Australian star Caroline Buchanan was pipped by just 0.008 seconds, prompting emotional scenes after the women's final at cycling's BMX world championships. Silver medalist Buchanan charged at race leader Alise Post in the final straight but was beaten in a photo finish by the American fiancee of Australian Olympic medallist Sam Willoughby.
Post's victory set off a wave of emotion in the packed stadium in Rock Hill, South Carolina, as she embraced Willoughby in his wheelchair track side. Willoughby was paralysed in a training accident last September and he and Post plan to marry on New Years Eve this year. Buchanan had cruised through to the final, dominating opponents including reigning world champion Mariana Pajon in the earlier rounds.
Dual Olympian Caroline Buchanan and rising star Kai Sakakibara have claimed the elite titles on a thrilling afternoon of finals at the 2017 BMX Australia National Championships at the Sleeman Sports Centre in Brisbane. Buchanan had the lead from start to finish in the women’s race and win from fellow two-time Olympian Lauren Reynolds and defending Australian champion Leanna Curtis.
The women’s race did not provide as much drama as the men’s event but the performance of Buchanan was just as strong. Both Buchanan and Reynolds missed last year’s national championships as they prepared for the Rio Olympic Games and came to Brisbane this week nervous to race in front of a home crowd, feeling the pressure to perform at the domestic level after missing a year.
Adrenaline couple Barry Nobles & Caroline Buchanan are on a thrill seeking action packed adventure. With their competitive natures, need for speed, enthusiasm and sense of fun, the power couple are living the ride of their lives. Balancing standing on top of the worlds most competitive BMX and mountain bike podiums and defending world titles, they are always making life interesting and pushing the adrenaline boundaries! Their two wheel journey has some horsepower to it too as they travel iconic roads riding Harley Davidsons.
Watch as their extreme lifestyles showcase overcoming fears, pushing their bodies and abilities on two wheels, traveling to the worlds tourism hot spots and having fun filled action packed adventures off the beaten trail!
“2017 for us is all about #LivingTheRide and dominating against the world riding everything 2 wheels!”
2017 has started with a multiple 2 wheel winning streak for Caroline Buchanan. Back to back weekends saw Caroline take out the top spot on the podium at the Fontana California Downhill Mountain Bike Series. Switching from big wheels to little wheels Caroline flew across America to compete at the USA BMX National Supercross Series. Battling with the fellow Olympians Alise Post and Brooke Crain, Caroline kept it rubber side down, out in front and out of trouble to double down claiming both podium wins of the weekend.
Women Elite 1 CAROLINE BUCHANAN, SUN CITY, CA/AUSTRALIA 2 BROOKE CRAIN, HARO/ROCKSTAR, VISALIA, CA 3 LAUREN REYNOLDS, FACTORY SSQUARED, AUSTRALIA 4 DANI GEORGE, PALMDALE, CA 5 FELICIA STANCIL, ANTIOCH, IL 6 ZOE FLEMING, HARO/PROMAX, AUCKLAND 7 MIKA SHAW, JR BICYCLES.COM/CHASE/BOX, CASTLE ROCK, CO 8 AVRIANA HEBERT, EDMONTON, AB
Men Elite 1 JORIS DAUDET, CORONA, CA 2 ROMAIN MAHIEU, LYON, FRANCE 3 SYLVAIN ANDRE, LYON, FRANCE