Parsons competes in Protour 1

Wednesday, April 18th, 2012

After a good result  2 weeks ago at round 1 of the British 4x series it was now time to head over to Houffalize in Belgium for the first round of the 4x Protour.  

After a good result  2 weeks ago at round 1 of the British 4x series it was now time to head over to Houffalize in Belgium for the first round of the 4x Protour. 

This new series was created over the winter by Chris Roberts and Scott Beaumont after the UCI dropped the discipline from there events schedule.  I knew it was going to be a success as soon as i arrived a sign on to find over the was over 100 riders registered .

 

Practice got underway Friday evening after a quick photoshoot at the start with all the riders of 2012 .  The track at Houffalize was something else. Huge banked corners, rocky , loose , log sections , corkscrew bridge/tunnel  and some big jumps. With only an hour of practice before qualifying i had to get the track dialled in pretty quick and get all my lines sorted  which did not take long doing full runs and taking advantage of the uplift service . Before long i was ready for my run against the clock.  


With the amount of riders signed and Qualifying being reversed for the 2012 season meant it would be slowest riders first through to fastest which really made a good atmosphere and made everyone watch the timing board  . After an hour of trying to keep warm due to the cold weather  my  run went well hitting all my lines  with only a few mistakes towards the bottom of the track after the bridge section meaning i would end up in 18th place and only 2 seconds off the fastest time  going into race day on Saturday.  


Saturday, the weather couldn’t of been better for racing after a light dusting of rain during the day . As practice began, there were alot of spectators lining the track and more kept on arriving . By the time racing was ready to kick off the whole track was lined  from start to finish.  Race time and i got out of the gate quite well coming into the first double with all 4 riders and manage to stay in 2nd until i went for a move on the inside that put me back in 4th until the 2 riders infront of me went down and getting caught out just before the bridge which meant it was an easy ride in from there.  In the next race after another i came into the first corner in 3rd but managed to put a move on Leo Combee which would leave me behind Thomas  slavik to the finish and booking myself a place in the quarter finals.  On the gate  with me was Thomas Slavik, Nico Vink  and Kamil Tatarkovic. After my results in the last few races it meant i was up against it from the start having lane gate 4. Out of the gate i was behind cutting up high and then going hard inside cutting in just behind slavik then sliding out and loosing speed and clipping vink put him over the tape, in 4th i battled trying to make a move stick on Nico but couldn’t get one to stick which meant i was out. 

I was  riding well all weekend  but felt like my gates let me down in racing but with a  overall position of  15th which i was very pleased with. The atmosphere over the whole weekend was amazing thanks to Chris and Scott for making this event one to remember and a huge success. 4x is here to stay!

Checkout the video of the event right here http://www.pinkbike.com/video/252622/

Round 2 of the 4X Protour is 3 weeks away in Poland and hopefully i can improve on my result.

Before then in 2 weeks  it’s off to round 2 of the Schwalbe British 4x Series at Penhurst in Kent 


Photo Copyright – Adam Nightingale

 

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