Canberra’s Caroline Buchanan took the win in her last World Cup Four Cross race in Maribor, Slovenia overnight. The 18 year old won the fifth round convincingly after avoiding the collision between Anneke Beerten (NED) and BMX Olympic bronze medallist, Jill Kintner(USA). Despite wet and muddy conditions Buchanan stayed ahead of the World Champion, Melissa Buhl (Arizona USA), to claim the win with Buhl second, Beerten in third and a disappointed Kintner in fourth place.
For Buchanan this marks her second only World Cup win in her career. Her first was a memorable home town win in Canberra during the World Cup last August.
Kintner and Graves retain their respective series leads as the World Cup heads to Canada for two more rounds. Both BMX Olympians are expected to miss the BMX World Championships this year due to their mountain bike commitments.
Buchanan however returns home on Tuesday and will refocus on BMX before heading to Adelaide for a national team training camp just prior to the BMX World Championships in Adelaide. The training camp begins officially on the 17 July.
Graves and Buchanan, the current national four cross champions, will then compete at the Mountain Bike World Championships in Canberra between 1 – 6 September.
Photos by Evan Jeffery