Buchanan and Darrell double at opening two Australian 4X rounds

National Four Cross Champion, Caroline Buchanan

National Four Cross Champion, Caroline Buchanan (Image credit: Evan Jeffery / evanjeffery.blogspot.com)

Canberra duo Caroline Buchanan and Leigh Darrell won both the first and second back-to-back rounds of the Australian National Four Cross Series at Sydney Olympic Park last weekend.

Current national four cross champion Buchanan proved her recent crash at the UCI World Championship in Fort William, Scotland, had not gotten in the way of her gutsy riding style. Buchanan led early in round one and stayed out of a crash between Sarsha Huntington and Shannon Jobson.

"There were elbows throughout the day. It was like four finals," Buchanan said after the end of the second day of competition.

Darrell won round one after Thomas Hubert struggled in the third corner after a strong start. "I just gave it everything I got in the last bit," said Darrell. Top riders like Luke Strom and defending national series winner Terry Scarr were eliminated in the quarter finals.

On day two, Scarr fell on the final corner and Darrell took advantage of the opportunity to win again. Scarr's crash forced riders around the track. "When Terry dropped it I had to go over the berm." said Darrell.

Read full coverage of round one and round two.

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