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USA Cycling Announces Team for 2019 Pan American Continental XCO Mountain Bike Championships

Mar 4, 2019
by Sarah Moore  
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USA Cycling just announced the 10 riders who will be competing at the 2019 Pan American Continental Mountain Bike XCO Championships in Aguascalientes, Mexico April 3-7, 2019. Among the competitors are current Elite Women’s World Champion Kate Courtney (San Francisco, California: Scott-SRAM) and U23 Men’s World Championships Silver Medalist Christopher Blevins (Durango, Colorado: Specialized Bicycles Factory Racing Team).

bigquotesWe are sending a very strong team down to the Pan Am Championships in Aguascalientes. This will be a great opportunity to collect valuable UCI points for our top elite riders and we have strong medal contenders in the categories we are competing.Mountain Bike Director for USA Cycling, Marc Gullickson

Along with Courtney and Blevins, are National Champions Howard Grotts (Durango, Colorado: Specialized Factory Racing Team) and Erin Huck (Boulder, Colorado: CZ Racing).


Elite Women
Kate Courtney* (San Francisco, Calif.; Scott-SRAM)
Erin Huck* (Boulder, Colo.; CZ Racing)
Chloe Woodruff* (Prescott, Ariz.; Stan's-Pivot Pro Team p/b Maxxis)


Elite Men
Howard Grotts* (Durango, Colo.; Specialized Bicycles Factory Racing Team)
Luke Vrouwenvelder (Chapel Hill, N.C.; lukeVcoaching.com p/b Violich Farms)
Keegan Swenson (Park City, Utah; Stan's-Pivot Pro Team p/b Maxxis)
Russell Finsterwald (Colorado Springs, Colo.; Cliff Pro Team)


U23 Women
Haley Batten* (Park City, Utah; Clif Pro Team)


U23 Men
Christopher Blevins* (Durango, Colo.; Specialized Bicycles Factory Racing Team)


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


Automatic qualifiers are noted with an asterisk (*).

Note: USA Cycling is not fielding a squad of Junior Women due to the fact that there were no automatic qualifiers or individuals who filled out discretionary petitions and met the standards.


The USA Cycling 2019 Pan-American XCO Mountain Bike Championships selection criteria are available here.

Visit USACycling.org for more information.


8 Comments

  • + 6
 Ridiculous that Luke V doesn’t have a factory ride yet, he’s the real deal.
  • + 4
 Why only 3 women? Our women are far more successful internationaly than our men...
  • + 4
 They have the same amount of spots available. Likey no one petitioned for the spot.
  • + 1
 Facts
  • + 1
 Good stuff. Hope its televised. It seems like a lot of cycling events don't like to be able to have people watch them....
  • + 2
 Anyone know if there is a way to stream this race?
  • + 1
 Awesome to see Utah represented, XC is hawt right now!
  • - 1
 Somehow I'm not surprised how dead the comments section is in a XC article

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