Caroline Buchanan and Logan Martin named top BMX riders of 2017 at annual cycling awards night.
For the sixth straight time Australia’s Caroline Buchanan has claimed the award for Cycling Australia’s female BMX rider of the year, the award presented at the annual awards night in Melbourne last night.
Following on from the 2016 Rio Olympic Games, Buchanan lessened her BMX program with the aim of travelling and riding all sorts of bikes. The move to reduce the intensity and pressure of her BMX program seemed to pay dividends for Buchanan, as she rode to the elite women’s Aussie title, world championship silver and a victory at the USA Gator Nationals.
Western Australia’s Lauren Reynolds and NSW rider Leanna Curtis were finalists for the award.
Meanwhile newly minted Freestyle BMX world champion – the first ever UCI freestyle world champion – Logan Martin claimed the men’s BMX award. Martin beat fellow freestyle rider Brandon Loupos and BMX Racing competitor Kai Sakakibara to the gong.
Martin was presented the award after blitzing the competition at the UCI Urban World Championships in Chengdu, China last weekend. That result came in addition to his second-place finish in the race for the World Series title, which he had won in both 2015 and 2016.
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The award continues a whirlwind year for Martin, who has not only seen his BMX discipline given the green light as an Olympic sport for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, but has also earmarked himself as a frontrunner for team selection.
Photo credit: Cycling Australia/John Veage