British Cycling Announces Cross-Country Team For UCI Mountain Bike World Championships

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British Cycling has announced the team selected to represent GB in the Cross-Country races at the 2012 UCI Mountain Bike World Championships, which takes place in Saalfelden, Austria, from August 29th to September 9th 2012.

The team, the largest selected by British Cycling for an overseas World Championships, originally included three Olympians in Annie Last and Liam Killeen, who both rode in the London Olympics and Oli Beckingsale, who competed at Athens and Beijing.

However, Killeen suffered a serious ankle injury in the Olympic race and will not be racing again this season.

Last, 21, is currently ranked sixth in the world on the back of a career-best season and will compete in Under-23 category at the World Championships, in which she has won silver medals in both the last two years.

Kenta Gallagher, 20, is also having a career-best season in the Under-23 category, with a second national title and two top-10 finishes in World Cups. He is ranked 15th in the world.

Competing in the Junior ranks, Beth Crumpton has had three top 15 finishes in World Cups and also won her second national title last week.

National Mountain Bike Coach Phil Dixon said: “The team has established international quality at the Elite and Under-23 level and will be represented in all categories which is an indication of the strength of Mountain Biking in Great Britain. We have a healthy number of boys and girls in the junior categories which is encouraging for the future.”

Elite Men

Liam Killeen*

David Fletcher

Oliver Beckingsale

Elite Women

Lee Craigie

U23 Men

Grant Ferguson

Kenta Gallagher

Sebastian Bachelor

Steve James

U23 Women

Annie Last

Junior Men

Iain Paton

Michael Thompson.

Samuel Stean

Junior Women

Alice Barnes

Beth Crumpton

Rebecca Preece

* Liam Killeen will not be racing due to injury sustained in Olympic Games race.