USA Cycling Announces 2023 Mountain Bike World Championship Teams
July 11, 2023
36 athletes have been selected to the Mountain Bike team competing at the 2023 UCI Cycling World Championships in Glasgow, Scotland.
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. /ENDURANCE SPORTSWIRE/ – The 2023 UCI Cycling World Championships will make history in Glasgow, Scotland as the first World Championship where thirteen events will be contested across seven disciplines in ten days. Athletes will compete in the downhill races on August 3-5, Marathon on August 6, and Cross-Country events on August 8-12, 2023.
This event is one of the first automatic Olympic qualifiers for the Cross-County event at the Paris 2024 Olympic Games. Olympic selection procedures can be viewed, here.
All of the Elite Cross-Country racers are veterans of the Mountain Bike World Championships roster. With Olympic qualifying on the line, all six elite racers, Christopher Blevins (Durango, Colo.; Specialized Factory Racing) Haley Batten (Park City, Utah; Specialized Factory Racing), Savilia Blunk (Inverness, Calif.; Rockrider FORD Racing Team), Kate Courtney (Kentfield, Calif.; SCOTT-SRAM Factory Racing), Gwendalyn Gibson (Ramona, Calif.; Trek Factory Racing) and Kelsey Urban (Kentfield, Calif.; Team 31), will be vying for a podium position.
On the downhill side, Luca Shaw (Hendersonville, N.C.; Canyon Cllctv), Dakotah Norton (Clinton, Tenn.; Intense Factory Racing), and Anna Newkirk (Riehen, Switzerland; Beyond Racing) have all had Top 10 performances at the first three World Cups of the year in the Elite categories. Meanwhile, Ryan Pinkerton (Aliso Viejo, Calif.; GT Factory Racing) and Riley Miller (East Burke, Vt.; Killington Mountain School) have both landed on the podium at Val di Sole and Leogang, respectively. Aaron Gwin (Murietta, Calif.; Intense Factory Racing) was an automatic qualifier, but declined his position due to injury.
The Team USA Roster is as follows:
Christopher Blevins (Durango, Colo.; Specialized Factory Racing)
Haley Batten (Park City, Utah; Specialized Factory Racing)
Savilia Blunk (Inverness, Calif.; Rockrider FORD Racing Team)
Kate Courtney (Kentfield, Calif.; SCOTT-SRAM Factory Racing)
Gwendalyn Gibson (Ramona, Calif.; Trek Factory Racing)
Kelsey Urban (Kentfield, Calif.; Team 31)
Riley Amos (Durango, Colo.; Trek Factory Racing)
Carson Beard (Middlesex, Vt.; Team Segment 28)
Brayden Johnson (Littleton, Colo.; Bear National Team)
Bjorn Riley (Boulder, Colo.; Trek Future Racing)
Bailey Cioppa (Durango, Colo.; Bear National Team)
Madigan Munro (Boulder, Colo.; Trek Factory Racing)
Sofia Waite (Littleton, Colo.; WE Development)
Daniel English (San Ramon, Calif.; Bear National Team)
Raulito Gutierrez (Temecula, Calif.; Bear National Team)
Nicholas Konecny (Breckenridge, Colo.; Bear National Team)
Magnus White (Boulder, Colo.; Boulder Junior Cycling)
Andie Aagard (Highland, Utah; Bear National Team)
Kellie Harrington (Pittsfield, Mass.; Bear National Team)
Vida Lopez de San Roman (Sebastopol, Calif.; Bear National Team)
Austin Dooley (Yucaipa, Calif.; Commencal / Schwalbe)
Christopher Grice (Brevard, N.C.; Generation Specialized)
Dylan Maples (Orangevale, Calif.; Commencal USA)
Neko Mulally (Pisgah Forest, N.C.; Frameworks Racing)
Dakotah Norton (Clinton, Tenn.; Intense Factory Racing)
Luca Shaw (Hendersonville, N.C.; Canyon Cllctv)
Dante Silva (Chula Vista, Calif.; Canyon Cllctv)
Abby Hogie (Heidelberg, Germany; Beyond Racing)
Anna Newkirk (Riehen, Switzerland; Beyond Racing)
Nate Kitchen (Bakersfield, Calif.; KHS Factory Team)
Ryan Pinkerton (Aliso Viejo, Calif.; GT Factory Racing)
Evan Medcalf (Albuquerque, N.M.; Commencal USA)
Gavin Tomlinson (Burbank, Calif.)
Riley Miller (East Burke, Vt.; Killington Mountain School)
Taylor Ostgaard (Selah, Wash.; Transition Factory Racing)
Abby Ronca (Bethlehem, Pa.; The Gravity Academy)
For more information on Team USA at the 2023 UCI Cycling World Championships, click here.
For more information on how to watch the Mountain Bike events, click here.
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