Caroline Buchanan is hopeful of a BMX berth at the next Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro but right now her focus is on developing Olympians of the future.
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Cycling Central

7 Apr 2015 - 5:20 PM  UPDATED 13 Apr 2015 - 3:35 PM

Buchanan will launch her new Signature Balance Bike this weekend which are aimed at getting children between two and five years old riding.

"This is where the real grassroots of all cycling and motor sports really begins," explained Buchanan of the small balance bike.

"It gets children active earlier which has health benefits but also it gets them learning to balance on a bike."

The bike has a seat but no cranks which allows children to bypass training wheels. They sit on the seat and push or they can put their feet on the rear chain stays and learn to stand up. It is an ideal starting bike giving young riders a chance to learn to balance and control a bike.

Despite using training wheels herself and getting into BMX when she was five years old, Buchanan believes this push to get even younger riders on bikes could pay off at Olympic level.

The global scene has also changed with World Championships for this age group on similar bikes being held in Sarasota, USA this year. The Australian BMX national body has introduced a mini-wheeler category to many of its race programmes.

"I can't wait to show the rest of Australia what these little ones can do. They are just so excited to be on a track," said Buchanan.

"This could be the start of something amazing. Kids will remember their first ride, their first race and later their first jump and even their first podium. It all starts on a balance bike."

The bikes will get a test run this weekend at the ACT state titles in Tuggeranong in Canberra this weekend.

View more information about the bikes here.