12/11/2012 | 1 comments
The season finale is upon us the “Greatest Show on Earth!” as labelled by USA BMX is about to go down in Tulsa OK this weekend. Tomorrow is the Race of Champions with the last points up for grabs going into the Pro Spectacular on Saturday night. Three pro titles are on the line and all three US titles could go to foreign riders.. The action will be hot and you can stream the whole event LIVE at www.usabmx.com
GRANDS’ AA-PRO HYPE: In 2010, Australia’s Sam Willoughby became No.1 Pro. In 2011, his arch rival from New Zealand, Marc Willers, took the title from Sam in a close, hard-fought showdown. So it’s no coincidence that we again find both of these contenders in the hunt for the No.1 Pro plate.
While they might have spent their Summer getting ready for the London Olympics – where Willoughby won a silver medal, they have been battling it out all season long to put themselves in this position. Willoughby enters Tulsa with 9 wins out of 14 main events, while the defending No.1 Champ Willers scored 5 wins out of 17 mains. With plenty of other competition giving chase; including all three of the U.S. Olympic team – Nic Long, David Herman and longshot favorite Connor Fields, this is sure to be one of the greatest Pro battles in Grands history.
DOMINIQUE DANIELS has left Tulsa with a National No.1 Cup for the past five seasons, the latter four being No.1 Pro titles. With her continued domination early in the season while may of the top girls prepared for the London Olympics, it looked as if “3-D” could have her record-setting 5th No.1 plate wrapped up. But hard crashes at the last couple of races (in Fresno and Orlando) helped all of the girls catch up in points.
One in particular – Australian Olympian CAROLINE BUCHANAN has been on a mission since the London Games to win her first USA BMX pro title. With five straight wins, she has over-taken the points lead going into Grands weekend.
With only 31 points currently separating them, Friday’s “final” ROC score will be a confidence boost to whomever comes out victorious.
This will be one of the best series of main events in Tulsa. Is this the year that Dom goes home empty handed? Will another Australian take home the American No.1 title? And don’t forget U.S. Olympians Alise Post and Brooke Crain, along with Caroline’s Aussie teammate Lauren Reynolds will also be in attendance to mis things up.
Look in to your crystal ball and predict what will happen and who will take the UAS BMX No.1 Women Pro title…
GRAND HYPE: VET PRO
Last season, it was a two man show for the title but this time around FreeAgent’s Cristian Becerine has entered the mix with a snap. His patented holeshots have the “other Argentinian” sitting 2nd in the points behind 2-time World Champ Javier Colombo, and just ahead of the reigning No.1 Vet Pro champ Matt Pohlkamp.
Will the Argentinian connection(s) take home their first cup…to South America or will the now underdog Pohlkamp retain his title? If you recall, last year Javi won the Grands but Pohlkamp took the No.1 with a close 2nd place. With only 151 points separating the top-3, Friday’s ROC results could either stretch the lead for Javi or tighten it up in to a virtual tie!
No matter what – it’ll all come down to Saturday night and who can hold it together under the pressure of The GREATEST Vet Pro Battle on the Planet!
Who are you picking for the 3 titles? Let’s see your predictions…