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:

Redfest ‘King of the Hill

Friday 4th September saw racing start again in the UK with ‘Redfest’ – a weekend of different disciplines at the famous Redhill venue.

The weekend started with King of the Hill. A time trial event where riders raced down the 4X track on their own against the clock. The fastest time wins!

Heres a great edit by JPWC Media:

Redfest 2020: Redhill, Gloucestershire

It’s fair to say that 2020 has not gone to plan! The Covid 19 global pandemic has been ruthless in tearing up societies ‘norm’ and the sport of 4X suffered as much as every other sport.

On September 4th, we were back to racing though with Reddest. A 3 day festival comprising of Time Trial, Dual Slalom and 4X events.

With a fully revamped track for 2020, the scene was set and Dethleffs Racing headed to Redhill to finally get back to racing.

Friday: ‘King of the Hill’

Friday night Scott lined up for the inaugural ‘King of the Hill’ event. A time trial race that would see riders racing against the clock to see who was the fastest.

The best riders from 4X, BMX, DH and Enduro lined up to see who would be the fastest. Everyone had 2 runs and the best run would count.

Scott’s first run was great and he set the fastest time of 43.61 seconds.

His second run was even better. Nailing a perfect run, Scott crossed the line with a time of 42.71! No one was able to better this time and Scott was crowned ‘King of the Hill’.

A great start to the weekend for Scott and the team.

The podium celebrations

The podium took place after the race and Scott’s daughter Astrid was ecstatic that daddy won the race!

One for the photo album!

So it was the first win of the weekend and the team were looking forward to the next day and Dual Slalom.

Saturday: Dual Slalom

Next up was Dual Slalom. One of the most simple formats of Mountain Biking. 2 riders and a series of parallel flags that the riders race in and out of to see who’s the fastest.

Scott start his day of perfectly setting the fastest time. In Dual Slalom, the fastest time always gives a rider confidence as it simply comes down to clean runs and hopefully a good result!

Scott transferred through his opening rounds easily. Then in his quarter final he made a good start and was able to take the win.

So it was into the semi final to land a spot in the final. Scott made a great start and over the 2 runs was able to book his place in the final!

A great weekend so far and unbeaten but could Scott make it 2 wins from 2 events.

The Final

The red lane was slightly slower and Scott had the red lane first. With a Le Mans style start, riders ran to their bikes, picked them up and shot off down the hill. It turns out Scott’s sprint speed is pretty good! He made a great getaway and was just 0.1 seconds off winning on the red lane!

The riders switched lanes and Scott was confident on the blue lane. He didn’t make as good a start as the first round but he pulled a lot of time back in the mid section and crossing the line he took a convincing win.

So after day 2 Scott was unbeaten at Redfest!

Sunday: Schwalbe British 4X

The final day of racing and it is what everyone had been waiting 6 months for! A return to 4X racing.

The 4X track at Redhill was completely redesigned and re built in the summer just after lockdown ended in the UK. A new, spectacular track with big jumps and huge corners would now redefine the standard of UK 4X tracks.

Practice got underway and after winning King of the Hill on Friday evening, we knew Scott had the speed. He immediately looked very quick.

In his motos, Scott was simply untouchable. Winning all 3 races comfortably and even in the final moto winning from the outside gate. He was looking fast and certainly in the mood to clean sweep the weekend with 3 wins.

Semi Final

With first gate choice, Scott went for the favoured inside gate position. All looked good as Scott got ready for the gate to drop. As the beeps and lights fired to start the race Scott made his trade mark fast snap out of the gate but immediately disaster struck. His chain snapped. Somehow he managed to stay on his bike. He pumped his bike down the first straight hoping that the chain would fall free so that he could try to get down the track, but in turn 1 the chain locked up in his back wheel.

Scott untangled it and set off rolling down the track. Unfortunately it was too late as the other riders were gone, but he still put on a show, jumping all the big jumps and carry so much speed even though he couldn’t even pedal!

Of course Scott was gutted but at the same time happy with what was a perfect weekend until that point.

Thank You……

So that was it for the Redfest weekend. 2 wins and a 7th was enough to give Scott the overall title for the weekend, although he was certainly looking good for the clean sweep!

We just wanted to take this chance to thank you all for your continued support throughout 2020. It is very much appreciated.

We wanted to wish you and all your families continued good health and we look forward to more races and regular press releases going forwards.

Many thanks.

All images by Charles Robertson