Tomas Slavik was able to walk away with big win in first round of 4X Pro Tour in Germany after almost a year long break from fourcross because of his health problems. Well, this comeback to fourcross racing was simply amazing! He took a win in qualification, in all his runs and in the final showed up to the crowd really wild over taking move which put him to 1st spot in Winterberg and also to 1st place in overall 4X Pro Tour ranking.
" 2015 was a big struggle for me and a hard year when my immune system collapsed and I basically had to cancel all fourcross races. Its great to be back racing fourcross, hanging with friends, fight with the fastest guys out there for the points and titles. I really love it, this is what I love most and this is me. So I really enjoyed my time in Winterberg during first round of 4X Pro Tour. I was feeling great on my new carbon frame GHOST bikes Asket and took early lead at qualification. In the race I was winning all my heats and in final had a bad gate and was holding on 2nd spot waiting for Felix Beckeman doing a mistake, but he was riding amazing that day and I had to go for really wild and risky move in one of the last turns, which worked great, crowd was loving it and I took the win in final of 4X Pro Tour in Winterberg! Its great comeback! Already really looking forward to Fort William for next round and I will do my best to keep it same way as in Winterberg! Thank you guys!"
■Tomas Slavik GoPro track preview by PINKBIKE
■4X Pro Tour Winterberg official highlight video
Next race for Tomas is czech national series Oneal Dual Cup and Cycology Fourcross Cup in Czech Republic, Dobrany! For more information, photos and video please follow social networks of Tomas Slavik:
"Last year I wasn't able to race in Fort William after 8 years due to my health problems. Fort William was always "must go" location in many ways. The course is amazing, there is always huge crowd and the organization level is the best. This year also the weather was playing its part and I have never seen such a nice weather in Scotland! Also the crowd was huge and you could really feel at the race with thousands and thousands of spectators cheering around the track. The track in Fort William is very unique because its almost disadvantage to go on first spot, because there is no ideal line and you are becoming basically a target for everyone so its also very strong game of tactics in this race what I honestly like the most. I was also racing for first time in 4X Pro Tour on my new GHOST RIOT LT 130/130 which was working great in this dusty and rough conditions. Took a win at quali by more then 1 second what was great start to the race. In the final I was having really fast start and was going down the track as fast as possible, protecting the lines and at the last straight I looked over my shoulder and I saw there is 50m gap behind me so I was really excited and stoked about my performance! I really feel now that Im getting back to my "good old" shape. Really happy to be back at Fort William and taking the first spot. Thanks to all czech fans who came to Fort William to cheer for us and make us feel like home! You are great! THANKS! "
■Official video 4X Pro Tour Fort William
■Official race report 4X Pro Tour
Next stop for Tomas is Crankworx in Les Gets France where he will be fighting for King of Crankworx and he will be attending in Speed n Style and Pumptrack!
Photo: Pinkbike, Fort William World Cup, 4X Pro Tour
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