Cycling Canada announced its roster for the 2014 UCI Mountain Bike World Championships, to take place in Hafjell/Lillehammer, Norway from September 2 to 7.
With a total of 39 athletes - 10 downhillers, 27 cross country riders and two trials riders, Canada will have most of its 2014 national champions competing in the pinnacle event of the season.
"We continue to have the ability to stand on the podium at this event. Our cross country program has been one of the strongest in the world over the last Olympic cycle with World titles and World Cup titles. We are heading to Norway with the objective to continue our momentum of performance at the highest level as continue our road to Rio 2016," said Jacques Landry, High Performance Director and Head Coach at Cycling Canada.
Of note, Canadian mountain bikers have excelled in 2014, with Catharine Pendrel making a strong comeback, after breaking a collarbone, to step on the podium on three occasions, including a victory in Windham and second places in Nove Mesto na Morave and Mont-Sainte-Anne. Pendrel ended the season ranked second in the UCI World Cup standings.
Emily Batty finished the World Cup in fourth place overall. She was on the World Cup podium once this season, a second place in Cairns.
At the 2014 Commonwealth Games, Pendrel and Batty took the top two spots on the podium with Pendrel winning the title.
In the under23 category, Léandre Bouchard posted three top 10 performances, including a fifth place in Nove Mesto Na Morave, while Evan McNeely finished seventh in Mont-Sainte-Anne.
In the UCI Nations rankings, Canada is third in the women’s ranking and eighth in the men’s ranking.
Team Canada for the UCI Mountain Bike World Championships
Elite men cross country
Elite women cross country
U23 men cross country
U23 women cross country
Junior men cross country
Guillaume Larose Gingras
Junior women cross country
Elite men downhill
Elite women downhill
Junior men downhill
* Current Canadian Champions