British Cycling Announces Team For 2021 MTB World Championships

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The UCI Mountain Bike World Championships will take place next week in Val di Sole, Italy. Today, British Cycling have announced the team. Here’s who will represent Great Britain in 4x, XC, DH and eMTB.

The press release reads:

British Cycling Team

British Cycling is pleased to today announce the 44 riders that will represent Great Britain at this month’s UCI Mountain Bike World Championships in Val di Sole, Italy, from 25 – 29 August.

The event will see rainbow jerseys awarded in the cross-country, downhill, four-cross and E-MTB
disciplines and Great Britain will be hoping to build on its impressive performance at the 2020
championships. Last year, the team finished second in the medal table with three gold, one silver and
one bronze medal.

Cross-country

Fresh from becoming Britain’s most successful female mountain biker at the Tokyo Olympic Games, Evie Richards will represent Great Britain as part of the 13-strong team selected for the
cross-country races. Joining her in the elite women’s race will be Annie Last and Isla Short.

In the under-23 events, the 2019 junior world champion Charlie Aldridge will compete, as will Cam Orr
and Harry Birchill. Anna Kay and Harriet Harnden will compete in the women’s event. Corran
Carrick-Anderson, Joe Blackmore and Nathan Smith will contest the junior men’s event and Elena
McGorum and Ella MacLean-Howell will line up in the junior women’s race.

Thanks to the fantastic performances from Evie and Tom Pidcock at the Olympic Games, mountain bike is firmly on the British public’s radar, and this gives the team an extra boost as we approach this year’s world championships.Evie will be carrying with her the momentum she built for the Games, and I think we can expect to see some strong performances from other members of the team across the categories too, with their training targeted to this race.

I’ll be looking at the junior and under-23 riders to make the most of being teammates with Evie, and indeed Annie Last who has a history of major event race results to her name. These world championships will offer an invaluable development opportunity to these riders.

Stephen Park, Performance Director for the Great Britain Cycling Team
Evie Richards, British Cycling XC Team 2021 MTB World Champs
Picture by Alex Whitehead/SWpix.com

I’m really looking forward to competing at the world championships. Tokyo was such a fantastic experience and it was great to have the opportunity to raise the profile of mountain biking, especially as Tom and I did so well out there. Since I got back, I have been able to re-focus and I’m ready to race again in Val di Sole.

Evie Richards

Downhill

Current world champion, Reece Wilson, will defend his rainbow jersey in Val di Sole. Also racing, 2019 Val di Sole downhill world cup winner Laurie Greenland and two-time world champion and reigning national champion, Danny Hart. Matt Walker, Greg Williamson, Bernard Kerr, Charlie Hatton and Joe Breeden complete the elite men’s squad.

In the elite women’s race, Tahnée Seagrave, who has two world championship silver medals to her
name line up for Great Britain, alongside Mikayla Parton, Stacey Fisher and Katherine
Sharp.

Reece Wilson, British Cycling DH Team 2021 MTB World Champs
Picture by Alex Whitehead/SWpix.com

In the junior women’s event, Phoebe Gale will look to continue her exciting form after recent national
championship and world cup wins. The junior men’s team is made up of overall junior world cup
winner from 2020, Ethan Craik, along with recently-crowned European champion Jordan Williams.
Dennis Luffman, William Brodie, Preston Williams, Jack Piercy, Ryan Brannen and Connor Smith
complete the junior men’s team.

British Cycling 4X Team

In the elite men’s 4X race, Scott Beaumont, Elliott Heap, Connor Hudson, Charlie Currie, Zac Hudson,
Will Evans and Daniel Wagstaff will all take to the start line, where Heap will be looking to improve on
the silver medal he won at the Val di Sole 4X world championships in 2019.

Josie McFall, who has looked impressive in this year’s 4X national series events, will be the sole British
entrant in the women’s race.

The world championships is undoubtedly a highlight of the racing calendar and with so many podium contenders in the squad I’m looking forward to a brilliant five days of racing.

It’s been brilliant to watch the emergence of a new and exciting generation of riders over recent years and Great Britain took six of the top 11 places in the junior men’s downhill event at last year’s world championships. With the new long-term plan for the gravity disciplines we announced earlier this year, and the expansion of our talent development hub activities, the future is incredibly bright.

British Cycling’s Mountain Bike Downhill and Four-Cross Co-ordinator, Michael Vickers

E-MTB Cross-Country

Tracy Moseley will be joined by Karen Pepper and Harriet Harnden in the E-MTB Cross-Country
discipline. The riders will be looking to build on Great Britain’s first world championships medal in the
discipline in 2020, secured by Tom Pidcock.

Tom Pidcock
Tom Pidcock performs at UCI XCO in Nove Mesto. Photo: Red Bull content pool.

Full rider list:

Cross-country

Elite Women: Annie Last, Evie Richards, Isla Short
Under-23 Men: Charlie Aldridge, Harry Birchill, Cam Orr
Under-23 Women: Harriet Harnden, Anna Kay
Junior Men: Joe Blackmore, Corran Carrick-Anderson, Nathan Smith
Junior Women: Ella Maclean-Howell, Elena McGorum

Four-cross

Elite Women: Josie McFall
Elite Men: Scott Beaumont, Charlie Currie, Will Evans, Elliott Heap, Connor Hudson, Zac Hudson,
Daniel Wagstaff

Downhill

Junior Women: Phoebe Gale
Junior Men: Ryan Brannen, William Brodie, Ethan Craik, Dennis Luffman, Jack Piercy, Connor Smith, Jordan Williams, Preston Williams
Elite Women: Stacey Fisher, Mikayla Parton, Tahnée Seagrave, Katherine Sharp
Elite Men: Joe Breeden, Laurie Greenland, Danny Hart, Charlie Hatton, Bernard Kerr, Matt Walker, Greg Williamson, Reece Wilson.

E-MTB

Women: Harriet Harnden, Tracy Moseley and Karen Pepper


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  • Premier Icon Tom Howard
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    If only we had an XC elite male with half a chance…

    Premier Icon DickBarton
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    That is looking like a strong field, but any reason why there is no Elite Men XC riders?

    I’ve obviously completely missed the ebike racing thing – didn’t realise that was a thing, but that should also be a good race (the mince joke I’ve got as I’ve no awareness of this is to ask if they see who can drain their battery the fastest).

    Premier Icon snotrag
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    Laurie Greenland could do it, based on performance yesterday. He looked calm, motivated, in control and FAST.

    Premier Icon moonsaballoon
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    Laurie Greenland has a good record there as well but the french guys seem to be on a different level at the moment. Few of those elite men missed Maribor with injuries so maybe a few changes yet .

    Premier Icon mick_r
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    Some really strong riders in the U23 and Juniors – hope they have a great experience.

    Premier Icon wcolt
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    I heard the weather in Spain’s pretty good right now for a 3 week getaway…

    No Fraser it seems.

    Premier Icon Steve Reynolds
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    Go Josie!

    Premier Icon wipperman95
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    No Elite mens XCO representative? Obviously Pidcock is at la vuelta – but apart from him the cupboard is bare.

    Premier Icon endomick
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    Little Phoebe all on her own in the brits junior women camp, doesn’t bode well for the future of uk women’s dh.

    Premier Icon bigchris
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    Matt Walker is the UK National Champ. Danny was last year.

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