Caroline Buchanan

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Caroline Buchanan
Personal information
Birth nameCaroline
Born (1990-10-24) 24 October 1990 (age 28)
Canberra, Australia
Height165 cm (5 ft 5 in)
Weight68 kg (150 lb)
Country Australia
Event(s)Bicycle motocross(BMX)
Mountain biking
Achievements and titles
World finals5 x BMX and Mountain Bike World Champion
Olympic finalsLondon 2012 Olympic Finalist

Caroline Buchanan (born 24 October 1990) is an Australian cyclist who has won multiple world championships in BMX and mountain biking. She represented Australia at the 2012 and 2016 Summer Olympics in the women's BMX event.


Nicknamed Caro,[1] Buchanan was born on 24 October 1990 in Canberra, Australia.[1][2] She attended St John Vianney Weston Creek before going to high school at Merici College Braddon and Erindale College.[1] In September 2016, Buchanan became engaged to American BMX rider Barry Nobles with whom she shares a home in Menifee, California.[3][4] Buchanan is 165 centimetres (65 in) tall and weighs 68 kilograms (150 lb).[1][5]

In late December, 2017, Buchanan was involved in a car accident. She suffered serious injuries, including a collapsed lung and spent time in an intensive care unit.[6]


Buchanan represents Australia in BMX and mountain biking.[5] She has been coached by Wade Bootes since 2007.[1] Her primary training base is on Queensland's Gold Coast.[1] She has a cycling scholarship with the ACT Academy of Sport.[1] She is a member of the Tuggeranong Vikings BMX Club.[1] She is 11× time Australian champion in BMX,[5] in 2011 World Championships Buchanan won silver medal at time trial. She is also the 2009 and 2010 4-X Champion.[2][7] She has earned the Australian Female Mountain bike rider of the year title three times.[1]

While Buchanan was one of the best Australian BMX riders in 2008, she was not eligible for the Olympics because of her age.[1] Following the 2008 issue, she added mountain biking to her cycling disciplines.[1]

During 2012, Buchanan was focused on BMX and earning an Olympic spot in the discipline.[7] In 2012, she won a round of the Supercross, becoming the first Australian woman to do so.[7] She had the two fastest runs at the 2012 time trial event at the World Championships in Birmingham, England.[7] In May 2012, she was ranked the number one women's BMX rider in the world.[7] She was selected to represent Australia at the 2012 Summer Olympics in the women's BMX event.[1]

In September 2013 Buchanan won the elite women's title at the UCI World Four Cross Championships in Leogang, Austria. She beat Anneke Beerten (Netherlands) the defending world champion.[8] In July Buchanan also won the UCI BMX World Championships in New Zealand.[8] In 2013, she won the Sir Hubert Opperman Trophy for Australia's best all-round cyclist. She was the first person competing in BMX or mountain bike to win the award.[9][10]

In May 2016 Buchanan won the Elite Women's Time Trial at the World BMX Championships in Colombia[11] and was second to Mariana Pajon in the Elite Women's BMX race.

Buchanan qualified second in the seeding at the 2016 Olympics. However, she crashed during one of the semi-final rounds and didn't qualify for the final.[12]

Since recovering from an accident in December 2017 she has started to compete in freestyle BMX events.[13]


Arc en ciel.svg 1st UCI BMX World Championships (Elite Women's Time Trial)
2nd UCI BMX World Championships (Elite Women)
Arc en ciel.svg 1st UCI Four Cross World Championship
2nd UCI BMX World Championships (Elite Women)


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l "London 2012 - Caroline Buchanan". Australia: Australian Olympic Committee. Retrieved 2012-07-06.
  2. ^ a b "Caroline Buchanan". Retrieved 1 June 2016.
  3. ^ Dutton, Chris (September 10, 2016). "BMX star Caroline Buchanan buries Olympic pain with engagement and world title". Canberra Times. Retrieved 14 March 2017.
  4. ^ "A Day In the Life of Barry Nobles and Caroline Buchanan". BMX Union. Retrieved 14 March 2017.
  5. ^ a b c "Caroline Buchanan". Herald Sun. Retrieved 17 March 2012.
  6. ^ "Olympian seriously injured in car crash". BBC News. 2018. Retrieved 3 January 2018.
  7. ^ a b c d e "Buchanan wins first BMX world title". Sky News. 27 May 2012. Retrieved 2012-07-06.[permanent dead link]
  8. ^ a b "Buchanan riding high after fifth world title". The Sydney Morning Herald. AAP. 22 September 2013. Retrieved 22 September 2013.
  9. ^ "Sir Hubert Opperman Trophy and 'Oppy Medal'". Cycling Australia. Retrieved 1 June 2016.
  10. ^ "Bio - Caroline Buchanan". Caroline Buchanan. Archived from the original on 30 June 2016. Retrieved 1 June 2016.
  11. ^ "Elite Time Trials World Titles to Kimmann and Buchanan". Union Cycliste Internationale. 29 May 2016. Retrieved 30 May 2016.
  12. ^ "Rio 2016: Caroline Buchanan crashes out of BMX semi-finals, Willoughby and Dean miss out on medals". ABC News. 19 August 2016. Retrieved 19 August 2016.
  13. ^ Giuliani, Simone (19 December 2018). "Caroline Buchanan: Finding a way to fly again". Cycling Tips. Retrieved 13 January 2019.

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Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Alicia Coutts
and Tom Slingsby
Australian Athlete of the Year
(with Kim Crow)
Succeeded by
Jessica Fox