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For 2021, the Schwalbe British 4x series will make its return and host seven rounds. The first round is in Hartill at the end of the month.
The release reads:
The seven-round series will visit 4 of the best 4X venues across the UK, as riders battle to see who will win the overall series titles. 4X National Championships will also return in August to crown the Champions in each category.
Year after year, British 4X provides action and drama that is exciting and unpredictable. We are looking forward to more of the same in 2021.
Dates and Venues:
Round 1 & 2 – Harthill, Cheshire: 29th,30th May
Round 3 & 4 – Falmouth, Cornwall: 3rd,4th July
Round 5 – Redhill, Gloucestershire: 31st July
Round 6 & 7 – Afan, South Wales: 4th, 5th September
National Championships – Redhill, Gloucestershire: 1st August
2021 will be a great year of racing, with major track improvements at Harthill, Falmouth, Redhill and Afan all taking place, the tracks are looking better than ever to help the development of the sport. A new club structure for British 4X means riders will now be able to select which club they race for as we move towards building a regional 4X structure in the near future. We look forward to welcoming new riders especially those from BMX who have been riding more mountain bikes in the last 12 months.Chris Roberts, organiser.
A huge thanks for the continued support from Schwalbe.
Who to Watch:
According to Chris, these are the riders to watch this season.
In the women’s race, there will be an intense battle between the favourites. Josie McFall has worked tirelessly over the winter to form the Northern 4X Club, which is based at Harthill, to get the track ready and no one knows this place like her. After a few years of injuries hampering her progress, 2021 is set to be an important year for her. Bella Leyshon looks like she will have a break out year. After taking the pre-season win on this track a couple of weeks ago, she looked really impressive and was one of the few females to jump the pro-line double jumps. Fearless without doubt but can she transform that into a national win. Hannah Escott has all the experience to cause a real upset at Harthill. Plenty of training in the lead up to this race and improvements with her starts will certainly place Hannah in the mix.
The unknown with the women will be the new wave of BMX riders who are going to be attending. World championship medalists, national champions and supremely skilled riders will be racing their first 4X event at Harthill so be prepared to potentially see a different winner from the three riders mentioned above.
In the elite men’s, there is going to be a battle royale. Defending series champion, Connor Hudson will be looking to start his title defence with a result matching his number plate and will certainly be one of the favourites to take the win. Charlie Currie started his 2021 season with a fantastic ride at the pre-season event on the Harthill track to take the win and carry confidence into the first national. Defending National Champion Will Evans is always a threat and without a doubt, will be fighting for the win. Former multi-time series and national champion, Scott Beaumont is back to full fitness after a couple of seasons that were riddled with injuries. A fully fit Boom Boom will be great to see at British 4X again. There are so many other riders who could win. Davi Roberts has won nationals here before, Kingsley Mears is flying right now, and Duncan Ferris can work a track better than anyone.
In addition to the 4X stars, BMX riders Billy Buckhurst and Kyle Evans could be there alongside pro-Enduro rider Elliot Heap to spice everything up. Picking a favourite is impossible, and we wouldn’t place any bets, but rest assured, the elite men will put on a show.
For series information, have a look at the website.
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