European 4X Series Round 1 – Film

Here is the edit I have made from European 4Cross Series Round 1 in Reutlingen, Germany last week.
My comeback race after injury, I simply wanted to finish top 30. I had no idea where I was and just needed to get on a bike ahead of 4X Pro Tour in Fort William.
In the end the race went really well apart from a mistake in the semi final…….

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European 4X Series Round 1

Well it has been an incredible 6 weeks where we are now excited to tell you that we are going racing again.

After initially being told that he would not be able to even use his left arm for 12 weeks, USN team rider Scott Beaumont has been working closely with team partners Core Clinics, has had laser surgery with Brian Simpson and has been re tabbing every single day to get back to racing as soon as possible. 

Defying all the odds, Scott is now on route to round 1 of the European 4X Series which takes place this weekend in Stuttgart, Germany.

We are back in the gate this weekend

European 4X Series
So after meetings, scans, x-rays and consultations earlier this week, the team have made the decision to attend round 1 of the 2019 European 4X Series in Stuttgart, Germany. 

Scott is confident in the feeling he has in his left arm and is looking forward to racing on Saturday.

The team are currently on the road in the team Dethleffs truck on their way to the channel tunnel.

Scott is back on a bike this weekend

We just want to thank all our team partners and sponsors for their constant support over the last 6 weeks. We simply could not do this without you.

Scott has worked tirelessly over the last 6 weeks to get back on track and represent his sponsors at the highest level.

Here’s to a successful 2019. So far we have a national win and a broken bone. We are looking forward to plenty more wins!

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HSBC British BMX Series Rounds 1 & 2 – Manchester

Round 1 – Saturday
So after a long winter, we were ready and Scott lined up for his qualifying races.

No matter how many times we have been here before, the nerves are always there. Until the gate drops no one knows where we are going to be. 

Sure enough the gate dropped and Scott took the holeshot. Leading the race from start to finish, Scott continued to extend his lead all the way around the track. It was a perfect start and filled the team with confidence.

In his next two qualifying races, Scott again dominated from start to finish and went into the knockout rounds unbeaten.

Scott leading a moto

Onto the final and Scott was feeling confident. He chose gate 1 to give the inside into turn 1. The gate dropped and Scott made a perfect start, attacked the first jump and took the lead. Exiting the first turn, Scott hit the afterburners and pulled a comfortable lead. He rode a perfect lap and crossed the finish line with a 10 bike length lead to take the win at round 1 and score maximum points.

After the final Scott said:
“We have trained hard all winter and today has been a great test for us to see where we are at. A perfect day and I am very happy to take the win.”

Scott taking the win

Round 2 – Sunday
After a perfect start on Saturday, Sunday started out much the same when Scott won his first moto. In the second moto he didn’t make a great start and battled another rider down the first straight. In the first turn, Scott found himself on the outside but still carrying good speed for the second straight.

On the exit of the first turn, the rider on the inside drifted wide and the on the take off of a double exiting the first turn, both riders made contact. Scott was thrown off the side of the track and ended up landing on the take off to another jump on another straight. Going from 30 mph to zero it was like a car crash and Scott was badly winded for about a minute. The medical team were with him instantly and attending to his injuries. Scott was complaining about his left arm, right shoulder and his back. Clearly in pain the decision was made to get Scott straight to hospital.

Scott being tended to by medics at the scene

On arrival in hospital, Scott was immediately rushed through A&E into scans and x rays to assess the injuries.

Things quickly escalated in hospital

The diagnosis was a broken radius in his left arm and a separated right shoulder with some severe whiplash as well. Quite a result considering the impact that he had.

Scott stayed in hospital for a total of three nights and had an operation to plate his left radius with seven screws.

One broken radius

Scott left hospital and he has been busy on the recovery trail ever since.

Working with team partners Core Clinics, receiving Laser surgery on his broken radius and pushing his limits every day we are very happy to say that he is well on the road to recovery. 

We anticipate he will be back racing in the next few weeks at the start of May. The good news is he will miss 2 or 3 races in total so that will be much better than the initial 12 weeks minimum that was suggested by doctors!

All fixed!

Finally we just want to thank all our team partners. As you all know it is rare that Scott has any big crashes but when he does, it is re assuring to have such amazing support from our partners so that Scott can just concentrate on his recovery.

We will update you again in the next week or so with a return date when we will hopefully see him back on the top step of the podium and continuing where he left off after round 1 of the BMX National Series in Manchester.

Speak Soon.

USN Racing.

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Race Report – National BMX Series – Telford

Last weekend USN Racing went back to their roots and dusted off the BMX bike. In preparation for the 2018 4X Mountain Bike National Championships which take place in Falmouth in just over a week’s time, part of Scott’s training for the last month has been on the smaller bike as we keep his legs spinning fast in the build up to the championships.

So, we decided to go and race rounds 7 and 8 of the 2018 HSBC BMX National Series at Telford. After 2 years off the BMX bike and only a day available to ride the smaller bike on a track in preparation for the race, to say Scott was rusty would be an understatement. He initially looked like he had never ridden a bicycle let alone a BMX! It was just a training weekend and he had to keep that in mind, but the racer in Scott obviously wanted to do well.

Practice went well and every lap he gained more confidence. In BMX you have 3 qualifying races. Amazingly Scott won all 3 on my way to the final. In the final he chose lane 1 on the inside. The gate dropped, and Scott took the lead. On the second straight he made a small mistake and 2 riders were right on his back wheel. In turn 2 he was passed and ran wide from the pass unfortunately slipping back to fourth. Scott was able to hold that position all the way to the finish. It was a mix of emotions. So near but yet so far.

Sunday rolled around and Scott had a second chance. Similar to Saturday’s race Scott won all 3 qualifying races. For the final he again chose lane 1. The gate dropped, and Scott found himself leading again. He rode a perfect second straight learning from the mistake on Saturday and held the lead through turn 2. In was on the third straight that he came unstuck! A small mistake lost a lot of momentum and in the third turn Scott was passed again in a similar way to Saturday. Unfortunately, he slipped back to fourth again.

It was a fun weekend and the team looking forward to the next rounds of BMX National Series at the end of August in Gosport near Portsmouth.

But for now, it is back to the mountain bikes as we look to defend the 4X National Championships in Falmouth on August 18th.

Full report from that race in the week afterwards.

Images: Sandra Smith/Abi Taylor

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2018 4X World Championships – Val Di Sole, Italy

On Friday 6th July, USN Racing team rider Scott Beaumont lined up on the gate in Val Di Sole, Italy for the 2018 4X World Championships.

It is the 25th time that Scott has represented his country in the World Championships. 7 times in BMX and 18 times in Mountain Bike. It’s an incredible record and one that Scott is not ready to call time on yet.

Riding as well as he ever has, Scott was here to win.
The week started with a drive over to Italy in the new Dethleffs team truck. Arriving on Monday, the team set up the team area and then went to check out the track. With a few great changes, it looked amazing and Scott was excited to have a ride. Having a steady play, immediately Scott looked comfortable, having fun and jumping everything! Clearly he was in the mood for a good week…….

Thursday rolled around and it was qualifying day. Currently ranked number 7 in UCI World Rankings, Scott was 7th to start his single lap of the track. 4X is a brutal sport. Just a single lap determines the top 32 riders to qualify. If you crash, make a mistake or have a technical problem, your race is over before it has even started. It is a pressure cooker for the riders.

Scott was focused and as he left the start looked on point. However he made a couple of mistakes on his lap and crossing the line in a time of 46.592 he ended up in 8th position.

So after qualifying 8th, it was time to look forward to racing on Friday night. With thousands of fans rolling into the venue to watch the World Championships, the sun set, floodlights came on and everything was ready.

After an hour of practice Scott had his lines dialled. Passing places, options and a good few gates had him ready to go.

21.15 rolled around. It was race time.In his first race, Scott slightly missed the gate and moved into second through the first turn. He looked fast all the way and clearly was looking at options for next round of racing. It was the lap that would set him up for the night.

In the quarter finals, the draw looked tough as Scott lined up against the two Slavik’s. Hannes from Austria and fastest qualifier Tomas from Czech Republic.

Scott made an amazing start and bumped bars with Hannes on the first straight. It was super aggressive from both riders as they fought for that semi final spot. Scott got bumped wide and found himself in third. He stayed on Hannes rear wheel all the way and after learning a fresh line through the rocks in race one, he attacked just at the same time as Hannes made a mistake.

It was timed to perfection and Scott was able to grab second position and qualify through.

In the semi final, Scott again had gate 3. Without doubt, making one of the best starts of his career, he jumped out in the lead. Over the first drops he tangled with defending World Champion Felix Beckman on the first drop which nearly made them both crash. Scott just held on and moved into second. In turn three, Beckman came back and made a big pass on Scott. There was a little contact and it threw Scott’s gears out of sync. It was a big pass but it was a legitimate pass that Scott tipped his hat to.

On the exit of the turn Scott went to pedal and there was nothing there. It simply turned out that his gears had moved from 5th back up to 2nd, so it felt to Scott like his chain had come off.

He lost a lot of ground and his race was over.

No matter how many races you have done, being beaten in the semi final, finishing third in that race and not qualifying to the World Championship final will always be one of the biggest emotional roller coasters in the World.

Then having to regroup and head back to race again 5 minutes later to decide fifth to eighth, it’s a big ask for any rider!

Scott was in the gate and ready to race. Making another good gate he entered the first turn in second. Making another aggressive move he dived inside to take the lead but came up short. In the blink of an eye he was third and then fourth.

Re focusing, Scott clearly focused on carrying speed to catch the riders ahead of him. Into the final turn he was back in touch and made a clean pass before the rocks to take third place in the race and seventh for the 2018 4X World Championships.

As ever, in the finish area, Scott was completely honest about his performance.

“It’s very hard to be happy with seventh, but in a strange way I am. I fought hard all night. Took risks, made plenty of contact with other riders and gave it 100%. I could not have done any more. We were so close to making the final in that semi final and unfortunately the cards did not fall my way. I was one of the fastest riders on track tonight and I am already focused on the 2019 4X World Championships.”

Finally we want to thank all out team partners and sponsors. Without you this incredible performance would not have been possible. We have the best sponsors and an incredible presence at the events.

We are forever thankful for the opportunities you give us and want to sincerely thank you all.

We are now driving across Europe to our next race in Czech Republic – round 4 of the 2018 4X ProTour.

Scott currently sits in third overall so he will be looking for a strong result with just two rounds remaining.

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2018 4X World Championships – Diary

Scott Beaumont sat on the start gate in Val Di Sole, Italy for his 25th World Championships.

It is an incredible history of racing and he was ready to go for gold again.

Here is the team’s diary from the week.

Enjoy:

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