Race Report – 2021 HSBC British BMX Series Rounds 3 & 4: Gosport, Dorset

The season is in full swing now! Rounds 3 and 4 of the 2021 HSBC British BMX Series took place during the weekend in Gosport, Dorset. 

We arrived on Friday afternoon, set the team tent up and then it was a couple of official practice sessions. Scott looked great on track and quickly got to grips with the technical jumps. The track was relatively short but there was plenty to learn as we hadn’t raced here since 2017.

Saturday: Round 3

Saturday morning rolled around and it was time to go racing. In BMX riders have 3 qualifying races – called motos which qualify riders through to the knockout stages of quarter finals, semi finals and then the final.

Scott’s day got off to the perfect start, taking the win in his first moto. In the second race he finished second and in his final moto he finished third.

Qualifying through to the final, Scott chose gate 4 in the middle of the track. Here a great start is vital. Making his best start of the day start Scott powered down the first straight, just a bit behind the leader. He tucked into 2nd place in turn 1 and set off looking to make the pass. Hounding the leader all the way, Scott couldn’t find a way through so went wide on the last turn to slingshot down the final straight. Unfortunately another rider saw the move and dived inside. Scott bumped bars and it was enough to halt his momentum. He slipped another position on the final straight as all his momentum was lost in the bump. Crossing the line it was 4th for him,

“I am really happy with that race. I gave it my all and today it wasn’t quite enough to take the win. I got bumped in the final turn but it was good, hard racing and thats what I’m here for.” said Scott in the finish area.

Sunday: Round 4

After some great food on Saturday night, a decent sleep, it was time for round 4. Another three qualifying heats and this time Scott was firing taking a win, second and another win qualifying him to the final in the number one position.

In the final Scott had first pick on the start. He loaded up in gate 1. At this track it is a gamble as the track narrows down the first straight. A good gate and you can control the race. A bad gate and you get boxed in. The gate dropped and it wasn’t so much that Scott made a bad gate, indeed it was his second fastest gate all weekend, but the rider next to him made an unbelievable start. Scott was in trouble and got cut off half way down the start straight. Entering turn one in seventh, there was a lot of work to do. Scott started picking riders off one at a time and crossing the finish line he had moved back up to fourth again. 

“That was a tough day, but again, I’m really happy with the podium with my speed and performance. Fourth yesterday and the same today means I leave here holding onto second overall in points and plenty to be happy about” said Scott after the final.

The team now has a weekend off before the British Cycling 4X National Championships which will take place at Redhill in Gloucestershire on 31st July. This is the biggest domestic race of the year and Scott is throwing everything he has at trying to regain the title.

Many thanks to all our team partners for your support.

Race Report: 2021 Schwalbe British 4X Series Rounds 1&2 – Harthill, Cheshire.

29th May 2021, we finally went back to National racing here in the UK. Rounds 1 and 2 of the Schwalbe British 4X Series took place at Harthill in Cheshire. With plenty of new faces joining the established 4X crowd, this was one of the best British 4X races ever. The vibe was great and the scene was set to get back to our great sport.

Saturday: Round 1

Scott had a great practice and felt really good on the track. The surface is really sandy and with the warm weather at the end of last week, the conditions were perfect.

Into the motos and Scott got back to work; winning all 3 of his qualifying races and he looked fast, pulling big leads in each race.

The semi final was next and Scott took the inside gate position. With a textbook start, Scott took the lead and did not look back, winning the race and booking his spot in the final.

In the final, again Scott chose gate 1. With a perfect start, Boom Boom took the lead and was flying. Lower down on the track, Scott drifted a bit wide on the stall wall which tightened things up. Into the final corner and the rider in second made the slingshot move from high to low, cutting Scott off on the final jump. There was only a couple of inches in it, but Scott finished 2nd. It was close to a perfect day but we were happy.

“It’s been a great day, winning everything to the final. I didn’t make any big mistakes but it was a situation where being in 2nd into the final turn may have been the best place to be in that situation!?!? Of course I’m gutted to not win but what a great race for 4X fans. This is why we love this sport.” Said Scott at the finish line.

Even though Scott finished 2nd in the final, Scott ended round 1 with the overall points lead.

Sunday: Round 2

Day 2 and Scott was feeling good, excited to chase the win. After a great practice we were all ready to go.

The motos began and Scott was in gate 2. Making a decent gate, Scott was battling all the way down the 1st straight, banging bars as they hustled for the lead. Into turn 1 Scott broke free and was leading until disaster struck. The rider on the inside did not brake and lost control as he was so desperate to lead the race. That rider then crashed and took Scott out at the same time. Scott was thrown from his bike and landed on his head. He had an immediate headache and was dizzy, so the medics who were first to him deemed him to have been unconscious. 

Returning back to the team tent, Scott underwent a concussion protocol test with the same medics and was unfortunately deemed unfit to race. His day was over.

A real unfortunate end to what was looking like a great weekend for the team.

The next round of Schwalbe British 4X will take place at Falmouth in Cornwall on 3rd & 4th July.

Our next race will take place in 2 weeks when the HSBC British BMX Series starts again at Cyclopark in Kent. Full report after that race.

Many thanks to all our team partners for your support.

Harthill 4X Open – 2nd May 2021

The 2021 race season has thankfully fired into life again.
After such a turbulent 2020, it now looks like this will be the start of a full season of racing. Our first race of the year took place on Sunday at the famous Harthill track in Cheshire. After some recent track upgrades and changes, the British 4X organisers wanted to test the track out ahead of the first two rounds of Schwalbe British 4X Series in four weeks time.
After weeks of dry, sunny weather, practice was much of the same. The track was very dry and riding well. Scott looked great and certainly had not lost any speed during the last year!

Racing started at 12 and with so many fresh faces at this 4X event there was plenty of race action for the crowds.
Scott had 3 qualifying races to whittle down the elite field to the fastest 4 riders in the final. Scott made a perfect gate in moto 1 and won that race easily. Then in his next 2 motos, he made a couple of uncharacteristic mistakes on the start straight which meant he finished with a couple of second place finishes. This qualified him into the final where he would have second gate pick.
In the final, Scott had a disaster at the start hitting a rut on the start straight and losing valuable time. He exited the first corners in second and was chasing down the leader. Looking for a place to pass all the way down the track, at the finish line Scott made his move but unfortunately came up just a few centimetres short of taking the win.
Socially distanced podiums took place in the finish area. Scott said:
“Today has been a great day. Lots of new riders here trying 4X for the first time is great to see. For me, just a couple of small mistakes during the day were certainly costly. We always have high expectations and while second is ok, we will now focus in the next three weeks to make sure we are ready to win at the Nationals here.”

We just want to take this opportunity to thank all our team sponsors for their continued support in 2021. Now we are finally racing, it feels great to be out there again and giving back to everyone as much as we can. Thank you.

Beaumont 96: Episode 3 – Isolation 2.0

Our new edit, Beaumont 96: Episode 3 – Isolation 2.0 is now live.

Working with Cheaney Media, we filmed the edit at Kinver Bikepark here in the UK. As it looks like lockdown is easing this summer, hopefully this film gets you excited to get out there on your bike.

Enjoy:

Schwalbe British 4X – Harthill

Thankfully we were able to get a second Schwalbe British 4X event completed in 2020.

After the dissapointment at Redhill after a snapped chain, Scott was back at Harthill looking to secure a win in this tough year.

Check out the film by Lewis Bradley to see if Scott was able to get back on top of the podium:

Redfest 2020

We finally got back to racing at Redhill, Gloucestershire at the start of September. Here is our weekend edit by Lewis Bradley: