Caroline Buchanan keeps making history
Caroline Buchanan has set yet another women’s slopestyle milestone.
Last year, she became the first woman to land a front flip to dirt on a mountain bike. This past week, she became the first ever winner of the FMB World Tour women’s slopestyle event, etching her name in history.
Since beginning in 2010, the FMB World Tour has become the biggest series of freeride competitions in mountain biking, and includes events like the Crankworx series and Red Bull Joyride. Last February, the FMB World Tour announced that it would be adding a women’s division, setting the stage for Buchanan’s achievement.
Buchanan went to the Highline Mountain Bike Festival in Victoria, in her home country of Australia, and put down a clean run across four features.
“Women in freeride over the past two years has been the perfect storm for progression,” Buchanan said after the event. “The inclusion of women onto the FMB world stage alongside the men [is] what the women of today and 10 years from now need.”
Buchanan turned her attention full-time to freeride after a decorated career primarily as a BMX racer. She even built dirt jumps in her backyard to prepare for a new discipline. Her hard work is clearly paying off.
“I love the buzz of competing, after retiring from bmx racing and diving deep right into free ride mountain biking 8 months ago,” Buchanan said. “I feel exactly where I am supposed to be!”
After all Buchanan has accomplished in just the past year, who could possibly disagree?