Mountain Bike Australia is pleased to announce the riders selected to represent Australia at the Downhill, Four Cross (4X) and Trials UCI MTB World Championships in Val di Sole, Italy, 3-11 September.
The team of 20 includes current and former world champions plus juniors earning selection on the team for the first time.
Janine Jungfels (QLD) became the first ever Australian to win a Trials world championship when she defeated the might of the Europeans in Andorra, Spain in 2015.
The current national champion was also named as Cycling Australia 2015 Female Mountain Biker Of The Year.
Reigning national elite men and women’s champion Troy Brosnan (SA) and Tracey Hannah (QLD) will carry the hopes of the team in the downhill.
Brosnan is currently second on the world cup standings, with Hannah third in the women’s, with both having finished second at the Cairns world cup earlier this year.
In the juniors, Jackson Frew (ACT) will be out to improve upon the bronze medal he won last year in Spain.
Three-time 4X world champion Caroline Buchanan (ACT) will mark her return to the mountain bike arena for the first time in three years, after she took out the 2013 world championships in South Africa.
MTBA President Russ Baker congratulated the riders selected to represent Australia in the 2016 World Championships in Downhill, Observed Trials and Four Cross.
“It is a great honour to be selected to represent your country. This team has a great mix of youth and experience, which includes current and previous World Champions. Their experience will be of great benefit to the new riders and to the whole team. My congratulations and best wishes to all the riders in the Australian Team, and my thanks to the families, clubs, supporters and sponsors who have helped them along the path to the pinnacle of their sport.”
Australian Team for the 2016 UCI MTB World Championships:
DHI Elite Men DHI JUNIORS
Troy Brosnan Jackson Frew
Connor Fearon Joshua Clark
Michael Hannah Remy Morton
Josh Button Harry Bush
Graeme Mudd Harry Parsons
Dean Lucas Baxter Maiwald
Jack Moir Ben Zwar
DHI Elite Women 4X
Tracey Hannah Caroline Buchanan
Tegan Molloy TRIALS
Michelle Crisp *
Ronja Hill-Wright * Janine Jungfels
* athlete has declined nomination