British Cycling has today announced the ten riders who will represent the Great Britain Cycling Team at the UCI Four-Cross World Championships taking place in Val di Sole, Italy, from the 1st – 2nd August.
Reigning national champions Will Evans and Natasha Bradley have both made selection for this year’s world championships. British four-cross legend Scott Beaumont has also made selection along with, Charles Currie, Elliott Heap, Daniel Wagstaff, Connor Hudson and David Roberts for the elite men’s event. On the women’s side, Natasha will be joined by Megan Wherry and Courtney Abbiss, who is set to make her debut at this world championships.
Speaking of the selection, Michael Vickers, Four-Cross Co-ordinator for the Great Britain Cycling Team said: “This will be the fifth year in a row that Val di Sole has hosted the four-cross world championships, so it has become quite an iconic venue within the four-cross community.
“In the men’s race, Elliott Heap will be looking to improve on his fourth-place finish at last year’s event. Elliott, who has a solid history of multidisciplinary success, has a refreshing style of riding that has the potential to set him apart from the rest of the field. He’s relatively new to the discipline, but his creative lines through the corners combined with the past year of experience, should put him in good stead for a result on this course.
“Scott Beaumont has once again made selection for the team and brings plenty of experience with him, having won his first national four-cross title in 2008 and getting close to the world championship podium over the years. No doubt, Scott will be chasing that gold medal to add to his impressive palmares.
“On the women’s side, Natasha Bradley is having a great season so far, putting down some impressive results racing in the men’s category at national level and winning the women’s race at the ProTour Round One in Fort William. Natasha’s technical ability will be one of her key strengths and, having seen her finish second at last year’s world championships, I’m really looking forward to seeing how she gets on this year.
“Megan Wherry has performed consistently well this season, finishing on the podium at every round of the British Four-Cross Series and finishing second to Natasha at Fort William, and will be looking forward to her second world championships having crashed out last year. Similarly, Courtney Abbiss will be looking forward to her first world championship race and I think she will benefit a lot by being around the more experienced riders which will really help her development.
“Overall, we have selected a strong team for Val di Sole with some real medal hopes in both categories and, knowing the course, I think we can expect some really exciting racing in Italy.”
The Great Britain Cycling Team for UCI Four-Cross World Championships, Val di Sole: