SRAM Aussies Invade New Zealand and Take Home Gold
In 2016, Caroline Buchanan won both the UCI Women’s Elite BMX Time Trial world championship and the Four Cross world championship. And she isn’t wasting any time on the quest for more titles in 2017. Buchanan, a 2012 and 2016 Olympian who hails from Canberra, Australia, fully committed to the Rotorua Pump Track Challenge presented by RockShox and claimed the gold, ending the winning streak of Jill Kintner in the process.
Though the SRAM/RockShox men weren’t able to secure the top spot on the podium, 2016 Crankworx Pump Track champion Adrian Loron took 2nd, Barry Nobles took 3rd and Mitch Ropelato 4th, which pretty much guarantees a stellar SRAM/RockShox-rider battle for this year’s championship.
While Caroline Buchanan did it for the Aussie women at the pump track, it was Jack Moir who did it for the Aussie men at the Crankworx Rotorua Downhill. Moir, who carries the nickname “Shark Attack” because he was actually bitten by a shark, bested a field of downhill superstars in the event that has become a early season barometer of sorts.
Sporting a new uniform for 2017, American Eliot Jackson charged to a season-opening 3rd. Jackson’s Giant Glory was equipped with SRAM X01 DH drivetrain, Code brakes, a RockShox BoXXer World Cup fork and a Vivid Coil R2C shock.