The Canadian Cycling Association has announced its team for the 2006 Commonwealth Games in Melbourne, Australia, from March 16 to 26. A total of 19 riders have been named to the team. "The process of selecting a team of 19 riders covering the men's and women's categories in three disciplines and 12 medal events was very difficult," said CCA High Performance Director Kris Westwood. "Some tough choices were made and some experienced riders were left off the team, but the limited team size made those decisions necessary. Every rider was evaluated based on his or her ability to either win medals or provide support to a medal candidate, and I'm very happy with the work our national coaches and High Performance Committee accomplished."
The mountain bike team will compete in the Oceania championship in Rotorua, New Zealand, on March 5, and will stay there for a week before travelling to Melbourne. The team staff will include National Mountain Bike Coach Michel Leblanc.
MTB Team roster
Mountain bike XC women:
Mountain bike XC men: