Round 2 of the 2019 4X ProTour took place in JBC Bikepark in Jablonec Nad Nisou in Czech Republic.
An incredible facility that continues to showcase the very finest that 4X racing has to offer.
The drive to JBC took about 22 hours but it is so worth it. Easy in the Dethleffs motorhome though….
Our parking spot at Jablonec is next to the start at the top of a mountain that overlooks the city. It is an incredible view and makes our 3 days there perfect. Next morning it was breakfast on our terrace and a walk of the track.
This track isn’t one of Scott’s favourites but he was feeling confident. That evening it was the welcome party for the athletes with a BBQ on the lake, music and talk of the weekends racing.
On Thursday it was practice session one. Scott rode well and looked good on track. That evening it was the official plate awarding ceremony in town where the top riders are interviewed and presented with their race number for the weekend.
Friday and it was time to qualify. Scott unfortunately made a mistake in the woods section and it cost him dearly. 15th was poor but it was just qualifying and Scott would fight on the next day.
Saturday and 14,000 spectators flooded the hillside. Red Bull air race planes did acrobatics overhead and the atmosphere was electric. The riders were introduced to the fans. Scott was ready to race.
In his first heat he took the win and looked comfortable.
In his second heat, due to his poor qualifying he was left with the outside gate. He made a good start and dived inside in turn one. He bumped another rider which caused him to run wide in turn two.
He lost a lot of time and unfortunately went out in this heat. He was gutted but was happy with his riding.
From here it was on to Zolder in Belgium for the UCI BMX World Championships.