Results: Probikx Champbikx Round 6 - Canberra

Postby Melissa_Theuriau on Sun 8/Mar/09 3:01pm

New Zealand’s BMX Olympian, Sarah Walker (Rotorua), claimed her first win since competing in Beijing. At the UCI Oceania Round in Canberra today Walker claimed victory despite only two weeks of preparation.

Walker took the win in a classy field including one of Australia’s Olympians, Nicole Callisto, and national series leader, Caroline Buchanan from Canberra. In a close finish Buchanan finished in second with Melbourne’s Ziggy Callan in third.

Walker was pleased to be back competing in BMX.
“We’ve all had a bit of an off season lately,” explained Walker. “We’ve all started racing at different tomes. I only started a couple of weeks ago. I think the others have had a couple of months really.”

After losing to Buchanan in yesterday’s round today Walker had different ideas.
“Today I was feeling a lot better,” said Walker. “I had the advantage of not trying to get out of the gate as hard with the amount of training I’ve had.

Her long break from serious competition was deserved and well timed.
“I really made the most of it because I won’t get another one for three and a half years.
I had enough time to want to come back to come back to BMX and want to come back as hard as I can. I just love racing.”

The return to racing for Walker marks the beginning of her progress towards another Olympic dream.
“There won’t be many girls there from the last Olympics. It is promising that I will be there.

The youngest rider in the elite men’s field outclassed his older BMX counterparts to win.. Nineteen year old, Matthew Willoughby from Adelaide claimed the best win of his career. Willoughby passed early leader Billy Jolliffe and was able to keep Beijing Olympian, Luke Madill. Willoughby led after the third straight in a tough final. Madill secured second and Newcastle’s Billy Jolliffe snared third.

Another Adelaide rider, Brian Kirkham, missed on making the final but still leads the national series.

Junior winners were Joshua Callan from Melbourne and World silver medallist, Lauren Reynolds from Bunbury.
Matthew Willoughby - Photo credit: BMX Australia
Sarah Walker - Photo credit: BMX Australia
2009 Probikx Champbikx Round 6 Results
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