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“Queen of the Dirt” Caroline Buchanan October 2013  

Welcome to  a  new  look  version   of  the  The  Dirt.  BMX  Australia   has  undertaken  a  significant   change  in  how  this  monthly   communication  will  be   delivered  to  our  members.  

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December 2013  

Welcome to  our   final  edition   of   The Dirt  for  2013.       It’s   been   a   huge   year   not   only   just   in   BMX   but   for   BMX   in   Australia.  To  everyone  that  has   volunteered,   raced,   or   participated   in   any   BMX   program   –   thank   you!!   We   hope   you   enjoyed   your   experience   and   we   can’t   wait   to  do  more  next  year.     From   the   Board   and   Staff   of   BMX   Australia   we   wish   you   and   your   family   a   very   Merry   Christmas   and   a   Happy   New   Year.  


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There is   no   doubting   the   achievements   of   the   ACT’s,   Caroline   Buchanan.   It’s   tough   enough   winning   one   World   Championship,   let   alone   2   in   the   space   of   56   days   across   different  continents  on  different  bikes.     2013   has   been   a   monumental   year   for   Caroline   who   has   had   the   drive   and   desire   to   reach  the  highest  pinnacle’s  of  sport  all  of  which  she  dreamt  of  achieving  from  such  a   young  age.  T he Dirt  managed  to  keep  Caroline  still  long  enough  to  file  this  interview:     Caroline,  thanks  for  taking  the  time  to  talk  with  The  Dirt,  it’s  been  a  massive  year  for  you,  how   do   you   look   back   on   the   year,   was   it   a   case   of   finish   2012   and   then   start   again   or   as   a   continuation  from  the  Olympics?     I  think  its  been  a  combination  of  everything.  I  think  what  sums  up  the  whole  year  is  when  I  set   my  goals  for  this  year,  I  set  them  so  high  and  I  set  them  outside  the  box  and  definitely  off  the   (normal)  path.  I  think  that’s  why  its  been  a  successful  year.  I  forget  what  the  saying  is,  but  it’s   like   true   success  comes   from  when  you   don’t  follow   the  path   of  life  but   you   veer  of  the  path   and   create   your   own   trail.   I   think   that   sums   up   this   year.   It’s   been   a   year   where   I’ve   had   the   most  amount  of  variation  and  everything  has  been  so  different  to  what  I’ve  done  in  the  past  but   it’s  been  the  most  successful  year  I  think  I’ve  ever  had  as  well.    

Has it   been   a   year   you   think   you   could   keep  maintaining  or   now   that   its   been  done   just   back  to   focusing  on  one  thing?    And  is  there  a  burn  out?     There’s  definitely  a  burn  out.  This   year   was  very   heavily  travel  based  so   lots   of  time  in  planes.   I   7   worked  it  out  to  be  72  flights,  34  races  around  the  globe  which  worked  out  to  be  to  360  hours   on   planes   which   is   like   15   days   straight.  This   year   had   a  huge   travel   element   plus  a   lot  of   racing     and  then  doing  the  three  kind  of  sports  –  BMX,  Downhill  and  4X.  And  then  trying  to  win  3  World  


Titles in   all   those   sports,   preparing   for   all   of   them,   qualifying   for   all   of   them   and   going   out   there   executing   it,   so   I   think  this  years  was  a  real  performance   based  year.     It’s   part   of   my   personality,   I   always   strive   super   high,   set   my   goals   high;   I   like  this   pace   of   life   and  everything   with   it.   I   think   next   year   is   still   going   to   be   the   same   pace   but   put   into   different   areas.  I’ll   be   back  on   the   BMX  full   time   again,  doing  the  World  Cup  circuit,  that   will  be  the  goal  with  Olympic  qualifying   starting.   It  will   be   5  World  Cups,  World   Champs,  the  National  series  like  Nerang   and   Nationals.   I   think   to   keep   this   momentum   going   I   think  in   terms   of   my   brand  and  my  future  I’m  going  to  have  a   lot   of   projects   going   on,   a   lot   of   video   projects  doing  a  lot  more  with  YouTube   and  videoing,  so  there  will  be  a  lot  more   content   on   the   World   Cup   series,   so   that’s   going   to   be   a   race   to   Rio   video   series.  Things  like  that  project  and  a  few   other   little   things,   I   won’t   announce   them   yet,   but   “next   generation”   is   a   quick   little   insight   into   my   plans   next   year.    

When you  sat  down  and  thought  about   doing   all   3   titles,   did   that   not   sound   crazy  at  all?     Not  really.  I  think   when   I   sat   down  and   did  it,  you  aim  for  the  stars  and  you  land   on  the  moon.  I  aimed  for  those  three,  I   ended   up   with  2   but  I   ended   up   with  a   result   at   the   DH   world   champs.   The   5th   place   on   a   5   minute   course   and   only   being   a   second   off   the   podium,   in   my   eyes   that   was   probably   the   hardest   event   of   all   of   them.   That   was   the   one   my  training  had  to  modify  the  most  for  -­‐   a   5   minute   downhill   sprint,   that   was   probably  the  biggest  challenge   out   of  all   of   them.   For   me   when  I   look   at   the   year   I   look   at   the   2   world   titles   being  


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highlights, but   at   the   same   time   that   5th   at   the   DH   world   champs   is   almost   like   a   gold   medal   in   my   eyes   for   me   because   that   was   the   hardest  for  me.     Who   were   you   discussing   your   training   with   for   prep   of   the   3   titles?   And   what   were   their   thoughts?     My   parents   thought   I   was   crazy   and   they   thought   I   was   definitely   over   committing   but   they  sat  back  and  said  “Caroline  will  learn,  let   her   do   it”.   This  year   was   the   first   year   that   the   BMX  program  came   on  board   with   the   AIS   so   after   the   Olympics   a   lot   of   things   changed   as   well.  Now  I   get  access   to   the  AIS  in  my  home   town,   I’ve  teamed  up  with  the  new  Strength   &   Conditioning  Coach   Julian  Jones,  he’s   the   one   who   did   a   lot   of   work;   also   in   there   working   with  the  physio’s,  the  bio-­‐mechanics,  and   the   sports   scientists   getting   all   that   knowledge   from   the   AIS.     I   told   them   that   this   was   my   plan   this   year,  that   I   wanted   to   push   the   limits  

I guess  find   out  what  my   limits  were  as  well   –  that  was  my  goal  and  my  challenge  that  I   wanted   to   do.   They   got   behind   me   and   pieced   the   puzzle   of   together   with   travelling   and   when   I   could   fit   in   training,   how   we’d   manage   to   be   explosive   and   powerful   enough   for   a   25   second   indoor   BMX   World   Championship   and   then   within   56   days   to   fly   to  a   whole  different  bunch  of   events   but   have   enough   endurance   and   stamina   and   everything   as   well   as   the   skill   side   of   it   to   do   the   DH   World   Championships   in   South   Africa   and   then   have  a  mixture  of  all  that  in  those  last  days   being   in   Austria   for   the   4X   World   Championships   which  was  a   combination   of   the   DH   and   BMX.   It   worked   out   well   how   those   3   world   titles   were   placed   even   though  they  were  so  close  together.    

With DH   there’s   another   whole   set   of   elements   thrown   in   there   too   –   fast  



sections, technical    sections  with  tree  roots  and  rocks?     Basically  it  was  3  different  energy  systems  for  3  different  sports,  3  different  skill  sets  definitely   and  then  at  the  Worlds,  3  different  race  strategies  –  DH  your  timed,  you’re  on  your  own  pushing   that   pain   barrier   especially   for   a   BMXer   and  puking   was   basically   the   goal,   it   was   inevitable  that   was   going   to  happen  at   the   bottom.  And  then   the   mindsets  for   each   three  of  them  as  well  plus   the  training  for  all  three  were  completely  different.     You   mentioned   the   DH   felt   like   a   gold,   but   when   you   look   back   at   them   all,   do   you   do   so   thinking  one  mattered  more  than  another?     They   are   all   pretty   even   actually   because   in   4X   after   I   won   the   2009   &   2010   World   Championships  I  basically  hung  that  bike  on  the  wall  and  then  focused  on  the  Olympics;  so  I  sort   of  sat  back  and  watched  the  World  Championships  for  those  few  years  while  I  was  doing  BMX   and   watched   it   and   became   really   hungry.   After   the   Olympics   I  wanted   to   go   back   and   win   back   that   rainbow   jersey.   That   was   a   big   goal   and   it   was   2   years   built   up   hunger,   but  I   think  the   BMX   was  10  years  built  up  hunger.  I’d  been  to  10  BMX  World  Championships  since  the  age  of  8  which   were  the   first   World   Championships   I   ever   went   to   -­‐   they   were   in   Melbourne.   So  travelling   ever   since   then  and   going  to   all  those  World   Titles   and   never   winning  a   world   title   in   BMX,   I   won   the   time   trial   in   Birmingham   but   had   never   actually   won   the   big   race   event   and   never   at   an   elite   level  that  was  a  long  time  coming,  so  I  think  I’d  say  BMX  was  the  most  special.  It  was  close  to   home,  there  was  a  huge  Aussie  contingent,  it  was  the  biggest  team  we’ve   ever  had,  the  most   Aussie   spectators   we’ve   ever   had   in   a   crowd,   it   felt   like   that   home   town   win   with   their   support….  even  though  they  played  the  wrong  national  anthem!    

Comparing the  Olympics  to  a  Worlds,  are  they  on  par?       Having   only   done   the   one   Olympics   in   London,   competition   wise,   in   my   eyes   the   World   Championships   and   the   Olympics  are   both   on  par.   The   Olympics   is   a   bit   of  a   lottery,   there  were  


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a lot   of   riders   riding   outside   of   their   ability   so   there   was   a   lot   of   crashes   and   a   lot   of   luck   involved   as   well.   A   lot   of   the   riders   I   would   have   picked   to   be   in   that   Olympic   final  weren’t   and  a   lot  of   the  people   I   picked   to   be   on   the   podiums   weren’t   on   the   podiums   –   there   were   a   lot   of   surprises.   I   think   the   Olympics   is   a   bit   more   a   lottery   where   the   World   Championships   are   more   consistent   –   it’s   very   hard  competition,   you   could   almost   pick   the   podiums   coming   in,   but   I   think   the   World   Championships   are   one  of  the  hardest  titles  to  win.     There’s   a   video   on   your   YouTube   account   that   shows   you   on   the   gate   of   the   8   Girls   final   –   what   do   you   think   when   you   watch   that   video   and   where   you’ve   gone   in   the   sport?     That   was  my   first   World   Championships   that   I  ever  went  to.  I  look  at  that  race  and  I  was   pretty   young.   I   think   that   is   exactly   how   I   picture   every   8   year   old   girl   at   their   first   World  Championship  race.  I  was  completely   naïve,   I   thought   it   just   another   local   Tuggeranong   BMX   club  race,   I   was   sitting   on   the   gate   waving   at   the   crowd   and   completely   missed   my   start   -­‐   I   just   had   fun   with   it.   My   parents   could   see   that   bright   future  in  me,  they  gave  me  any  opportunity   to   guide   me   in   the   right   direction   they   said   to  me  as  an  8  year  girl  “do  you  want  to  go  to   Melbourne   and   race   your   bike?”   and   I   was   like  “yeah,  cool  let’s  do  it”  and  off  we  went.   That’s  where  it  all  began.    

I think   it   was   good   having   the   last   World   Championships   so   close   to   Australia   in   NZ,   there  were  so  many  Aussies  that  were  in  the   crowd   and   could   see   me   win   that   title   and   who  have  followed  me  over  the  years.  But  I   think   especially   to   see   the   devastation   of   London   and   me   making   that   mistake   and   failing   myself   at   the   highest   level   to   turn   around   and   come   back   a   year   later   and   be   back   on   track   and   put   those   demons   of   London  behind  and  get  back  up  on  top.  

Do you  see  those  championships  as  offering   a  lot  of  hope  for  the  riders  in  the  sport,  that   they   could   be   a   part   of   an   event   like   that   which   gives   them   inspiration   for   their   own   future  and  the  sport?     Yeah   that’s   a   huge   thing.     I   know   that   with   the  Olympic  games  that’s  a  huge  inspiration   for   all   the   riders   to   see   Sam   win   the   silver   medal.   And   to   see   the   Aussie   team   do   so   well   and   to   see   myself   winning   and   Lauren   finishing   second   with   both   of   us   on   that   podium   –   Australia   is   definitely   dominating   a   lot   more   now   than   when   I   was   young.   There’s   a   lot   more   of   that   Aussie   pride   element   to   the   sport   which   is   quite   inspirational   for  riders   to  be   a  part   of   Team   Australia  and  going  to  World  Championships.     We  asked  our  Facebook  followers  to  submit   questions   they’d   like   you   to   answer,   this   one   is   from   Chris   Kline:   Who   was   your   biggest   idol  growing   up?  And  who   do  you  look  up   to   now?”     Luke  Madill  was  my  biggest   idol   when  I  was   growing  up     You  make  him  sound  so  old…     I  know,  (laughs)  he  could  be  my  dad.   More  laughing….     Do  I  have  to  edit  that  out?     If  you  leave  that  in  he’d  hate  it,  but  it  would   be   funny   though.   Yeah,   Luke   was   definitely   my  idol  growing  up,  he  rode  for  Powerlite,  so   I   rode   a   Powerlite;   he   was   a   poster   on   my   bedroom  wall.     Growing   up   now,   about   three   years   ago   Layne   Beachley’s   foundation   Aim   for   the   Stars  started  supporting  me,  Layne  has  been   a   huge   mentor   and   role  model   to   me  as  well   as   Robert   De   Castella,   Olympic   marathon   11   runner   from   Canberra.   Those   two   over   the   past   three   years   have   been   my   main   role  


models and  mentors  that  I  look  up  to.    

What would  you  like  to  do  to  help  girls  get  into  and  progress  through  the  sport?     I’m  going   to   be   setting   up   a   NextGen   Buchanan  development   team.   I’ll   have   two   little  girls,   two   little   BMX   racers   in   Australia   who   I’ll   be   mentoring   and   help   develop   and   supporting   them   to   help   get   them   to   the   races   in   Australia   and   to   help   pass   on   my   knowledge   that   I’ve   had   and   bring  them  under  my  wing.  There’s  more  to  it  and  it’s  something  that  in  the  new  year  I’ll  be  able   to  talk  a  lot  more  about.     I  want  to  take  you  back  to  the  Elite  Women’s  Final  at  the  Worlds,  on  the  gate  there’s  Lauren  and   yourself,   by   the   end   of   the   lap   the   pair   of   you   have   crossed   the   line   1-­‐2   and   stood   on   the   podium  together.  What  does  that  do  for  women  in  our  sport?     It’s  huge,  it’s  never  been  done  for  women  at  the  World  Championships.  There  has  never  been   an  Aussie  female  who  has  won  and  then  an  Aussie  female  to  then  come  behind  in  second.  What   it   does…..   I   think   for   the   program   it   has   always   been   a   goal   of   Wade’s   to   have   more   than   1   person   on   an   international   podium   and   it   has   always   been   a   goal   of   mine   to   win   a   World   Championship  and  obviously  for  Lauren  as  well.  For  both  of  us  not  to  have  our  greatest  results   at  the  London  Olympic  games  but  to  both  turn  it  around  in   the  World   Championships  final  and   to  both  cross  the  line   in  first   and  second   and  stand   up  there   listening  to  the  national  anthem   together.  It  made  it  quite  special  sharing  that  moment.    

What’s life  like  in  the  program?  Its  still  a  very  individual  sport  but  you  are  a  part  of  a  team  of   Australian  BMXer’s.     12   It  got  really  hard  leading  into  the  Olympic  games  when  there  was  4  girls  going  into  2  positions   when  Rachel   (Bracken)   was  in   it   as   well   before   she   dropped   out.  Then  there  was   3   of  us   girls  

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battling for   2   positions   so   coming   into   the   Olympics  it  was  a  lot  more  intense  and  hard.   We   are   in   close   vicinity   to   each   other,   we   are   travelling   together,   we   are   eating   together   and   training   together   but   at   the   end   of   the   day   we   are   in   competition   with   each   other   while   we  are   on   the  track.  Now   it’s  not  so  bad,  there’s  always  that  element   involved  in  competition  but  when  we  are  off   the  track  we  are  all  friends.  When  we  are  on   the  track  we  aren’t  team  mates  anymore  we   are  all  individual  riders.     Not  only  have  you  been  travelling  for  major   events,   but   you’ve   been   to   a   number   of   other  smaller  events  too.  What’s  life  like  as   an   athlete   travelling   the   world   and   how   do   you  cope?    

With this  years  its  actually  been  really  nice,   those   plane   trips  I   look   forward   to   as   I   know   I   can   sit   down   and   switch   my   brain   off   and   relax.   Those   plane   rides   are   kind  of   like   my   zen,   my   meditation,   I   can   chill   out,   I   really   like  that.  This  year  was  a  lot,  I  think  I  wanted   to  break  off  that  path  of  what  I’d  done  over   the   last   couple   of   years   of   following   the   pack   with   World   Cups   and   World   Champs,   those   sort   of   events   are   just   eat,   sleep   and   train.  That’s  why  this  year  I  had  those  other   challenges  of  the  three  different  sports  and   different  races,  within  that  also  I  wanted  to   give   back   at   the   same   time.   Going   to   the   Caribbean,   that   was   one   of   the   first   major   BMX   races   they’ve   had   done   there.   It’s   a   tiny   island,   the   widest   part   of   the   island   is   just   3kms   wide   so   it’s   very   small   but   they   have   a   great   BMX   track.   We   did   coaching   there,   half   of   the  kids   couldn’t   speak   English   but  they  absolutely  loved  having  all  the  pro   riders  so  I  think  spreading  that  awareness   of   BMX.   Also   doing   a   lot   of   media,   it’s   been   a   goal   of   mine   as   well   to   get   BMX   on   that   mainstream,   household   name   level,   that’s   only  going  to  pave  the  way  of   the  future  for   the   riders   coming   through   for   sponsorship   or   support   in   that   element.   That’s   a   testament   to   Australia   for   loving   BMX   but  

also for   riders   like   myself   and   Sam   who   are   getting   in   that   mainstream   media   and   helping  it  become  that  household  name.    

Do you   see   yourself   as   a   pioneer   in   that   space  or  is  it  a  burden?     I   think   it’s   more   of   a   role   that   I’ve   naturally   taken  on   board.  I’ve  naturally  got  that  as  part   of  my  personality,  ever   since  I  was   a   little   girl   I’ve   always   been   that   over-­‐achiever   and   the   girl   that’s   tried   to   do   everything,   be   the   teacher’s   pet   and   get   A’s   on   every   assignment.     Did  you  get  A’s?     Not  all  the  time…..  but  I  tried!  So  I  think  I’ve   almost  taken   on   a  bit   of   the   role   myself.   BMX   is   a   growing   sport   but   without   the   athletes   being   available   to   the   media   and   being   available   to   grow   the   sport   and   to   do   coaching  clinics   and  go   to  different  events  by   doing   things   outside   the   box   that   gets   the   sport  recognised,  without  doing  that  it  limits   the  amount  of  growth.     That’s   one   of   the  strengths   of   the   sport  don’t   you   think?   At   anytime   you   can   see   on   the   likes   of   Facebook,   Pro   riders   giving   back   to   the   kids   by   doing   coaching   clinics   probably   more  than  any  of  the  other  types  of  cycling.    

Yeah I  think   it’s   the  strength  of  the  sport  and   it’s   the   strength   of   the   BMX   community   -­‐   that’s  what  I’ve  fallen  in  love  with.  Travelling   around   the   world   I   think   Australia   really   needs   to   continue  that   pride   and  be  proud   to   be   a   part   of   BMX   Australia   because   I   know   the   US   is   losing   that   even   though   it’s   huge   and  its  always  been  a  dream   of  mine  to  come   over  and  race  the  US  series.  I  think  Australia   has  a  lot  more  of  that  community  and  family   aspect   and   Elite’s   being   more   involved   with   those   younger   riders.   I   hope   Australia   continues  to  have  that.   13  Do  you  see  that  as  being  borne  out  of  where   we   are   located   globally?   We   have   a   tighter  

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stronger community   being   a   little   bit   removed  from  the  rest  of  the  nations?     Yeah,   100%.   I   think   as   well   the   grass   isn’t   always  greener  on  the  other  side.  I  think  a   lot  of   Australian’s  aspire   to   go  race   the   pro   US   series   and   be   in   America,   but   I   think   a   lot   of   those   American’s   really   aspire   to   having   the   support   of   their   nation   like   Australia   does   for   its   riders.   The   opportunities   afforded   to  Australian  riders   are   so   much   more   too.   An   American   rider   could   never   go   and   meet   Obama,   but   I’ve   been   able   to   go   and   meet   our   Prime   Ministers   and   Prince   Harry.   I   think   people   should  be  really  proud  of  BMX  in  Australia   and   definitely   with   the   build   up   to   the   next   Olympic   games   it’s   going   to   build   even   more.   It’s   only   been   in   the   last   year   that   I’ve  really  noticed  that,  we’re  very  lucky  to   have  what  we  have  in  Australia.   This  year  you’ve  not  only  won  on  the  bike,   but  you’ve  won  a  lot  of  accolades  off  it  too.  

Did you  think   about  what  was  possible  off   the  bike,  especially  being  named  Australian   Cyclist  of  the  Year?    

I had   a   little   bit   of   expectation   of   being   named   the   Female   BMX   and   Mountain   Bike   Rider   of   the   Year,   based   on   the   2   World  Championships  I’d  won,  but  I  didn’t   expect   to   be   up   for   the   People’s   Choice.   That   one   is   voted   by   your   peers   in   the   whole   cycling   community;   road   and   track   cycling   would   have   a   bigger   following   and   more  cyclists  involved   in   that,  so  I  assumed   a   roadie   or   a   track   cyclist   would   get   that;   so   that   was   a   huge   surprise   to   see   that   there   is   that   bigger  following  for   BMX  and   that   BMX   is   on   that   same   level   that   road   and  track  cycling  is  on  as  well  as  mountain   biking.   And   then   the   Oppy,   that   blew   my   mind,   I   was   pretty   emotional.   When   I   got   up  there  and  received  that,  that  was  a  little   girl  dream,  I’d  be  going  there  since  I  was  a   junior   to   the   first   cycling   awards   and   had  



been seeing  the  likes  of  Anna  Meares  and  Cadel  Evans  up  there  –  they  are  absolute  super  stars,   Olympic  Gold  Medallist,  a  Tour  De  France  winner,  I’d  never  thought  I’d  be  able  to  put  myself   on   that   same   level.   I   think   I   surprised   myself   this   year,   when   I   set  out   with   the   goal   of   wanting   to  win  3  World  Championships  and  coming  home  with  2.  I  didn’t  think  of  all  the  accolades  or   history  that  would  be  written  by  doing  that.  I  never  thought  if  I  achieved  that  I’d  be  the  first   Australian   woman   or   the   second   female   in   history   to   win   2   separate   disciplines   at   World   Championships  in  one   year  for  those   accomplishments  to  put  me  in  contention  for  the  Oppy   and  then  the  AIS  Athlete  of  the  Year  either.  Winning  those  awards  helped  it  sink  in  more  this   year.     What  was  the  reaction  from  the  other  athletes  in  contention,  when  you  as  a  BMX  athlete  came   through  and  grabbed  every  award  that  is  usually  awarded  to  road  and  track  cyclists?  This  was   the  first  time  a  BMX  athlete  had  won  the  Oppy  and  People’s  Choice.     Mainly  I  had  a  lot  of  respect  from  people,  it  was  more  of  a  surprise  to  me  than  it  was  to  a  lot  of   the  road  and  track  community.  I’d  been  the  one  out  there  who  had  been  on  the  go  being  so   busy  and  a  lot  of  this   year  hadn’t  sunk  in  so  much,  but  it  had  sunk  in  to  the  rest  of  Australia.  I   went  in  there  with  blinkers  on  not  really  expecting  to  win.     I  had  an  interview  with  Reece  Homfray  who  won  the  Emerging  Journalist  Award  on  the  night   and  even  he  said  he’d  written  an  article  prior  the  awards  night  for  who  his  pick  for  the  Oppy   was   and   he’d   picked   Simon   Gerrans   or   Richie   Porte.   And   he   even   said,   “excuse   me   for   my   ignorance   I   should   have   done   my   background   research,   I   just   naturally   put   Oppy   and  



road/track cycling   hand   in   hand”,   but   he   said   sitting   there   watching   and   seeing   the   results   of   what  I  had  done  this  year  and  listening  to  me  talk,  he  took  a  step  back  an  realised    -­‐  it’s  a  step  in   the  right  direction  for  BMX.     You  mentioned  it  your  achievements  hadn’t  really  sunk  when  you  were  winning  the  races,  has  it   sunk  in  now  that  you’ve  got  a  little  bit  of  a  break?     I  think  that  week  of  the  awards  where  I  was  named  the  ACT’s  Young  Australia  of  the  Year,  the   Cycling  Awards,   the   Ausport  Awards  night  and  then   also  being  named   Canberra  Citizen  of   the   Year   gave  me   that   time  to  sit   back   and  let  it  all   sink   in.   I’m   someone   who’s   never  really   content.   I  think  it’s  sunk  in,  I’m  very  proud  of  myself,  a  big  pat  on  the  back  but  the   goals  have  already   been   set   for   next   year,   a   lot   of   new   projects   happening   and   I’m   very   excited   for   this   whole   next   gen  push  that  I’m  going  to  do  next  year.     One  last  question  that  was  sent  in  via  Facebook,  where  would  you  like  to  go  out  for  dinner?  Not   sure  if  that  is  an  offer  or  not,  but…     (Laughs)…  I  do  love  Mexican  food….  or  something  healthy.   16     CONGRATULATIONS  CAROLINE!!  



BMX Australia   has   launched  the  BMX   Australia   App  for  Apple  and  Android  smart  devices  as  it   continues  to   offer   its   members   the   most   up   to   date   and   current   technologies   keeping   its   members  and  the  BMX  community  connected   and  informed.     The   free   App   is   available   in   the   iTunes   Store   for   iOS   devices   and   in   the   Google   Play   Store   for  Android  devices.     BMX   Australia’s   General   Manager   Mark   Louis   said  the  creation  and   development   of  the   App   adds   another   platform   for   its  members   to   stay   connected  and  be  engaged.     “It   was   a   natural   progression   of   our   digital   strategy   to   offer   an  App  to  our  members   and   fans  of  BMX,”  Louis  said.     “The   internet   is   changing   the   world,   the   devices   we   use  and   the   way   we   communicate.   The   challenge   for   BMX   Australia   is   how   we   leverage   our   presence   in   the   new   market   place.     The   BMX   Australia   App   houses   all   social   media,   BMXATV,   live   results,   events,   and   membership   and   allows   users   access   on   any   device  any  time  and  anywhere.     As   we   move   into   the   next   digital   age   of   content  management,  The  BMX  Australia  App   provides   a   platform   for   the   future   commercialisation   of   our   own   exciting   content.”       What   sets   this   App   apart   from   others   is   that   there  is  something  for  everyone  and  for  every   application   within   BMX.   Clubs   can   utilise   the     App   to   sign   on   members   at   their   club   events  



with the   App   integrating   into   the   membership   database.  A  new  rider  can  simply  arrive  at  a   club,   express   their   interest   in   becoming   a   member   which   the   club   can   grab   a   smart   phone   or   tablet   with   the   App   on   it   and   then   guide   the   new   member   through   the   process   of   registering;   it   eliminates  the  need  of  bulky  IT  infrastructure  with   most   smart   devices   capable   of   being   a   3G   connected.     The  BMX  Australia  App  allows  users  to  take  photos   and   upload   them,   watch   live   racing   from   events   that   BMX   Australia   will   live   stream   or   from   any   race   they   might   have   missed   on   BMXATV   as   well   as   having   the   ability   to   buy   BMX   merchandise   through   the   online   shopping   cart.   All   of   these   features   are   accessible   on   any   smartphone   or   tablet  at  any  time  of  the  day.     Available   today   as   a   free   download,   the   BMX   Australia   App   is   a   full   function,   fully   integrated   mobile   application   that   meets   the   needs   of   the   sport’s  members,  clubs  and   followers  giving   them   all  the  information  they  need  anywhere,  anytime.     Make  sure  you  check  out  the  LKI  competition  this   month,  you’ll  need  to  download  the  App  to  enter.  




The Dirt’s  State  Titles  wrap  literally  wraps  up  for  2013  with  the  Victorian  State   Titles.   Held   in   Frankston   in   late   November,   Victoria’s   event   was   the   last   major   race  on  the  national  calendar.       The 2013 BMX Victoria Open State Titles featured nearly 1000 entries from across Australia and Pro racing over two days. With close to 1000 entries from all over Australia, the 2013 BMX Victoria Open State Titles was like a mini Nationals for some classes. Fortunately, following heavy rain and flooding earlier in the week, the sun came out for racing. The track was smooth and fast thanks to the great work by Frankston BMX club. The 2013 BMX Victoria Open State Titles featured Pro racing over two days. For 2013, a "Pro Spectacular" was introduced to showcase our top flight riders on Saturday. This included a "Hot Seat" time trail competition for each Pro class. The hot seat was right in front of a painted cow from Shepparton council to promote the 2014 BMXA Nationals. The Hot Seat winners were: - A Pro Women: Tahlia Waldron - AA Pro Women: Chelsea King - A Pro Men: Wade Turner - AA Pro Men: Bodi "Turbo" Turner The time trial was used to qualify the top eight riders for the Top 8 Shootout with a total Prize Pool of $2250.  



Big novelty cheques were awarded to the first place of the Top 8 Shootout: - A Pro Women: Antonia Rickett - AA Pro Women: Chelsea King - A Pro Men: Wade Turner - AA Pro Men: Tom Siinmaa Sunday followed up with more fast and furious action. The time trial results were used for seeding the Pros for racing. Sunday saw all the 20” riders racing from 8 year olds to 50+ riders. Also incorporated in the event was the super fast A and AA riders. It was a spectacular day with 3 moto’s, quarter finals, semi finals and finals all running smoothly throughout the day. AA Mens Winner : Bodi Turner AA Womens Winner : Chelsea King A Mens Winner: Brock Griffiths A Womens Winner: Casey Northcott


20" S tate



24" State



A Men

Brock Griffiths

5 0 + Me n

Peter Rice

AA M en

Bodi Turner

4 5 -4 9 Me n

Brian Alexander

AA W om en

Chelsea King

4 0 -4 4 Me n

Paul Krasevskis

A W ome n

Casey Northcott

4 0 -4 4

Caroline Sobotka

W om en 5 0 + M en

Peter Rice

3 5 -3 9 Me n

Simon Anderson

4 5 -4 9 Me n

Wayne Daniel

3 0 -3 4 Me n

Robert Slatter

4 0 -4 4 Me n

Robbie Cropper

3 0 -3 4

Melanie Gibson

W om en 3 5 -3 9 Me n

Danny Galea

1 9 -2 4 Me n

Jamie Mahuika

3 0 -3 4 Me n

Brock Tuckerman

1 7 -1 8 Gir ls

Tahlia Waldron

3 0 -3 4 W om en

Caroline Sobotka

1 5 -1 6 Boy s

Joshua McLean

3 0 + M aster s

Benjamin Thomson

1 3 -1 4 Boy s

James Tait

1 9 -2 4 Me n

Reece Ellis

1 3 -1 4 Gir ls

Felicia Thomas

1 8 Me n

Justin Duncombe

1 1 -1 2 Boy s

Cooper Tye

1 7 Me n

Thomas Freeman

8 -1 0 Boy s

Rory McNamara

1 7 Gir ls

Georgia Mavin

8 -1 0 Gir ls

Rayna Anesbury

1 6 Boy s

Talon Dobson

1 6 Gir ls

Maddi Shadbolt

1 5 Boy s

Matthew White

1 4 Boy s

Joshua Boyton

1 4 Gir ls

Dion Bromley

1 3 Boy s

Jaden Rice

1 3 Gir ls

Millie Reed

1 2 Boy s

Ethan Partridge

1 2 Gir ls

Ashlee Miller

1 1 Boy s

Thomas Mitchell

1 1 Gir ls

Phoebe Wallen

1 0 Boy s

Patrick Bognar

1 0 Gir ls

Jarrah Hecker

9 Boy s

Joel Marsh

9 Gir ls

Sarah Ritter

8 Boy s

Thomas Tucker

8 Gir ls

Sienna Pal




BMX Australia   is   pleased   to   announce   the   introduction   of   the   BMX   Australia   Development   Academy   which   has   been   developed   to   assist   both   athletes   and   coaches   reach   to   their   full   potential   and   replaces   all   previous   programs   including   the   National   Athlete   Development   Program  (NADP).     The  BMX  Australia  Development  Academy  has  been  introduced  to  provide  riders  aged  14  years   through   to   Elite   for   men   and   women,   and   coaches   with   a   clear   pathway   and   is   linked   directly   with   the   BMX   Australia   High   Performance   Program   providing   improved   continuity   and   communication.     The  objectives  of  the  BMX  Australia  Development  Academy  Program  are  as  follows:       • Identify  the  best  talent  through,  clubs,  competitions,  and  state  coaches  and  deliver  them   into  the  National  Pathway.     • Provide  expert  and  intensive  coaching  to  identified  athletes.     • Run  development  camps  with  significant  value-­‐add  sports  science.     • Provide  coach  development,  pathway  opportunities  and  succession  planning.       • Longitudinal  monitoring  through  competitions,  training  and  sports  science  testing.       • To  prepare  and  develop  athletes  for  National  Team  selection       25   • International  event  support    


The  National  Pathway  for  riders  is  below.    


To be  an  effective  member  of  the  BMX  Australia  Development  Academy  an  athlete  will  need  to   have  the  following  minimum  attributes;   • Commitment  –  to  becoming  the  world’s  best  rider   • High  level  of  work  commitment  –  train  constantly  and  effectively   • Be  highly  organised  –  care  for  yourself  in  camp/race  situations   • Effective   communicator   –   reply   to   emails   and   requests   with   detail   and   in   a   prompt   manner     The  BMX  Australia  Development  Academy  will  comprise  of  both  male  and  female  athletes  in   the  14,  15  &  16  year  age  categories     (year  of  racing)  as  well  as  Junior  Elite  and  Elite  for  males   and  females   i.

The BMX   Australia   Development   Academy   Squad   will   be   selected   with   the   overall   objective   of   identifying   athletes   with   a   demonstrated   ability   or   potential   to   deliver   medal   winning   performances   at   National   and  World   Championship   level   in   the   14,   15  &   16  year  age  divisions  and  to  maintain  consistent  development  for  Junior  Elite  and  Elite   riders.  


Selection priority  will  be  given  to  athletes  within  the  20”  BMX  class.    


Athletes have  to  have  an  Australian  passport  and  be  a  citizen  of  Australia  to  be  eligible   for   selection   in   the   National   Program   and   represent   Australia   in   the   World   Championships  


A rider   must  compete  at   a   minimum   number  of   National   Series  events   to   be   eligible  for   the   BMX   Australia   Development   Academy.   This   number   will   be   based   on   the   total   number  of  rounds  for  that  specific  year.     26  


The  indicative  team  numbers  will  be  set  as  follows;   •  Elite  –  4  Male,  2  Female  riders   •  Junior  Elite  –  4  Male,  2  Female  riders   •16  Years  Age  –  2  Male,  2  Female  riders   •  15  Years  Age  –  2  Male,  2  Female  riders   •  14  Years  Age  –  2  Male,  2  Female  riders    

The BMX   Australia   Development   Academy   provides   a   pathway   for   coaches   and   mirrors   the   riders   pathway.   The   pathway   provides   opportunities   for   State   Coaches   to   work   with   BMX   Australia   Development   Academy   coaches   in   all   Development   Academy   Camps  as   well   as   maintaining  constant  communication  regarding  riders  within  the  Academy.  All  State  coaches  are   invited  and  encouraged  to  attend  and  participate  in  National  Development  camps.     The  BMX   Australia  Development   Academy   will  be  staffed   with   two   coaches   and   supported  by   the  BMX  Australia  office  staff.     Riders  for  the  2014  Development  Academy  will  be  selected  shortly.    



Aussies Abroad Sam Willoughby   has   capped   a   hugely   successful   year   in   the   United   States   by   winning   the   USA   BMX   Grands   over   the   weekend   and   making   it   back-­‐to-­‐back   victories   in   successive   years.   Willoughby   had   an   unassailable   lead   in   the   Overall   Series,   but   had   to   come   back   from   a   fourth   place   in   the   first   of   three   races   in   the   finals.   He   won   the   next   two   races   finishing   ahead   of   American’s   Nic   Long   and   Connor   Fields   who   finished   second   and   third   respectively.   It   was   a   long   weekend   of   racing   in   Tulsa,   Oklahoma   with   riders   having   to   wait   in  excess   of  4  hours  between   races   such   was   the   attendance   at   the   event   dubbed   the   single   biggest   BMX   event  in   the   World.  Willoughby   had  wrapped  up   the   Race   of   Champions   event   the   day   previously   and   was   the   undisputed   favourite  going  into  the  weekend.       Already   this   year   Sam   held   the   record   for   the   most   consecutive   wins   in   the   USA   BMX   Series   where   he   strung   together   13   wins   in   a   row.   The   new   record   was   established   15   years   after   the   last   record   was   set   in   1998   when   Johns   Purse  set  it  at  8  consecutive  wins.  




Willoughby   led  a  charge  of  9  Australian  riders   in   the  US  with  BMX   Australia’s  Caroline   Buchanan   recently  crowned   Oppy  Medal   Winner  was   due   to   compete  as   well.  Buchanan   was   struck   down   with  illness  and  making  matters  worse  succumbed  to  food  poisoning  forcing  her  to  pull  out  of   racing.      

  Australian  Finalists   AAPro  –  1st  Sam  Willoughby   APro  –  5th  Darryn  Goodwin   Girls  Pro  –  5th  Caroline  Buchanan   Vet  Pro  –  8th  Corey  Stafford   15  Expert  –  6th  Jye  Hombsch    


BMXA NEWs • AGM &  Election   The  Annual  General  Meeting  of  BMX   Australia  has  today  voted  Andy  Mellish   to  the  position  of  Vice  President  while   Cameron  Murray  was  re-­‐elected  to  the   Board  of  Directors.   Mr  Mellish  (QLD)  has  previously  held  the   appointed  position  of  National  Officiating   Director,  a  position  he  will  step  down   from  to  become  Vice-­‐President.  Mr   Murray  (VIC)  was  re-­‐elected  for  another  2   years  to  the  position  of  Events  Director.   The  meeting  in  Sydney  was  attended  by   the  BMXA  stakeholders  from  the  eight   State  and  Territory  Member  Associations   where  it  also  adopted  the  2013  Annual   Report.   BMXA  Board   President:  Barry  Knight   Vice  President:  Andy  Mellish   Sally  Howie   Cameron  Murray   Abe  Schneider  

Nunc cursus  magna  quis     • Annual  Report   The  BMX  Australia  Annual  Report  can  be   viewed  online  by  going  to  the  BMX  Australia   website.  In  it  you’ll  find  a  comprehensive   results  listing  from  the  National  Series  and   National  Championships  plus  World  Cup’s   and  the  World  Championships.  Also  in  the   report  is  the  current  status  of  BMXA’s   membership,  it’s  an  interesting  dissection  of   who  our  members  are,  what  type  of   membership  they  hold  and  where  they  are   from.      

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AIM To  reach  people  Australia  wide  who  haven’t  seen  or  experienced  BMX  before.     WHY  BMXA  HOLDS  NSOD               WHEN   Membership  revenue                 8-­‐9  February   Volunteers  to  assist  the  club           15-­‐16  February   Spectators                   22-­‐23  February   Greater  funding  pulling  power             April-­‐May  (NT  only)   Potential  Sponsorships   Raising  the  profile  of  the  Club   Greater  awareness  of  sport  in  the  local  area      

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HPP CORNER Supplements

Paul Sales  -­‐  BMXAHPP  

There are a number of supplements that may appeal to BMX riders trying to gain an edge over their competitors. However, the majority of these are not supported by scientific evidence. Some products that may be useful to riders are described below. It is important to note that supplements can are only useful as an addition to quality training and a good diet. Junior and recreational riders will gain more benefit from perfecting training and dietary practices than from using any particular supplement, so such use is not encouraged. Supplements – Carbohydrate gels, sports and cereal bars, liquid meal replacement (Protein shake), sports electrolyte drinks. Fluid intake – 300- 400ml 45 minutes prior to competition and 150- 200ml every 15- 20 minute during activity. 3 - 4 litre’s a day, 3 days prior competition. A good means of identifying your hydration requirements during events such as training and competition is take your weight prior to the event and at completion of the event. If weight is within 100grams your hydration practice was good, if a loss in body weight is outside of this you need to replenish at a ratio of 1:1.5 meaning a loss of bodyweight in grams is 500gr you water replacement in millilitres needs to be 750ml. Main meal intake – 3- 4 hours before competition. Meals per day – At least 5 meals a day instead of 3 big meals. Snacking during competition days. Carbohydrate – main fuel source for exercising the muscle. Stored as glycogen in the muscle. Cannot train without enough carbohydrate. Will not contribute to body fat unless taken in excess. Needs to be eaten at every meal and snack. Examples – Breakfast cereals, bread, crumpets, muffins, pancakes, rice, pasta, noodles, potato, sweet potato, bagels, fruit, tinned fruit, sultanas, juice, Gatorade, sports bars, baked beans, creamed corn, sugar, honey, jam, jelly beans, Protein – Repairs and replaces damaged cells. Extra protein will not increase muscle bulk. Most people tend to eat more than they need. Can contribute to excess body fat. Examples – Chicken, beef, lamb, veal, pork, fish, tuna, salmon, prawns, milk, cheese, yogurt Fat – Used as energy source. Excess contributes significantly to body fat Examples – margarine, butter, peanut butter, olive oil, chocolate, chips, sweet biscuits, nuts, pastries, pies, sausage rolls, fatty mince, supreme pizza, mayonnaise, cream, fried food 33


Carbohydrates BEFORE


Low Glycaemic (GI) Index

High Glycaemic (GI) Index

Absorbed Slowly


Vitamins Minerals Fibre

Non Nutritious

Cereal Rice and corn cereal e.g. cornflakes, rice bubbles, weetbix, shredded wheat, sustain, puff wheat, nutragrain, breakfast bars.

Grains Pasta, muffins, long grain rice, basmati rice, grain bread, rye, oat bran bread, fruit bread, pita bread, linseed breed.

Grains Quick rice, wholemeal/white bread, crumpets, waffles, cous cous, gnocchi.

Vegetables Corn, peas, carrot, potato, sweet potato.

Vegetables Baked potato, pumpkin, parsnip, beetroot.

Fruit Apples, pears, grapes, oranges, fruits juice, dried apricots, mango, peach, plum, sultanas, grapefruit.

Fruit Watermelon, bananas, pineapple, rockmelon, raisins.

Biscuits Shredded wheatmeal, oatmeal, plain digestives, ryvita (soy and linseed).

Biscuits Plain Ryvita, sao, water cracker, kavali, crispbread, arrowroot, rice cakes.

Others Baked beans, lentils, chickpeas, milk, fruit yoghurt, vitari, sustagen sport.

Others Sports drink.

Jam, Nutella

Honey, lollies, cordial

Chocolate, cakes, Jatz, pies, pastries, chips, crisps, peanuts.

glucose, corn chips, muesli bars.


Absorbed Quickly

Cereal Porridge, bran cereal, Special K, all bran, sultana bran, vitabrits, miniwheats, natural muesli.



The Dirt - December2013  

We've got a bumper edition that features Caroline Buchanan, The Dirt talks to her about the year that was and what lies ahead. There's news...