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Kate Courtney, Keegan Swenson, Aaron Gwin headline Group USA for MTB world championships – VeloNews.com

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Group USA’s quickest off-road cyclists are heading down underneath.

On Thursday USA Biking introduced the roster for the upcoming 2020 UCI mountain bike world championships in Leogang, Austria, held October 5 – 11.

Highlighting the squad is the 2018 world champion and 2019 world cup general champion, Kate Courtney (Scott/SRAM Racing). She can be joined by four-time nationwide champion Erin Huck (Phases Biking-Scott), and former collegiate nationwide champion and present VeloNews columnist Hannah Finchamp (Orange Seal Off-Highway Group).

The identical ladies have additionally been named to the USA Biking Olympic lengthy crew, with the addition of Haley Batten (Specialised Manufacturing facility Racing), who can be racing within the under-23 class.

Jim Miller, USA Biking’s chief of sport efficiency, commented on the crew’s outlook.

“We’re bringing a extremely centered crew and a bunch of medal succesful athletes competing in opposition to one of the best on this planet. A few of the athletes have carried out solely a handful of races this 12 months, for others, this can be their first of the season.” Miller continued, “We imagine we’re bringing one of many strongest groups we’ve got ever had. For the cross-country racers, many have their eyes on the Olympic Video games in 2021 with this race being an enormous issue within the qualification course of.”

The junior ladies’s crew can be anchored by Madigan Munroe (Trek Manufacturing facility Racing) who completed third on the 2020 UCI Cyclocross world championships earlier this 12 months.

On the lads’s facet, 2019 mountain bike cross-country nationwide champion Keegan Swenson (Stan’s-Pivot Professional Group p/b Maxxis) will signify Group USA within the males’s elite occasion, whereas Christopher Blevins (Specialised Manufacturing facility Racing) will signify within the U23 class. One Olympic berth is on provide for the USA males, pitting these two in opposition to one another for outcomes which can result in an Olympic slot. The junior males’s crew will embrace Riley Amos (Bear Growth Group) and Bjorn Riley (Bear Growth Group) who each hope to raised final 12 months’s world championship performances.

Within the downhill competitors, five-time World Cup general champion Aaron Gwin (Intense Manufacturing facility Racing), reigning USA downhill nationwide champion Neko Mulally (Intense Manufacturing facility Racing), Charlie Harrison (Trek Manufacturing facility Racing), Dakotah Norton (Unior Devinci Manufacturing facility Racing), and Luca Shaw (Santa Cruz Syndicate) can be sporting the purple, white, and blue jerseys for the lads, whereas Anna Newkirk (SRAM Younger Weapons Racing) and Mazie Hayden (Defiant Racing) can be racing within the ladies’s occasion.

2020 UCI mountain bike world championship Group USA roster

Cross-country elite males:
Keegan Swenson (Park Metropolis, Utah; Stan’s-Pivot Professional Group p/b Maxxis)

Cross-country elite ladies:
Kate Courtney (Kentfield, Calif.; SCOTT/ SRAM Racing)
Hannah Finchamp (Altadena, Calif.; Orange Seal Off-Highway Group)
Erin Huck (Boulder, Colo.; Phases Biking-Scott)
*Lea Davison and Chloe Woodruff had been each been nominated to the crew, however declined their spots.

Cross-country U23 males:
Christopher Blevins (Durango, Colo.; Specialised Manufacturing facility Racing)

Cross-country U23 ladies:
Haley Batten (Park Metropolis, Utah; Specialised Manufacturing facility Racing)

Cross-country junior males:
Riley Amos (Durango, Colo.; Bear Growth Group)
Bjorn Riley (Boulder, Colo.; Bear Growth Group)

Cross-country junior ladies:
Ruth Holcomb (Durango, Colo.; Bear Growth Group)
Madigan Munroe (Boulder, Colo.; Trek Manufacturing facility Racing)
Haley Randel (Mill Valley, Calif.; Bear Growth Group)

Downhill elite males:
Aaron Gwin (Murietta, Calif.; Intense Manufacturing facility Racing)
Charlie Harrison (Trabuco Canyon, Calif.; Trek Manufacturing facility Racing)
Neko Mulally (Pisgah Forest, N.C.; Intense Manufacturing facility Racing)
Dakotah Norton (Knoxville, Tenn.; Unior Devinci Manufacturing facility Racing)
Luca Shaw (Hendersonville, N.C.; Santa Cruz Syndicate)

Downhill elite ladies:
Mazie Hayden (Pittsfield, Vt.; Defiant Racing)
Anna Newkirk (Riehen, Switzerland; SRAM Younger Weapons Racing)

Downhill junior males:
Austin Dooley (Yucaipa, Calif.; Commencal)
Christopher Grice (Brevard, N.C.; Specialised Manufacturing facility Racing)
Dante Silva (Chula Vista, Calif.; unattached)
Matthew Sterling (San Jose, Calif.; Big Manufacturing facility Off-Highway Group)

Downhill junior ladies:
Ella Erickson (Hayden, Idaho; unattached)

2020 UCI mountain bike world championship schedule

Wednesday, October 7: crew relay and e-bike
Thursday, October 8: junior ladies’s and junior males’s cross-country
Friday, October 9: downhill qualifying and U23 Males’s cross-country
Saturday, October 10: U23 ladies’s, elite ladies’s, and elite males’s cross-country
Sunday, October 11: all junior and elite downhill finals


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