British Cycling has today announced the longlist of riders from which the final team will be selected to compete at the UCI Road World Championships. Among the list of riders are several Scottish athletes.
John Archibald, Alfie George, Anna Shackley and Stuart Balfour all feature on the longlist for the event which takes place in Yorkshire from 22md - 29th September
The Great Britain Cycling Team will contest each of the race categories which includes the debut team time trial mixed relay event, as well as the road races and individual time trials for junior men and women, under-23 men and elite men and women.
Chief Executive of Scottish Cycling Craig Burn said: "I am thrilled to see some great Scottish talent feature on the longlist for the Yorkshire Worlds. Both Anna and Alfie have come up through the Scottish Cycling Development Programme so it is fantastic to see them realising their potential. I hope to see all four riders on the start line in September."
Stuart Balfour is on the list for the under-23 road race following an exceptional summer racing in Europe. Most recently he placed 28th at the Tour de Lavenir as part of the Great Britian Cycling Team and won the most compatitive rider prize on a stage.
Rising star Alfie George will be eager to gain a place on the team for the junior men's road race having dominated at the National Youth and Junior Track Championships in Wales in August and ridden well in the several European junior races as part of the Great Britain Cycling Team.
Fresh from finishing best British rider and 13th overall at the Women's Tour of Scotland and achieving a new Scottish record in the individual pursuit at the British Junior Track Championships, Anna Shackley hopes to compete in the junior women's road race.
Scottish Cycling Endurance Coach Mark Mckay said: "Throughout 2019 Anna has consistently stepped up her performance, from taking bronze against France in the Team Pursuit in Apeldoorn back in Janaury to competing against senior women at the Women's Tour of Scotland in August. The future is looking very bright for Anna and hopefully she is now in the frame to get selected for the World Championships in Yorkshire."
Named on the list for an exciting new event - the Team Time Trial Mixed Relay is John Archibald. It's been a great season for John with a bronze at the HSBC National Road Race Championship, silver in the time trial, and a win at the Stockton GP.
Great Britain Cycling Team Performance Director Stephen Park said: “Yorkshire has firmly established itself as one of the leading counties for cycling in Britain and it was incredible to see the fans line the roads at the Grand Depart of the Tour de France in 2014, and the significant success of the Tour de Yorkshire in subsequent years. There’s no doubt the road world championships will match this success, and the squad will be proud to race in the Great Britain Cycling Team jersey in front of the home crowd.
“While it’s too soon to confirm our final squads, looking at the longlist for each category, we do have some very real medal chances across the board and we look forward to announcing the final line-up in due course.”
The Great Britain Cycling Team for UCI Road World Championships 2019
Elite Men’s Road Race (six to ride)
Tao Geoghegan Hart
Elite Men’s Time Trial (two to ride)
Tao Geoghegan Hart
Elite Women’s Road Race (six to ride)
Elite Women’s Time Trial (two to ride)
U23 Men’s Road Race (five to ride)
U23 Men’s Time Trial (two to ride)
Junior Men’s Road Race (five to ride)
Junior Men’s Time Trial (two to ride)
Oscar Nilsen Julien
Junior Women’s Road Race (five to ride)
Junior Women’s Time Trial (two to ride)
Team Time Trial Mixed Relay (three male riders, three female riders to ride)
In addition to the world championship races, the Great Britain Cycling Team will be strongly represented in the Yorkshire 2019 Para-cycling International which takes place on 21st September.