British Cycling has confirmed the team of riders who will represent the Great Britain Cycling Team at the forthcoming UCI MTB World Championships in Vallnord, Andorra from 31 August-6 September.
The 29-strong team includes 2014 downhill world champions Gee Atherton and Manon Carpenter.
Both will face stiff competition from other British riders to retain their title, with Josh Bryceland, runner up to Atherton last year, named in the squad, while Rachel Atherton and Tahnee Seagrave are also selected having completed an all British podium alongside Carpenter in 2014.
Grant Ferguson will compete in the men’s cross-country U23 category and will be hoping to build on his recent second place at the recent European Championships, while Alice Barnes is selected following her recent podium finish in the U23 UCI Mountain Bike World Cup cross-country series in Canada.
Annie Last will compete in the elite women’s race.
British Cycling technical director, Shane Sutton, said: “We’ve selected a strong squad for this year’s World Championships with some experienced riders in the downhill categories especially. We’re enjoying a golden age of downhill racing in this country and I hope to see this continue at the worlds.
“We also have some talented young riders who’ve made the team. Grant Ferguson and Alice Barnes have enjoyed some excellent results so far in 2015 and will be hoping to carry that form into the biggest event of the year, and we know what Annie Last is capable of when she produces her best form. I wish them all luck in their races.”
Great Britain Cycling Team for the 2015 UCI MTB World Championships
Mountain bike cross-country
Mountain bike downhill
Gee Atherton (automatic as reigning world champion)
Manon Carpenter (automatic as reigning world champion)