Caroline Buchanan

Caroline Buchanan first sat on a bike at 3 years old. She started racing BMX at 5. Her mentor, Layne Beachley, 7-time World Surfing Champion, says, she has a never-say-die attitude. Buchanan says this pretty much sums her up perfectly. 

“I am a very competitive, healthy, athletic, driven person who loves my family, friends and Diesel my French Bull dog puppy,” she said.

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Birth Date:October 1990
Hometown:Canberra, Australia
Height:165 cm (5’ 5”)
Passions/Hobbies:Graphic design, health and fitness
Favorite quote:“be yourself…because everyone else is taken”
Career Accomplishments:2010: 2nd in the UCI BMX Supercross World Cup Series for 2010; 3rd in the Overall BMX World Ranking UCI points; Swatch UCI BMX Supercross Female Rider of the Year; Australian Elite Female BMX Cyclist of the Year finalist; 3rd UCI BMX Supercross World Cup Spain; 6th UCI BMX Supercross World Cup Denmark; 1st place USA BMX ABA Grand Nationals; A.C.T Female Sports Star of the Year
2009: Australian Elite Female BMX Cyclist of the Year: Finalist in the ACT Young Australian of the Year Awards for 2010;1st place USA BMX ABA Grand Nationals; Australian BMX Champion Elite Women; Winner of the Australian National Series; Elite BMX “Peoples Choice” Australian rider of the Year; 6th UCI BMX Supercross World Cup Series for 2009.

11 times Australian National BMX Champion
8 times top 10 finishes at World BMX Championships
Career GoalsThe Olympics are the ultimate goal for any athlete, being the pinnacle of sport. When BMX was announced as an Olympic Sport for Beijing 2008 I was ready and competitive enough to be part of the process, but too young with an age minimum of 19. I always love a challenge so competing at the highest international level in BMX and mountain biking has been great for me to build my skills and knowledge. I really enjoy both disciplines but have decided after winning my 2nd MTB World Title I will focus my energy on BMX. It’s really important for me to be at the top of my game in 2011 at all the World Cup rounds as the Australian Team needs to qualify Australia as a country and then, if ranked in the top 4 countries, two girls will be selected to go to London.

I want to be riding my bike for as long as possible and believe that I am doing everything to open many career pathways after riding—graphic design, sports marketing, sports manager, anything media/sport related or a personal trainer. 

I want to be a great role model especially for girls. My 2 cycling disciplines are both sprint based. I train 18-20 hours a week, roughly 2 hours per session and 1 hour for recovery sessions is my typical week. I rode against boys right up to national level until I was 13 and learned how to hold my own on a racetrack. It taught me race skills that I would not otherwise have learned at a young age. 

It’s always a great thing winning a race, but what is the greatest feeling is winning whilst overcoming odds. Rising to the challenge and surprising myself with my abilities.
Riding Style:My riding style is strong and in control. I get told that I ride like a boy, which is a big compliment. I train hard, always giving everything 100 percent. My image would be sporty, athletic, edgy blonde—an individual.
Frame/Bike:Intense Pro Podium frame with custom Australian team design—green and yellow with native aboriginal art. It’s lightweight, very stiff and reliable. Only the best for the team dominating the world BMX rankings.
Future Goals:If I put as much time and energy into making money as I’m putting into BMX at the moment, I should be rich in no time.
Current Team:Australian Elite High Performance National Team. Coach: Wade Bootes, Riders: Lauren Reynolds, Rachel Bracken, Brian Kirkham and myself.
Current Sponsors:Cycling Australia/BMX Australia, Layne Beachley “Aim For The Stars”, Sport Australia Hall Of Fame, ACT Academy Of Sport, UNIT clothing, Oakley, Leatt, Tioga, Stromlo Forest Park, Musashi Nutrition, Intense, Sinz, THE, Stealth, Thompson, Alienation