Chris Roberts and Scott Beaumont have worked relentlessly over the winter months and have created a five round Pro Tour series that will keep 4X Mountain Bike racing on the World stage.
Starting the season in style, Tomas Slavik (CZE) and Katy Curd (GBR) took the honours in the first 4X Pro Tour event at the impressive Szczawno Zdroj track in Poland. Storm conditions forced the cancellation of Friday training but the sun came out for race day, with Slavik winning all of his heats.
The Finals were held under floodlights with big crowds cheering all the action. In the last round, Slavik took the win ahead of Michael Prokop (CZE) and Britain’s Scott Beaumont (GBR). Slavik was fastest out of the gate, Beaumont and Prokop were chasing him, but at the bottom of the track Slavik disappeared and took a dominant win. He was the only one who managed to jump the pro line and stated “First race of world series is always a bit hard, because you never know what to expect from the other guys after the winter training. Especially when the track is so physical as it always is in Poland. We had some hard showers a few days ago, the track suffered a lot, but big ups to organisers that they were able to hold it together and make such a cool event. There was a massive crowd and great atmosphere at a race day. I had very good gates, felt quick on the track and at the end I took a big win with jumping the pro line. I’m really exhausted after this race, but satisfied with my performance.”
Katy Curd has definitely consolidated her position as one of the leading contenders for the 4X Pro Tour overall title.
The next 4X Pro Tour event is at Fort William.
4X Pro Tour Round 1 Szczawno Zdroj
1. Tomas Slavik (CZE)
2. Michal Prokop (CZE)
3. Scott Beaumont (GBR)
4. Quentin Derbier (FRA)
1. Katy Curd (GBR)
2. Lucia Oetjen (SUI)
3. Celine Gros (FRA)
4. Monika Hrastnik (SLO)