Athertons to lead British downhill team at UCI Mountain Bike World Championships

Rachel aims to defend world title in Norway

British Cycling announced the downhill squad selected to represent Great Britain at the upcoming UCI Mountain Bike World Championships in Hafjell, Norway on September 2-7.

World champion Rachel Atherton will have the chance to defend her title and she is joined by Tahnee Seagrave and Manon Carpenter, who will look to continue her impressive 2014 UCI Mountain Bike World Cup series form.

Fresh from becoming the 2014 British Downhill National Champion and his first UCI Mountain Bike World Cup win, Josh Bryceland will be joined by former senior world champions, Steve Peat, Danny Hart and Gee Atherton in the men’s event, with four promising young riders also taking part in the junior category.

Speaking on the selection, British Cycling downhill coordinator Will Longden said, "The Hafjell track is a fast and technical one, which is well suited to the team. The squad is one that includes a wealth of experience with seven previous world champions, as well as great potential for the future, which I hope will combine in more world titles and medals for GB downhill riders."

British downhill team for the 2014 UCI Mountain Bike World Championships

Elite men downhill
Gee Atherton
Danny Hart
Josh Bryceland
Sam Dale
Matt Simmonds
Steve Peat
Greg Williamson

Elite women downhill
Rachel Atherton
Manon Carpenter
Tahnee Seagrave

Junior men downhill
Taylor Vernon
Neil Stewart
Drew Carters
Laurie Greenland

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