Just been on the blower (phone, not hair dryer) to Chris Roberts for the low down on the 2009 British NPS Four Cross series. He tells me it's only 25quid per round to enter which seems like a bargain, you also get a discount if you enter multiple races. Plus there are two new categories Fun 12-17 Year old and Big Fun 18+ Year olds, for those that want to give racing a go but haven't got a British Cycling Race Licence.

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Everyone has got or wants a small hard tail bike to play on, there cheap to buy and fun to ride and with money getting tight for people it's also the cheapest National Mountain bike series in the country.

There are a lot of new riders crossing over this year which is going to make the first round very exciting to see if these new kids can shake up the series regulars.

The atmosphere is always good fun one where you can see the whole track and all the racing action. Four Cross has to be the most exciting mountain bike racing on the planet.

Rockstar Energy Drinks will be handing out some big cans of your favorite drinks at every round of the series.

It's your chance to get involved entries are open now for the first round at Uk Bike Park in Dorset, this is a hard packed track that rides well in all conditions and was just host to the Student Champs.

National 4X Series Dates

April 5th Rd1 UK Bike Park - Dorset

May 23/24th Rd2/3 Bridgnorth - Shropshire

June 13/14th Rd4/5 South West Extreme - Devon

July 4th Rd6 Redhill - Gloucestershire

August 9th Rd7 PORC - Kent

September 13th Rd8 Chicksands - Bedforshire

National 4X Championships

July 5th Redhill - Gloucestershire

We have some great prizes for this year's winners.

Hope will be creating some unique design trophies for the top 3 podiums in each category.

Halo is giving you a pair of the latest wheels at each round.

Spank is giving you Bars, Stem and Grips to different category at each race.

No Limits will have some great new T Shirts for prizes

Overall series prize from Hayes who will be giving away the Hayes Ultimate package of Forks, Brakes, Bars, Wheels, etc to a lucky winner.

Fox Clothing is sponsoring the Youth Category with some great full kit for the series prize.

2008 was our biggest year ever!

2009 is going to be a record breaker!

Full Details of the whole series on www.nps4x.com

The Biggest Year Ever For British mountain bike Four Cross racing in the uk