How do you stop Rushlee Buchanan? The UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling rider is firmly established as Queen of the Crit after taking her fourth national title in Takapuna in style. The frightening thing from the opposition’s perspective is that her win came in just her first race back after a long hiatus from competition.
Rushlee Buchanan has surely got to head into the Elite Road National Championships in Napier with a firm favourite status on her shoulders. Although, Buchanan did point out in our post-race catch up with her that Georgia Williams would be hot on her tail; and that is a rivalry to wet the appetite if ever there was one. It was clear how devastated Williams was to miss out on the national title in Napier in the three-up sprint finish; and Buchanan is already aware of the fact that her track teammate and road rival will be gunning for gold once again.
But you don’t take a big break from racing, show up to a national championship and win without possessing some serious giftedness; and it’s only November. Between now and Napier Buchanan will be throwing herself into the track programme. Oceania awaits next week, with the World Cup scene also on the cards. Speed when Buchanan arrives in Napier will not be the issue at all.
National road race crown number 5 anyone?