Preview: British Fourcross Championships

Preview: British Fourcross Championships

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Location: The Edge Adventure Centre, Much Wenlock, Shropshire
Event: 13-14 July 2013

The British Fourcross Series has its biggest weekend of the year at Much Wenlock near Bridgnorth in Shropshire.

On Saturday 13 July it is round five of the Schwalbe British Fourcross Series followed on Sunday 14 July by the Schwalbe Fourcross National Championships.  

The fourcross track at Much Wenlock has hosted the National Championships before in 2008, however the track has recently undergone some changes which have totally transformed the look and feel of this popular track.

Series organiser Chris Roberts and elite rider Scott Beaumont have had a plan for a while to change the track layout. Adding an entirely new first and last straight, the track is now longer, more technical for the riders and will provide more action for the spectators. It will be a true test for the riders and only the best will be crowned national champion.

Schwalbe British Fourcross Series Round 5

On Saturday 13 July, it is round five of the Schwalbe British 4X Series. After what has been without doubt the best season of fourcross here in the UK, expectations are high for the racing in Much Wenlock to be of the same high calibre.

With more passes, more action, improved tracks and big crowds, the 2013 season has lived up to expectations and then some.

With a good weather forecast, new track design and good pre entry numbers, round 5 of the 6 round series looks set to be a great day.

Schwalbe Fourcross National Championships

On the domestic calendar, this is the big one. The single race that entitles the winners to be written in history. The race that allows the winners to wear the Union Jack flag on their jersey sleeve and be called national champion.

Riders aged between 12 and 65 will be battling in their respective categories to see who will be crowned national champion. The races that everyone will want to see though are the senior male and females.

In 2013, two British riders have been simply flying on the domestic and international circuit. Katy Curd and Scott Beaumont will come into the 2013 Fourcross National Championships as the favourites.  They are both in some serious form in 2013 and the 2012 national champions will be looking to retain their titles.

In the women's, Cara Murray, Suzanne Lacey, Jess Greaves and Heather Kay have all had the speed this year, and will be looking to upset Katy Curd's day. On the new track, anything will be possible and the challenge will definitely come from one of these women.

In the men's, Tom Dowie, Isaac Mundy, Nathan Parsons, Dan Bateson, Duncan Ferris and Will Evans have all won races in 2013. This is probably the closest contested National Championships in recent memory. Scott Beaumont is the favourite, but any one of these riders has a strong chance of taking the win.