April 16, 2012
Caroline Buchanan, right, takes out the BMX World Cup in Norway yesterday. Photo: Craig Dutton (UCI BMX)
Canberra's Caroline Buchanan became the first Australian woman to win a BMX World Cup when she claimed victory in Norway yesterday.
And she celebrated in style with a well-earned cheesecake, which she won as part of a bet for finishing on the podium.
After winning the time trial the day before, Buchanan repeated her success in racing to secure the second of four World Cup rounds.
The 21-year-old overtook race leader, France's Magalie Pottier, just metres from the finish line. United States rider Alice Post was third.
The win marks a successful campaign by Buchanan after the two-time mountain bike world champion switched to BMX in 2009.
Buchanan avoided a crash and pushed her way into second by the final bend to eventually win by a bike length.
''I am so excited. I haven't felt that feeling since I'd last won at the mountain bike world champs,'' she said.
Despite being back in fifth place early in the race Buchanan said she never lost faith.
''I think I was so amped,'' she said.
''I'm always pretty strong at the back end of the track. I just had that much adrenaline I think that just carried me across [the line].''
Fellow Australian Sam Willoughby missed out on winning the men's race by just two-hundredths of a second.
A photo finish gave the win to US rider Connor Fields and relegated Willoughby to the silver medal. Carlos Oquendo Zabala from Colombia finished third.
''It would have been good to have Sam win today,'' Buchanan said.
''Results-wise this is the best weekend [the Australian team has had].''
Buchanan returns to the US to race before heading for Europe in three weeks' time to race in the next World Cup round in Holland.