British Team for 2024 UEC MTB European Championships Announced

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The road to the Olympics hots up with the European Champions in just over a week in Romania. British Cycling has just announced who will be racing for Britain at this event, and is fielding a particularly strong female team across all age groups. Here’s the full press release:

RICHARDS AND ALDRIDGE TO LEAD BRITISH TEAM AT 2024 UEC MTB EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIPS 

British Cycling can today announce the 14-strong lineup that will represent Great Britain at the 2024 UEC MTB European Championships in the first major event of the Olympic year.  

Picture by Thomas Maheux/SWpix.com – 10/08/2023 – 2023 UCI Cycling World Championships – MTB Cross Country – Glentress Forest, Peebles, Scotland – Elite Women Cross-country Short Track – Evie Richards – Great Britain

Running from Wednesday 8 to Sunday 12 May 2024 in Cheile Gradistei, Romania, Evie Richards heads up a strong Great Britain Cycling Team squad after a fantastic start to the season.  Having taken the short track win at the Mairiporã world series round in Brazil, Richards followed up with three more top 10 finishes, and will lead teammates Annie Last and Isla Short as they contest the elite women’s race and vie for those all-important Olympic qualification points. 

Picture by Thomas Maheux/SWpix.com – 11/08/2023 – Mountain Bike Cross-Country – 2023 UCI Cycling World Championships – Glentress Forest, Peebles, Scotland – U23 Men Cross-country Olympic – Charlie Aldridge – Great Britain

Last year’s under-23 men’s MTB cross-country world champion Charlie Aldridge will race in Romania in the elite men’s category, alongside teammate Cam Orr.  

Picture by Alex Broadway/SWpix.com – 24/08/2022 – Cycling – UCI MTB World Championships 2022 – Les Gets, France – Ella Maclean-Howell of Great Britain rides during the Cross-Country Team Relay.

Ella Maclean-Howell will be GB’s only representative in the women’s under-23 race, coming off the back of a string of national and international wins including the under-23 race at the Heubacher Mountainbike Festival, the Coupe de France race in Marseille the opening round one of the National Cross-country Series. 

On the under-23 men’s side, coming off the back of some impressive wins on the road, Joe Blackmore will start his mountain bike season with the European championships. He will be joined by Corran Carrick-Anderson who recently took second place in the elite men’s opening round of the National Cross-country Series, as well as Max Greensill who moves up from the junior ranks to his first season in under-23. 

Picture by Alex Broadway/SWpix.com – 11/08/2023 – 2023 UCI Cycling World Championships – MTB Cross Country – Glentress Forest, Peebles, Scotland – U23 Men Cross-country Olympic – Joseph Blackmore of Great Britain.

Contesting the junior events for the men will be rising start Max Standen who has shown promise both nationally and with a top 10 finish at the Junior World Series round in Banyoles earlier in the year.  Winner of the junior race in the opening National Cross-country Series round, Bethany-Ann Jackson, and fourth place Daisy Taylor will contest the European jersey, being joined by debutants Evie Strachan and Maddie Moorhouse-Smith. 

Stephen Park CBE, Performance Director for the Great Britain Cycling Team, said: 

“With the Olympics just a few months away, we are delighted to be taking such a strong team to the 2024 UEC MTB European Championships, including world champion medallists Evie Richards and Charlie Aldridge. It’s amazing to see the strength and depth of talent we have in the Great Britain Cycling Team, with four junior women competing for the European title, and fills me with confidence as we look beyond Paris to LA and beyond.” 

Great Britain Cycling Team squad for the 2024 UEC MTB European Championships: 

Elite women 

  • Annie Last 
  • Evie Richards 
  • Isla Short 

Elite men 

  • Charlie Aldridge  
  • Cam Orr 

Under 23 men 

  • Joe Blackmore 
  • Corran Carrick-Anderson 
  • Max Greensill 

Under 23 women 

  • Ella Maclean-Howell 

Junior women 

  • Bethany-Ann Jackson 
  • Maddie Moorhouse-Smith 
  • Evie Strachan 
  • Daisy Taylor 

Junior Men 

  • Max Standen 

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  • nickc
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    Obvious name is missing. Tells everyone how important the European MTB champs is I guess.

    dirkpitt74
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    Good to see Evie Strachan in there – she used to be coached and race for our club, and another local in double national champ Max Greensill.

    chaos
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    Obvious name is missing. Tells everyone how important the European MTB champs is I guess.

    Zoe ?  She’ll have only just finished the Vuelta.

    WildHunter2009
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    Looks like Evie Richards is out with concussion symptoms which is a massive shame.I suspect the obvious name missing being referred to might be Tom Pidcock.

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