Fort William World Cup 2011 4X Finals Gallery

Jun 4, 2011 at 22:53
by Ian Hylands  

Calm before the storm...15 minutes until the start of the 4X finals.
Calm before the storm...15 minutes until the start of the 4X finals.

Getting in the mood for murder with a little Eminem
Getting in the mood for murder with a little Eminem

Tough to beat, but a bad gate start saw Graves head to the small final.
Tough to beat, but a bad gate start saw Graves head to the small final. "I do that about one out of a thousand gates starts. It happens, At least I kept the overall."

up to the starting gate...
up to the starting gate...

line up, watch the gate, and...
line up, watch the gate, and...

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Graeme Mudd and David Graf battling it out in an early round of the 4X.
Graeme Mudd and David Graf battling it out in an early round of the 4X.

A slipped pedal saw Melissa Buhl out of the big final; she won the small final, taking fifth on the day.
A slipped pedal saw Melissa Buhl out of the big final; she won the small final, taking fifth on the day.

David Graf of Nicolai racing edges out Graeme Mudd in the semis.
David Graf of Nicolai racing edges out Graeme Mudd in the semis.

Anneke Beerten easily took the win in the Women's 4X finals.
Anneke Beerten easily took the win in the Women's 4X finals.

Roger Rinderknecht through the rhythm section for the win over his neighbor, David Graf (he lives on the same block in Zurich, Switzerland. Pure chance).
Roger Rinderknecht through the rhythm section for the win over his neighbor, David Graf (he lives on the same block in Zurich, Switzerland. Pure chance).

Teammates Thomas Slavik and Joost Wichman kiss and make up after a tangle in the final crashed them both out. Joost hit hard enough his helmet visor was broken off.
Teammates Thomas Slavik and Joost Wichman kiss and make up after a tangle in the final crashed them both out. Joost hit hard enough his helmet visor was broken off.


Women's podium
Women's podium

Men's Podium
Men's Podium

Jared Graves retains the WC Overall 4X leader's jersey.
Jared Graves retains the WC Overall 4X leader's jersey.
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11 Comments

  • + 5
 Anneke Beerten did not 'easily take the win' in the womens. Joey Gough was out front by a mile until the rock garden, where she slightly came off line and slipped a pedal coming out, enabling Anneke to just get past. It was good, tight racing. And Wichman broke his visor in a crash with Prokop in the semis, hence why he's wearing a different helmet in the finals.
  • + 1
 Joey left a barn door open in the right hander before the rocks and Anneke went through, simple as. shame tho, it was shaping up to be a good win for her!
  • + 4
 Awesome changes at the Fort Bill track!
That's what all of Fourcross should be like!
No freakin pedalling out of the gate, but technical riding, and massive moves, inside/ outside linechoices that work so you'll never know who'll take the win in the End! I saw some awesome racing, want more of that!
  • + 2
 Yeah, what a CARNAGE! There's always a great racing in FW tup It's a pity that Prokop did such a stupid fall, though...
  • + 2
 I saw some spectacular racing at Fort William. And a solid proof that the problem is not the format of 4Cross, but the course layout in detail. The changes made for this year's race were spot-on, the mix of banked and flat corners, loose surface and most of all the rock garden made for great and entertaining races. Marosi's move against Rafa Alvarez was plain nutters, but successful, loved it. If this does not make the 4cross-haters and dual promoters shut up, what will?

By the way, just to set this straight: Rinderknecht and Graf are not from Zurich, them boys are from Winterthur (as I am myself). It's in the state of Zurich, but 35kms to the northeast and one-third the size of Zurich itself.
  • + 2
 Have to admit i was skeptical about these course changes at first when looking at them on the computer before going up , but once racing got underway it was obvious the changes where both much needed and very well thought out there was plenty of drama , crashes , moves , contact and dont forget crazy hucks of the rock garden . Definitely the best 4x if have ever seen at fort william and up there with the best racing i've seen in 4x
  • + 1
 huck the rock garden to flat!!!!:P
  • + 1
 Go Grubby Go Go!!!!!!!!!!!!
  • + 2
 wow, 4x is just chaos!
  • + 1
 watch it on freecaster. So many crazy passes and crashes.
  • + 1
 Great moves on the rock garden

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