The 2020 UCI BMX World Cup tour kicked off down under, with Shepparton (Australia) playing host to Rounds 1 and 2 for the first time in a decade. Buchanan was both upbeat and realistic prior to the opening day. "There's a silver lining to everything. I've had to be patient I guess to have two years out of the sport, but to wait until the opportunity we've never had - to race at four World Cups in two weekends in Australia between Shepparton and Bathurst is special" she said.
"For me the results are crucial, I'm ranked outside the top 50 in the world at the moment. But I think what better way to come back to the World Cup circuit than on home soil.” Buchanan continued.
Day 1 saw Buchanan battle her way through to the Quarter-Finals, clearly finding her feet and flow again, against the best racers in the world. Unfortunately, it was not enough to progress further.
Buchanan improved on her Day 1 Quarter-Finals result from the following day, reaching the Semi-Finals of a World Cup event for the first time since 2016 in Papendal, Holland.
Viewing the hitout as a successful return to competitive racing since her career was almost ended prematurely, Buchanan felt positive and noted the competition as having surprised her.
The 1st heat of the 1st round saw the winner cross the line in 1st. Due to deteriorating weather conditions the event was called off after the Elite Men had run Round 1. According to UCI rules the fastest rider in the Round takes top spot. Women didn't race.
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Follow the top Tioga supported racers as they enter into the first 2 UCI BMX SX World Cups for 2020. Niek Kimmann and Connor Fields in once again #fastr than the rest in Elite Men, while Felica Stancil, Mariana Pajon, and Says Sakakibara were all on the Podium at the first stop of racing.
Overall standings of the 2020 UCI BMX SX World Cup after three rounds. Tomorrow's racing will not start unitl the afternoon so be aware of that when you want to prepare to watch the live feed on FATBMX. And we're in Bathurst, Australia so mind the time difference. Connor Fields (USA) is doing well in the series followed by Anthony Dean (AUS) in 2nd and Carlos Ramirez (COL) in 3rd.
The day didn't start off all too bad in Bathurst with cloudy skies and moderate winds that didn't affect practice much. With the predicted weather conditions a decision was made to call it quits after Round 1 of Men and take the fastest times of each athlete to determine the results for Round 3 of the UCI BMX SX World Cup. Since Women had not raced yet, there will not be a result for Women for today's race in Bathurst. Better luck with the weather tomorrow. Fingers crossed.
Official communiqué: UCI BMX SUPERCROSS WORLD CUP - 2020