Schwalbe British 4X Series Round 2: Harthill

After an eventful start to the 2018 season at Chicksands for round 1, USN Racing entered round 2 in Harthill looking for a strong result ahead of the 4X ProTour starting in 3 weeks.

The track at Harthill in Cheshire has always treated Scott well and on this occasion the team were looking forward to a great days racing and some strong results.

With practice beginning at 9.30, Scott was immediately up to speed and looking fast. Scott had already practiced on Saturday morning and felt confident on the track.

In the motos Scott looked dominant in his first 2 races, winning from the outside gates and puling some decent leads. In his third moto, he made an uncharacteristic bad gate and found himself in 3rd through the first 2 corners. It was a good position though as Scott began searching around the track for different passing opportunities should he need them later in the day.

Into the semi final Scott took gate 2. Making a perfect gate, Scott led the race from start to finish which would see him through to the final.

In the final, Scott took gate 1 with former GB Elite BMX rider Grant Hill in 3, Will Evans in 4 and Davi Roberts on gate 2. The gate dropped and Scott was level with Grant down the start hill. Scott pulled a small lead on the first straight but it was close and over the double into turn 1 the 2 riders collided. Staying up right Scott moved into the lead but through turn 1 Grant did not brake and on the exit the 2 riders collided. When Elite 4X riders collide all that horsepower normally explodes and on this occasion it really did. The 2 riders flew through the air and hit the ground hard. Grant seemed ok and continued to finish the race in third but Scott didn’t move for quite a while. The medical team were on the case quickly and thankfully after a few minutes Scott was slowly back on his feet and rolled on his bike down to the finish line to complete the race.

The crash was a pure racing incident as the 2 fastest riders on the day battled hard into turn 1.

The sequence below shows the whole event:

At the finish line, Scott was clearly in pain, but looked towards the positives:
‘Today has been good. I have felt fast on the track and although I did not win, I am excited about how good I felt on the bike. We now have 3 weeks to get ready for round 1 of the 2018 4X ProTour.

The podiums were held immediately after the finals and Scott was happy to be walking and take 4th place.

Some interviews with the media and then it was home and back to training for an intense block of work ahead of the ProTour starting.
 
Thank you to all our partners for the 2018 season. It’s going to be a great year.

Images – Lewis Bradley

Schwalbe British 4X Series Round 1 – Chicksands.

After the long winter break, USN Racing fired back into action with round 1 of the 2018 Schwalbe British 4X Series which was held at Chicksands in Bedfordshire.

After a film shoot with title sponsors USN on Tuesday at the track, team rider Scott Beaumont decided to miss Saturday afternoon’s practice and arrive on Sunday for practice and the race. The relatively smooth and flowing track is fairly simple so after a couple of practice runs on Sunday, Scott was immediately up to speed and looking good.

For the elites, the ‘S’ bend at the top of the track is where all the action takes place. Britain’s fastest riders, all still bunched together head into these turns trying to out brake each other. Sometimes it works and sometimes it all unleashes!

In the motos Scott took a win and two second places which he was fairly happy about. He led races, was passed and crucially made some great passes himself on this tight and technical track.

Into the semi final as the top seed in his race, Scott took gate one on the inside. Making a perfect gate, Scott led the race from start to finish which would in turn seed him through to the final as the top seed giving him the all important first gate pick.

Scott took gate one with former GB Elite BMX rider Grant Hill in two, local hero Connor Hudson in three and Junior National Champion Aaron Dalleywater in four. The gate dropped and Scott was level with Grant down the first and second straight. Into the ‘S’ bend Scott was on the outside and in position for a big move around the outside. Then Connor dived inside of both Grant and Scott. He lost the front wheel and crashed. Grant then went down in the domino effect and Scott with a quick decision jumped over Grant’s bike! Arron in the meantime picked a nice line around the inside of the carnage and went into the lead. About 10 bike lengths behind, Scott got going again. Riding the bottom part of the track like a freight train, Scott was impressive in closing the gap to just a bike length across the finish. He ran out of track to take the win, but Scott was happy with the day.

‘Today has been great. It’s been a long winter and now with just 8 weeks to go until the first 4X ProTour it is good to get racing again. Although I didn’t take the win today, there are a lot of positives to take away. My track speed was really good, and it has been a good start to the year. Congratulations to Aaron for taking his first win. It was awesome to see so many riders racing 4X in the UK.’ Said Scott at the finish line.

It is now back to training for an intense block of work ahead of the ProTour starting.

Thank you to all our partners for the 2018 season. It’s going to be a great year.

Fuchs Silkolene continue partnership with Scott Beaumont

FUCHS Silkolene has announced its continued support for Scott Beaumont and Danny Butler.

The manufacturer of cycle oils will continue to Scott Beaumont and Danny Butler throughout 2018, maintaining its long and established relationship with both riders.

Head of FUCHS Silkolene Joost van Genderen commented: “We’re delighted to confirm our support for these two top athletes throughout the year ahead. Scott Beaumont has already had a long and successful race career and remains top of his sport, while Danny Butler has had great success with his Extreme Mountain Bike Show, which travels the length and breadth of the UK, performing in front of thousands.

“We are proud that both Scott and Danny use our cycling oils and maintenance range. This is further proof that these high-end products are capable of performing at the very top of sport, as well as for everyday cyclists.”

Beaumont has won over 55 National 4X races in the past eight years, making him the most successful UK National rider in mountain bike history. He added: “With the support of FUCHS Silkolene, 2018 is shaping up to be a fantastic year as we aim to fulfil our high expectations on the race track.

“In 4X, thousandths of a second are what matters and knowing that my bike is running perfectly using the best lubricants and cleaners on the market means I can get the maximum out of my bike.

“I can’t thank FUCHS Silkolene enough. Their products are the best available and I’m looking forward to giving them plenty of podiums throughout 2018.”

Five-times British and European Trials champion Danny Butler has partnered with FUCHS Silkolene since 2007 and is looking forward to another busy year as he takes his mountain bike stunt show to lives events right across the UK: “Being part of the FUCHS Silkolene brand is hugely important to me,” he commented.

“Like any tradesmen, my tools are precious. My bike is obviously the most important instrument that I have so I would only use the very best oils on it. The FUCHS Silkolene range has never let me down and keeps my bike working at its optimum level. I know that this year is going to be very special and everyone should watch this space.”

The FUCHS Silkolene bicycle portfolio includes Wet, Dry and Everyday chain lubes as well as suspension fork oils, cleaners and greases.

Datatag join our partners for 2018

DATATAG SUPPORT SCOTT BEAMONT IN BID TO WIN 9TH 4X NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP

Datatag ID, arguably Britain’s most trusted security marking company, has signed up to support National MTB legend and current World ranked No.4 Scott ‘BOOMBOOM’ Beaumont in his bid to win his 9th National 4x title this year.

Scott, who has been competing and winning since the age of 4, who went on to win his first BMX World Championship title in 1995, will be aiming to cement his place in the MTB Hall of Fame he was awarded in 2014 with yet another British title win in 2018.

Scott said ‘Its great to have the guys from Datatag on board this year. Bike theft is a serious issue in my world and just knowing my bikes are better protected by fitting a Datatag system gives me peace of mind so I can concentrate on the job of winning.’

Datatag’s Cycle PRO system fitted to all of Scots bikes incorporates an array of security marking features including invisible UV etching to protect frame and forks, hundreds of microscopic Datadots to protect valuable components and a visible tamper evident warning label with QR code linked back to Datatag’s secure database and 24/7 international contact centre. The combination of this layered approach and the fact that the system requires no specialist tools to identify a bike at the roadside means it’s a real headache for thieves and a godsend to the Police.

Kevin Howells Datatag CEO said ‘We’ve known Scott for a long time and decided to join his team to help protect his machines of course but to also spread the message that there is something you can do to help beat the bike thieves and it’s as simple as providing an indelible security mark to your bike. Our technologies, which are easily fitted by customers, are used in many other industries and have a proven track record in deterring theft.’

Datatag Cycle PRO system is a low cost one off payment which provides a lifetime’s protection for your bike and can be easily transferred into a new owners name should you sell your machine.

Available through many independent bike shops and on line.
Visit: datatag.co.uk/bicycles-pro.php for more information

4X World Championships Qualifying film

Last night, USN Racing team rider Scott Beaumont qualified 4th ahead of racing later this evening.

Racing tonight is live on the UCI YouTube channel: www.youtube.com/ucichannel

Check out the helmet camera footage of his qualifying run.

4X National Championships 2017

Scott Beaumont:
Qualifying – 2nd
Race – 1st

The 2017 4X National Championships were held in Moelfre, North Wales. On a track where Scott had won the title in the previous two years, he was confident of retaining the title. This would in fact be the sixth consecutive year that Scott would win the title if he were to win.

The track had undergone some major changes, extended by 300m and with new jumps and an incredible start hill added. There was plenty to learn that’s for sure. Unfortunately, the weather had not been so kind. In the lead up to the event there had been lots of rain making the track very soft in places.

When we arrived on Saturday Scott immediately made the decision to change to spike tyres as the ground was so muddy. With practice starting at 12.00 Scott went up the hill to begin his practice. Incredibly the track had really dried out in places and already it was looking like changing back to Scott’s preferred Schwalbe Nobby Nic tyres. Mid way through practice he made the call and jumped back to his dry settings on the suspension and dry tyres.

After practice there was a small break and then Scott went up for his qualification run. With just one lap to determine the fastest riders, there is zero room for error. With his famous 96 number plate, Scott actually qualified early on as at National Championships riders qualify in reverse number order. Crossing the finish line, his time would ultimately be good enough for 2nd position.

“I’m fairly happy with the run. A couple of mistakes here and there but nothing serious and I am sure that most other riders made some mistakes too, so I am happy with that. We are ready to race.”

 

Onto the racing and Scott qualified through to the quarter finals with no problem. In the quarter he made a great start and led the race from start to finish moving onto the semi final.

In the semi final he lined up on gate one and this was certainly going to be a tough race. With his trade mark start, Boom Boom fired into the lead and checked out. Each lap he was getting quicker and quicker and looking strong.

So it was final time. With second gate pick he went for gate 2. His game plan was simply. Make the gate, run to the outside on the first turn which would give him the inside in the second turn covering any passing moves for the lead. He made a great start and didn’t even try to cover the inside for turn one, sticking to his plan. He railed the first turn with no brakes and dived inside for turn two cleanly moving into the lead. Riders had been saying all day if you break into turn one you will lose come final time. Certainly Scott gave it a deathgrip in turn one not even touching the brakes and it was what made the difference. On the exit of turn two he was away and pulled a couple of bike lengths lead. This gap held all the way to the last turn where he slowed to cover the inside line. It was a calculated, smart race that was very impressive to watch.

Crossing the finish line Scott immediately rode straight to his dad and mechanic Mike to celebrate what was clearly a win that he wanted badly.

“To win the National Championships an eighth time and for the sixth time in a row, is very special. I felt very quick all day and in the final, rode my fastest lap of the day, making a smart move in turn two to take the win. All the hours of training leading up to this moment is what makes it so special. In this sport you have to do more than the next rider and then use your head to win and with the support of all my sponsors we are happy to have won today. Now it’s time to celebrate and then look towards World Championships in 4 weeks”.

The podiums were held immediately after the finals and Scott was awarded the National Champion jersey which means he will race with the union jack sleeve on his jersey throughout the next year.

Some interviews with the media and then it was home to continue preparation for the World Championships which take place in Italy on August 25th.

We just want to thank all our team sponsors for their support of the team throughout Scott’s career. He is riding better than ever right now and his focus all year has been solely on World Championships. Let’s see what he can achieve.

 

Text – USN Racing

Images – Andy Whitehouse