Schwalbe British 4X Series Round 3 and 4

Rounds 3 and 4 of the 2021 Schwalbe British 4X Series took place in Falmouth, Cornwall last weekend. After, lets say a very challenging round 2 where Scott was knocked unconscious in a qualifying race, Scott was back to full fitness and ready to make amends.

Arriving on Friday Scott began his weekend with a practice session on the track. Over the years this track has been very good to Scott and straight away he looked comfortable on the track. A good evening of food and it was time for bed in the brand new Dethleffs team truck.

during round 3 of The 2021 Schwalbe British 4X Series at Falmouth, , Cornwall, United Kingdom on July 03 2021. Photo: Charles A Robertson

Saturday – Round 3:

The weather was perfect and Scott was clearly in the mood. A good practice session and some gates that looked perfect and he was ready to race.

In his first two qualifying races, he took the holeshot in each one and simply checked out. He was looking good and focused. In his third qualifying race, he made a small mistake on the first straight and came home second. Not ideal for the rest of the day and gate pick for the semi final. In the semi final he chose gate 2. Again made a great start and sealed his final place with a big win.

during round 3 of The 2021 Schwalbe British 4X Series at Falmouth, , Cornwall, United Kingdom on July 03 2021. Photo: Charles A Robertson

Onto the final. Again that second in his heat meant he had second pick. Choosing gate 2 it was going to be a drag race to turn one.

The beeps went and Scott fired out of the gate. Bar banging on the first straight he took the lead  through turn 1. He went tight in turn 2 to hold the inside line. He powered out of turn 2 and nailed the log section before launching the pro line doubles. He was pulling away with every pedal stroke. Across the finish line Scott had built a good lead and took the win. It was a convincing win.

“That felt really good. A very good lap. I’m happy with that.” Said Scott after the podium.

Sunday – Round 4:

Sunday and we woke up to heavy rain. The track was now like glass and extremely slippery in places. Scott chose the Schwalbe spike tyre and it was perfect. Like he was on rails. The track had a few changes for Sundays race which would really spice up the racing as well.

The same format for Sunday with 3 qualifying races to start the day. Scott won his first 2 races comfortably. In his third race he was bar banging through the first turn. It was some classic 4X action and it was good to see Scott feeling good on the bike again and racing hard. Scott held strong and took the win.

during round 4 of The 2021 Schwalbe British 4X Series at Falmouth, , Cornwall, United Kingdom on July 04 2021. Photo: Charles A Robertson

In the semi final, Scott chose gate 1. He made a perfect start and secured his place in the final.

Into the final and Scott again chose gate 1. Making another perfect start Scott led the race from start to finish and took another convincing win.

Out of 10 races through the weekend, Scott won 9 of them. He looked strong and faster than ever.

“I felt great on the bike all weekend and it feels even better to have taken the wins on both days. After a tough race at Round 2 it’s great to bounce back with these wins. Now we can focus on National Championships.”

Thank you again to all our sponsors for your support in 2021. It’s shaping up nicely so far…..

Images by Charles Robertson

Official team edit from Schwalbe British 4X Series rounds 3 and 4

Race Report – 2021 HSBC British BMX Series Rounds 5 & 6: Cumbernauld, Scotland

The HSBC BMX National season finals took place at the weekend in Cumbernauld, Scotland.

We arrived on Friday afternoon, set the team tent up and then it was a couple of official practice sessions. The weather was horrific with storms coming through the venue throughout the evening. 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.

Saturday: Round 5

Saturday morning rolled around and it was time to go racing. In BMX riders have three 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, slightly ahead of the pack. Into turn one he got ridden wide and slipped back to third. Down the second straight he rode into second but in turn two he got pushed wide again, slipping back to fourth. He held on to fourth for the rest of the lap.

“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 first turn but it was good, hard racing and thats what I’m here for.” said Scott in the finish area.

Sunday: Round 6

After some great food on Saturday night, a decent sleep, it was time for round six – the season finals. Another three qualifying heats and this time Scott was firing taking a second, win 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 one. 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 Scott made his best gate of the weekend. He took the holeshot into turn one. Under pressure into turn two, Scott continued to hold the lead. Riding a perfect lap he crossed the line to take the win.

With the win Scott also secured second overall in the 2021 HSBC BMX National Series.

“I am so happy to take that win. It was a prefect lap and I just laid down the fastest lap of the weekend as well. I’m buzzing.”

Then a couple of seconds later he found out he had secured second overall by just one point!

“No way. That’s amazing. I am stoked”. Scott was clearly excited as he celebrated with his family who were all present.

The team will now focus on the 2021 Mercedes Benz UCI 4X World Championships which will take place in Val Di Sole, Italy on Friday August 27th. 

Scott is in the form of his life, winning everything in the last few weeks. He is focused and ready to challenge for the rainbow jersey. He will go into the event as the current World Number one ranked rider in 4X. Lets go!

Many thanks to all our team partners for your support.

Images by Cameron Smith

2021 HSBC 4X National Championships – Redhill, Gloucester

Sunday August 1st and it was time for the biggest domestic race of the year. The 4X National Championships is the event that we focus on every year. This year it was extra special as Scott was looking to secure his 10th Elite Men’s National Championship title.

Redhill in Gloucestershire is a fantastic track and very fitting that the Championships would be held here. Practice took place in the morning and Scott looked good. Rain throughout the weekend had however made the track very wet. During practice Scott changed his Schwalbe tyres 4 times as the track evolved and dried out. He was chasing the perfect set up as this was going to be key to winning the championship.

After practice it was qualifying. 1 lap no crap. There is zero room for error or mistakes. The gate dropped and Scott looked good until the huge step up – step off. He had to hit the brakes and was unable to jump the step off. It lost him a lot of time. Crossing the finish line his time was good for 2nd position. Knowing he made a huge mistake, the team remained very positive about the way he was riding.

In the quarter final, he chose gate 1. Making a great gate he took the holeshot, but on the exit of turn 1 another rider got inside of him. Scott was shuffled back to 2nd. He rode a great lap and sat in 2nd to secure his place in the semi final.

In the semi final, he again made a great start and led the race into turn 1. This time though he protected the inside well and checked out, taking the win by a big margin. He was into the final and the pressure on all 4 riders in the final was clear to see.

Scott chose gate 1. The traffic lights lit up and Scott rocketed out of the start. Protecting the inside again he was leading. Setting off down the fast motorway section Scott increased his lead, then crucially hit the step up – step off. By the finish line Scott was clear and crossed the line with a huge yesssssss!

The emotion hit him. The achievement was huge and his team ran down to celebrate with him. 10 Elite National Championship wins has never been done in any mountain bike discipline so Scott was elated.

Podiums took place, then it was on to the interviews with PinkBike and British Cycling.

A fantastic day for Scott and the team. Thank you to everyone for the support.

All photos by Charles Robertson.

Official team edit from 2021 HSBC 4X National Championships by Lewis Bradley

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: