2016 UCI Downhill World Championship Teams and Riders

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7/27/2016 11:26 PM

Here we go again! Before you know it September 6-11 will be upon us, and a fresh set of UCI Downhill World Champions will be crowned in Val di Sole, Italy. Let this forum topic serve as a place to see and post teams from across the world. Up first, the USA...

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USA DOWNHILL WORLDS TEAM NAMED

(July 27, 2016) – USA Cycling announced the 15-member UCI Downhill 4X Mountain Bike World Championships team on Wednesday. The team, comprised of seven automatic and eight discretionary picks, will compete at the six-day event from Sept. 6-11 in Val Di Sole, Italy.


Aaron Gwin is one of seven automatic nominations for the World Championship team. (photo by Rob Jones)

Men’s Elite Downhill
Aaron Gwin (Wildomar, Calif./The YT Mob)*
Charlie Harrison (Trabuco Canyon, Calif./Trek Factory R&D)
Eliot Jackson (West Lake Village, Calif.)
Shane Leslie (Birmingham, Mich.)
Neko Mulally (Pisgah Forest, N.C./Gstaad-Scott)
Shawn Neer (Arvada, Colo./Yeti-Enve-Smith)*
Luca Shaw (Hendersonville, N.C./SRAM-Troy Lee Designs)*

Women’s Elite Downhill
Jill Kintner (Bellingham, Wash./Red Bull-Norco Bicycles)*

Men’s Junior Downhill
Sean Bell (Lake Forest, Calif./Santa Cruz Factory Racing)*
Devin Kjaer (Aptos, Calif.)
Quintin Kurtz (Evergreen, Colo.)
Nik Nestoroff (San Marcos, Calif./Intense Cycles)*
Josh Rogers (Clayton, N.C.)
Steven Walton (Corona, Calif.)

Women’s Junior Downhill

Samantha Kingshill (Sacramento, Calif.)*

*automatic nomination

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7/28/2016 9:18 AM

Yeah Devin!

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8/10/2016 8:26 AM



British Cycling has announced the riders that will represent the Great Britain Cycling Team at the downhill and four cross UCI Mountain Bike World Championships in Val di Sole Trentino, Italy from 6-11 September.

Rachel Atherton will be aiming to win back-to-back world titles and claim her fourth world championship overall in a year which has seen her dominate the sport, winning 12 successive UCI Downhill Mountain Bike World Cups. She is joined in the event by 2014 world champion Manon Carpenter and 2014 bronze medallist Tahnee Seagrave.

In the men’s downhill event, Danny Hart, winner of the last two world cups is part of a strong men’s downhill squad that also includes 2014 world champion Gee Atherton.

They are joined by Josh Bryceland, a bronze medallist in 2015 and Laurie Greenland, the 2015 junior world champion. The Great Britain Cycling Team will also have representatives in the men’s and women’s junior events.

In the four cross events Luke Cryer will be looking to go one better than the silver medal he won at the 2015 world championships, while Natasha Bradley and Hannah Escott will compete in the elite women’s race.

Great Britain Cycling Team mountain bike downhill and four cross co-ordinator, Michael Vickers said: “We have selected a big team for the world championships and we have high hopes for medals across a number of different events.

“Rachel Atherton has been in incredible form over the past 12 months but she will have real competition on her hands from her teammates Manon Carpenter and Tahnee Seagrave.

“The men’s race should also be incredibly competitive with a number of riders in with a medal shout and I’m looking forward to seeing how Laurie Greenland makes the step up from junior to elite competition this year. Luke Cryer also has a real opportunity to medal after his excellent performance at last year’s world championships.

“This event represents a great chance for the team to enjoy plenty of success.”

Great Britain Cycling Team for 2016 UCI Mountain Bike World Championships

Mountain bike four cross

Elite men

Scott Beaumont
Luke Cryer
Duncan Ferris
Alex Metcalfe
Will Evans
David Roberts
Nathan Parsons

Elite women

Natasha Bradley
Hannah Escott

MTB Downhill

Elite men

Danny Hart
Greg Williamson
Brendan Fairclough
Gee Atherton
Josh Bryceland
Laurie Greenland
Adam Brayton

Elite women

Rachel Atherton
Tahnee Seagrave
Manon Carpenter
Katy Curd

Junior men

Matt Walker
Charlie Hatton
Elliott Heap
Kaos Seagrave
Joe Breeden
Joe Parfitt
James Purvis

Junior women

Aston Tutt
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8/10/2016 12:45 PM

That's one hell of a tough team to make it on. Bernard Kerr didn't even make the team, and he's ahead of three of those riders in the overall, and Val Di Sol has historically been a great track for him.

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I'm hungry.

8/10/2016 4:13 PM

TRex wrote:

That's one hell of a tough team to make it on. Bernard Kerr didn't even make the team, and he's ahead of three of those riders in the overall, and Val Di Sol has historically been a great track for him.

this^^

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8/11/2016 5:13 AM

are there 2 Matt walker's? the one I know of is a kiwi on Cube Factory

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8/11/2016 5:41 AM

Let's just save everyone the time and expense and just give the girls the medals...

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8/11/2016 5:46 AM

TRex wrote:

That's one hell of a tough team to make it on. Bernard Kerr didn't even make the team, and he's ahead of three of those riders in the overall, and Val Di Sol has historically been a great track for him.

sspomer wrote:

this^^

Kerr has been super consistent, but it's BC policy that a rider needs to have a top 10 world cup finish to make the team, and I'm pretty sure he's not done that

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8/11/2016 5:54 AM

DangOle75 wrote:

are there 2 Matt walker's? the one I know of is a kiwi on Cube Factory

Yes, and the other one is the junior listed here.

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8/11/2016 7:32 AM

TRex wrote:

That's one hell of a tough team to make it on. Bernard Kerr didn't even make the team, and he's ahead of three of those riders in the overall, and Val Di Sol has historically been a great track for him.

sspomer wrote:

this^^

matt? wrote:

Kerr has been super consistent, but it's BC policy that a rider needs to have a top 10 world cup finish to make the team, and I'm pretty sure he's not done that

fair enough as rules are rules, but if i was a governing body, i'd take consistency over a single result.

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8/11/2016 7:38 AM

Reformed Roadie wrote:

Let's just save everyone the time and expense and just give the girls the medals...

As you wish, I guess...

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8/11/2016 9:13 PM

TRex wrote:

That's one hell of a tough team to make it on. Bernard Kerr didn't even make the team, and he's ahead of three of those riders in the overall, and Val Di Sol has historically been a great track for him.

sspomer wrote:

this^^

matt? wrote:

Kerr has been super consistent, but it's BC policy that a rider needs to have a top 10 world cup finish to make the team, and I'm pretty sure he's not done that

I thought he finished 7th at one of the world cups this year?

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8/12/2016 3:17 AM

sspomer wrote:

this^^

matt? wrote:

Kerr has been super consistent, but it's BC policy that a rider needs to have a top 10 world cup finish to make the team, and I'm pretty sure he's not done that

sspomer wrote:

fair enough as rules are rules, but if i was a governing body, i'd take consistency over a single result.

if you are talking about a championship consistance makes sence, but as world champs is only one race you need a breack out result, for example, bruni and hart were world champions before they even won a world cup.
and besides that, all that brits that are on the team are top 20 at least, so the consitency is there

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8/12/2016 4:26 AM

sspomer wrote:

this^^

matt? wrote:

Kerr has been super consistent, but it's BC policy that a rider needs to have a top 10 world cup finish to make the team, and I'm pretty sure he's not done that

DaRanger wrote:

I thought he finished 7th at one of the world cups this year?

I pulled that info from another bike websites commentary on the team selection, just checked and you're spot on. 7th at Leogang

https://www.rootsandrain.com/rider798/bernard-kerr/results/?year=2016

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8/15/2016 9:27 AM

New Zealand and Australia will probably field strong teams as well. It'll also be interesting to see who makes the final list for France.

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8/18/2016 12:55 AM

so we've heard that Sam Hill was NOT selected for the Aussie World Champs team. if it's out there on the internet already, please confirm. it's quite understood that there are rules and procedures in place for selecting the team riders and that Sam's lackluster WC season combined with a some solid results from other Aussie riders has made an impact on the decision, but Sam and Val di Sole go hand-in-hand.



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8/18/2016 1:07 AM

sspomer wrote:

so we've heard that Sam Hill was NOT selected for the Aussie World Champs team. if it's out there on the internet already, please confirm. it's quite understood that there are rules and procedures in place for selecting the team riders and that Sam's lackluster WC season combined with a some solid results from other Aussie riders has made an impact on the decision, but Sam and Val di Sole go hand-in-hand.



This is NOT OK.

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I'd rather have a bottle in front of me than a frontal lobotomy.

8/18/2016 1:34 AM

WTF? Sam Hill should get a lifetime invitation to Worlds. Can we all form a country real quick and select him for our team? Like the Rider's Republic of Shredistan or something.

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8/18/2016 2:34 AM

man, that's cold

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8/18/2016 3:18 AM

This sucks!

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8/18/2016 5:00 AM

yo fuck that!

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8/18/2016 6:05 AM

According to UCI standings and overall he should be in but wouldn't be surprised if Sam just doesn't want to be in...;/

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8/18/2016 6:40 AM

focused on going full endurbro now. that old downhiller life though

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8/18/2016 7:07 AM

Wow this is weird, maybe someone has a good reason for this, but I can't understand it.

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8/18/2016 7:18 AM

nothing against sam but his best result in the last 2 seasons has been 20th*. honestly not surprised he wasn't chosen and not sure how sam and VdS go hand in hand - he's never won there and his best result was 3rd*...8 years ago.

*this is using his results from rootsandrain. if i'm wrong please correct me.

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8/18/2016 7:22 AM

riders that i've heard confirmed are troy brosnan, mick hannah, connor fearon, graeme mudd, jack moir and josh button. because button and mudd top 10'd at cairns, they are instant selections. the others are based on world cup results from the rest of the season. sam has missed some races and hasn't had stellar results when he's raced. again, i understand the letter of the law and the choices made, but just bummed for sam and the sport if he won't be at vds.

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8/18/2016 7:47 AM

It's not the same without him. I thought he would come back in VdS with a 'yolo' run. But maybe he just isn't into it anymore.
Too much injuries perhaps? I hope he doesn't disappear like Rennie back in the day...

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8/18/2016 9:01 AM

So screw a bunch of new, younger riders who deserve a spot for nostalgias sake? Sounds good to me.

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8/18/2016 9:35 AM

hamncheez2003 wrote:

So screw a bunch of new, younger riders who deserve a spot for nostalgias sake? Sounds good to me.

^^^ This. If Hill doesn't make it to World Champs, that sucks, and it would seem like the end of an era. But, keep in mind, bumping the "next Sam Hill" from the World's team to let somebody else in that hasn't been performing as well doesn't make sense.

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8/18/2016 10:39 AM

iceman2058 wrote:

WTF? Sam Hill should get a lifetime invitation to Worlds. Can we all form a country real quick and select him for our team? Like the Rider's Republic of Shredistan or something.

Laughed real hard at this one, through the tears...

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