Cornwall has an extreme cycling course (and it’s home to national champions)

Written by Charles Currie |

Elite National final 2017 | Andy Whitehouse

Lying just outside of Maenporth, there is a little-known national standard 4X track.

4X (Four Cross), is a high adrenaline, action packed discipline of mountain biking. Developed in the early 2000s, it involves four riders racing head to head down a purpose-built gravity course, filled with jumps, banked turns, rocks, logs and many other features. The goal to reach the finish line first.

The 390-metre course was constructed by elite international racer, Will Evans. Will Evans has over 15 years of experience of racing 4X, and was part of the team who built the majority of the UCI World Cup tracks until 2011.

Since being built in 2013, the Falmouth 4X track has played a huge part in the development of dozens of local mountain bikers.

In the six year of its existence, it has hosted eight rounds of the British 4X Series and two National Championships. With approximately 100 riders attending each time, it means these events have also added to the use of local hotels, campsites and restaurants.

Carrick Riders are the club that run events and sessions at the track. Completely volunteer based, the people behind the scenes have made some high-level achievements possible. The list below is some of the achievements of the club itself or the club’s riders:

  • 9 National Championship gold medals
  • 7 National Series winners
  • 2 National Team series wins
  • 5 riders representing Great Britain at the UCI 4X World Championships

“In the future we could have a British World Champion coming out of Falmouth.”

Speaking to the Anchor, Simon Rickett, a British Cycling mountain bike level 3 and UCI BMX coach, outlined the importance of the facility:

“Results speak for themselves,” he said. “We’ve got riders that qualify top 20, top 30 in the world and they’re only in their mid to late teens so, I mean in the future we could have a British World Champion coming out of Falmouth.”

Carrick riders open session | Charles Currie

With the building of a new beginner’s track, Carrick Riders invite anyone to come along to have a try at this extreme cycling discipline. They are currently open Saturday mornings from 10am, and will be looking to open on Thursday evenings once the nights grow longer. Bike hire is also available on site. For more information, keep an eye on their Facebook page.

Carrick Riders are due to host an Urban Downhill race on the Penryn campus for the sixth time in September, as well as a round of the HSBC UK National 4X Series in August at the Falmouth 4X track. Anyone who wants to watch the action are more than welcome to attend.