Tomas Slavik: 2021 4X World Champion

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The 4X World Championships went down in Val di Sole, Italy at the end of August. Racing for Ghost Bikes since 2012, Tomas Slavik is one of the best 4X riders on the circuit. There aren’t many things he hasn’t won during the course of his career. His latest World Championship win is one of many. From King of Crankworx wins to 4X Pro Tour overalls, he’s been consistent and professional since he began racing 4X in 2009.

His latest win was pretty spectacular. In his latest video to celebrate, he goes through the whole experience in Val di Sole. He talks about the track, his bike and then we get to dive into racing. He looks so fast, it’s a good watch.

Tomas Slavik, 2021 4x World Champ

Czech Republic is celebrating – Tomas Slavik is took home the gold medal from the 2021 4X UCI World Championships in Val di Sole, Italy. His bad luck at this venue is over and even after health issues which almost took him out of race he came back strong and took a win!

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I have learnt one of the most important lessons in life – to never give up. I was trying to get that rainbow jersey in Italy from 2015. I’ve been through crashes, injuries, technical issues, bad luck and to be honest it was difficult as I knew how hard I worked for it.

It was true relief and pure hapiness when I was going through the finish line in first place. This is the moment that’s hard to describe in words. I got over my nemesis story in Val di Sole, its been long years and I missed those stripes on my chest! Thank you everyone for so many messages and cheering for me in Italy or from your homes! THANK YOU guys!

Tomas Slavik
Tomas Slavik
Tomas Slavik at Crankworx Innsbruck. Photo: Red Bull Content Pool.

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  • Tomas Slavik: 2021 4X World Champion
  • Premier Icon Kayak23
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    Shame that 4x isn’t so prominent these days. I have to say I seem to forget it exists out there still.

    Slavik came to my local once in Leamington Spa. Just a completely different level. Amazing rider.

    Premier Icon desperatebicycle
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    Yeah, its strange that probably the most spectator friendly MTB event doesn’t get the coverage it deserves. I watched the World Champs on RedBull TV, even some of the XC, but didn’t see any links to 4X coverage. Weird!

    Premier Icon ayjaydoubleyou
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    Its a shame, I think it needs to separate itself from the UCI/redbull circuit as they dont seem to care for it.
    It seems to be the easiest of MTB events to televise – most tracks could probably be done with one camera.

    Perhaps Crankworx could take it on – they manage to give good coverage to speed&style which is the same sort of track.

    Premier Icon desperatebicycle
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    Oh, maybe the bike industry keeps it hidden cos they still use… 26″ wheels! 😆

    Premier Icon jim-the-saint
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    Oh, maybe the bike industry keeps it hidden cos they still use… 26″ wheels! 😆

    There could be a fair bit of truth to that. Even at the world class level there are 4X riders using old stock frames and products as 26″ is still the wheel size of choice.
    Why would bike companies promote bikes they either can’t or don’t want to sell?

    On a different but related theme there has always been talk, especially so in the last 18 months, of trying to increase the racial and ethnic diversity in cycling. For me 4X and CX are the ways to do it. Most major cities have got parks that could host 4X and CX races. In any country it’s always the large cities which are the most cosmopolitan. Put on exciting 4X and CX bike races in easy to spectate, closed off areas in large cities complete with a trials and vert ramp comp. Invite the local schools to attend, spectate, have a go at racing, etc.
    Immediately follow that up in the area by introducing inter-school 4X, BMX, CX racing with standardised bikes supplied to kids/schools at heavily subsidised prices. Hey presto you have got the kids from a countries most ethnically diverse areas into cycling.

    Premier Icon jim-the-saint
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    Oh, maybe the bike industry keeps it hidden cos they still use… 26″ wheels! 😆

    There could be a fair bit of truth to that. Even at the world class level there are 4X riders using old stock frames and products as 26″ is still the wheel size of choice.
    Why would bike companies promote bikes they either can’t or don’t want to sell?

    On a different but related theme there has always been talk, especially so in the last 18 months, of trying to increase the racial and ethnic diversity in cycling. For me 4X and CX are the ways to do it. Most major cities have got parks that could host 4X and CX races. In any country it’s always the large cities which are the most cosmopolitan. Put on exciting 4X and CX bike races in easy to spectate, closed off areas in large cities complete with a trials and vert ramp comp. Invite the local schools to attend, spectate, have a go at racing, etc.
    Immediately follow that up in the area by introducing inter-school 4X, BMX, CX racing with standardised bikes supplied to kids/schools at heavily subsidised prices. Hey presto you have got the kids from a countries most ethnically diverse areas into cycling.

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