In a global first, Caroline Buchanan, the current world number one BMX rider created a young women’s team. The Buchanan Next Gen team currently consists of three Australian BMX riders.
Mikayla Rose (ACT) is the eldest at 14 has her sights set on the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. From western Sydney (NSW) is Paige Harding at just 11 years of age. Harding claimed fifth place at the 2014 World Championships and aims to improve on that this year in Belgium in July. The youngest and newest member to the team is 8 yr old Tayla Robertson from Shepparton (VIC). Robertson is a current national champion in her age group and is aiming for a podium at this year’s world championship.
The Next Gen team will all head to the upcoming BMX World Championships in Belgium in July. Last year team members Rose and Harding each finished in the top 10.
The Buchanan Next Gen team initiative is mentored by two time BMX World Champion and current winner of the BMX World Cup series. Buchanan also has three Mountain Bike World titles. Buchanan is aiming to compete in the Rio De Janeiro Olympics in 2016.
New sponsors supporting the program, Jayco and On The Go have made it possible to expand the team and continue the initiative.