The last time an American woman won the UCI World Championships in BMX racing was in 1997 - nearly twenty years ago! ...and that American winner of the rainbow-striped World Champion jersey was Florida's Michelle Cairns.
For Cairns, it capped off what would be one of the most incredible BMX resume's held by a female BMX racer. One that would include multiple No.1 plates and titles - such as eight consecutive NBL National Amateur No.1 plates and two amateur World Championships. In fact, Cairns is the only woman to win all three major titles in BMX - in NBL, UCI and ABA.
She has been NBL No.1 Pro Woman ( 3-times - 1993, 1997 and 1998), a UCI Elite Women's World Championship (1997), and ABA's No.1 Woman Pro title in 1999.
Since that victorious day in 1997, in the bitter cold of Saskatoon, Canada - America's fastest women have come close to re-claiming that long-forgotten Worlds title, but have yet to accomplish what Michelle Cairns was capable of. She set the bar, and she set it very high.