"A lot of my focus has been on mountain biking (this year) so it's been a little bit different preparation but I really felt good on my bike coming into this event," Buchanan said. "Countless hours have been put into my preparation in the off season and post the RIO Olympic Games to prepare for this World Championship event. I won my quarter-final, won my semi-final and had first lane in the final. I got out really well, Alise came over and it's never over until the finish line. It was down to the wire, I couldn't believe it. I'm stoked for Alise, it's the first world championship that she has won."
Fellow Australian two-time Olympian Lauren Reynolds was seventh in the final, while Bodi Turner was sixth in the men's race, his best result at senior world championship level.
Story: Caden Helmers