Canberra is home to BMX world champion Caroline Buchanan, but not to an Olympic-standard BMX track.
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Buchanan, 23, would love one to be built at Stromlo Forest Park so Canberra can host the 2016 national championships.

Buchanan comfortably won the ACT state title at Melba on Sunday, winning three of her four races.

ellow Olympian Luke Madill won the men’s title.

The ACT state championships usually form part of the national series, but new regulations on track specifications meant the Melba track did not make the grade this year.

Buchanan is confident it will be back on the tour next year.

Bitumen is needed on two more turns to meet the standard.

Buchanan’s next race is the Perth leg of the national series in two weeks as she builds towards the Aussie nationals, the start of Olympic qualifiers and defending her world championship title.

She missed out on the Aussie national title last year but is hoping to reclaim that crown in Shepparton in May.

Track requirements for nationals have also risen, but Buchanan hopes a track can be built at Stromlo so the capital can host the championships in two years.

However, she conceded it would be an expensive project.

”It could be a while, but ideally it would be great to have that facility in Canberra, with the AIS here, with ACTAS, with Canberra being the cycling capital.

”I believe we’ve got everything else here, we’re just missing that Olympic-standard BMX track,” Buchanan said.

”I will be pushing for it … but it’s something that’s not cheap.

”There’s only one [Olympic standard track] in Australia at the moment and that’s on the Gold Coast and they put about $3 million into it.”

Buchanan will head to Perth to begin her preparations for the first World Cup in Manchester in April.

Then the Olympic Games selection process for Rio de Janeiro in 2016 begins at the third World Cup event in Berlin in June.

From there it’s all eyes on the world titles in Rotterdam, in the Netherlands, in July.

Buchanan won’t be the only Canberran heading to the worlds – both members of her ”Next Gen” stable, Mikayla Rose, from Canberra, and Sydney’s Paige Harding, will go, too.

Buchanan has taken the pair under her wing as part of her mentoring program.

She said the $10,000 needed in donations for the pair to get to the Netherlands had been reached on Saturday night.

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