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USA Cycling Names 2021 UCI Mountain Bike World Championships Teams

August 6, 2021

31 Cross-Country and 16 Downhill racers will head to Val di Sole, Italy to compete in the World Championships.

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – USA Cycling announced today the final roster of athletes representing the United States in both cross country and downhill at the 2021 UCI Mountain Bike World Championships taking place August 25 – 29, 2021 in Val di Sole, Italy.

An all-star squad for the cross-country event will highlight riders who have had international success at last year’s Mountain Bike World Championships in Leogang, Austria. The team will showcase recent Olympians Haley Batten (Park City, Utah; Trinity Racing), Kate Courtney (Kentfield, Calif.; SCOTT-SRAM Factory Racing), and Erin Huck (Estes Park, Colo.; SCOTT-Stages) for the Elite Women. Batten took fourth in the U23 Women’s race last year and will compete in her first Elite Women’s World Championship. Fellow Olympian Christopher Blevins (Durango, Colo.; Trinity Racing) will also be moving up to the Elites, but on the Men’s side, after taking home a silver at the 2020 Mountain Bike World Championships in the U23 category. Joining the Olympians is Riley Amos (Durango, Colo.; Bear National Team), who rode to fourth in Leogang in the Junior Men’s Cross-Country race. Amos came out of the junior ranks flying and working his way up in positions at every U23 World Cup this year. He went back to Leogang for World Cup #3 and was the first male to ever win a World Cup in USA Cycling history.

Dakotah Norton (Oliver Springs, Tenn.; The YT Mob) has proven to be the fastest rider in the U.S. this year with a Top-10 at the Leogang World Cup and winning the National Championships. Junior Christopher Grice (Brevard, N.C.; Specialized Factory Racing) is looking for a podium finish this year in his last year as a junior. Grice is the next generation of DH racing keeping his times competitive with the elites. Kailey Skelton (Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif.; KHS Factory Racing/Monster Energy) will get a taste of international racing after having a blazing fast run at National Championships. Ella Erickson (Hayden, Idaho; Commencal USA) will headline the Junior Women’s field with several World Cup podiums on her resume. The Downhill squad is heading over to Europe to race the Maribor World Cup in preparations for the World Championships.

Among the other American competitors are several 2021 National Champions, crowned in at the 2021 USA Cycling Mountain Bike National Championships in Winter Park, Colo.:

Dakotah Norton, Kailey Skelton, Christopher Grice, Ella Erickson, Erin Huck, Keegan Swenson, Savilia Blunk, Riley Amos, Ruth Holcomb, Bradyn Johnson

Jim Miller, USA Cycling’s Chief of Sport Performance, is eager to see the World’s best compete, especially after the Olympic Games and the Mountain Bike National Championships. Miller said, “We are excited about both the Cross-Country and Downhill teams selected. America has a resurgence of talent racing on the dirt and we’re optimistic in what they can accomplish in Val di Sole.”

The Team USA roster is as follows:

Cross-Country

Elite Women:

Haley Batten (Park City, Utah; Trinity Racing)

Kate Courtney (Kentfield, Calif.; SCOTT-SRAM Factory Racing)

Lea Davison (Jericho, Vt.; Team TWENTY24)

Erin Huck (Estes Park, Colo.; SCOTT-Stages)

Hannah Finchamp (Salt Lake City; Orange Seal Off-Road Team)

Kelsey Urban (Kentfield, Calif.; Team 31: Outride)

Elite Men:

Christopher Blevins (Durango, Colo.; Trinity Racing)

Stephan Davoust (Durango, Colo.; Giant Factory Off-Road Team)

Keegan Swenson (Park City Utah; Santa Cruz Bicycles)

Luke Vrouwenvelder (Chapel Hill, N.C; Giant Factory Off-Road Team)

U23 Women:

Savilia Blunk (Inverness, Calif.; Orange Seal Racing)

Gwendalyn Gibson (Ramona, Calif.; Norco Bicycles)

Madigan Munro (Boulder, Colo.; Trek Factory Racing)

U23 Men:

Riley Amos (Durango, Colo.; Bear National Team)

Bjorn Riley (Boulder, Colo.; Bear National Team)

Robbie Day (Evergreen, Colo.; Bear National Team)

Junior Women:

Lauren Aggeler (Durango, Colo.; Bear National Team)

Mia Aseltine (Littleton, Colo.; WE Development)

Bailey Cioppa (Durango, Colo.; Bear Development Team)

Sofia Forney (Lakewood, Colo.; WE Development)

Ruth Holcomb (Durango, Colo.; Bear National Team)

Makena Kellerman (Escondido, Colo.; Bear National Team)

Tai-Lee Smith (Breckenridge, Colo.; Bear National Team)

Junior Men:

Austin Beard (Middlesex, Vt.; Bicycle Express Racing)

Carson Beard (Middlesex, Vt.; Bicycle Express Racing)

Carson Hampton (Boise, Idaho; Bear Development Team)

Bradyn Johnson (Jordan, Utah; Bear National Team)

Cayden Parker (Hot Springs, Ark.; Bear National Team)

Ivan Sippy (Duango, Colo.; Durango Segment 28)

Ethan Villaneda (Corona, Calif.)

Downhill

Elite Women:

Abigail Hogie (Heidelberg, Germany; Tillit Gravity Team)

Anna Newkirk (Riehen, Switzerland; Canyon)

Kailey Skelton (Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif.; KHS Factory Racing)

Elite Men:

Austin Dooley (Yucaipa, Calif.; Commencal USA)

Charlie Harrison (Trabuco Canyon, Calif.; Trek Factory Racing)

Neko Mulally (Pisgah Forest, N.C.; Intense Factory Racing)

Nikolas Nesteroff (San Diego, Calif.; KHS Factory Racing)

Dakotah Norton (Oliver Springs, Tenn.; The YT Mob)

Luca Shaw (Hendersonville, N.C.; Santa Cruz Syndicate)

Dante Silva (Chula Vista, Calif.; Canyon)

Junior Women:

Emma Artz (Kirkland, Wash.)

Ella Erickson (Hayden, Idaho; Commencal USA)

Junior Men:

Andrew Driscoll (Bow, N.H.; Defiant Racing)

Christopher Grice (Brevard, N.C.; Specialized Factory Racing)

Dean Lindsey (Pleasanton, Calif.)

Dylan Maples (Orangevale, Calif.; Commencal)

Selection criteria are available for Cross-Country here and Downhill here.

Schedule

Wednesday, August 25: XCO Team Relay

Thursday, August 26: XCO Juniors and Short Track

Friday, August 27: E-MTB and Four Cross

Saturday, August 28: XCO U23 and Elite

Sunday, August 29: Downhill Finals

To cheer for Team USA at the 2021 World Championships, please follow @UCI_Cycling and @USACyclingLIVE on Twitter. For more about the 2020 UCI Mountain Bike World Championships, please visit the event website.

Visit USACycling.org for more information on the athletes, events and membership programs, and follow @USACycling across all channels for the latest on Team USA.

For more information, contact Angelina Palermo at apalermo@usacycling.org

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USA Cycling is the national governing body for the sport of cycling and oversees the disciplines of road, track, mountain bike, cyclocross, and BMX. USA Cycling’s mission is to champion accessibility, participation, and excellence in the sport of cycling to make more Americans healthier, happier, and better on two wheels while achieving sustained international racing success. USA Cycling supports cyclists at all levels, from those just beginning in the sport and participating in fun rides to international caliber racers. The organization identifies, develops, and selects cyclists to represent the United States in international competition through the support of kids’ and interscholastic programs, amateur bike racing and grassroots development programs, and the provision of critical infrastructure to run organized racing. USA Cycling has a membership of 100,000, annually sanctions over 2,500 events, and is a proud member of the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) and United States Olympic & Paralympic Committee (USOPC).