The GB squad for the forthcoming Mountain Bike World Championships in Champéry, Switzerland from 31 August – 4 September 2011 has just been announced.
So the big news is Brendan Fairclough and Ruaridh Cunningham are in the DH squad, but National Champ Luke Limbrick has not been selected for the 4X team, or Joey Gough in the women’s 4X (second place in Fort William).
UPDATE: It seems from reading the comments below that Joey was selected but chose not to go!
Here’s the list:
We should also point out that Tracy Mosley is down to race in the (mixed) team relay earlier in the week at the championshipd. Not sure why this would be. Fancied a spin out? Likes the look of the course? GB trying to get more medals? Trek would like her to do it? To chill her out? Who knows?
BRITISH CYCLING ANNOUNCES DOWNHILL, FOUR-CROSS AND TRIALS TEAMS
FOR UCI MOUNTAIN BIKE WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS
British Cycling has today announced the team selected to represent GB in the Downhill, Four-Cross and Trials disciplines at the 2011 UCI Mountain Bike World Championships, taking place in Champéry, Switzerland from 31 August – 4 September 2011. The riders representing GB in the Cross Country and Relay events were announced last month.
Current World Champion Tracy Moseley will be looking to defend her title in the Downhill event and has also been selected for the Relay, an event which scores Olympic qualifying points for GB. Steve Peat (2010 World Champion) and Gee Atherton (World Cup Series Champion 2010) will both be looking to put in strong performances in the elite men’s category. Junior rider Manon Carpenter is currently leading the Junior World Cup series, whilst both the junior men riders have had a fantastic World Cup season and they are all looking on good form ahead of the World Championships.
Fionn Griffiths will represent GB in the Four Cross having had a podium performance this year. In the Trials James Hyland has bounced back from an ankle injury to make his mark on the British scene.
GB Performance Manager Shane Sutton said: “We have a massive pool of mountain bike talent in Great Britain and this is reflected in the size of the squad we have selected for the World Championships. The Downhill guys perform consistently well year-on-year and it’s exciting to see the young talent, like Danny Hart, up there on the Podium alongside the best elite riders in the World.
“From an Olympic perspective, I believe we’re gaining momentum as we approach 2012 and we’ve seen some promising performances from all the riders. Annie Last in particular has done the country proud by riding up an age category this year in the World Cup series and recently winning the silver medal at the U23 Euros. For the World Championships, she must ride within her U23 category and it would be great to see her back on the World Champs podium like she was last year.”