USA Announces 2019 World Champs Team

Aug 6, 2019
by James Smurthwaite  
Aaron Gwin rails the final turn with the finish line drop in his sights. Gwin s search for World Championship gold goes on.

The USA has announced its 52-strong team to compete at the World Championships in Mont Sainte Anne in September.

The USA will be taking one reigning champion with them in the form of Kate Courtney, who has risen to fill the Rainbow Stripes admirably this year and has led the elite women's XC series for most of the year. Thre are also two silver medallists from Lenzerheide in the squad in the form of Anna Newkirk in the Junior Women's DH and Christopher Belvins in the Under 23 XC team. Here's the full line up:

Just how Charlie Harrison defying a bit of physics on a straight line to the Redbull drop.

Junior Women

Anna Newkirk* (Riehen, Switzerland; Team Project)

Jordan Scott* (Las Vegas, Nev.)

Autumn Parham (Edmunds, Wash.)

Junior Men

Matthew Sterling* (San Jose, Calif.)

Joey Foresta (South Jordan, Utah)

Cole Suetos (Temcula, Calif.)

Dante Silva (Chula Vista, Calif)

Zach Gareis (Mars, Penn.)

Austin Dooley (Yucaipa, Calif.)

Elite Women

Jill Kintner* (Seattle, Wash.)

Caroline Washam (Mooresville, N.C.)

Samantha Soriano (Littleton, Colo.)

Abigail Hogie (Beckley, W. Va.)

Mazie Hayden (Pittsfield, Vt.)

Elite Men

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

Aaron Gwin* (Murietta, Calif.; Intense Factory Racing)

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

Dakotah Norton* (Rotten Oaks, Tenn.; Unior Devinci Factory Racing)

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

Bruce Klein (Altadena, Calif.; Commencal/ 100% Racing Team)

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

Cross Country
What a ride for Kate Courtney.

Junior Women

Madeline Robbins* (Durango, Colo.; Bear Development Team)

Alexis Bobbitt* (Austin, Tex.; Bear Development Team)

Madigan Munro* (Boulder, Colo.; Boulder Junior Cycling)

Ada Urist (Boulder, Colo.; Boulder Junior Cycling)

Haley Randel (Mill Valley, Calif.; Bear Development Team)

Junior Men

Riley Amos* (Durango, Colo.; Bear Development Team)

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

Robbie Day (Evergreen, Colo.; Racer X Cycling/ColoBikeLaw

Nolan Jenkins (Colorado Springs, Colo.; Rouler Devo p/b DNA Cycling)

Brennon Peterson (Sandy, Utah; Rouler Devo p/b DNA Cycling)

U23 Women

Haley Batten* (Park City, Utah; Clif Pro Team)

Kelsey Urban* (Kentfield, Calif.; Rouler Devo p/b DNA Cycling)

Savilia Blunk (Inverness, Calif.; Sho-Air TWENTY-20)

Gwendalyn Gibson (Ramona, Calif.; Norco Bicycles)

U23 Men

Christopher Blevins* (Durango, Colo.; Specialized Factory Racing)

Jerry Dufour* (Birmingham, Ala.; Bear Professional Team)

Cole Paton (Cashmere, Wash.; Giant Factory Off-Road Team)

Henry Nadell (Carbondale, Colo.; CZ Racing)

Sandy Floren (Berkley, Calif.; Bear Professional Team)

Elite Women

Kate Courtney* (San Francisco, Calif.; SCOTT p/b SRAM)

Chloe Woodruff* (Prescott, Ariz.; Stans NoTubes Pivot p/b Maxxis)

Lea Davison* (Jericho, Vt.; Sho-Air TWENTY20)

Erin Huck* (Boulder, Colo.; CZ Racing p/b SCOTT)

Alexis Skarda (Grand Junction, Colo.; Spintertainment Video)

Hannah Finchamp (Salt Lake City, Utah; Clif Pro Team)

Rose Grant (Columbia Falls, Mont. (Stans NoTubes Pivot p/b Maxxis

Elite Men

Keegan Swenson* (Park City Utah; Stans NoTubes Pivot p/b Maxxis)

Russell Finsterwald (Colorado Springs, Colo.; Clif Pro Team)

Alex Wild (Los Gatos, Calif.; Specialized Factory Racing)

Luke Vrouwenvelder (Chapel Hill, N.C)

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

Automatic qualifiers are noted with an asterisk (*).

Regions in Article
Mont-Sainte-Anne DH Park


  • 14 1
 Am I right to say, California and north Carolina are hotspots for DH (makes sense I guess) and Colorado is for XC?
  • 7 2
 Correct. Weather is good in Cali, but Eastern Tennessee and Western N.C. have the steep terrain. (Windrock, Baileys, and Pisgah)
  • 4 4
 And Alabama!
  • 10 2
 @BigballmcCall: CA definitely has more steeper terrain too.
  • 4 0
 @BigballmcCall: NC definitely doesn’t have California weather, but it’s got ride all year weather.
  • 3 3
 @deez-nucks: Its strange, the Rockies and the Sierra Nevadas are the biggest mountains on the continent, with the best, steepest terrain, dozens of ski resorts, and large population centers nearby, but it doesn't produce that many racers. The only big names off the top of my head are Mitch Ropaleto and Cody Kelley.

If you include BC in with "the rockies" (idk if they are) then you still don't get that many good racers, but a ton of good slopestyle guys.
  • 9 0
 @hamncheez: Living in a small rocky mtn ski town (Crested Butte, CO) I would argue the mtb season is just too short and most of the athletic talent goes to skiing. Plenty of great riders around here but to really take it over the top you may need to move somewhere with a longer summer. It's early August and this year some of our best trails only dried out a week or two ago.
  • 4 1
 @Ranger92: Same here in Utah- Some of our trails are still snowbound! But this was a particularly wet winter/spring, and the main lift served trails usually are lower down and clear out earlier.

Still, with Denver, SLC, and other large populations near ski resorts, you would think the mountain culture would produce more DH riders.

Overall, in the US, you think we would produce more top tier DH riders simply by poaching washed-up moto riders (like Norton and Gwin). The talent pool is so incredibly deep in the moto scene here. I guess the real key is a strong national race series, like what the UK and France have.
  • 2 0
 @hamncheez: Our trails are so IMBAfied that until the ski areas actually build downhill parks you'll never have a chance to train dh. Deer Valley is fun, but there's what 4 difficult trails? Or, you can get an uphill pass at PCMR and ride green trails. You'd never know that Vail also owns Whistler.
  • 1 1
 @nonk: True, but PCMR does have Moose house and Redbull, which are short but great. There are also the trails off the bus line in PC.

If a World Cup class trail were to be built in Utah, I would think Brighton would be the best place to do it.
  • 1 0
Careful you may start a turf war with a comment like that.
  • 2 3
 @hamncheez: Are you reading the same article? The 2019 worlds DH team is 60% Californian's. I would guess that CA has produced well over 50% of the Americans that have qualified for finals at DH World Cup over the last 20 years, and 100% of the American's who have won a WC. So...ya, LOL

@sunringlerider: Truth. East Coasters seemed to get riled up by facts for some reason.
  • 2 1
 @smgishot13 : "100% of the American's who have won a WC. So...ya, LOL"

You're not including juniors or women I presume.
  • 1 2
 @Murraybmx: Correct.
  • 1 0
 @smgishot13: yes, but on the DH side, they are from Southern California, which is not the Rockies
  • 12 2
 A Pom a frog or a Aussie will get the stripes this year or a Italian bloke wearing those jeans
  • 7 1
 The Denim Destroyer winning would make Palmer proud! Big Grin
  • 10 4
 After VDS, Neff is leading the XC elites, not KC.
  • 9 1
 Did they change some of the wording in the post? I don't see where they stated Kate is leading...
  • 6 1
 Article says most of the year, unless they changed it?
  • 1 0
 They changed the text.
  • 6 1
 Should put Richie Rude in
  • 2 0
 For which discipline?
  • 32 1
 @Rubberelli: Top Fuel drag racing.
  • 4 0
 @Rubberelli: Sam Hill rode a enduro in DH national champs, think Richie could give er a go as well
  • 1 0
 @Bay2808: RR was junior DH champion
  • 1 0
 I agree, but Richie is the Enduro National Champ. And he's in for the EWS Worlds that they are doing this year in Finale.
  • 5 0
 Why not Chris Grice for juniors?
  • 6 0
 He is still not a junior yet.
  • 5 0
 Whay's the * for?
  • 7 0
  • 5 1
 Kudos to USAcycling for uping the rider numbers this year.
  • 6 3
 Article doesn't explain what all those asterisks* mean.
  • 6 1
 It's at the bottom.
  • 4 2
 @lyfcycles: Ah, they must've added that after I posted. Definitely wasn't there to begin with.
  • 1 0
 @srjacobs: Don't most news outlets note if an article was updated and what was changed or edited? I thought that was standard journalism 101...
  • 1 0
 @Patsplit: Maybe... doesn't always happen here though. All I know is that before I commented, I scoured the article to see what those asterisks mean, and it wasn't there. Then after I got a notification about lyfcycles comment, I checked back and it was.
  • 3 0
 Honestly though, what's with all the asterisks and no explanation?
  • 6 1
 They just wanted to be sure you read the whole post.
  • 4 0
 @fpvteg pre-qualified
  • 2 0
 That's great news - cheers !
  • 2 0
 Will be interesting to see how Kintner fairs at WC level
  • 2 5
 She has plenty of world cup podium finishes from a few years back.
  • 12 1
 @toast2266: she has two. Val di Sole 2012 and Cairns 2014.
  • 1 0
 With the amount of top women riders out with injury, she could have very well been on the podium at every WC race so far this year.
  • 1 0
 Leigh Donovan named USA DH coach. Only American female to win MSA, and last American win DH world champs.
  • 10 8
 America f*ck yeah !
  • 11 21
flag talivan (Aug 6, 2019 at 4:49) (Below Threshold)
 Its EEUU. America its a little bigger than one country.... We are the evolution, we need be correct with our words. Gretings from patagonia!
  • 6 4
 @talivan: Patagonia is a clothing company and a geographical region. Please don't assume we know which one you represent. /s
  • 1 0
 Does Kintner race anymore? Been hurt?
  • 9 0
 She won National Champs in slalom and DH. And enduro?
  • 4 0
 @Murraybmx: I didn’t look at the other two but I know Amy Morrison (Fuji bikes) won Enduro.
  • 3 2
 Not a chance in any discipline Moon
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