Updated: Who Will be Racing in the Tokyo 2021 Olympic Mountain Bike Race?

Jul 6, 2021
by James Smurthwaite  
When these rings shows everybody know something big and special is comming. It s the motiv why athletes train so hard and prepare themselfs four years to make their dreams come true.

With mountain biking's biggest prize just over a month away, teams for the 2021 Tokyo Olympics are starting to be announced. Who will be packing their bags with medals in mind and who will have to stay at home and watch it on television? Below is a list of all the team announcements we've seen so far and while it's packed full of World Cup talent, some big names, such as Annie Last, Nicole Koller and Maxime Marotte have unfortunately missed out on a place. Note: Some federations have not yet announced teams, we will update this article when they do.


Dan McConnell
Rebecca McConnell

Laura Stigger rode into eighth today.


Max Foidl
Laura Stigger


Jens Scheurmans
Githa Michiels

Henrique Avancini focused warms up for battle.


Henrique Avancini
Luiz Henrique Cocuzzi
Jaqueline Mourão


Peter Disera
Catharine Pendrel
Haley Smith


Sebastian Fini
Caroline Bohé
Malene Degn

Smashing the rocks and pulling even further away Loana Lecomte pushed hard untill the finish line.


Jordan Sarrou
Victor Koretzky
Pauline Ferrand Prevot
Loana Lecomte


ShlomiI Chaimi


Luca Braidot
Nadir Colledani
Gerhard Kerschbaumer
Eva Lechner


Kohei Yamamoto
Miho Imai


Gerardo Ulloa
Daniela Campuzano

The first statement of the 2021 season goes to Mathieu Van Der Poel.

The Netherlands

Mathieu van der Poel
Milan Vader
Anne Tauber
Anne Terpstra

New Zealand

Anton Cooper

Vlad Dascalu found himself on the elite podium in fifth. He fought hard for that last spot and secured his first ever elite podium.


Vlad Dascalu

South Africa

Alan Hatherly
Candace Lill


Jofre Cullell
David Valero
Rocío García


Jenny Rissveds with a solid ride into 4th and a front-row grid slot for Sunday.

Jenny Rissveds


Nino Schurter
Filippo Colombo
Mathias Fluckiger
Jolanda Neff
Linda Indergand
Sina Frei

United Kingdom

Tom Pidcock
Evie Richards

Kate Courtney was looking forward to this race. As luck would have it she d hit the deck pretty hard and leave the race early.


Christopher Blevins
Haley Batten
Kate Courtney
Erin Huck

Note: Some federations have not yet announced teams, we will update this article when they do.

July 20, 2021: See updated list here.

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  • 78 7
 Mountain biking's biggest prize? I thought the Garbo DH wasn't happening this year...
  • 23 6
 Should probably say "XC mountain biking's biggest prize."
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 @danielfloyd: well that's BC Bike Race, duh!
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 Chainless A-Line now in the Olympics?
  • 2 1
 @Bomadics: BC-BR is a good one but the Cape Epic is King.
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 @Augustus-G: guess that depends who you ask Wink
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 @pensamtb: Anyone with any semblance of objectivity knows it. Wink
  • 36 0
 So impressive to see Catharine Pendrel there.
  • 8 0
 So true. What an absolute legend! Go Catherine!
  • 24 3
 Canada got so confused with their own selection process that they decided to scrap the entire thing and not go.
  • 13 0
 Have you read the UCI selections rules for all nations? Equally as confusing if not more. Leave it to the gubbermint to compound the issue.
  • 22 0
 I know one Canadian that's gonna be very dsspntd
  • 3 0
 yep, but racing is racing!
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 You must be new to this sport of mountain biking and appear to have been watching old VHS tapes to get you up to speed on what this cross country racing stuff is all about. A small word of advice, since you appear new to this sport...keep a look out for this guy called Ned Overend...he's going places!
  • 4 0
 @handynzl: What about that Tomac bloke - or Tinker Juarez.... I heard they were pretty handy on a MTB.
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 @Starch-Anton: That Tinker guy still is!
  • 1 0
 Only if Japan build a replica of Mont Sainte Anne the last week before the race (I wish they did since I think they could).
He deserves it, but MTB has changed, and having explosive speed is a must nowadays.
Ferrand Prevot gold, Lecomte silver, Stigger bronze is all I dare to predict today.
  • 9 0
 You know, considering the highest point in the Netherlands is 321m, about 50% of the country has an elevation of 1m and that 17% of the land there is below sea level they sure do have a stacked team of riders for a mountain biking event!
  • 16 7
 Me (sees Switzerland gets three athletes and most of the other countries only get one): Not fair
Also me (sees USA gets three women): That's pretty cool.
  • 6 0
 It's all based on ranking.
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 And all three are legitimate gold challengers. So cool.
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 @drangus: lol
  • 9 1
 There was almost a huge Pidcock up and Britain wouldn't have been able to send a man...
  • 4 1
 @korev: Underrated Brit/English joke. Well done
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 @sspiff: yeah maybe got caught up in the moment
  • 11 0
 Wow, how badass are the McConnells - talk about power couple
  • 5 1
 Not sure if Dan McConnell would describe his results as 'badass'
  • 5 1
 Rebecca yes. Dan.... not so much.
  • 10 0
 The Tom and Matt show.
  • 6 0
 Wow. France has a serious shot at taking home 4 medals with 4 riders, they are stacked
  • 4 0
 I'm kind of disappointed how little credit is given to Maja Włoszczowska on Pinkbike tbh.
She's an olympic silver medalist, constantly being near the top 10 in world cup and she does not even get a mention here...
  • 5 0
 "Tokyo Olympics: Limited local fans allowed to attend but no cheering" (euronews)
So wtf??
  • 5 0
 It's a silent spectatorship
  • 7 0
 Better giv em some chainsaws; cowbells; old hoops!!
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 @jrocksdh: needs more cowbell.
  • 4 0
 @jamessmurthwaite, you got Spain screwed up. Rocío García is female and Jofre Cullell is male.
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 Edited! Thank you!
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 @sarahmoore: by the way is Rocío García
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 @sarahmoore: sorry it seems your website does not accept some symbols. In that case it’s better if you call her Rocio Garcia
  • 4 0
 I heard thee will be a section of trail added , consisting of 200 lbs of bananas
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 Need to update
Czech Republic,Germany,Hungary,Poland,Ukraine

I made Instagram account list of TOKYO 2021 MTB XCO participants
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 Need to update
Czech Republic,Germany,Hungary,Poland,Ukraine

I made Instagram account list of TOKYO 2021 MTB XCO participants
  • 4 0
 This race is going to be so good, I’m excited.
  • 4 0
 Ok....but what about Fantasy Olympic XC?
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 Rocio is a female from Spain, not a male.
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 Edited, thanks!
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 Wow, this must be the first time Canada didn;t qualify anyone. Looks like both event will be exciting viewing if you look past 1st place on the women's side
  • 2 0
 Canada has qualified one male and 2 females. They just have not announced who they will be yet.
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 @scissors888: Emily Battys husband outside with a team of lawyers preparing to argue that he DESERVES to vacation in Tokyo because Iceland is too cold.
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 @hellanorcal: Batty didn't qualify so the lawyers will be used to say the selection was unfair.
  • 6 0
 Tough luck for her, but Daniele Braidot and Simon Andreassen were 6th and 7th at Les Gets and they don't get to go.
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 @racerfacer: I am surprised Smith was selected over Batty but at the same time, neither did anything to really elevate them selves over the other. Canada really has fallen behind in XC over the last couple of year. I would have selected Carter Woods on the mens side.
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 @scissors888: The riders on the Canadian team were chosen according to specific selection criteria covering results for a specific time period. Smith had a world cup podium finish within the period. The riders would have been well aware of the selection criteria. The official announcement is essentially a formality.
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 @jaydawg69: How does a rider 25th in points, and the leading Canadian rider in the 4 world cup races this year get dropped for a rider 47th in points?
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 @DBone95: selection was based on best World Cup in 2019 or 2021. Batty need to beat Pendrel’s 5th (Haley had a 3rd), she was a long ways off that result. Batty actually only made it into the selection pool with one result (9th at worlds).

Canada made their selection entirely objective based. It was really simple get the highest world cup result during the selection period and you go. There was zero choice involved in selection. May not lead to the fastest team but it is fair.
  • 2 0
 @Ginsu2000: our selection process is an absolute joke ( so happy for Pendral tho ) also not a word of congrats from other Canadian riders to others .. pretty low class and definitely sour grapes, maybe that should be a new Red Bull flavor
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 @scottty: What would your non-joke selection criteria be? I'm seriously asking.
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 @Ginsu2000: I think it should be based on the year of competition of Olympics and or the last 5 results and or an average of, yes I understand the covid delay etc but going back 2 years for results and criteria seems a little silly.
I am sure the selection committee has their reasons why and I am sure politics are involved.
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 @scottty: I fully agree with you. Using 2019 WC single-race placing results is a joke. Sure, riders knew that going in, so it's "fair", but it isn't even close to real-world performance by using a single race result over what is effectively 3 seasons.

I'm not advocating for one rider over another, but given that one of the selected Olympic representatives is undeniably having a very bad season for whatever reason (consistently at all races), and is the weakest of 5 potential Canadian Women riders this year...the selection criteria/process is definitely due for review. Do we not enter the olympics to try and win a medal as a country? We're not funding/paying for these athletes to go to the Olympics as a "reward for good performance on a single day 3 years ago". We want our country on TV, on the podium...
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 @kclw: Got it, thanks!
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 @neons97: I couldn't agree more. So if I understand correctly, even had Emily won all 4 races this year, she still would have been left off of the Canadian team...... Let that sink in if anyone thinks Canada's current selection process is a good one.
  • 2 0
 @DBone95: selection process probably isn't the best but I would rather give the opportunity/experience to an up and comer than someone who's career is on it's tail end.
  • 1 0
 @DBone95: No thats thot true. If she had won a World Cup this season she would have made the team.
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 @DBone95: not quite, if Emily had placed 3rd or higher in any WC in 2019-2021, then she'd have qualified ahead of Haley. The qualification system is messed up but really Canada's bigger issue is that our younger women aren't competitive & are all focussed on fun and personal growth. Which is fine for amateur athletes but not when it's your job & it's the World Cup/Olympics (unless that's what your sponsors are expecting -ie Liv)

Loana, Pauline, Kate, Jolanda, Evie, Jenny, Sina, etc all understand this & still have the skills/fitness/ability/proper coaching to put it together. Until that changes we're not getting on tv or the podium
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 @scottty: Don't you think the extended period for this round of the Olympics is because of the pandemic? No one was even sure whether world cups or other races would be happening this year. It's easy to say with 20/20 hindsight that we could have used only the more recent results, but no one knew that for sure at the time and the selection criteria can't be decided on a Just-In-Time basis. Athletes need to know the criteria way ahead of time to plan out their seasons as best as possible. Throw out the benefit of 20/20 hindsight and it actually makes a lot of sense given all the uncertainties involved.
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 @scottty: I noticed that but it was also the same with other countries' athletes.........
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 @JEL16: OK, that makes more sense.
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 @JEL16: that our younger women "aren't competive and are all focussed on fun and personal growth" seems like a blanket statement that seems to ignore that bike racing isn't engrained in Canadian culture and perhaps our riders with the most potential will never "find" cycling or find the right guidance early enough. That statement also undermines the hard training that Jenn/Cindy/Laurie/Emily/Emily/Elise/etc.... are doing.
  • 1 0
 @racerfacer: Canada has traditionally had top tier WC/Olympic racers - Sydor, Premont, Tomlinson, Pendrel & Batty (until 2019) so we do have the depth & history.

I think all our women train & work hard. My comments weren't directed at a lack of effort but the lack of competitive drive coupled with a participation trophy attitude towards racing as a professional. This won't produce podiums or even top 10s.
  • 2 0
 @jaydawg69: The selection process was actually developed by the athletes in 2016/2017. Every athlete had the opportunity for input. Some chose not to, but they did try and get the selection criteria changed after the fact.
  • 1 0
That is interesting & good to know athletes had a voice. Do you know if the requests for changes came after 2020 was postponed?
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 @JEL16: The requests for changes were made after the selection period ended ( May 2021). Changes were actually made in 2020, the original selection criteria had only one qualification race in 2020, for 2021 there was two qualification races.

I think it is important to note that traditionally those may world cups are poor predictors of olympic performance. Usually the riders who are at peak form in May do no perform well at the olympics. This is why most countries emphasize the preceding season. Give athletes the opportunity to plan their season around the olympics, not qualifying for the olympics.
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 @kclw: thanks that makes sense.
  • 2 0
 You are missing Martín Vidaurre from Chile!!!
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 If these were the only names on the start line that would make for two amazing races
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 Was hoping to see what Carter Woods might have been capable of.
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 Next round of Olympics is in only 3 years
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 @mrkkbb: .......as of right now........
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 Would love to see a death match between Switzerland and the Netherlands, some heavy hitters there.
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 Anyone know what happened to Keegan Swenson lately?
  • 6 0
 disappointment not to be selected, handled with class

  • 2 0
 wheres sam gaze?
  • 3 0
 Not racing anywhere near the front to earn a second place for NZ. Lad's not been on it since he bumped his head.
  • 2 0
 Still moaning about everyone else not waiting for him I think.
  • 1 0
 Wait...so Chloe Woodruff was in, then she was out, now she's in again?
  • 2 0
 List was just updated it appears. Thanks.
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 No Baty.
  • 1 0
 wish they would do DH and let the Jr's go at it
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 I think it will be a while before DH makes it's way to the olympics.
  • 1 1
 The question is: Will be MVP competing also in Olimpic Road?
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 No - he's in the for the XCO race only. And has annoyed all the road experts by disrespecting the Tour, by leaving for just a MTB race. Good on him I say.
  • 1 0
 The only reason MVP races mountain bikes is to win the Olympics. Win or not, I'm not sure we'll see him on one the next couple years.
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 @Starch-Anton: he could win the road olimpics too I ll say. Strange he doesn't apply both...
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