Buchanan aims for dual World Championship titles

Canberra's Caroline Buchanan

Canberra's Caroline Buchanan (Image credit: Greg Johnson)

Four cross racer Caroline Buchanan has her sights set on two World Championships this season. Buchanan, who won the 2009 Australian National BMX Championships and the Four Cross National Championships will compete in the worlds for both disciplines in the coming weeks and months. Both will be held in Buchanan's home nation of Australia.

The 18-year-old intends to start her world title chase when she competes in this month's UCI BMX World Championships in Adelaide. Buchanan is aiming to cap off a stellar year by adding a mountain bike four cross world title to her already impressive resume racing four cross on the World Cup circuit. This year, Buchanan won the World Cup four cross in Maribor, Slovenia, and also finished second at the World Cup four cross in Fort William, Great Britain.

Final team nominations for the mountain bike World Championships, to be held in Canberra, will be announced in August, and Buchanan is confident of a spot. She is a favorite for the worlds after she won the four cross World Cup when it was held there last year.

At the BMX World Championships, Buchanan will line up with the current Olympic silver medallist, Laetitia le Corguille of France. While current World Champion Shanaze Reade from Britain will not compete due to injury, her absence will give riders like Buchanan a chance to claim the crown. Likely challengers could be world-ranked riders like Frenchwoman Eva Ailloud and Kiwi Sarah Walker, currently first and second respectively. Also in the line up will be Australia's Olympic finalist, Nicole Callisto from Perth.

Buchanan is set to train in Adelaide with the Australian BMX National Team leading up to the BMX championships, which will run from July 23-26.

The mountain bike World Championships will run from September 1-6.

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