BUCHANAN CROWNED AUSTRALIAN CHAMPION

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.