Australian contingent ready for home mountain bike World Cup

All eyes on Cairns next weekend for cross country, eliminator and downhill action

Cycling Australia (CA) and Mountain Bike Australia (MTBA) announced the Australian contingent for the second round of the 2014 UCI World Cup Series to be held in Cairns on April 25-27.

In the cross country event, 2012 London Olympians Dan McConnell and Rebecca Henderson both had landmark years on the international scene in 2013 and will lead the way in Cairns.

Looking to the downhill, the brother and sister combination of Mick Hannah and Tracey Hannah are Cairns locals and will be hoping to beat the world in their own backyard. Young gun Troy Brosnan is also one to watch after joining Hannah on the World Cup podium in the opening round of the UCI Mountain Bike World Cup season in South Africa.

In the eliminator, reigning world champion Paul Van De Ploeg will return to racing after injury and be the hot favourite for the men, and Emily Parkes will hope to continue her national championship medal-winning form in the women's event.

President of Mountain Bike Australia, Russ Baker AM, spoke of the significance of the event for the sport in Australia.

"The first MTB World Cup on Australian soil in six years sees a welcome and exciting return of this level of competition," Baker said. "While riders strive to be world champions, the standard of competition at World Cups can actually be higher and the races harder because more top level riders can enter."

"For our elite riders, Cairns is one race in a series to which they devote their entire year - some would say their lives. It is an incredible level of commitment from our riders, and from all the teams and sponsors who support them."

Dubbed the "Rumble in the Rainforest", the three-day Cairns event begins on April 25 and over 300 riders are expected to converge on tropical North Queensland along with tens of thousands of fans.

Australian riders racing in Cairns for the UCI World Cup round 2

Elite men cross country
Andrew Blair
Travis Frisby
Brendan Johnston
Shaun Lewis
Dan McConnell
Mark Tupalski
Paul Van Der Ploeg

Elite women cross country
Rebecca Henderson
Karen Hill
Jenni King
Sarah Riley
Tory Thomas
Jodie Willett

U23 men cross country
Christopher Aitken
Scott Bowden
Michael Crosbie
Ben Forbes
Chris Hamilton
Cameron Ivory
Sebastian Jayne
Ethan Kelly
Alexander Meyland
Russell Nankervis
Tasman Nankervis
Blake Polverino
Kyle Ward
Tristan Ward

U23 women
Holly Harris
Emily Parkes

Elite men downhill
Bryn Atkinson
Rhys Atkinson
Chris Barlin
Jesse Beare
Berend Boer
Troy Brosnan
Joshua Button
Thomas Crimmins
Luke Ellison
Connor Fearon
Michael Hannah
Samuel Hill
Lindsay Klein
Peter Knott
Chris Kovarik
Dean Lucas
Sean McCarroll
David McMillan
Todd Madsen
Jack Moir
Brendan Moon
Graeme Mudd
Ben Power
Will Rischbieth
Brent Smith

Elite women downhill
Victoria Armstrong
Danielle Beecroft
Sarah Booth
Michelle Crisp
Shelly Flood
Tracey Hannah
Ellie Wale
Kellie Weinert

Junior men downhill
Dru Berryman
Dan Booker
Jackson Davis
Benjamin Dengate
Ben Hill
Cody Love
Matthew McCorkell
Alec Reid
Matt Taylor
Aiden Varley
Max Warshawsky
Joel Willis

Junior women downhill
Tegan Molloy

Elite men eliminator
Michael Crosbie
Shaun Lewis
Paul Van Der Ploeg
Kyle Ward
Tristan Ward

Elite women eliminator
Holly Harris
Emily Parkes

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