From Caroline Buchanan:
Its come to the end of the 2014 BMX World Cup Season. Manchester, Holland, Berlin, Argentina & the final stop this past weekend in Chula Vista California.
2014 has been a very successful season for me winning…
– The Australian National BMX Series
– The Australian National BMX Championships
– The Oceania BMX Championships
– Crankworx Pumptrack Mountain Bike event
– 2 stops of the BMX World Cup rounds (Manchester & Berlin) &
Multiple other podiums around the globe.
I knew coming into the final round of the UCI BMX Supercross World Cup series that I would need to have a solid result and it would be a close battle between Laura Smulders and myself to #CrownTheChamp.
During the time trials I lost my rhythm and rode a bull through the third straight qualifying me with second lane choice for the first heat of race day.
Qualifying through the heats and the semi final I drew an outside lane. On the gate for the final coming out of lane seven I knew I would need a solid start and come out strong down the large Chula Vista first straight. Chula is one of the most challenging courses of the series. The London Olympic replica track is big, fast and wide open. I got out strong coming in even with Alise Post and Mariana Pajon into the first turn. Sitting in third and pulling up speed down the second straight and gaining on Alise Post she bobbled down the third straight and I passed her to take second place in the final behind Olympic Champion Mariana Pajon.
Finishing off the season with a podium result and securing the overall Elite Womens BMX World Cup Series Champion title is the greatest way to tick off my major goal for 2014 and end the year on a high. I am so happy, proud and thankful for everyones support! My coach Wade Bootes that helped me every race to get across that line and claim the overall, my support network, Luke Madill, Barry Nobles, family, sponsors & Sharon Payne for my media promotion.
Next Stop is South Carolina for a USA National and Columbia.