14 August 2012 |
British Cycling has announced the team that will represent Great Britain in the Downhill and 4-Cross races at the 2012 UCI Mountain Bike World Championships, which take place in Leogang, Austria, from August 28th to September 2nd 2012.
The team will include seven current and past World Champions. The selection of six junior men is an encouraging sign that there is a healthy pool of young talent being nurtured through the British Downhill Series and individual coaching initiatives up and down the country.
Downhill Coordinator for British Cycling, Will Longden said:
“The elite team speaks for itself: World Champions, World Cup winners and consistent performers throughout. The junior riders are an exciting prospect. It’s been a few years since we had so many juniors in one season all capable of a BDS win and qualifying for World Cup finals. They will also have the benefit of a training camp at Leogang next week with myself and coaches, to help them get the best possible preparation for the Championships. It’s hopefully the start of an exciting time for the development of young DH riders through the support of British Cycling.”
Elite Men: Danny Hart, Gee Atherton, Josh Bryceland, Marc Beaumont, Matt Simmonds, Jo Smith, Sam Dale, Steve Peat
Reserve: Brendan Fairclough
Elite Women: Rachel Atherton, Manon Carpenter, Tracy Moseley
Junior Men: Jono Jones, George Gannicott*, Joe Connell, Frazer McGlone, Phil Atwill, Mike Jones
Junior Women: Tahnee Seagrave
Men: Scott Beaumont
Women: Katy Curd
*note that, since selection, George Gannicott has broken his collarbone and been withdrawn from the team