Mountain Bike Australia is pleased to announce the Australian XCO and DHI junior team to take part at their respective 2016 World Championships.
Eight riders have been selected to represent Australia in the U19 Downhill team for the World Championships to be held in Val Di Sole, Italy in September, while six athletes were selected for the U19 Cross Country team for their World Championships in Nové Mësto, Czech Republic in late June.
JUNIOR MEN: Michael Harris, Kian Lerch-Mackinnon, Luke Pankhurst, Jack Feltham, Nick Pedlar
JUNIOR WOMEN: Sarah I’ions
JUNIOR MEN: Jackson Frew, Joshua Clark, Remy Morton, Harry Bush, Baxter Miawald, Harry Parsons, Ben Zwar
JUNIOR WOMEN: Sian A’Hern
The selection committee took into account the riders results from the recent National Championships and National Series. National Development coach Jodie Willet believes the pathways implemented by MTBA are paying dividends.
“It’s all fresh faces this year for the U19 XCO team, although half of them have come through the MTBA Under 17 development program so that makes the transition a lot smoother.”
“The DHI team includes riders who experienced international competition with the MTBA program last year and are looking to build on that in 2016. We’re all looking forward to our first camp in Cairns, in conjunction with the World Cup later this month.”
Mountain Bike Australia President Russell Baker also congratulated the 14 athletes who’ll be representing Australia in coming months.
“It is a great honour for you to be able to wear the green and gold stripes – a mark of cycling known and respected around the world. My thanks also go to all the Parents, Clubs, Coaches and Sponsors who have supported these riders throughout their development.”
“For many, this will be their first step onto the world stage at this level and irrespective of the result, the experience gained will be a huge benefit to the riders and to mountain biking in Australia into the future.” Well done on your selection and my best wishes to you as you represent Australia.