Great Britain Announces 33 Athletes for Leogang World Championships

Sep 22, 2020
by James Smurthwaite  
Seagrave in her GB glad-rags romping towards a silver medal after her time out with injury.

The British Squad is the latest to be revealed for the Leogang World Championships following the announcements of Canada and the USA last week.

Britain will be sending 33 athletes over to Austria including 19 downhill riders and 14 cross country riders. Downhill has always been Britain's strong suit when it comes to the Worlds and it looks like that will be the case again with former World Champions Rachel Atherton and Danny Hart and former junior World Champions, Laurie Greenland, Matt Walker and Tahnee Seagrave all part of the squad.

The race will mark Rachel Atherton's return to racing after rupturing her Achilles' Tendon in July last year and Tahnee Seagrave's after she broke her tibia and fibula in Feburay.

Stephen Park, performance director, said, "The Great Britain Cycling Team has a history of success in downhill mountain bike and, while it isn’t an Olympic discipline, it still provides a great sense of pride and inspiration for our team.

“I think this year’s downhill world championships has the makings of another successful year for British downhill riders. Looking through the team we have selected, there is a lot of talent, experience and consistently strong results, and additionally Leogang is a regular location for the world cup series, which means the team has familiarity with the course and the environment.

“It’s good news to have both Tahnée Seagrave and Rachel Atherton back from injury and ready to race, and I look forward to supporting the team out in Austria.”

The XC team will be led by Commonwealth Champion Annie Last who lines up alongside Evie Richards and Isla Short in the Elite women's race. Keep an eye out for Tom Pidcock who was the 2018-2019 World Under 23 cyclocross champion and just signed a deal with Ineos Grenadiers after winning the under-23 Giro d'Italia on the road.


Elite Men

Danny Hart
Charlie Hatton
Bernard Kerr
Laurie Greenland
Matt Walker
Greg Williamson
Reece Wilson

Elite Women

Rachel Atherton
Maya Atkinson
Stacey Fisher
Mikayla Parton
Tahnée Seagrave

Junior Men

Ethan Craik
James Elliott
Dennis Luffman
Luke Mumford
Dan Slack
Connor Smith
Luke Williamson


Elite Men
Frazer Clacherty

Elite Women
Annie Last
Evie Richards
Isla Short

Under-23 Men
Charlie Aldridge
Harry Birchall
Sean Flynn
Tom Pidcock

Under-23 Women
Hattie Harnden
Anna McGorum

Junior Men
Corran Carrick Anderson
Rory McGuire

Junior Women
Anna Flynn
Eleana McGorum

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  • 59 5
 No Gee Atherton ?????????????????????????????????????
One badly timed injury now kept him out the team for 2 years?
  • 26 1
 Would love to see Laurie Greenland get a win. Really enjoy watching him ride. He seems like a nice chap too.
  • 3 1
 I agree
  • 3 0
 I met him at the World Cup in La Bresse a few years ago, he was so cool, chilled and down to earth mate. I wish him all the best.
  • 15 0
 Look at BC pretending it gives a shit. I bet when PB called for a quote, they hit mute and asked around the office if anyone knew anything about something called MTB having a world champs and after the mocking laughter stopped, someone dug out an old quote and got a dig in about it not being a real sport due to it not being to be at the olympics followed by further sniggers when it was pointed out XC is
  • 13 4
 Should of called the Rat up. I bet he would have given it a go as a one off.
  • 7 1
 I would put money in gofundme to send him there !!
  • 2 0
 You need UCI ranking to go to World Champs. You need to race to get points and ranking. Would love to see it though.
  • 7 0
 Maybe they called him but they didn't understand his reply...
  • 1 0
 @rideyobike86: I think thats for the world cups not the world championships. I might be wrong though
  • 1 0
 @petrospit: maybe you can be sent without any points, I’m not 100% sure. But start order is determined by overall UCI ranking. And all of those guys have higher ranking. I f*cking miss the rat though
  • 9 0
 My money is on Tom Pidcock for the U23 XC
  • 1 0
 100% right.
  • 12 3
  • 5 0
 Or maybe didn’t want to go?
  • 4 0
 I saw Becky Skelton didn't get an invite as British Champion - apparently you had to apply to say you were interested, she didnt realise and didnt so no invite. To be fair Joe Breeden is British mens champ and also did not make the cut. I am sorry to say I dont know the three girls sandwiched between Rachel and Tahnee from their WC results.
  • 4 0
 Only 33?
  • 3 0
 There's no JR Women in Great Britain who would qualify?
  • 3 0
 The era of Britain dominating the women's event is probably nearly over.

It's a shame in a way, now Höll, Newkirk & Johnset are up in the senior women it'd be good to see who's coming through.
  • 3 0
 Looks like 7 female U19 at fort bill last year, the top ones were putting reasonable times (when you consider how Rachael normally beats a lot of the field by big margins).
Shame for the sport that none of them got invited to take part in this, they must have the same issues of qualifying/points as the junior men?
  • 2 0
 Did Brendog not want to go? I thought he was higher up on points given his performance last season.
  • 2 0
 I presume Brendan turned it down as he should have been on the list.
  • 2 1
 I'll get the first "Danny stay on yer bike!" in Smile
  • 1 0
 Tom Pidcock in u23. Hitter.
  • 1 0
 Glad they take the full 7 male unlike the USA.
  • 1 0
 USAC probably only wanted to spend money on sending people who actually have a chance of coming home with a medal.
  • 4 3
 Steve Peat!
  • 1 1
 cant see this race happening
  • 1 1
 couldn't be 32 or 34... has to be 33. grand master
  • 1 1
 No Kaos Seagrave?
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