The New Zealand team is in the final stages of preparations for the UCI Mountain Bike and Trials World Championships. New Zealand has a team of 27 riders competing, including two defending World Champions Vanessa Quin and Scarlett Hagen, and two other world ranked top ten riders (Kashi Leuchs in Cross Country and Justin Leov in Downhill).
Quin and Hagen have both being racing well on the World Cup circuit with Hagen competing in the Elite women's competition, even though she is still a Junior.
Reigning New Zealand Cross Country National Champion Rosara Joseph (Wellington) has been in great form in recent weeks, with numerous top ten finishes in the European Swiss Power Cups, including a third place in last weekend's round.
Justin Leov also continued his great form with a 7th placing at the latest World Cup Downhill round in Pila, Italy on Sunday (August 21).
- Elite Cross Country Men: Kashi Leuchs (Dunedin), Mike Northcott (Mangakino), Wayne Hiscock (Wellington).
Under 23 Cross Country Men: Marcus Roy (Te Anau), Aaron Tuckerman (Blenheim)
Elite XC Women: Rosara Joseph (Wellington), Sonia Foote (Rotorua), Robyn Wong (Wellington), Jenny Smith (USA)
Junior Cross Country Men: Clinton Avery (Rotorua), Luke Mills (Nelson), Carl Jones (Whakatane)
Junior Cross Country Women: Michelle Bellamy (Nelson)
Elite DH Men: John Kirkcaldie (Wellington), Des Curry (Rotorua), Nathan Rankin (Levin), Justin Leov (Blenheim), Tom Holland (Rotorua), Craig Pattle (Rotorua), Glenn Haden (Wanganui).
Elite DH Women: Vanessa Quin (Tauranga), Jenna Makgill (Auckland)
Junior DH Women: Scarlet Hagen (Queenstown)
Junior DH Men: Mike Skinner (Auckland), Samuel Blenkinsop (Wanganui), Kieran Bennett (Nelson), Cameron Cole (Hamilton).
Susy Pryde is the team manager.