Video & Photo Epic: British National 4X Championships

Aug 5, 2021
by Nick Bentley  


The last of the UK National Championships to be held in 2021 took place this weekend with the 4x National Championships taking place at Redhill Extreme in the Forest of Dean, UK. This classic track produced a different challenge this year with heavy rain in the run up to the event meaning the track began the day slow and sticky, thankfully conditions improved throughout the day.

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Fred Hunt hitting the gap on gap off. 3rd place today for Fred in the junior field.
Fred Hunt hitting the gap on gap off. 3rd place today for Fred in the Junior Field.

It s been amazing to se Mark Dusnap back running the start gate at every round of the 4X series so far this 4X family is there for each other threw thick and thin.
It’s been amazing to see Mike Dewsnap back running the start gate at every round of the 4X series so far. This 4X family is there for each other through thick and thin.

To Run Spikes or Not to Run Spikes was the biggest question for all the riders.
To run spikes or not to run spikes was the biggest question for all the riders.

Rider Ready Watch the Gate or the photographer in this case.
Rider ready watch the gate (or the photographer in this case.)
Plenty of concentration during gate practice with XXXxx s
Plenty of concentration during gate practice

More of the amazing views at Redhill not that Keenan Green stoped to take a look.
More of the amazing views at Redhill not that Keenan Green stopped to take a look.

Conner Hudson looked quick this weekend.
Connor Hudson looked quick this weekend.

Callum Rhead sending it over the last of the start line jumps
Callum Rhead sending it over the last of the start line jumps

Then railing it round the first corner.
Then railing it round the first corner.

Freddie Cadman Carpenter took the win this weekend in the 15-16 boys field to claim his national champions jersey.
Freddie Cadman Carpenter took the win this weekend in the 15-16 boys field to claim his National Champions jersey.

James Sankey had another good weekend on the 4X bike with a second in the 16-16 boys field.
James Sankey had another good weekend on the 4X bike with a second in the 15-16 Boy’s field.

The views here at Red Hill are pretty special. This really is a little gem of a venue. Head over to Redhill Extreams social media to check out everything they have going on up there.
The views here at Redhill are pretty special. This really is a little gem of a venue. Head over to Redhill Extreme’s social media to check out everything they have going on up there.

Matthew Hilliard leading out the maters men in one of there motos.
Matthew Hilliard leading out the Master’s Men in one of their motos.

With a drying clay based craggy track there was plenty of tyre and wheel changes goin on though out morning practice
With a drying clay-based, craggy track there was plenty of tyre and wheel changes going on throughout morning practice!

With the National series race cancled the day before due to heavy rain we were all expecting a lot more mud than this The weather managed to stay dry for the national champs to happen with sun all afternoon
With the National series race cancelled the day before due to heavy rain we were all expecting a lot more mud than this! The weather managed to stay dry for the National Champs to happen with sun all afternoon

Mophead on the Mic keeping people up todate with all the action on the track. Well most of the time anyway
Mophead on the mic keeping people up-to-date with all the action on the track. Well most of the time anyway!

A tough weekend for Dave Richardson this weekend with a big crash in the second corner in the veteran men s final pouting Dave out of contention this year.
A tough weekend for Dave Richardson this weekend with a big crash in the second corner in the Veteran Men’s Final putting Dave out of contention this year.

Conner Hudson sending it over the proline in his knock out heat. A crash on the finish line jump put an end to Conners challenge this year.
Connor Hudson sending it over the proline in his knock out heat. A crash on the finish line jump put an end to Connor’s challenge this year.

Edward Armstrong skipping his way through the main straight which was soo slow and sticky through out the morning it was a constant question if it was possible to clear the proline for most of the field.
Edward Armstrong skipping his way through the main straight which was so slow and sticky throughout the morning it was a constant question if it was possible to clear the proline for most of the field.

Jack Hudson eyeing up lines in practice.
Jack Hudson eyeing up lines in practice.

With a rider down with a big crash on the proline hurting practice the riders gathered on the second corner to see if the the downed rider was ok. He was he went on to race in the main event to.
With a rider down with a big crash on the proline halting practice, the riders gathered on the second corner to see if the the downed rider was ok. He was, he went on to race in the main event too.

Ned Penny categorically answers the can you clear the proline jump with a cheeky Tbog in the mornings practice
Ned Penny categorically answers the ‘can you clear the proline jump?’ with a cheeky Tbog in the mornings practice

Mixed gate practice is always interesting to watch who s the quickest rider off the line. Although its Nomaly Scott Baumount.
Mixed gate practice is always interesting to watch who’s the quickest rider off the line. Although it’s normally Scott Beaumount.

Leo Clough pashantly waiting for a practice gate. All that gate practice paid of for Leo with him finishing up 3rd in the 10-12 year old mixed field.
Leo Clough patiently waiting for a practice gate. All that gate practice paid off for Leo with him finishing up 3rd in the 10-12 year old Mixed field.

Charlie Curry staying out of trouble on his way to the final it was not meant to be today but 2nd in the national championships is nothing to be sniffed at
Charlie Curry staying out of trouble on his way to the final. It was not meant to be today but 2nd in the National Championships is nothing to be scoffed at

It was good to see plenty of people out supporting the riders
It was good to see plenty of people out supporting the riders

Anya Matern Alonso finishing up 5thin in the 1-12 field mixing it up with to boys to.
Anya Matern Alonso finishing up 5th in the 10-12 field mixing it up with the boys.

Jacob Washbourne powering his little bike through the whoops.
Jacob Washbourne powering his little bike through the whoops.

Robin Matern Alonso took home the win in the 10-12 class. After a massive crash that brought practice to a holt.
Robin Matern Alonso took home the win in the 10-12 class after a massive crash that brought practice to a halt.

Flynn Drelincourt leading all the way to the final jump only to come shoulder to shoulder with another rider and come off just before the line. A gutting moment for this talented young rider but he will be back next year for sure
Flynn Drelincourt leading all the way to the final jump only to come shoulder to shoulder with another rider and come off just before the line. A gutting moment for this talented young rider but he will be back next year for sure!

Rubin Passberger scrubbing his way over the stall wall.
Rubin Passberger scrubbing his way over the stall wall.

Daniel Biggs on the gas through the whoops to take the win in the 17-18 men s B Final.
Daniel Biggs on the gas through the whoops to take the win in the 17-18 Men’s B Final.

A dominate performance from Zak Hudson this week with he Cornishman compresively take it the win in the Junior Men s Feild.
A dominant performance from Zac Hudson this week with the Cornishman impressively take it the win in the Junior Men’s field.

In one of the races of the day the comeback kid Scott Robets 9 years since his last 4X race on a enduro bike pushed Martin brown all the way to the final corner along with Simon Cheung But Martin Brown held on to take the Men s Masters British champion title.
In one of the races of the day the comeback kid Scott Robert, with 9 years since his last 4X race on an enduro bike, pushed Martin Brown all the way to the final corner along with Simon Cheung. But Martin Brown held on to take the Men’s Masters British Champion title.

A well deserved Win for Hannah Esscot this weekend in the women s masters field a very deserving national champion
A well deserved win for Hannah Escott this weekend in the Women’s Master’s field - a very deserving National Champion

Tabitha Rendall out racing in the 30 women s field. It s always good to see a British cycling board member out racing.
Tabitha Rendall out racing in the 30+ Women’s field. It’s always good to see a British cycling board member out racing.

Not the ideal weekend for Dan Wagstaff with the Forest of Dean local braking his chain straight out of the gate during seeding and failing to qualify for the senior men s race. Fortunately for Dana he was still able to race in the open fun class and have some fun sending it sideways all day
Not the ideal weekend for Dan Wagstaff with the Forest of Dean local breaking his chain straight out of the gate during seeding and failing to qualify for the Senior Men’s race. Fortunately for Dan he was still able to race in the Open Fun class and have some fun sending it sideways all day

Davi Robberts on it through the whoops. A amazing qualifying result for Davi of 3rd but it wasn t to be this year with Davi ending up in 5th in the senior men s field
Davi Roberts on it through the whoops. An amazing qualifying result for Davi in 3rd but it wasn’t to be this year with Davi ending up in 5th in the Senior Men’s field

The Winner of the Women s senior National championship on her first attempt Martha Gill took the win in a tightly contested final race leading to the pro line jump which ended Josie Mcfalls challenge. It s amazing to see these rider race bar to bar event in to some big gap jumps and not flinching.
The winner of the Women’s Senior National Championship on her first attempt Martha Gill took the win in a tightly contested final race leading to the pro line jump which ended Josie Mcfall’s challenge. It’s amazing to see these rider race bar to bar even into some big gap jumps and not flinching.

Another amazing moment this weekend between the riders. Josie Mcfall took a nasty crash in the women s final there was no celebrations from her fellow riders untill they sore her safely cross the line. Another fantastic example of the family atmosphere amounts the 4X riders
Another amazing moment this weekend between the riders. Josie Mcfall took a nasty crash in the Women’s final. There were no celebrations from her fellow riders they saw her safely cross the line. Another fantastic example of the family atmosphere around the 4X riders

A show of experience and class today from Scott Baumount int he final he took the hole shot out of the gate and just stayed out in front for the rest of the final.
A show of experience and class today from Scott Beaumont in the final he took the holeshot out of the gate and just stayed out in front for the rest of the final.

It was good to see Cornishman Will Evans back on his 4X bike defending his National Champion crown. A top effort from Will ending up on the 3rd step of the podium.
It was good to see Cornishman Will Evans back on his 4X bike defending his National Champion crown. A top effort from Will ending up on the 3rd step of the podium.

Back on the top step for Scott Baumount with an impressive 10th men s British National Championship Win for Scott.
Back on the top step for Scott Beaumount with an impressive 10th Men’s British National Championship win.

The Men s Senior podium 1st Scott baumount nd Charlie Curry 3rd Will Evans
The Men’s Senior podium 1st Scott Beaumont 2nd Charlie Curry 3rd Will Evans

the 2021 Women s Senior National Championships podium with Martha Gill in 1st followed by Katherine Oldfield in 2nd and Katie Roach in 3rd
The 2021 Women's Senior National Championships podium with Martha Gill in 1st followed by Katherine Oldfield in 2nd and Katie Roach in 3rd

It s not everyday you see a National Championships Gold medal just chilling out on the podium with a custom painted Bell helmet. These both belonged to the Men s winner Scott Baumount.
It’s not everyday you see a National Championships Gold medal just chilling out on the podium with a custom painted Bell helmet. These both belonged to the Men’s winner Scott Beaumount.




32 Comments

  • 38 2
 Make 4x great again.
Make dual slalom great again.
26" ain't dead.
Something something Outside
  • 9 1
 Yes please. I miss 4x.
  • 2 15
flag valleytroll (Aug 4, 2021 at 23:02) (Below Threshold)
 First post Unoriginally type, 4 or 5 generic pinkbike Comments about popular topics, Hoping to get upvoted Because you cant think of something Original.
  • 5 0
 @valleytroll: take a look at my bike and tell me my comments aren't serious. You're the troll aren't you?
  • 4 1
 @tigerstripes: 4x died when the bmxers made it a gate drop comp. Want it back, bring it back to Saturday nights at the WC get Minnaar vs Bruni vs Loris vs Brook....
  • 4 0
 with the way new bikes are now you can competitively race any level of 4x on most types of bike. i race a 160/170mm enduro bike and i think it needs to be promoted that you don't need a specific 4x bike at all
  • 1 0
 Dark science, cloning, secrets only Shimano know.
  • 3 1
 @TopperharleyPT1: 4x died when UCI
  • 4 0
 I always felt the 4X biking would be a perfect Olympic sport. We have 4X snowboarding, and it doesn't need a full XC type mountain, and is a fantastic spectator sport.
  • 1 1
 @alexey-t: chill mate - its just people always post stuff like that , quoting common PB topics .
With first post comes great responsibility- you failed thats all.
  • 8 0
 Fantastic photos. It is cool seeing people of different ages competing on different bikes/wheel sizes. It doesn't matter as long as you are having fun.
Well done SB96 on another national title. Those goggles and helmet are so dialled!
  • 6 0
 Hope this kind of racing takes off again.. I would love to try it, and it looks insanely fun.
  • 5 0
 Next Olympics should include:

1. Downhill
2. 4 cross (or even better bring back Dual slalom)
3. Trials challenges

XC is good, but needs more coverage of mountain bikes!
  • 7 0
 Love me some 4X !
  • 3 0
 Such a great day of racing. I'm glad it stayed fast. There's loads of shoutouts I could make but most of those went out on the mic. It was simply a top notch day of bikes and fun!
  • 1 0
 Mophead from SDH days?
  • 1 0
 @razor: the very same
  • 1 0
 @themop: good to see you're still riding. I think we rode together at Aston and Rogate way back with Tom and Rob.
  • 1 0
 @razor: Rob Escott? Aka awesome-o-4000? He's still riding, works in the bike industry now.

I recognise your M3 and a few of the photos on your profile, gotta say I'm envious of the Keewee CromoEight! They still look good!

I'm glad there's a bunch of us still riding nearly twenty years on, we keep bumping into people from the mid 2000's, it's fantastic!
  • 1 0
 @themop: yep, that Rob. Still bump into him every so often. Had a few years not riding following kids but been back in the saddle for a few years now. Still a few of the old SDH lot lurking on STW too.
  • 3 0
 It’s a shame 4x isn’t more popular, there’s no tracks here around Madrid. I would deffo be into it if it came around and started up more.
  • 4 0
 McFall had a crash?

Journalists dream
  • 3 0
 She needs to start a team with Jessica Blewitt and Annie Last.
  • 2 0
 Great photos, legit video, long article, good captions - quite inconsiderate of pinkbike not to give commenters anything to complain about.
  • 1 1
 4X looks more like old school BMX than BMX is today. Ruff dirt tracks, knobby tires. Just fewer riders per Heat.
I don't when they took the "MX" out of BMX but these days it looks more like BLPL, Bicycle Lumpy Parking Lot racing.
I'd love to see 4X take off.
  • 3 0
 Where's the Bc Cup coverage?
  • 3 0
 4x has to be the greatest MTB event
  • 1 0
 Were getting to the point where newer riders are like "that looks cool, there should be some sort of national series in the US!" If only my fellow riders, if only...
  • 2 0
 Boom boom still at it! Although he needs to clean his teeth...
  • 1 0
 Great stuff! Was amazing to be a part of! Props to all the riders going full pin!
  • 2 0
 Yeah, Smiley!!
  • 1 0
 I want a chair check. That wheel chair looks like a cool piece of kit.

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