4X ProTour 2017 – Round 3: Fort William, Scotland

Last weekend, Scott had one of his most important races on the 2017 calendar. The 4X ProTour round in Fort William, Scotland. Held as part of the Fort William Downhill World Cup weekend, this event attracts thousands of fans who flock to the Scottish Highlands to watch 4X ProTour, Downhill World Cup and the impressive side events.

The race had a good entry, so when practice started the track had a constant flow of riders as everyone got to grips with it. The weather was wet, but in many ways, that helped the new track changes to bind together. The new changes were good as they added 2 extra turns to the track which would really help passing opportunities come race time.

Scott has had some great results here in the past and always rides his track well so we were confident heading into qualifying.

With all the top riders injury free, this year’s 4X ProTour looked set to be one of the best ever. With 10 of the elite men riders all more than capable of taking wins and the overall title, the strength in depth of 4X ProTour is now better than ever. Scott knows that consistency will be the key and was looking for a decent qualifying to set up his race night.

Qualifying:

In his qualifying run, visually, Scott looked one of the quickest on course and as he crossed – until the last turn where Scott ran off line and almost crashed. Having to roll through the final jump, Scott lost a lot of time, but still managed to cross the finish in 5th. Clearly gutted, Scott knew he was on a flier and it was time to plan racing on Saturday night. After the run Scott said:

“I made a great start and rode all the lines well. I really messed up in the final turn and that cost me today but we will be back tomorrow”.

 

Race Day:

Race day rolled around and the weather took a turn before practice started. A huge downpour made the track tricky initially, but as racing rolled around, the rain stopped and the track surprisingly was perfect. With huge crowds, Scott was ready. Winning his first 2 rounds of racing Scott was looking good. In his quarter final Scott made a great gate and led the race into turn 1. Ahead of Joost Wichman, Scott looked comfortable as he booked his place in the semi final.

Semi Final:

In the semi final, Scott opted for the slightly smoother gate 3. This race was all time! In the last 10 years of 4X racing, these 4 guys had all been instrumental in the development of the sport and world wide promotion. These guys are the jedi’s and the crowd knew it. High fiving before the start Scott lined up with Tomas Slavik, Quentin Derbier and Joost Wichman. The gate dropped and Scott got squeezed. Having to settle into 4th position in the first turn, Scott used his head and railed the turn. Carrying loads of speed on the 2nd straight, Scott was on the move. Railing turn 2, he moved into 3rd and then in the blink of an eye, he moved into 2nd. The crowd were going crazy, but on the exit of the turn Scott then got overtook again and slipped back to 3rd. Staying in touch, Scott battled but across the finish, he ended up 3rd and didn’t make the main final.

Small Final:

Scott was absolutely gutted. Making the final is extremely important to Scott at this race, but after such an incredible semi final, the only winner was the sport of 4X! One of the hardest things in 4X is to get knocked out in the semi final and then pick yourself back up to race again for 5th to 8th places.

Scott took gate 1. Nailed a perfect gate and set off chasing the win and 5th overall for the evening. Scott had to hold the inside on turn 2 to protect against a pass but Quentin Derbier used the same move as Scott made in the semi final and moved into the lead. The race stayed close but Scott crossed the line in 2nd giving him 6th for the evening.

It wasn’t Scott’s best race in Fort William, but he was very happy with the way he raced on the night:

“I am pretty disappointed with 6th but at the same time happy with how I rode. That was a race where anyone could have won but I gave it my all and 6th was the result. We have a few weeks now to prepare for the next round in Czech Republic”.

USN Racing – 4X ProTour 2017 – Winterberg, Germany Race Report

Scott Beaumont

Qualifying – 7th
Race – 17th

The second round of the 2017 4X ProTour took place in Winterberg, Germany at the weekend. After a strong start to his 2017 season, Scott Beaumont was looking to cement himself in the running for the overall title in Winterberg with a track that really played to his strengths.

Held as part of the Dirt Masters Festival, this event attracts thousands of fans who flock to Winterberg in Germany to watch 4X ProTour, IXS Downhill Cup and the impressive Slopestyle event.

The race had nearly 200 riders entered so practice was busy and the track had a constant flow of riders as everyone got to grips with it. The weather was dry for qualifying making the track super-fast and dusty. The sun was shining and the track was absolutely perfect.

Scott has had some great results here in the past and always rides his track well so we were confident heading into qualifying.

With all the top riders injury free, this year’s 4X ProTour looked set to be one of the best ever. With 10 of the elite men riders all more than capable of taking wins and the overall title, the strength in depth of 4X ProTour is now better than ever. Scott knows that consistency will be the key and was looking for a decent qualifying run to put himself in a good position for racing.

In his qualifying run, visually, Scott looked one of the quickest on course and as he crossed the finish line the time agreed placing Scott in 7th position. Disappointed with the run Scott said:
“I made a great start and rode all the lines well. I was a little conservative due to the cross wind on the table tops lower down on the track. It was a good run but to be 0.8 seconds off and all the way down in 7th is disappointing.”

Race day rolled around and Scott was ready. The Yeti race bikes were prepped and Scott rode a couple of practice laps to prepare for the racing. Winning his first round of racing Scott was looking good. In his second round Scott made his best gate of the weekend and led the race into turn 1 but disaster struck. Losing his front wheel Scott crashed out. In a quick scramble for bikes, Scott remounted and was chasing the leading two riders. The amount of ground that Scott made up was incredible and if the track had been 200m longer he may well have been able to make the comeback of the season, but he simply ran out of track. Absolutely gutted Scott finished 3rd which placed him 17th for the day.

After the race, Scott said:
“Well that was a tough day in the office. The main thing is I have no broken bones or serious injuries. Hands up that was my mistake as I pushed hard into turn one and I just lost the front wheel. Mistakes are rare in our team but today is one of those days. I have 5 days now to get ready for Fort William and round three”.

As Scott mentioned there, the teams next event is 4X ProTour round 3 in Fort William, Scotland this Saturday. In the meantime, our team diary edit will be live from Winterberg tomorrow. We will send it out to you all in the morning.

4X ProTour Round 1 – Roquebrune, France

Well the winter months are finally over and the 2017 season is here. Scott’s preparation has been perfect and we are now on route to round 1 of the 4X ProTour being held in Roquebrune, France.

Coming into this season as UCI World Number 1, Scott is looking for consistency to work towards the overall 4X ProTour title.

The track in France was a bitter sweet pill to swallow for Scott last year as a mistake whilst leading cost him a shot at the race win. He is looking for a solid start to his campaign this year.

With some fresh sponsors on board for the 2017 campaign the team are motivated and ready to race.

Arriving on Wednesday afternoon, we went to look at the track. Located at the heart of the new Azur Bike Park, what has been created is amazing. Built on the side of a mountain, the track winds its way through huge berms, multi lines, and some of the biggest jumps in the 4X ProTour into the finish arena. There were several changes to the track, with more width on the first two straights, fresh berms added and a new section into the tree line.

Open practice during round 1 of The 4X Pro Tour at Azur Bike Park, Roquebrne, French Riviera, France on April 06 2017. Photo: Charles A Robertson

The track in Roquebrune overlooks the French Riviera coastal town of St Maxime, so as well as being an amazing track, the views are incredible. The longest track currently used on the 4X ProTour this year, at around 50 seconds this was going to be a wild race.

On Wednesday evening, we headed over to St Maxime BMX track for their club night. After a full day of driving to the South of France, a trip to one of Scott’s favorite BMX tracks to unwind was perfect. The track is amazing and together with team photographer Charles Robertson, Scott had a play on the track and we got some great shots.

Thursday was the first official day of training at the 4X track. After a track walk, it was time to get started. Working on the top half of the track initially Scott worked on set up and looked at home straight away. The track was in immaculate condition and allowed the riders to really push hard. The racing was certainly going to be quick come race time.

Open practice during round 1 of The 4X Pro Tour at Azur Bike Park, Roquebrne, French Riviera, France on April 06 2017. Photo: Charles A Robertson

In the afternoon we were lucky enough to have a couple of hours where we were able to visit Monaco to have a look round. The formula 1 track was just being built with grandstands and the pit lane garages all under construction. Quite a sight!

Monaco

On to Friday training and Scott focused on the bottom half of the track and his tyre choice for the weekend. Another 3 hours of track time and confidence was building nicely into the weekend. In the afternoon we visited St Tropez for a quick walk around some super yachts!

Friday practice during round 1 of the 4X Pro Tour at Azur Bike Park, Rocqbrune, , France on April 07 2017. Photo: Charles A Robertson

Saturday morning and it was game time. After a two hour practice session it was qualifying. In the two hours Scott simply did full runs to prepare for the one lap of qualifying. Using all the outside lines and carrying speed we were looking for a top 3 and the first points of the year.

With Scott being the UCI World number 1 4X rider, he went last. With only one rider going below 45 seconds, the job was simple. Get a 44 point something and he would be in the top two. With a perfect qualifying lap, that’s exactly what Scott did. Stopping the clock at 44.89 it was good enough for second position.

Open practice and Qualification during round 1 of the 4X Pro Tour at Azur Bike Park, Rocqbrune, , France on April 08 2017. Photo: Charles A Robertson

On Saturday night, the organisers hosted a BBQ for all the riders. It was great to socialise with everyone and catch up on what everyone had been doing over winter. An early night for the team to get ready for race day.

Sunday morning and there was a two hour practice session. With no track changes, Scott did a couple of practice starts then two full runs and with over an hour remaining, he decided to save his energy for the racing.

At 14.00 the racing started. Scott took the win in his first two rounds and was looking fast, backing up his qualifying ride. In the quarter final, he made a perfect start and again led the race from start to finish with no problems. Onto the semi final and this looked tougher. Scott again made a perfect start and battled bar to bar into turn one defending and holding his line to lead the race. From here Scott pulled away and took a convincing win.

Open practice and finals action during round 1 of the 4X Pro Tour at Azur Bike Park, Rocqbrune, , France on April 09 2017. Photo: Charles A Robertson

Final time. Scott was in gate two. Making a good gate Scott again went bar to bar with both riders either side of him and unfortunately this time he got squeezed into turn 1. Re grouping and starting the charge from fourth, Scott rode hard all the way down the track and dived inside on the final turn but unfortunately he could not get the bike turned enough to make the pass stick.

Fourth position for Scott and some good points to start his 2017 4X ProTour campaign. Scott really felt like this was the race that got away though and is now heading home to continue his preparation for the next round at Winterberg, Germany on May 26th.

Open practice and finals action during round 1 of the 4X Pro Tour at Azur Bike Park, Rocqbrune, , France on April 09 2017. Photo: Charles A Robertson

We want to thank all the team sponsors for helping us put together an amazing package that is allowing Scott to ride at his absolute maximum.

Friday practice during round 1 of the 4X Pro Tour at Azur Bike Park, Rocqbrune, , France on April 07 2017. Photo: Charles A Robertson

 

Until next time.

 

 

 

Scott Beaumont signs contract with Fuchs Silkolene

We are delighted to announce that Scott Beaumont and the USN Racing team have just signed a contract with Fuchs Silkolene that will see the team using Fuchs Silkolene lubricants and cleaning products for the 2017 race season.

Scott Beaumont said:

“Attracting the attention of a Worldwide company like Fuchs Silkolene and adding them to our partners for 2017 is something that we are extremely proud of at USN Racing.

We only want to work with the best products, so when Fuchs Silkolene approached us it was a ‘no brainer’ and within a very short meeting the deal was agreed.

We look forward to working with Fuchs Silkolene for many years to come.”

Joost Van Genderen, head of motorcycle at Fuch Silkolene commented:

“For us at FUCHS SILKOLENE we are extremely pleased and proud to be able to work with Scott for the 2017 season.

Scott will represent our brand at the very highest level and we are sure increase the profile of our SILKOLENE CYCLE range to a whole new audience across the world.”

More information:

To find out more about Scott and his plans for 2017, check out these links:

www.beaumontracing.com
www.facebook.com/beaumontracing
www.twitter.com/beaumontracing
www.instagram.com/beaumontracing

To find out more about Fuchs Silkolene, follow these links:

www.silkolene.com
www.facebook.com/fuchslubricantsuk
www.twitter.com/fuchslube_uk

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UCI World Number 1

Happy New Year everyone.

We hope you have had a great festive season.

All going well here as we get ready for the 2017 season. The year has already got off to a great start as we ended 2017 as UCI World Ranked Number 1, which is great and has given not just Scott but the whole team a nice boost through the winter months.

Scott is hard at work in the gym and on his bike as we prepare for the race season.

See you all trackside in 2017.

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4X ProTour finals – Roquebrune, France

Last weekend we travelled down to the South of France for the final round of the 2016 4X ProTour which was held in the town of Roquebrune. Overlooking the fabulous French Mediterranean coastline, the views from the track were incredible. Blue skies met up with blue seas all broken up by a few multi million euro boats sailing around! It was a picturesque end to the 2016 4X ProTour and this new track was certainly a welcome addition to the ProTour.

We arrived on Thursday and headed straight to the track to take a look. It was incredible. Created on the hillside, as we drove to the venue we could see just how much work had gone into this track. Sculptured into the hill it looked great. We walked the track and were stunned at just how steep, rocky and loose it was. It truly was a ProTour track and I couldn’t wait to get riding. As we walked further down onto the last straight, we found a huge step down.It was 45 feet and 20 feet vertical drop! Intimidating but the run in would give you plenty of speed.

Official practice did not start until Friday, so after the long drive I wanted to turn my legs and have a play on the bikes. We drove just 10 minutes to one of my favorite BMX tracks in the world – St Maxime. We had a great session there, taking a few photos and loosening up.

Practice:

On Friday we started practice. The track was super loose and after talking to the organisers we found out why! There had not been any rain in this area since May! It was dry and dusty which made a welcome change! The track was tough. The steepness meant that the corners were going to be vital. It was a case of braking hard then slamming the turns. We spent 2 hours working on the track, then practice was over.

After practice we had an afternoon free. What bester way to spend it than a sightseeing tour of Monaco! There just happened to be the annual Yacht show on that afternoon so we spent a few hours checking out multi million euro yachts!

Qualifying:

Saturday rolled around and it was the next practice session and qualifying. As Current UCI world number 1 I was very happy to be riding with the number 1 plate!

Practice went well and I felt like I was riding good. The qualification run was at 15.05. After some USN re fuelling, we were ready.

The qualification run went ok. To be honest, on the bike it felt good, but at the finish, the time was just a bit slow. I qualified 10th, my worst qualifying of the year, but after looking at the split times, I knew where I had made mistakes. With another practice session on Sunday we knew what we had to work on.

Race Day:

So race day rolled around and it was for the final time in 2016. I had a couple of goals. Currently I was sat in 4th overall in the 4X ProTour. I wanted to hold on to that position. I couldn’t move forward but I could slip to 7th. I was also leading the 2016 UCI World Rankings. I wanted to go into winter holding on to both of these positions.

My draw looked good. I was happy with the races and knew I could make it to the final. I worked on my mistakes from qualifying and went into the race extremely confident. Lining up in my first heat against riders who qualified 7th, 23rd and 26th. I had 2nd gate pick and went for gate 2. The beeps went and I fired out of the gate in the lead. Moving over in turn 1 to protect the inside I started to pull away. Heading into the penultimate turn, I slipped in the turn a little and dabbed a foot. Immediately after the turn was a sequence of double jumps and rollers before the huge step down. I didn’t have time to get my foot in the pedal and headed down the straight with one foot unclipped. Trying my best to get the foot in, a big gust of side wind put me off balance and I hit the brakes. There was no way I was going to take off that huge jump in a cross wind with one foot unclipped. At this moment the 3 guys behind me all flew past me as I rode around the drop off. At this moment I also felt the rear tyre was flat. It was a catalogue of problems that unfortunately meant that I was out in the first round of racing.

I finished 26th – my worst ever result and I think you can see in the image above just how gutted I was as I rolled across the finish line. In fact gutted doesn’t even come close to how I felt. As the racing continued though, the results started to look like it may go my way though. When all was done and dusted, somehow, I had been able to hang on to 4th overall in the 2016 4X ProTour. From the dissapointment earlier this was a bit of a pick up.

At the end of the racing we had the overall podiums. Tomas Slavik taking the win, Felix Beckeman 2nd, Quentin Derbier in 3rd, me 4th and Simon Waldburger in 5th. Quentin was not present as he is recovering from an injury.

So that was it for the 2016 4X ProTour. I would like to thank all of the team sponsors for their support. We could not do this without your help. The fans who support all the 4X athletes in what we do and the organisers for creating tracks that continue to challenge us.

A small break now for me then straight back into 2017 preparation. Updates soon.

Cheers,

All photos by Charles Robertson