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Four Cross ProTour schedule set

By:
Cycling News
Published:
March 30, 2013, 18:45 GMT,
Updated:
March 30, 2013, 18:43 GMT
Edition:
MTB News & Racing Round-up, Thursday, April 4, 2013
Race:
4X Pro Tour - Fort William

Five rounds will determine overall series champion

The 4X ProTour series, in its second season, will include five stops in 2013.

Last year's series champions, Tomas Slavik and Anneke Beerten, will face some tough competition starting with round one in early May.

In the men's racing, Michal Prokop will be hungry to get his hands on the title, David Graf has committed to the entire Tour after riding BMX for the last two years and will be a threat. Veterans Joost Wichman and Scott Beaumont will bring experience and are always in contention while European Champion Felix Beckeman will wow crowds with the biggest MTB whips once again. Finally, the Mechura brothers bring raw horse power to every round and always battle for the finals.

Among the women, Caroline Buchanan, a BMX Olympian and former four cross world champion, will compete at a few ProTour rounds in 2013. Katy Curd will be looking to add consistency for next year as will Lucia Oetjen. Celine Gros rode amazing in 2012 and is confident of even better in 2013.

The season will kick off at "Sunny Meadow" in Szczawno Zdroj is set in park land in the centre of a town in western Poland. The entire town supports 4X and on race night, be prepared to see over 8,000 spectators lining the course screaming for the riders.

Round 2 goes to Fort William in Great Britain, and then one week later, the action moves to Val di Sole, Italy on one of the longest tracks of the tour. Since the track was first used for the world championships in 2008, this track has provided more passes and action than most other venues.

Round 4 will be the first of two new venues for the ProTour. JBC Bikepark has been developed and built by 2012 4X ProTour Champion, Tomas Slavik. The includes a section that will run through the trees over roots, grass and off cambers. Close to a city, this race is expected to be huge.

The finals will take place in Leogang, home of the 2012 and 2013 world championships. Guido Tschugg built this track and it features some of the biggest jumps on the Tour. A real challenge for the riders with multi lines, huge jumps and a bridge. A fitting venue for the finals.

2013 4X ProTour
May 4: Round 1 - Szczawno Zdroj, Poland
June 8: Round 2 - Fort William, Scotland
June 15: Round 3 - Val Di Sole, Italy
August 4: Round 4 - Jablonec, Czech Republic
September 15: Round 5 - Leogang, Austria

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