Wednesday, August 28th, 2019
The opportunity to represent your country is pretty special honour for any athlete. For Nukeproof athletes Natasha Bradley and Elliott Heap, it was awesome for them to be able to represent Great Britain at the 4x World Championships, let alone come away with the silverware.
Natasha made the switch from BMX to 4x a number of years ago, despite the fact she is still only 21, she’s a seasoned pro on the 4x scene. Multiple British titles, Fort William Pro Tour wins and a previous silver 4x WorldChampionship medals show she’s a rider with some pedigree. She is always pushing her riding to the limits and this year has focused on riding more off road than ever before, racing enduro, downhill and the Megavalanche on her mega 275. .
For proud Wiganer Elliott Heap, what started out as entering a Pro Tour round as “a bit of fun” whilst racing the Downhill World Cup at Fort Williams, a Downhill World Cup race he was only doing as he had a weekend off Enduro World Series commitments. Elliott’s awesome performances at Fort William’s Pro Tour in 2018 and 2019 have earned him a spot on the Great Britain team, despite his playful character and styling up any jump on the track in practise, he’s ultra-competitive and wasn’t coming just to make up the numbers.
Good form in qualifying saw Elliott in 5th on his Mega 275c enduro bike and 3rd place for Natasha, allowing them to progress into the final rounds on the awesome floodlit track in Val Di Sole, Italy. On race day is a pretty special place, lined with thousands of cheering fans and the odd Downhill and XC Pro watching ahead of their races the next few days. The atmosphere is just insane.
The fans would not disappointed, close racing, overtakes, big jumps and the odd class of riders laid on a great show. With Elliott in only his 4th ever 4x race and up against seasoned BMX and 4x pro’s and stars that have spent a lifetime doing gates, he had to use his track speed to pull off plenty of overtakes, amazingly to the onlookers securing a position in the men’s Elite final to battle for the title. in the women’s race Natasha was in good form sending the Pro line and riding well to also navigated her way into the elite final.
When the gate dropped for the women’s elite final Natasha gave it everything and was battling with the 2018 World Champion Romana Labounkova. Narrowly missing on the Gold she craved, but still stoked on an awesome 2nd place and silver medal to take home. It’s an amazing achievement for Natasha, even better to have her family and friends along to support her. The medal is a great addition to the British 4x National Title and Pro tour win she has already racked up this year. (Plus, there was an awesome 4x after party to enjoy).
Elliott Lined up in a stacked men’s final featuring a 4x World Champion in Felix Beckman, a BMX World Championship silver medallist Romain Mayet and veteran of 4x racing Urban Rotnik. 4th into the first corner and an awesome and an awesome move around the outside saw of Felix and urban had him into 2nd. Giving it everything he closed the gap on Romain around the 2nd turn nearly drawing level but Romain’s power and BMX experience down the Pro section jump straight was just too much and he pulled away slightly from Elliott. But crossing finish in 2nd was an amazing result and earning himself a World Championships Silver medal!
What an amazing achievement from Elliott. To further prove his credentials as an all round rider he has a Junior Downhill World Cup series overall 3rd place, a under 21 Enduro World Title and now an Elite 4X World Championship Silver medal to his name. There was no time to celebrate for Elliott as he was straight on the plane to the Whistler round of the Enduro World Series and Crankworx events!
Roll on 2020 when Natasha and Elliott hope to be back to go for the Rainbow Stripes again.
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