Defending Elite Women’s Time Trial BMX World Champion Caroline Buchanan will join fellow BMX Australia High Performance athletes in preparing for the 2013 UCI BMX World Championships in Auckland on Tuesday June 16 at the Brisbane SX Track.
Buchanan, who is also the 2013 Oceania Champion, will ride at the BMX World Championships that start on Monday July 22 and run until Sunday July 28.
Sam Willoughby the 2012 Elite Men’s World Champion will stay on in the US to prepare before joining the BMX Australia Team in Auckland for the championships.
Willoughby has been in career best form since winning the World Championships last year. In 2012 he not only won the world Championships, he backed that up with the overall win in the World Cup series and placed second at the London Olympic Games.
Willoughby flew back to Australia to compete at the National and Oceania Championships where he finished second and first respectively. His focus on the USA BMX Series has been paying dividends having broken the 1998 record for the most consecutive wins in the series that Sam has stretched out to 13 wins.
BMX Australia Elite Men’s National Series Overall winner, Anthony Dean and Joshua Callan from Victoria will join Lauren Reynolds and Melinda McLeod at the training camp for the World Championships. Both Dean and Callan have been busy since the domestic season wrapped up with both riding in the World Cups, while McLeod has had some injury concerns and Reynolds racing in World Cup races and the US series.
Reynolds has been busy and recently jumped on the podium in the Netherlands with a 3rd place in Papendal. Her results in the US have seen her consistently make finals though a podium spot has eluded her so far in the series.
Promising Junior Men’s rider Aaron Nottle from WA will head the Junior Men’s category with Kerrod Connors(QLD) and Tristyn Kronk (QLD). Nottle has been in stunning form this year winning the Junior Mens National Series Overall, the Oceania Championships and National Championships. Rachel Jones (NSW) and Sarah Harvey (QLD) will race for the BMX Australia HP Team in the Junior Women’s category.
BMX Australia will send over 460 riders to the World Championships in New Zealand in what is the largest team of riders ever assembled for a World Championship held outside of Australia.
BMX Australia High Performance Team Members
Elite Men Joshua Callan – Lilydale BMX Club, VIC Anthony Dean – Cross Keys BMX Club, SA Bodi Turner – Eastfield BMX Club, VIC Sam Willoughby – Happy Valley BMX Club, SA (currently in the USA)
Elite Women Caroline Buchanan - Tuggeranong BMX Club, ACT Melinda McLeod – Walkerston BMX Club, QLD Lauren Reynolds – Bunbury BMX Club, WA
Junior Men Kerrod Connors – Nerang BMX Club, QLD Tristyn Kronk – Walkerston BMX Club, QLD Aaron Nottle – Hills BMX Club, WA
Junior Women Sarah Harvey – Pine Rivers BMX Club, QLD Rachel Jones – Lake Macquarie BMX Club, NSW
Sam Willoughby has continued his record breaking winning streak now making it 13 wins in a row in the USA BMX Series.
His latest round of wins came at the Mid West Nationals in Rockford Illinios and begs the question just who will end his reign of record wins in the US?
Willoughby will stay on in the US preparing for the World Championships later in July.
Meanwhile, Bunbury's Lauren Reynolds has finished off the podium with 7th and 5th places respectively at the Mid West Nationals.
Olympic silver medallist Sarah Walker will be in a race against time for next month’s UCI BMX World Championship in Auckland.
Walker suffered a minor fracture at the head of the radius in her right arm after a crash in racing in the latest round of the USA BMX Nationals in Rockford, Illinois where the BikeNZ team is preparing for the world championships, which take place at Vector Arena on 24-28 July.
A rider came down in front of Walker who spilled over the top in what looked a relatively innocuous incident. She was taken to hospital where scans showed a small fracture to the head of the radius near the elbow.
Walker went on to finish fourth overall on the day, even with the fall and was back at the track today helping out her teammates.
“The doctor said it is not too serious and that Sarah should be okay to race in a month,” said BikeNZ BMX coach Ryan Hollows.
“The scans have now gone back to our medical team in New Zealand and we will await their advice.
“They will decide if Sarah should return to New Zealand or if she is better off here in the USA and carry out some training as her injury allows.”
This follows her crash last year which resulted in a dislocated shoulder, recovering in time for her brilliant silver medal at London. Walker opted for surgery on the shoulder over the summer, getting back into racing a month ago.
“It’s a setback for sure because Sarah was starting to really find some form. She recovered ahead of medical expectations before the Olympics and after the surgery, so we are hoping things work out in time for Auckland.”
Meanwhile teammate Kurt Pickard from Tauranga has found excellent form on the second day of action at Rockford, finishing third overall in the men’s pro division.
He finished behind current world champion Sam Willoughby (AUS) and last year’s time trial world champion Connor Fields (USA) in a high class field of riders who will all be contenders in Auckland next month.
“Kurt has been working hard as he came back from a slight injury. He has been getting better and better and this form is coming at the ideal time,” Hollows said.
It is his first podium of this campaign with one more round of racing next week before they return to New Zealand. They will spend a week back in New Zealand before heading to Brisbane for their final preparation camp.
Gisborne’s Nic Fox picked up a podium on the first day and was fourth in today’s racing in the A Pro final, while Trent Woodcock was sixth on the first day but illness forced him out of the second day.
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The 2014 UCI BMX Supercross World Cup calendar 18 - 19 April 2014 Round 1 Manchester, Great Britain 10-11 May 2014 Round 2 Papendal, Netherlands 13 - 14 June 2014 Round 3 Berlin, Germany 6-7 September 2014 Round 4 Santiago Del Estero, Argentina 26 - 27 September 2014 Round 5 Chula Vista CA, USA
Truly Global “BMX is truly global and the interest we have from countries to host a round of the UCI BMX Supercross World Cup shows that” says Johan Lindstrom, CEO and founder of GSX Events. “For 2014, we had to turn down several bids, which is unfortunate but also encouraging that we can build and perhaps increase the series for the future” continues Lindstrom. Manchester United Kingdom To build on the succesful event in 2013, the inagural stop of the 2014 UCI BMX Supercross World Cup will return to the National Cycling Center in Manchester, Great Britian and their unique indoor facility. The event will be held on April 18-19, 2014. Papendal Netherlands Deemed as one of the classics on the UCI BMX Supercross World Cup tour, the 2nd round will be held on the magnificent Olympic Training Center in Papendal, Arnhem (Netherlands) and one of the biggest tracks on the circuit. Berlin Germany For 2014, Berlin Germany is added to the calendar. The event will be held in Mellowpark, a well-known spot for action sports of all kinds. After a recent string of high-profile succesful BMX events, Mellowpark will now host the 3rd round of the UCI BMX Supercross World Cup on June 13-14, 2014. “We are pleased to add Berlin and Mellowpark to the BMX SX calendar.” says Johan Lindstrom “Mellowpark is truly a unique location with a lot of integrity and it will definitely bring a different vibe to the UCI BMX Supercross World Cup” continues Lindstrom. Santiago Del Estero, Agentina On September 6-7, 2014, the BMX SX is returning to Santiago Del Estero, Argentina. The 2013 event held earlier in May, was delivered above all expectations with sold out crowds and great atmosphere. Truly a favorite event amongst many competitors. Chula Vista California USA As in previous years, the 2014 UCI BMX SX finals will held in Chula Vista, California (USA) on September 26-29, 2014. The US Olympic Training Center is the finest BMX facility in USA and always delivers exciting and well attended events. About Global SX Events, Inc. Global SX Events Inc. (GSX Events) is the premier promoter of professional and amateur BMX events internationally. The GSX team represents the leading edge of BMX events organization and have been instrumental developing the BMX Supercross World Cup series. GSX Events oversees the general management of the UCI (International Cycling Union) BMX Supercross World Cup, the world’s leading BMX racing series. Under their management, the 2013 UCI BMX Supercross World Cup so far has reached a record number of fans, both at the events, social media and TV viewers. GSX Events Inc. is headquartered in Gahanna, Ohio, USA. GSX Events Inc main stake holder is StrateSphere LLC. About the Union Cycliste Internationale: Founded in 1900, the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) is the world governing body of cycling. Headquartered in Aigle, Switzerland, the UCI is the International Federation of Cycling uniting the National Cycling Federations of 178 countries. www.uci.ch
Lauren Reynolds has finished on the podium in third place at the World Cup In Papenadal over the weekend.
Reynolds who was Australia’s only female rider came out of the gate a little slower than what she expected finding herself in 7th position as they hit the first jump.
By the time the field had reach the first turn Lauren had recovered to be sitting in 4th position though it was a long anxious lap before she would ultimately make the podium sport for third.
With Olympic gold medalist Marianna Pajon stringing out the field, Reynolds left her move until the last straight with the finish line in sight.
In the Elite Men’s, Bodi Turner was Australia’s highest placed male finishing 5th in the semi finals and missing out on progressing to the finals where local rider Jelle Van Gorkom won the round.
Anthony Dean finished in 39th place while Josh Callan finished in 42nd.
Image courtesy of BMX Australia
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