Quicksands.

Words and Pictures from The Butcher.

Four Cross. Four men, or women for the record, on mountain bikes. Flat out from the word go. Pedal, pump, pedal, jump, manual, turn. It’s a dive for the finish line. If you blink, you miss it. If you hesitate, you’ve lost. It’s kind of like a gun fight but without the saloon and cheap liquor. It is what it is, nothing more, nothing less. If you like roller coaster rides but don’t want to queue at Alton Towers - enter one. If you don’t like that sort of thing then stay at home.

The Chicksands race was a perfect example of what a Four Cross race should be. The weather was kind, the track was in perfect condition and with the new World Cup random gate start coming in to use, the stage was set.

“Attention”.

“Ok riders, let’s set em up. Riders ready? RANDOM START.”

Procession like racing this was not. Full of gutsy moves and wall to wall adrenalin- it certainly was. It’s not really important who won or lost. Some riders had a good day, some had bad. Some rode like a ballerina (not a butcher) and some (mentioning no names ) are just so precise, smooth and professional that they make their own luck.

If you’re looking for your inner child then get yourself to the next race at Bridgenorth.

If you are a child then there is no excuse.

If you need inspiration go and watch. I guarantee you will have wished you’d taken your bike.

Four Cross boys and girls - I salute you. You all rock!!!!

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Saladini leads. World Cup 4X, Maribor, Slovenia

Check out the full race report in DIRT magazine. Big Mike sent the Professionals down. Cunny disguised as Bodey ( words) and Grant club foot disguised as Doyle ( photos ) were both at the Sands race. That must make me the old b******d that hung around in the background then! If you are too young to know who the Professionals were then you should be in bed!

Never forget - your butcher is for life, not just for Christmas. Thanks for reading!

The Butcher.

PLATE NAME PLACE

1 Scott BEAUMONT 1st

Rocky Mountain

138 Martin OGDEN 2nd

Ram Bikes

8 Duncan FERRIS 3rd

DMR Bikes

414 Lewis LACEY 4th

charge bikes

Junior 17-18 (11 Riders)

PLATE NAME PLACE

58 Bernard KERR 1st

54 Scott ROBERTS 2nd

Flow Bikes

21 Dale RUSSELL 3rd

MAW Racing

32 Daniel WHITTINGHAM 4th

Senior 19-29 (31 Riders)

PLATE NAME PLACE

25 James GOODWIN 1st

RELENTLESS DIALLED BIKES

49 James WILSON 2nd

Ram Bikes

52 Mick RIDGWAY 3rd

Dialled Bikes

53 Tom GETHIN 4th

Flow Bikes

Master 30+ (20 Riders)

PLATE NAME PLACE

205 Steve WILLIAMS 1st

hardcore hobbies crew

216 Aidan BISHOP 2nd

Rapidracers

236 Stefan GLEED 3rd

Rapidracers

175 Steve JONES 4th

Veteran (6 Riders)

PLATE NAME PLACE

208 Keith WILLSON 1st

219 Sean HANSON 2nd

233 Gary GRAY 3rd

Team Graysmiths

181 Tim WEBB 4th

Red mist Racing

Girls (7 Riders)

PLATE NAME PLACE

270 Charlie PHILLIPS () 1st

189 Suzanne LACEY () 2nd

Flow Bikes

199 Rebecca VAUGHAN () 3rd

271 Sarah Jane HEWITT () 4th

Youth 15-16 (17 Riders)

PLATE NAME PLACE

224 Tom KNIGHT 1st

MTB-Bitz

244 Arran SHROSBREE 2nd

269 Ashley RAILTON 3rd

213 Alexander CRANE 4th

Juvenile 12-14 (7 Riders)

PLATE NAME PLACE

166 Alex METCALFE 1st

MAW Racing

250 Matthew JONES 2nd

Team Identiti

251 Jonathan JONES 3rd

268 Nathan SHIPP 4th

Novice 17+ (41 Riders)

PLATE NAME PLACE

170 James RENWICK 1st

273 Blake SAMPSON 2nd

153 Neal BLAKES 3rd

272 Raymond SAMSON 4th

Novice 12-16 (25 Riders)

PLATE NAME PLACE

248 Sam BURTON 1st

239 Jet STRIDE 2nd

234 Jacob GRAHAM 3rd

246 Ashley LANE 4th

Rutland Water Cycling

News just in from Houffalize, Belgium, where the 4-cross season has just kicked off.

Results Elite men

- 1st Joost Wichman - Cannnondale Factory Racing

- 2nd Kamill Tartakovic - RaceBike Suzuki

- 3rd Jurg Meyer - R.S.P. Giant

NPS 4x Chicksands