USA Cycling names athletes for MTB worlds

Colorado Springs, Colo. (July 19, 2006) óUSA Cycling announced today automatic nominations and coaches selection nominees to the U.S. National Team that will represent the United States at the 2006 UCI Mountain Bike World Championships and the 2006 UCI Mountain Bike Marathon World Championships.

The 2006 UCI Mountain Bike World Championships are scheduled for August 22-27 in Rotorua, New Zealand and will feature Olympic-discipline cross country racing for junior, U23 and elite athletes as well as downhill, 4-cross, trials and team relay events.

In the elite menís cross country category, Jeremy Horgan-Kobelski (Boulder, Colo.) earned an automatic nomination with a fifth-place finish at the fourth round of the UCI World Cup series in Fort William Scotland. Ryan Trebon (Ventura, Calif.) earned the only other elite menís cross country automatic nomination with a win Saturday at the USA Cycling Mountain Bike National Championships brought to you by X-Fusion.

Automatic nominations went to Mary McConneloug (Chilmark, Mass.) and Georgia Gould (Ketchum, Idaho) in the elite womenís cross country category. Ranked ninth in the world, McConneloug earned her nomination with a top-10 overall ranking in the UCI standings, while Gouldís win at nationals solidified her nomination.

National champions Sam Schultz (Missoula, Mont.) and Jenna Zander (North Mankato, Minn.) earned the sole automatic selections in the menís and womenís U23 cross country categories with their victories in Sonoma last weekend.

Michael Cummings (Snellville, Ga.), and Chris Barton (Ojai, Calif.) garnered automatic nominations in the junior menís cross country category. Cummings notched his nomination as the current leader of the National Mountain Bike Series standings while Barton secured his spot with a national title.

Two junior women also earned automatic nominations in the cross country category. Danae York (Indio, Calif.) and Rachel Throop (Escondido, Calif.) earned nominations as the National Mountain Bike Series leader and national champion respectively.

In the gravity disciplines, newly crowned national champion Duncan Riffle (Santa Barbara, Calif.) and top-ranked rider in the National Mountain Bike series standings, Justin Havukainen (Castro Valley, Calif.), earned nominations to the elite menís downhill squad. Tara Llanes (Los Alamitos, Calif.) and Jackie Harmony (Tucson, Ariz.) qualified for the elite womenís downhill team as national champion and series leader.

Daniel Hultgen (Santa Barbara, Calif.) and Hank Cadle (Lake Forest, Calif.) grabbed automatic nominations in the junior menís downhill category as the National Mountain Bike series leader and national champion respectively, while Christina Pinney (Concord, Calif.) earned the sole junior womenís downhill nomination as the national champion.

Reigning 4-cross world champions Brian Lopes (San Clemente, Calif.) and Jill Kintner (Seattle, Wash.) will defend their titles from a year ago. Joining the owners of the rainbow jerseys are Chris Powell (San Diego, Calif.), Rich Houseman (Temecula, Calif.), and Eric Carter (Winchester, Calif.) on the menís 4-cross squad and Llanes, Melissa Buhl (Chandler, Ariz.) and Jessica Vogt (Boulder, Colo.) on the womenís squad. Powell earned his nomination with a third-place finish at the UCI World Cup event in Brazil earlier this year, while Houseman qualified as the top American in the National Mountain Bike series standings and Carter qualified as the national champion.

Llanes qualified as the bronze medalist at the world championships in 2005, while Buhl was nominated based on her fourth-place effort in the UCI World Cup event in Mont-Sainte-Anne, Canada this summer. Vogt earned her slot as the highest-ranked American in the National Mountain Bike Series standings.

In addition to those athletes that have met the automatic nomination criteria, several athletes were named to the team based on coachesí selection.

Adam Craig (Bend, Ore.), Jeremiah Bishop (Harrisonburg, Va.), and Todd Wells (Durango, Colo.) were selected to the elite menís cross country team.

Shonny Vanlandingham (Durango, Colo.), Willow Koerber (Horseshoe, N.C.), and Heather Irmiger (Boulder, Colo.) complement the automatic nominations to the elite womenís cross country contingent.

USA Cycling U23 National Team members Sam Jurekovic (Colorado Springs, Colo.) and Colin Cares (Boulder, Colo.) were selected to the menís U23 cross country squad, while Chloe Forsman (Boulder, Colo.) rounds out the U23 womenís team.

Further discretionary selections will be announced later this week.

The 2006 UCI Mountain Bike Marathon World Championships are scheduled for August 13 in Oisans, France. Fourteen riders have been nominated to the team that will compete in the 100-kilometer ultra-endurance cross country format.

Automatic nominees in the menís division include Clint Muhlfeld (Whitefish, Mont.) as the top American in the UCI Marathon World Series rankings, Travis Brown (Durango, Colo.) as the current national champion and winner of the Deer Valley National Mountain Bike Series event and Even Plews (Dallas, Ore.) as the number-one ranked rider in the 2006 National Mountain Bike Series marathon standings. Women who received automatic nominations include Josie Beggs (Capitola, Calif.) as the winner in Deer Valley, Melissa Thomas (Boulder, Colo.) as the national champion and Mandy Eakins (Newport Beach, Calif.) as the top-ranked woman in the National Mountain Bike Series standings.

Several discretionary nominations were also made. Chris Eatough (Ellicott City, Md.), Jay Henry (Avon, Colo.), Michael Lee (Mission Viejo, Calif.) and Michael Janelle (Avon Colo.) received discretionary nods to the menís squad, while Kyia Malenkovich (St. Cloud, Minn.), Monique Sawicki (Mililani, Haiwaii), Louise Kobin (San Jose, Calif.), and Kristy Lanier-Mantz (Marlinton, W. Va.) were named to the womenís team.

2006 UCI Mountain Bike World Championships
Rotorua, New Zealand
August 22-27

U.S. Team Automatic Nominations and Coachesí Selection

Elite Menís Cross Country
*Jeremy Horgan-Kobelski (Boulder, Colo.)
*Ryan Trebon (Ventura, Calif.)
Adam Craig (Bend, Ore.)
Jeremiah Bishop (Harrisonburg, Va.)
Todd Wells (Durango, Colo.)

Elite Womenís Cross Country
*Mary McConneloug (Chilmark, Mass.)
*Georgia Gould (Ketchum, Idaho)
Shonny Vanlandingham (Durango, Colo.)
Willow Koerber (Horseshoe, N.C.)
Heather Irmiger (Boulder, Colo.)

U23 Menís Cross Country
*Sam Schultz (Missoula, Mont.)
Sam Jurekovic (Colorado Springs, Colo.)
Colin Cares (Boulder, Colo.)

U23 Womenís Cross Country
*Jenna Zander (North Mankato, Minn.)
Chloe Forsman (Boulder, Colo.)

Junior Menís Cross Country
*Michael Cummings (Snellville, Ga.)
*Chris Barton (Ojai, Calif.)

Junior Womenís Cross Country
*Danae York (Indio, Calif.)
*Rachael Throop (Escondido, Calif.)

Elite Menís Downhill
*Duncan Riffle (Santa Barbara, Calif.)
*Justin Havukainen (Castro Valley, Calif.)

Elite Womenís Downhill
*Tara Llanes (Los Alamitos, Calif.)
*Jackie Harmony (Tucson, Ariz.)

Junior Menís Downhill
*Daniel Hultgen (Santa Barbara, Calif.)
*Hank Cadle (Lake Forest , Calif.)

Junior Womenís Downhill
*Christina Pinney (Concord, Calif.)

Elite Menís 4-Cross
*Brian Lopes (San Clemente, Calif.)
*Chris Powell (San Diego, Calif.)
*Rich Houseman (Temecula, Calif.)
*Eric Carter (Winchester, Calif.)

Elite Womenís 4-Cross
*Jill Kintner (Seattle, Wash.)
*Tara Llanes (Los Alamitos, Calif.)
*Melissa Buhl (Chandler, Ariz.)
*Jessica Vogt (Boulder, Colo.)

Trials - Junior 26"
Edward Gildea (Westfield, Mass.)

Trials - Elite 26"
Jeremy VanSchoonhoven (Williams, Ore.)
Cameron Kowall (Gates Mills, Ohio)
Nathan Goodhue (Honolulu, Hawaii)

Trials - Elite 20"
William Hendrickson (Phoenix, Ariz.)
Peter Hellenbrand (Seattle, Wash.)

2006 UCI Mountain Bike Marathon World Championships
August 13
Oisans, France

U.S. Team Automatic and Discretionary Selections

Elite Menís Marathon
*Clint Muhlfeld (Whitefish, Mont.)
*Travis Brown (Durango, Colo.)
*Evan Plews (Dallas, Ore.)
Chris Eatough (Ellicott City, Md.)
Jay Henry (Avon, Colo.)
Michael Lee (Mission Viejo, Calif.)
Michael Janelle (Avon, Colo.)

Elite Womenís Marathon
*Josie Beggs (Capitola, Calif.)
*Melissa Thomas (Boulder, Colo.)
*Mandy Eakins (Newport Beach, Calif.)
Kyia Malenkovich (St. Cloud, Minn.)
Monique Sawicki (Mililani, Haiwaii)
Louise Kobin (San Jose, Calif.)
Kristy Lanier-Mantz (Marlinton, W. Va.)

*Denotes Automatic Selection

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