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Beaumont 2nd In Fort William 4X ProTour

The weather may have been wet at the Nevis Range this year but the racing on the track was defiantly hot. Yeti Cycles UK supported 4X racer Scott Beaumont once again travelled up to the Scottish Highlands and came away with not only a second place finish in the 4X ProTour event but also the overall series lead.

Scott sent over this report on the weekends racing action where silver was very close to being gold.

Fort William is a race that every British rider dreams of winning. With a technical track, huge crowds, team sponsors spectating and the World’s media watching on. It is one of the biggest events on the 4X ProTour calendar and one Scott was keen to do well at. After completing practice session and finding his pace Scott hit qualifying and nailed a run which was good enough for 4th positon. Saturday arrived and unfortunately the weather forecasts were right. Torrential rain and wind made it a tough day in the office, however Scott was upbeat and excited to get the race started.

One thing we haven’t mentioned is that Scott is still very much suffering with back problems and is continuing with rehab every day. During the weekend his back was in pain, but Scott was able to manage the pain throughout the weekend. The problem is his starts are still not good enough with his left leg is still suffering with permanent pins and needles, the power just isn’t there. So in his semi-final, he elected to go to gate 3 to stay out of the way of Hannes Slavik and Quentin Derbier, who both elected to start inside of Scott.

Scott’s speed is better than ever, but it is getting up to speed that is proving to be the problem. The gate dropped and Scott was in touch at the first jump but he was in 3rd. As the speed increased, Scott got his legs going and in a fantastic move entering turn 1, he carried more speed than his opponents and took the lead. From there he pulled away and qualified into the final and was looking good.

So this was it. Finals time. Like in the semi-final, Scott wanted to give himself space, so he went all the way to the outside - gate 4. Lewis Lacey was in 1, Joost Wichman in 2, Hannes Slavik in 3 and Scott on the outside.

The gate dropped and again Scott was in touch but this time in 4th. Again as he got the wheels turning, he was moving into contention and in another brave move in turn 1, he carried the most speed of all riders and took the lead on the exit. As Scott entered the rock section the crowd were simply going wild, screaming and shouting, willing Scott on.

Down the rocks and Wichman was close, really close. Approaching the last turn, there is a 45 feet triple jump that only 5 guys jumped on the night. It is a big, technical jump. Scott hit it straight and cleared the jump. Wichman gambled everything and hit the take-off on an angle - a risky move. Scott was on the berm and going for glory but from the inside Joost Wichman snatched the lead and on the drag race to the finish line, Joost took the win with Scott in 2nd.

It was a tough pill to swallow for Scott. The commentators, the crowd, all of us were gutted for Scott but as he waved at the crowd in the finish area, you could see that no one was more gutted than Scott. His family and friends piled into the finish circle to congratulate him, but 2nd on this occasion was the worst result for Scott.

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