British Cycling has today announced the team of eight riders who will ride for the Great Britain Cycling Team at the UCI Mountain Bike World Championships taking place in Nove Mesto na Morave in the Czech Republic from 29 June-3 July.
Grant Ferguson will represent Great Britain in the elite men’s race having had a strong start to his debut season in the elite men’s category, with a career best position of 15th at the World Cup in Albstadt.
Current under-23 cyclo-cross world champion Evie Richards, who has won two silver medals at world cup-level this year, will represent Great Britain in the under-23 women’s category. She will be joined by non-programme rider Beth Crumpton whilst Iain Paton will represent the under-23 men. Four junior academy riders complete the line-up.
Head coach Iain Dyer said: “We’re sending a youthful team to contest this year’s mountain bike world championships in the Czech Republic and I think we’re capable of delivering some world-class performances at this event.
“It’s been promising to see Evie Richards on the podium twice in her first year riding in the under-23 category and equally I think Grant Ferguson has made great progress in his debut year as in the elite male category.
"An obvious omission from the under-23 women’s squad is academy rider Alice Barnes who, with our support, has decided to focus on the road this year.
“The junior riders who are in the squad have earned their places and we’ll all be keen to see how the championships help their development as members of our Junior Academy.
“With just under a month to go until the event, training is going well across the board and we’re in a good place at this stage of the preparations.”
Great Britain Cycling Team for the 2016 UCI Mountain Bike World Championships