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British Cycling Announces 2019 World Champs Team

Aug 19, 2019 at 7:07
by Ed Spratt  
Happy with second for Tahnee Seagrave but knowing she may have left a bit more speed on the track.

British Cycling has announced today the 24 riders who will be competing for the Rainbow Jersey in Mont Sainte Anne in a few weeks time.

The team features previous World Champion Danny Hart and Tahnee Seagrave who returns from her injury sustained back at Fort William earlier this year. The team isn't short on talent with the likes of Matt Walker, Laurie Greenland and Reece Wilson in the mix for the title. It also looks like both Athertons will be out for Worlds this year with just a single female rider competing in the downhill. In the XC there is the Under 23 rider Evie Richards who has been on great form all season and could easily take the top spot. Annie Last has also been having a great season and she might just get another good result at the end of the month. Here's the full line up:


bigquotes“I think we’ve got some very real medal chances across the categories this year and I’m excited for the racing to start.

“In the elite men’s race, Danny Hart has a history of success on the Mont-Saint-Anne course, having taken third at the world cup last year and the victory at the world cup in 2016. Laurie Greenland, the 2015 junior world champion, has impressed this season, taking his first-ever victory at an elite world cup in Val di Sole last month. He, along with Matt Walker, are both showing excellent progression since stepping up to the elite ranks and are certainly ones to watch. They stand a chance of making it on to the podium this year, but even if they don’t the experience of competing against the worlds’ best elite men will support their development for the years to come.

“In the women’s event, it’s great to see Tahnee back from injury but similarly I know how disappointed Rachel Atherton is to miss out on defending her world champion title due to her injury – everyone at British Cycling wishes her a quick recovery. Tahnee won the first world cup of the season before sustaining her injury, and we can expect to see her back fresh and fully focussed on this event.

“This has been a breakthrough year for British Cycling and the support we’ve been able to offer the downhill riders. For the first time ever, we have been able to host a junior development camp at the Revolution Bike Park in Llangynog which gave ten high-performing junior riders the opportunity to undergo mechanic workshops, work on their lines through technical sections and to improve their communication methods to get the best out of their support team. The camp was a success, and it’ll be great to see the riders who attended put into practice what they learned over that weekend.”
Michael Vickers, Downhill Co-ordinator for the Great Britain Cycling Team

Elite Men

Brendan Fairclough

Laurie Greenland

Danny Hart

Bernard Kerr

Matt Walker

Greg Williamson

Reece Wilson

Elite Women

Tahnee Seagrave

Laurie Greenland always goes well here in Val di Sole so it s no surprise that this would be the venue for his first win.

Junior Men

Jake Ebdon

Jamie Edmondson

Luke Mumford

Luke Williamson


bigquotes“With the Olympics drawing nearer, the world championships in Mont-Saint-Anne are an important opportunity to rack up more qualification points and the team we have selected reflects that.

“Annie has had a mixed season so far, with illness and misfortune affecting her world cup performances, however, she can take confidence from the results she’s had at other races this year and also from the knowledge she won a silver medal on this course at the 2010 junior world championships.

“Evie has worked hard to come back from injury and is making remarkable progress, consistently finishing in second place at the world cups this season. The steep nature of the course will play to Evie’s climbing skills and, for similar reasons, will also suit Isla, who has impressed during her first year as a programme member.

“It was great to see Frazer step up and not only ride but dominate in the elite category at the national champions this year having had a difficult start to the season with an injury. Cam and Sean have both shown progression in their training and competition, and so these world championships are an opportunity for them to build on this and see where they are at against the best in the world.

“All three of the junior riders we have selected have excelled this season and I will be looking for them to cement this at the world championships.

“Finally, we will be entering a team into the mixed relay event and, thanks to the strength we have within the team across the categories, we stand a good chance of putting down a good performance to contribute to our all-important Olympic qualification campaign. The team names for the mixed relay will be confirmed nearer the time.”
Simon Watts, Lead Coach

Elite Men

Grant Ferguson

Elite Women

Annie Last

Isla Short

Under-23 Men

Frazer Clacherty

Sean Flynn

Cameron Orr

Under-23 Women

Evie Richards

Evie Richards got out front early and stayed there for most of the race.

Junior Men

Charlie Aldridge

Harry Birchill

Junior Women

Harriet Harnden

Anna McGorum

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 Gee’s warmin up for Rampage
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 Gap to wall-ride training is in full swing.
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 @MTBrent: Is that hip again? Maybe Matt Hunter wants to have a go too then this year.
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For the first time ever, we have been able to host a junior development camp at the Revolution Bike Park in Llangynog which gave ten high-performing junior riders the opportunity to undergo mechanic workshops, work on their lines through technical sections and to improve their communication methods to get the best out of their support team.

Your instructor for tonight: Loris Vergier.
  • 6 0
 Yeeenup wehdehdeh.
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 @phile99: Best thing ont the internet!!!!!!!! Loris Vergier "Communication" Soundboard:
  • 20 0
 Gee no Gee
  • 23 4
 Only one female??
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flag NorCalNomad (Aug 19, 2019 at 8:30) (Below Threshold)
 Yeah wtf, where is Rachel? Rachel is ranked 3rd where as Tahnee is 9th.
  • 10 0
 @NorCalNomad: - Rachel is injured and can't ride. Tanhee is at least on her bike again and has a shot at riding world's.
  • 5 0
 @NorCalNomad: Rachel is recovering from a snapped Achilles tendon
  • 37 2
 @NorCalNomad: I can confirm she is hanging out at Dyfi Bike Park welcoming guests because of the small matter of her ruptured ACL. Have you been living under a rock? You’re being all “it’s not fair for the women” but you clearly don’t follow the women’s side of the sport. It’s the one of the bigger stories of the season so far.
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flag biglev (Aug 19, 2019 at 8:55) (Below Threshold)
 no Junior women? no mille?
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 @biglev: She may compete, but wouldn't that be for the Norwegian team?
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flag NorCalNomad (Aug 19, 2019 at 19:36) (Below Threshold)
 @guytherev: yeah f me for making a human mistake of forgetting something. And thanks for putting words in my mouth. @vikb thanks for the civil reminder man.
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 @vinay: ha good point!!!
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 @biglev: Yeah, I don't get the up- nor downvotes. Rachel Atherton is a huge supporter of junior female British DH racers so with them supporting Mille (and with her having a family name that could very well have been British), I get the confusion.

That said, I haven't tried to figure out whether she'll be racing. Obviously Vali is still most dominant and it takes something for her to not win gold (until the pressure to perform just goes out of hand) but Mille definitely stands a very good chance to get on the podium.

@NorCalNomad : I think the "wtf"-bit in your comment set a different tone for peoples reactions.
  • 16 0
 where's Gee-man?
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 Not getting the results this year.
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 Too slow this year.
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flag poosk FL (Aug 19, 2019 at 7:48) (Below Threshold)
 arguably Gee and Greg's season's are very similar... maybe it's an age thing? shame really.
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 No Atherton at the Worlds at all. This is historic in a sad way. Let's hope Tahnee is fully recoved by then!
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 Prepping for Rampage?
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flag gramboh FL (Aug 19, 2019 at 8:21) (Below Threshold)
 @poosk: Should have picked Gee over Williamson IMO
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flag charmingbob FL (Aug 19, 2019 at 9:00) (Below Threshold)
 @poosk: Greg as in Greg Minnaar? The same Greg Minnaar that came in 2nd at the last race?


*Edit: I guess you probably mean Greg Williamson
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 @gramboh: Kerr coming off a broken digit is kinda weird from what I see versus a healthy Gee
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 @gramboh: You don't need a Gee when you've got a G-Willy.
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 @vinay: I don’t think he made the cut last year either, might be wrong about that though
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 @Wincobankchef: Yeah, I think you're right. And the year before that he didn't feel good enough and gave his position to Kerr who did quite well.
  • 14 0
 Svens eyebrows are History!!!!!
  • 4 0
 I hope someone films it. Gonna be hilarious.
  • 13 1
 How can they justify not including Gee - two top 20’s in the WC this year and 8th at MSA last year??!!
  • 31 23
 Fairclough Instead of Gee? Come on BC, we all know you couldn't run a bath but you normally hide it better than that. I love watching Brendan ride, but between the tapes Gee is a safer bet
  • 47 4
 Brendan was one spot off a podium this year. I don't even know if Gee has a top 15.
  • 7 1
 @chriskneeland: 15th at last WC round I believe but Gee has had a couple of national wins this year already.
  • 12 5
 @mluk2004: And he won World Champs twice. That, too.
  • 11 2
 @TEAM-ROBOT: how many years ago where those wins. past victories dont count towards making the team, its all about results in the past year
  • 11 1
 Looks like they made their decision before Val Di Sole, Hatton needs to be in there too.
  • 10 1
 What about Joe Breeden? He's on way better form than most of the other selected riders. Madness how the selection process works
  • 8 0
 Laurie Greenland is riding well at the moment
  • 2 0
 Him and Minnar are the only hopes to beat the French.
  • 10 0
 @Laymo: Pretty sure Minnaar once again failed to make the British national team.
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 @Laymo: I think Brosnan and Danny are a threat as well
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 I wouldn't have expected Gee to be in, but for the same reasons I wouldn't have expected Brendog to be in either?! It doesn't matter anyway because Laurie Greenland is going to be world champ...
  • 13 6
 No Becky Skelton or Meg Whyte for the ladies team.
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 Criminal behaviour that they haven’t been picked
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 @NickTerry: how to unmotivate riders.
  • 14 1
 As much as I'm sure they are ace girls and fast on a bike, neither are fast enough to qualify for a WC, why would British Cycling pay a fortune to take them to race where they have no chance of winning.

There would be more sense in taking Katy Curd, but assume she is still injured/recovering.
  • 4 0
 Why do we do fairly well in the men’s downhill category but never even get a look in for the xc category? Is it something to do with British Cycling wanting all xc athletes to turn roadie?
  • 3 0
 And the opposite happens in Switzerland: everyone goes XC and the DH category is crickets. Different cycling cultures and focal points.
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 Looks like those eyebrows are coming off!!

  • 6 2
 Good to see Brendog at worlds, but Williamson and kerr are in and Gee is out...????
  • 1 0
 kerr has posted better results than gee this season, and from what i can tell he still hasn't put down his best run. he takes time off the frenchmen in the sections where hes on it - if the goal is getting medals then hes an obvious pick imo
  • 7 5
 Not my country but it’s total bullshit that Gee is not being selected two years in a row. He’s such a figure worldwide n he’s a vetaran of the sport. How much more experience can someone have?
  • 4 4
 Maybe they are looking for results, not experience? I'm pretty sure every elite male who made the team has had a better result than Gee this season.
  • 6 4
 Only one woman?? Thats so poor, what about giving people a shot?? BC letting us down big time, how are new British females to gain experience!
  • 6 0
 Serious question, not being snarky- did other women meet the requirements to be able to join the World's team in the first place?
  • 7 4
 British cycling needs to spend money on mountain biking or fuck off. 1 female for the downhill is a crime!!!
  • 4 0
 no female national dh champ or any junior woman......fuck off selectors
  • 4 1
 Somebody gonna be grumpy-pants.
  • 4 2
 womens DH just one rider...be nice to give some up and coming riders a shot!!!
  • 2 0
 Kerr is a sound choice. Are you all forgetting lastvuear when he shipped out last minute and bossed it?
  • 2 1
 I thought British women's DH used to be stacked. I know Rachel is out with injury and Manon has retired, but surely there were more names. No Junior.women too
  • 1 0
 For those that don't know any of the junior men get your chops round this www.instagram.com/p/B1O3yXsHyTc/?utm_source=ig_web_options_share_sheet
  • 2 0
 Does Sven have to shave his eyebrows? Now that Brendog made it on the Champs team this year?
  • 1 0
 States 24 but only 23 names, another example of British Cycling getting it wrong....
  • 2 0
 I wonder how many riders will be wearing skin suits this year.
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 Probably most of the xc riders
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 Where's all the Women?
What about Stacey Fisher, Chloe Taylor & Becci Skelton??

Chloe finished 2nd on an Enduro bike and isn't doing too bad in EWS either!

Also think that Adam Brayton should have been included.
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 The junior men’s category is in bold but not the junior women’s?
This is horseshit British cycling!
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 No junior DH women?
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 I've heard that some riders were offered places and declined as they couldn't afford the costs of racing world champs in MSA.
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British Cycling is a joke!
Time for a Scottish and Welsh Go fund me DH team next year!
  • 3 1
 @Beicpinc: wales is only for where the good English riders go to train Wink
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 @chainspotting: Hell yeah,that's were the best riding is of course.
Mind you,we have enough current WC riders to make a great team,Joe Smith,Joe Breeden,Mike Jones,Matt Walker,you could also throw in some Welsh wannabes as well who reside in Wales,Rachel,Gee,and Tahnee.
Gee and Rachel,already qualify after the 5 year residency rule,Tahnee not there yet.The other criteria is to pass a language proficiency test,to be allowed on the team,i understand that Rachel is already on the case,Gee however is struggling trying to string a couple of sentences together.????
Go team Wales ????
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 Tahnee holding it down for the women!
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 Apart from it not making financial sense for atherton racing, why are we not taking Millie to race junior women?
  • 5 0
 Really? Have a think about it and come back to us if you want to ask the same question again. tup
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 There's just norway I can see that happening.
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 @metaam: haha, you win.
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 With a dental plan?
  • 4 6
 What about Bryceland?
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