What a huge adventure & learning experience for Buchanan Next Gen at the BMX World Championships in Belgium this week!
After overcoming a broken collar bone at Australian Nationals in April and a dislocated knee shortly thereafter, Mikayla Rose #22 from Canberra ACT battled it out to the semi-finals, missing a finals berth by just one place
Tayla “Minnie” Robertson from Shepparton VIC placed a solid 5th in the final at her first ever BMX World Championships.
Paige Harding #66 Castle Hill NSW was unlucky with a nasty crash and broken wrist in the quarter finals after riding so well all day.
I am so very proud of the girls and their families for the way they have trained and the attitudes they have bought to the sport. The team camaraderie is fabulous and I am so pleased that, crashes aside, all the girls rode brilliantly, supported one another and gave their all in racing.
A huge thank you to Jayco Caravans & The Layne Beachley Aim For The Stars Foundation for making my dreams a reality to support and mentor an all girls BMX team and have them compete for Australia Internationally at the World Championships.
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.
Caroline Buchanan goes over her 2014 worlds journey in this episode of Buchanan on Air. She got a silver in the time trial, but came up short in the race itself and didn’t make it out of semi’s. She also gives a quick recap on her Next Gen girls.
Becoming a Cycling World Champion you receive the elusive rainbow striped World Champion jersey. The BUCHANAN Next Gen girls are aspiring to be world champions of the future guided and mentored by the current 5 time World Champion Caroline Buchanan. They are in the best hands to chase that rainbow, overcome adversity and find their pot of gold in their journey. Finding their lucky Oakley goggles the girls are able to see their vision clearly through the lens which gives them confidence chasing their rainbow to be World Champions of the future.
Wishing the Next Gen girls Mikayla Rose & Paige Harding good luck at the upcoming BMX World Championships in Holland. BUCHANAN Next Gen… more than just a girls team! Keep your eyes posted for whats to come!
Caroline Buchanan isn’t joking around with her Next Gen team. If you run a team, open up your eyes and watch someone who is doing things right. Caroline is constantly putting out videos and content and publicizing what she’s got going on. No wonder she’s got such a long list of sponsors…
Caroline Buchanan is doing a lot of good with this Buchanan Next Gen team and is pushing it pretty hard right now. It looks like she’s hooking up Mikayla Rose and Paige Harding well and I guarantee you’ll see some results out of them. If every team did videos like this, I think you’d see sponsors willing to help out some more. Stuff like this is how you sell product.
The team is just two girls right now, but according to the video it sounds like it’ll be growing in the future. Start impressing Caroline, girls!
Caroline Buchanan is working hard to get women in sports the recognition they deserve. She recently started her own team, Buchanan Next Gen, to accomplish that goal. Caroline is helping these girls chase their dreams and work their way to the top. Right now she’s got Mikayla Rose and Paige Harding both on board for the 2014 season.
“Launching BUCHANAN Next Gen, an all girls BMX team mentored by Olympian & 5 x World Champion Caroline Buchanan. Breaking the mold for support of women in sport!”