The 2012 4X season kicks off next weekend – 1st April with round 1 of the Schwalbe British 4X Series at Leamington, Warwickshire. After a fantastic 2011 season, the 2012 series has grown yet again, with interest and pre entries to the series at an all time high.
To add to the interest at the first round this year, 2010 4X World Champion, Tomas Slavik who rides for the famous RSP team from the Czech Republic is going to be racing. He is on a 3 week tour of the UK and wanted to make sure that he got a race under his belt before the 4X ProTour kicks off on April 14th.
The Leamington track, last year, provided one of the best races of the entire year. Huge crowds flocked to the race as it is in walking distance from Leamington town centre and the atmosphere was fantastic. The track has had some more changes made to it recently by local rider Nathan ‘Natedogg’ Parssons which will help the racing to be even better this year.
2011 British 4X Series Champion, Scott Beaumont, will be looking to start the season well and will surely be the main rival to Tomas Slavik.
‘The winter has been fantastic for me. I’ve switched to Yeti Cycles, training has gone well and with Tomas racing, it is going to be a great start to the series next week’ said Boom Boom.
Nathan Parssons will surely be a threat as he uses his home track knowledge and if last year was anything to go by, he will be the crowd favourite.
Scott Roberts is back on Identiti for 2012 and looking in the best shape of his life. A tough winter training with one of his main sponsors No Limits is really paying off, so expect Scott to be in there fighting.
Oggy, Lewis Lacey, Duncan Ferris, Will Evans, Jake Ward, Tom Dowie, Gareth Bates and a host of other Elites will be fighting for the win.
How about the Juniors and Seniors that are moving to Elite? 2011 National Champion Luke Limbrick will begin his Elite career at Leamington. Can he repeat his ride from National Champs last year over the course of a whole season….. Issac Mundy, Tom Gethin and Alex Metcalfe will be the ones to watch as they make their debuts.
In Elite women’s, Suzzane Lacey will be the favourite to take the title. After winning the British Series for the last 2 years, she has become the queen of British 4X, or will one of the other girls come to take over the top spot Cara Murray, Jess Greaves or Charlotte Green get in on the action. The elite women’s race is always unpredictable and offers some of the most exciting racing at every British round.
The team Cup made for great competition with Last years winners Team Nakedracing wanting to hold onto the Cup again this year. Over 40 teams took part last year all trying the to get there hands on the cup.
All British 4X rounds are accessable to all. From beginners who can enter Fun (12 to 17 year olds) and Big Fun (18+) all the way up to Vets, there is a class for you. With entry costs holding at £25 for pre entry and £30 on the day, there is no cheaper way of racing your bike all day long with no queues, great viewing for spectators and a fun atmosphere that will make you want to keep coming back.
To enter the race follow this link:http://www.britishcycling.org.uk/events/details/78548/Schwalbe-British-4X-Series-Rd1
For Series information, have a look at the website: www.british4x.com
Saturday 31st March
Track open to ride all day.
Sunday 1st April
09.00 – 11.00 Open practice
11.00 – 12.00 Gate Practice
12.30 – 3.00 Motos
3.15 – 4.00 Quarter finals, Semi Finals