2016 Annual report - 87% of podium finishes & 2 World Titles in 2 different cycling sports (BMX & Mountain bike)
Check out the first release in ODI's "Building A Champion" series which explores what it takes to prepare to compete on BMX racing's largest stage.
Building A Champion - Part 1: #68 Caroline Buchanan
In less than a month BMX athletes from around the world will step onto the world’s largest stage in Rio and leave it all on the line in the hopes of securing the title of Olympic Champion. You have seen many of them on the track and have looked up to them on the podium. But have you ever wondered what happens off the track to prepare them for those 40 seconds of all out exertion? What does it take to compete at the highest level against the most formidable opponents the world has to offer? We asked some of the top Olympic contenders to pull back the curtain and show the blood, sweat and determination that goes into earning the right to stand on the top step and be declared a Champion.
Caroline has spent the last 8 years training for the Olympic games. After coming up short in London, she has rededicated herself to training and winning with an impressive series of championships worldwide over the last year. Now she is back and stronger than ever and ready to reclaim what she feels was her’s 4 years ago.
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BUCHANAN WINS GOLD & SILVER AT BMX WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS
Caroline Buchanan has been crowned the 2016 UCI BMX elite women’s time trial world champion for the second time in her career, after she beat home Dutch star Laura Smulders and reigning world champion Mariana Pajón of Colombia on the track named after the latter in Medellín, Colombia.
This year’s world championships also double as the selection event for the Australian Olympic Team, today’s result sending a clear message of Buchanan’s intent to qualify for her second Olympic Games in tomorrow’s main event.
However it was Buchanan who led the Aussie charge and showed that lightning does strike twice as she yet again won a time trial world title in an Olympic year, her first coming at the 2012 world championships held in Birmingham, United Kingdom. It’s a coincidence the Aussie will take confidence from ahead of tomorrow’s racing.
“Coming into the last Olympic Games in London I had won the time trial in Birmingham and it was a massive confidence booster,” Buchanan said.
“Yesterday in practice I had a bit of a rough time, and almost pulled the pin early on in the session due to close calls with crashes, but my coach Wade Bootes told me to write it off and said ‘make sure Caroline turns up tomorrow’.
“This track is quite technical and I had a few little mistakes in my qualifying lap, so knew I had room to improve for the final, which I did. It was a nervous wait at the finish line, especially when Mariana was racing, but when she crossed and I saw the green box next to my name I was super stoked.”
“That’s my sixth world title overall, and I am honored to be pulling on the rainbow world champions jersey again. I am dialed into the track now and ready for tomorrow.”
A day after claiming the elite women’s time trial world title, Aussie BMX star Caroline Buchanan has raced to second place in the main event at the UCI BMX World Championships, won by Colombian Mariana Pajón at the track named after her in Medellín, Colombia.
The world championships have been a key Olympic selection chance for the Aussies and with a time trial world title and a second place to her name, Buchanan is now front and centre for a ticket to the Olympic Games in Rio.
Buchanan & Queenslander Melinda McLeod, the two finding themselves as Australia’s only hopes in the elite finals. McLeod rode to a credible eighth place, while Buchanan edged USA national champion Alise Post on the line as both followed home national hero Pajón.
While it wasn’t the gold medal Buchanan had been gunning for, today’s final may well have been a tantalizing appetizer for what could be on the menu at the Olympics in less than 68 days time, with Buchanan, Post and Pajon now ready to race in Rio.
“That was a big wind up for the final. Alise, Mariana, Stefany [outgoing world champion Stefany Hernandez] and myself were all going bar to bar down the hill from the start gate,” Buchanan said.
“I had an awesome start down the hill, probably my best of the day and then there was a bit of elbowing with Stefany and that put us both back and gave the others the upper hand. I fought back and down the last straight Alise went left; I went right and came through for second.
“I really learned a lot about my competitors strengths and weaknesses today. This track is a lot harder than Rio, we’re at a higher altitude and the track is flat, it has been the biggest challenge before the Olympics.
“Today was really high pressure, good racing and I have had a really consistent day and now that it is all fairly set, I am stoked to be looking to Rio while in really good form.”
At the end of the day all eyes were on the Australian elite women as Buchanan laid down a result consistent with the strong form she has shown throughout 2016.
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Massive congratulations to the Buchanan Next Gen girls proudly supported by Jayco Australiawho both got on the podium at the BMX World Championships. Desree Barnes won the World Title in the 14 girls and Molly Mcgill won the silver medal in the 15 girls final.
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Caroline Buchanan and Jayco Caravans are pleased to award the 2016 “Buchanan Next Gen Jayco Scholarships” to Des’ree Barnes and Molly McGill.
The scholarship was awarded to the winners of the 14 and 15 girls age categories at the 2016 Australian National BMX Championships in Bathurst on the weekend. Both Des’ree and Molly will receive $3,000 each to assist them to travel to the BMX World Championships in Colombia this year.
“’I am so pleased to see Des’ree and Molly race so hard on the weekend to not only be crowned Australian National Champions in their respective age categories but also bearers of the Buchanan Next Gen Jayco Scholarship. They will gain a wealth experience at the World Championships which will help them develop into the Next Generation of BMX riders,” said Caroline Buchanan.
Des’ree Barnes claimed her sixth consecutive national title by winning the 14 girls race. The Beenleigh BMX club rider also received the Buchanan Next Gen Jayco Scholarship giving her the chance to race at the World Championships. “I put pressure on myself,” admitted Barnes. “I am really proud to win the scholarship. I just want to thank Caroline and Jayco Caravans. I plan to train more!”
The 15 girls national title went to Molly McGill from Ashmore BMX Club. It was the fourth title won by McGill but she did not have an easy run in the final. An early challenge came from defending champion, LorsynAffoo, but McGill stuck to her plan finishing first. “I was over the moon,” said McGill about her win and the scholarship. “This week has really boosted my confidence,” she added. From her base in the USA, Caroline Buchanan watched the girls every move.
“They are both Queensland girls and that state often dominates. We wanted the girls’ performances to pick themselves,” said Buchanan. The girls along with Buchanan will race in Medellin at the World Championships to be held in May.
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Gold Medal = Australian National BMX Championships
Gold Medal = UCI BMX Suprcross World Cup Manchester
Gold Medal = Australian National Series rounds x3
Gold Medal = USA BMX National Series rounds x2
Silver Medal = UCI BMX World Championships
Silver Medal = UCI BMX Oceania Championships
Silver Medal = USA BMX Grand Nationals x2
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BMX WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS
Tayla Robertson: Finalist ranked 5th in the world. (9yr girls)
Paige Harding: Semi Finalist ranked 10th in the world. (12yr girls)
Mikayla Rose: Semi Finalist ranked 9th in the world. (15yr girls)
2016 MAJOR EVENTS:
- Oceania Continental Championships - Auckland New Zealand January
- USA BMX National SX - Florida USA February
- Australia BMX Nationa Championships- Bathurst NSW February
- UCI BMX World Cup- Argentina South America
- UCI BMX World Cup- Manchester England March
- UCI BMX World Cup- Papendal Holland May
- UCI BMX World Championships Medellin ColombiaMay
- Rio 2016 Olympic Games- Rio de Janeiro, Brazil August 5th - 21st
- UCI 4cross Mountain Bike World Championships - Val Di Sole Italy September
- UCI BMX World Cup- South Carolina USA September
- UCI BMX World Cup- Florida USA October
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Caroline Buchanan has won her 15th Australian BMX National Championship title over the weekend at the Sleeman Sports Centre in Brisbane.
Buchanan holds onto the Australian National Championship flag sleeve for another year
Despite the south east Queensland flooding and storms that swept through the event over 3,000 racers, the BMX families and volunteers pulled together with a smile and the show went on.
In a competitive Elite Women’s final, it was Buchanan who grabbed the hole shot and got to an early lead. Western Australia’s Lauren Reynolds who wrapped up the Australian National Series win for 2015 attempted a powerful passing move in the first corner but wasn’t able to stick it and slid out.
“It’s a huge honour to wear the Australian sleeve around the world and ride for the nation with pride so I wanted to win that back and hold onto the national title.
“I knew today I was going to have to ride a smart lap. These turns were so unpredictable and slippery and I’ve known from my mountain biking to lower the centre of gravity and not panic on the exit.”
Racing at dusk on an extended day of competition following an extreme weather event affecting south east Queensland had forced the postponement of several events, Caroline Buchanan won the Elite Women's national title and and Corey Frieswyk the Elite Men's winner mastered the tricky and greasy track best.
Next Stop for Caroline and the High Performance BMX team is the 2nd UCI BMX Supercross World Cup round in Holland this coming weekend.