Aussies ready to ride in Manchester
6 April 2016
CYCLING -BMX: The second round of the UCI BMX Supercross World Cup begins this weekend and current women’s series leader, 2012 Olympian Caroline Buchanan, will be aiming for her third straight win in Manchester, while a handful of Aussies will be looking for improved performances.
Less than two weeks ago Buchanan won the opening round of the world cup in Santiago del Estero, Argentina, while Colombian Mariana Pajon had won the time trial the day before. Ironically, it was the same result as the opening round in 2015 that was held in Manchester, as Pajon won the time trial before Buchanan won the main event.
Should Buchanan manage to record a second win for 2016 this weekend, it will be her third successive victory at the indoor Manchester track that has quickly built a reputation as a venue that has high energy and atmosphere with fans sitting up close to the trackside.
Meanwhile on the men’s side of the competition British Cycling athlete Liam Phillips will be the man to beat, the local having cleaned up in Manchester each year since 2013. Phillips elected to sit out round one in Argentina this year in preparation for this weekend’s event.
Aussie Bodi Turner will be among those looking to bring Phillips three-year reign to an end as he aims to rectify his Argentina result from a fortnight ago.
Missing from this week’s event will be fellow Aussies Sam Willoughby and Anthony Dean who have elected to miss the Manchester round and focus on the third round of the series in Papendal, Netherlands before heading to the UCI BMX Supercross World Championships in Medellin, Colombia in late May.
Other Aussie men in action will be Josh Callan and Corey Frieswyk, who will no doubt be keen to progress past the qualifying motos for a second successive year in Manchester. Rio hopeful Bodi Turner, Kai Sakakibara and young charger Andy Hughes will also be in action in the men’s event.
Joining Buchanan in the women’s event will be fellow 2012 Olympian Lauren Reynolds, Australian champion Leanna Curtis, Melinda McLeod and Western Australia’s Kirsten Dellar.