CAROLINE BUCHANAN RACE REPORT
USABMX GATOR NATIONAL - OLDSMAR, FLORIDA - MARCH 8-10, 2013 - Results: 5th place
Words: The second round of the USA BMX National series was held in Oldsmar Florida over the weekend.
To get straight to the point I don't think that I should have gone to Florida I was completely burnt out.
Six out of the past nine weekends I have raced with three back to back weekends in a row, competing in two different sports, three time zones in two weeks as well as moving to America for the year.
Fridays racing was a continental round for only USA citizens, Canada and Peurto Rican riders.
Saturday got off to pretty good start qualifying through the rounds into the semi final where I was given last lane pick.
I could not figure out why I got last lane pic but ran with it and qualified through to the final.
Up on the start gate for the final I was given last lane pic again and asked why?
UCI said because I had no transponder on for timing.
However I had my transponder on all day they had failed to tell me it hadn't been working.
Whilst arguing about this moments before my final I was given lane four.
Not in the greatest mindset I had quite a good lap but was not enough to get on the podium placing fifth for the day.
Earlier that day I was also almost fined for my Leatt Neck brace covering my career 68 numbers on my back however I got out of that fine luckily for me as UCI were on a roll with fines over the weekend.
I was disappointed in my self for letting politics and UCI drama affect my result.
Saturday night I was restless worn out, jet lagged still, sick and unable to sleep with only one hour of sleep before a 6am start I decided to pull out of racing and let me body rest up and recover for next weekend’s USA BMX National round in Desoto Texas.