BMX speed demons chase gold medals
SHE might not be an Olympian like her idol Caroline Buchanan but Rachael Buse says she won't stop riding until she is.
The Hervey Bay girl will take another step towards her Olympic dream when she puts the pedal down at the Queensland BMX championships in Cairns.
Twenty-four riders from Maryborough BMX Club will hit the track for the championship, which get under way tomorrow.
Buse, 15, intends to push herself to the limit when she zips around the Cairns course at breathtaking speeds.
"It'll be amazing," she said.
"I have got the ability to get better and hopefully I will go well and better than last year."
Buse has been competing in BMX since she was five, following her older brother Josh into the sport.
The Hervey Bay State High School student said this year had been a sharp learning curve. "It's been pretty full-on," she said.
"I went down to South Australia for the Australian titles and have been travelling around Queensland going to open days and as many competitions as I can."
Buse, who is a member of the state talent identification squad, finished 10th at last year's state championships and worked constantly on improving technical aspects of her racing to finish 14th at the national championships in April.
"It was a lot better than I thought because when we got down there it was amazing. There was so much talent," she said.
Buse said the success of Buchanan, who avenged her disappointing fifth place at the London Olympics by retaining her BMX World Cup title earlier this month, had sparked a wave of interest in BMX among girls.
"It's still a boy-dominated sport but there are heaps of girls now," she said. "The boys have got more muscles and agility to go faster but girls have more of the smarts to be able to manoeuvre around the track.
"It's all fun off the track but when we get on the track it's fierce and we all want that first place."
As for her Olympic ambition, Buse said riding for her country would be the ultimate dream.
"If I was to be on that start hill one day with all the top elite riders in the world, it would be awesome," she said.
ON YOUR MARKS
Maryborough BMX Club members competing at state championships
Josh Buse, Rachael Buse, Gary Zahl, Ethen Zahl, Alyssa Cherrie, Jeremy Cherrie, Tara Wieden, Slade Wieden, Davis Cook, Billy Terry, Anna Terry, Jack Terry, Cooper Rufus, Teya Rufus, Shae Rufus, Taylah Browning, Harrison Browning, Josh Sengstock, Andrew Sengstock, Jessica Baker, Kobi Simmonds, Tayla Simmonds, Dannielle Bradford, Jordan Bradford