Who’s Going To The 2010 Worlds in Mont St Anne?

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British Cycling has today announced the team who will represent Great Britain at the forthcoming UCI Mountain Bike World Championships in Mont-Saint-Anne, Canada, taking place on 31 August – 5 September 2010.

World Champion Steve Peat will be looking to defend his title in the Downhill competition whilst Gee Atherton, currently leading the World Cup series, and Marc Beaumont, winner of the last World Cup in Val di Sole, also make the squad. First year Junior Manon Carpenter makes her debut at World Championship level having already scored three top 10 results in the Elite Women’s Downhill World Cup this year.

Current Junior Trials World Champion Joe Oakley makes his first World Championship appearance in the Elite Men’s category and Commonwealth Cross Country Gold medallist Liam Killeen has also been selected.

Great Britain’s Olympic Academy rider and current National Champion Annie Last has had a strong season this year with two podium finishes at World Cup level in the Under – 23 category. She is joined by fellow Academy riders Lily Matthews and David Fletcher, whilst Olympic Development Programme riders Grant Ferguson, Kenta Gallagher and Steve James – all of whom have produced top ten finishes at World Cups this year – also make the selection.

British Cycling’s Performance Director Dave Brailsford said: “The strength and depth of talent which GB has across all the mountain bike disciplines continues to increase and the size of the squad we’re sending to the World Champs reflects this. The Elite Men’s Downhill team is testimony of the strength of talent – all eight of the riders selected have had a top ten finish at World Cup level this year and their team includes Steve Peat who is the current World Champion, Gee Atherton who is currently leading the World Cup series with one round remaining and Marc Beaumont who won the most recent Downhill World Cup in Italy last weekend.

“It’s also good to see the number of young riders which have made it onto the squad again this year, particularly the crop of young talent we have in the Olympic discipline of Cross Country with just under two years to go until London 2012.”

Riders:

CROSS COUNTRY

Elite Men

Oli Beckingsale

Liam Killeen

U23 Men/Women:

David Fletcher

Annie Last

Lily Matthews

Junior Men:

Grant Ferguson

Kenta Gallagher

Steve James

DOWNHILL

Senior Men/Women:

Gee Atherton

Rachel Atherton

Marc Beaumont

Ruaridh Cunningham

Brendan Fairclough

Fionn Griffiths

Danny Hart

Tracy Moseley

Steve Peat

Matt Simmonds

Joe Smith

Junior Men/Women

Lewis Buchanan

Manon Carpenter

Sam Flockhart

Mark Scott

FOUR CROSS

Senior Men/Women:

Scott Beaumont

Katy Curd

Fionn Griffiths

TRIALS

Elite 26” (and 20” if desired)

Andrei Burton

Joe Oakley

Daniel Butler

Ben Slinger

Ben Savage

Junior 20”

Sam Oliver

For more information please visit www.britishcycling.org.uk

Chipps

Singletrack Editor

Chipps wasn’t around for the dawn of mountain biking in the UK, but he likes to claim that he arrived in time for second breakfast (about the time he shows up for work, then…) starting in the bike trade in 1990 and becoming a full time mountain bike journalist at the start of 1994. Over the subsequent quarter century, he has seen mountain bike culture flourish and diversify and bike technology go from rigid steel frames to fully suspended carbon fibre (and sometimes back to rigid steel as well.)

His riding style is best described as ‘medium, wheels on the ground, trail riding’ though he’s been spotted doing everything from endurance downhill racing to 24 hour cross country racing. He favours mid-travel trail bikes and claims to be wheel-size, gear, brake and tyre agnostic. In fact, his garage spans most bicycle flavours, taking in steel hardtails, carbon trail bikes, even a mountain bike tandem, along with road, touring and gravel/cyclocross bikes.

While he’s happy to chat about bikes all day, his real interest is in the people and places that bikes can introduce you to and he talks as fondly about the trails he’s ridden and riders he’s met as the bikes that took him there.

Comments (4)

    I’ve ridden with Steve James occasionally. He’s feckin quick.

    No Josh Bryceland? Not sure if he’s young enough to still be a junior or not, but he’s been faster than some of those other nams this year…

    Just goes to show the strength in depth of British downhilling that Brycleand’s not been picked. He no longer a Junior and he’s had a pretty up and down season so far. There’s so many quick Brits around the top 20 you now have to be right on it to get picked for the Worlds team.

    bryceland over matt simmonds anyday

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