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Buchanan ready for a break

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Caroline Buchanan is looking forward to a break after a busy year.

Caroline Buchanan is looking forward to a break after a busy year. Photo: Melissa Adams

World No.1 Caroline Buchanan is ready to put her feet up for a rest before the she turns her attention from BMX to mountain biking next year.

Buchanan's gruelling season came to an end when she narrowly missed out on the overall American women's BMX title, finishing second in the third and final race in Oklahoma on Monday.

The London Olympian ends the racing season at the top of the UCI world rankings and will return home to Canberra in December to spend Christmas with her family.

Buchanan won all six international time trials on the UCI circuit, including the Olympic Games time trial.

However, an error at the starting gate in London cost her a chance of finishing on the medal dais and she came in fifth.

Buchanan will next year return to mountain biking, a discipline where she is a two-time world champion.

She plans to race in three national downhill events in Australia next year.

''I have set many goals high this year and accomplished most,'' Buchanan said. ''After the Olympics I really needed a break but I wanted to finish off the World Cup season and claimed the overall, so that was satisfying.

''Being in contention for the No.1 American title was great too, and I walk away from this season with my head held high. Now I am truly ready for a break.''

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