USA Cycling announced 61 athletes nominated to represent the US at the upcoming 2007 UCI Mountain Bike World Championships in Fort William, Scotland, Sept. 3-9, where American cross country athletes will square off against fellow 2008 Olympic hopefuls from across the globe in the only Olympic discipline of off-road cycling. Seven men and eight women were nominated to the elite cross country squad.
Adam Craig (Giant) received the only automatic nomination to the men's team after winning the 2007 USA Cycling Mountain Bike National Championships last month. Jeremy Horgan-Kobelski (Subaru-Gary Fisher), Todd Wells (GT-Hyundai) and Jeremiah Bishop (Trek-VW), were nominated via coaches' selection, and Michael Broderick (Kenda-Seven), Barry Wicks (Kona) and Carl Decker (Giant), received discretionary nominations.
On the women's side, Willow Koerber (Subaru-Gary Fisher) and Mary McConneloug (Kenda-Seven) were automatically nominated - Koerber by virtue of her two podium performances at UCI World Cup events this year in Switzerland and Canada and McConneloug as the National Champion. Heather Irmiger (Subaru-Gary Fisher) and Georgia Gould (Luna) were coaches' selections. Sue Haywood (/Trek-VW), Lea Davison (Trek-VW) and Shonny Vanlandingham (Luna) received discretionary nominations, but Vanlandingham and Haywood both declined their nominations and will be replaced by Kelli Emmett (Giant).
In the gravity events, Cole Bangert (Morewood-Utopia), Duncan Riffle (Honda-Iron Horse), Luke Strobel (Maxxis), Gerritt Beytagh (Morewood), T.J. Sharp (Yeti-Fox), Chris Van Dine (Cannondale The Cut) and Christopher Herndon (Specialized-Cane Creek) received nominations to the elite men's downhill team.
Kathy Pruitt (Jamis), Melissa Buhl (KHS), Lisa Myklak (Leelikesbikes.com), Amelia Colosurdo (Bear Naked-Cannonadale) and Darian Harvey (Durango Roughriders) all received nominations to the elite women's downhill squad.
Representing the United States in 4X competition will be Buhl, Jill Kintner (GT), Jessica Vogt (Dianese-Gamut-Fox), Tara Llanes (Giant) and Neven Steinmetz (TM Totally Wired) for the women, while Brian Lopes (GT), Ross Milan (Yeti-Fox), Eric Carter (Mongoose), Tommy Tokarczyk (Jamis) and Jeremiah Work (Bicycle Sport Shop) will represent the men's 4X contingent. Rich Houseman (Yeti-Fox) received a discretionary selection, but declined his nomination
Elite Men XC
Jeremy Horgan-Kobelski, Todd Wells, Jeremiah Bishop, Michael Broderick, Barry Wicks, Adam Craig, Carl Decker
Elite Women XC
Willow Koerber, Heather Irmiger, Mary McConneloug, Georgia Gould, Sue Haywood*, Lea Davison, Kelli Emmett, Shonny Vanlandingham*
U23 Men XC
Sam Schultz, Colin Cares, Tad Elliott, Mitchell Peterson, Sam Jurekovic
U23 Women XC
Chloe Forsman, Caitlyn Tuel
Junior Men XC
Ethan Gilmour, Gregory Carpenter, Stephen Ettinger, Chris Peterson, Tristan Cowie
Junior Women XC
Stephanie White, Amy Cox
Elite Men DH
Cole Bangert, Duncan Riffle, Luke Strobel, Gerritt Beytagh, T.J. Sharp, Chris Van Dine, Christopher Herndon
Elite Women DH
Kathy Pruitt, Melissa Buhl, Lisa Myklak, Amelia Colosurdo, Darian Harvey
unior Men DH
JD Swanguen, Logan Binggeli, Brad Oien, Tim Price, Tyler McCaul
Junior Women DH
Elite Men 4X
Brian Lopes, Ross Milan, Eric Carter, Rich Houseman*, Tommy Tokarczyk, Jeremiah Work
Elite Women 4X
Jill Kintner (Seattle, Wash.), Melissa Buhl (Chandler, Ariz.), Jessica Vogt (Boulder, Colo.), Tara Llanes (Los Alamitos, Calif.), Neven Steinmetz (Boulder, Colo.)
Cameron Kowall, Neil Wiley, Brian Yezierski, Dave Campbell
* Declined nomination