Cycling Australia and BMX Australia are pleased to confirm the elite & elite junior riders selected for the Australian BMX High Performance team to contest the UCI BMX World Championships being staged in Copenhagen, Denmark from 27 to 31 July.Australia goes into the event as the number one nation in the latest (April 12) UCI world rankings in both men's and women's elite competition. It's this ranking that will determine how many riders Australia can start in the 2012 Olympic Games.
2009 Supercross series champion and two time junior world champion, Sam Willoughby, is currently ranked second in the world with Brian Kirkham sitting seventh and Khalen Young eleventh. Willoughby, Kirkham and Josh Callan all made the final of last weekend's Supercross World Cup round in Papendal, the Netherlands. Willoughby is the reigning Australian champion, winning the title in Cairns ahead of Kirkham and Callan.
2011 Australian champion Caroline Buchanan, who posted a third place finish in Papendal, Lauren Reynolds and Rachel Bracken all made the final at last year's world titles and this year hope to repeat that effort and be in the medals as well. The three are all ranked in the world's top eleven riders as a result of consistent performances in key events.
Melinda McLeod, who claimed bronze last year, and Darryn Goodwin head to Denmark as the reigning Australian junior champions and both are ranked number two in the world.
Rounding out the team is Beijing Olympian Luke Madill, 31, and first year elite junior Bodi Turner, 17, who claimed silver at last month's nationals.
BMX 20" - Elite Men
- Joshua CALLAN (Warburton VIC, 08.04.1991)
- Brian KIRKHAM (Clapham SA, 01.01.1986)
- Luke MADILL (Cranebrook NSW, 28.05.1980)
- Sam WILLOUGHBY (Trott Park SA, 15.08.1991)
- Khalen YOUNG (Kelmscott WA, 20.11.1984)
- Rachel BRACKEN (Mermaid Waters QLD, 30.06.1991)
- Caroline BUCHANAN (Kambah ACT, 24.10.1990)
- Lauren REYNOLDS (Bunbury, WA, 25.06.1991)
BMX 20" - U19 Women
- Melinda McLEOD (Mackay, QLD, 12.02.1993)