it up good sir
  • 6 0
 You can say that again.
  • 4 0
 When did he start riding MTB? Do you know?
  • 4 0
 well the first time i saw him down the trails was prob about 4 years ago not sure how long ago he started but i would say it with in the last 5 years
  • 20 0
 Wow if I am anything like that at 67 I will consider life a success.
  • 20 1
 Mr. Mounsey.....mad respect to you sir,well done. Keep rippin Smile
  • 11 1
 im so very humbled buy the comments ppl want to know i was made redudant at 63 some one said get a mountain bike iv done motox road race on m/bikes and small oval racin in a hot rod my moto with slavik was awsome the noise of the crowd when i hit the rock garden was like a sound wave and at the finish was over powerin thank u ALL
  • 8 0
 Slavik is a machine. Well done to Paul Mounsey. I will be happy just to pedal around a bmx track with my grandkids in the cruiser class at that age but to actually still race and be doing 4X, huge congrats.
  • 7 0
 He's a great character at the races too.
  • 5 0
 i ride with Paul Mounsey at chicksands bike park and he shreads shows alot of us up and we are half his age and some
  • 6 0
 you can say that again.
  • 1 0
 yer you can Smile not sure how this happened
  • 2 0
 Shame about the turnout for the women that's pretty rubbish. There have been much better turnouts than that at the nationals. I wonder why it wasn't that good?
  • 2 0
 Apparently a lot of riders are focusing on Worlds next week.
  • 2 0
 Ah. That'll be why then.
  • 4 0
 Great to see Paul getting some well deserved recognition!
  • 2 0
 An interview with Mr. Mounsey is something that should be done rather than debates on wheel size and the latest carbon bla bla bla.
  • 2 0
 Go paul!!!! Shame about the small female field, but Scotland is a long way to head if you have to turn around and go straight on to Austria....
  • 2 0
 love to get a 4x bike for my retirement , better than a watch or rocking chair anytime. Being able to use it is another thing? Hats off Old Guy!!!
  • 3 0
 5 women only ? That sucks !
  • 2 0
 4X is amazing, UCI should've never dropped it!! Thanks Pinkbike for keeping us informed!
  • 1 0
 Well done Old Guy. Looking forward to racing you next time im at Chicksands!
  • 1 0
 is there any video? I'd love to watch a replay of this (or live if its not in the middle of the night).
  • 1 0
 Once a man twice a child... Ride on Mr. Mounsey!
  • 1 0
 Any word on Wichman's DQ?
  • 1 0
 he rode over the flag and got DQ'd
  • 1 0
 Nice result Paul and great advertising for Chicksands, well done.

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