4X ProTour 2018: Round 3 – Fort William, Scotland

Last weekend, Scott had one of his most important races on the 2018 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 most of 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. He crossed the finish in 6th. Clearly gutted, Scott knew he was on a flier but he was a little cautious in the final turn and did not carry speed onto the last straight. It was time to forget it and to plan for the 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 continued to stay dry, despite forecasts saying rain and storms. With huge crowds, Scott was ready. Winning his first round of racing Scott was looking good. In the second round he had a great battle and again moved through to the quarter finals. In his quarter final Scott made a great gate and led the race into turn 1. Ahead of Quentin Derbier, Scott looked comfortable until he nearly crashed in the 2nd turn. Losing all his speed Scott went back to 3rd and unfortunately could not make the ground back. He was out of the race and would end up with 9th overall for the night.

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 9th but at the same time happy with how I rode. Just a simple slip in the wrong place cost me dearly tonight. That was a race where anyone could have won but I gave it my all and 9th was the result. We have a few weeks now to prepare for the next round in Czech Republic”.

The next round of 4X ProTour is on Saturday 14th July. However before then we have the Malvern’s Festival, Round 4 of British 4X Series and the small matter of the 2018 4X World Championships in Val Di Sole, Italy. A huge month coming up. Stay tuned for all the news.

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4X ProTour 2018: Round 2 – Szczawno Zdroj, Poland

Scott Beaumont

Qualifying – 5th

Race –  5th

 

Round 2 of the 2018 4X ProTour was held in a town called Szczawno Zdroj (pronounced Sch-av-no Stroy) in Poland.

The track in Szczawno Zdroj is in south west Poland is widely regarded as one of the finest 4X tracks in the world. In the heart of the city, it is the pride of the town, lined by hedgerows and trees. At around 40 seconds long, there is a mix of high and low speed, technical and huge jumps. There is something to suit all the riders and the racing is always amazing. Scott arrived on Wednesday as the team stayed out in Europe after round 1 in Winterberg the previous week. The immaculately prepared track looked perfect.

Scott did some light practice on Wednesday as the weather forecast predicted rain on Thursday. Immediately you could tell this was one of Scott’s favourite tracks. He was flowing well and jumping all the big doubles immediately.

Saturday morning rolled around and the race day schedule began with practice. Knowing just how physical this track is, Scott worked to a plan and restricted his practice to just 40 minutes to save vital energy for the racing.

After practice there was a small break for the riders meeting and then it was time for qualifying. The most exciting but nerve wrecking time in 4X. Riders get just one lap of qualifying. Any mistakes and it is time to head home.

Scott was one of the last riders to qualify. His start was on point and he laid down a great run. Missing a gear change point he may have lost 0.1 or 0.2 seconds but aside from that it was a perfect run. Crossing the finish line it would place Scott 5th.

On to the racing. Scott won his early rounds and looked comfortable out on the track. In the quarter final he again made a great start and won the race start to finish.

In his semi final, Scott took gate 3, Tomas Slavik in 1, Mikulas Nevrka in 2 and Simon Waldburger in 4. and Scott made a great start and led the race on the first straight. Slavik got a good drive though into the first turn and took the lead back. Scott sat in 2nd all the way to the last corner and looked like he was on for a spot in the final but Nevrka got an amazing drive off the last turn and on the drag race Nevrka got the advantage. Annoyed at letting the final slip through his fingers, Scott headed back up the track to contest the small final and race for the final podium position.

 

The gate dropped and Scott got away well. It was tight but he dived inside on the first turn and grabbed the lead. He pulled away through the mid section of the track before making a small mistake on the penultimate straight allowing Waldburger to close in on him. It was another drag race down the last straight but Scott powered to the win and 5th place for the evening.

 

It was straight to the podium for the awards ceremony and then the long drive back home. It is now just 2 weeks until Scott’s home race in Fort William. The team are focused and looking for a great result there.

See you all trackside.

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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.

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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.

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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

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