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USA Cycling names Continental Mountain Bike Championships team

By:
Sue George, Mountain Bike Editor
Published:
March 12, 2010, 21:55 GMT,
Updated:
March 16, 2010, 14:18 GMT
Edition:
MTB News & Racing Round-up, March 13, 2010
Race:
Pan American Mountain Bike Continental Championships
Sam Schultz at the crest

Sam Schultz at the crest

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21 riders headed to Guatemala

USA Cycling announced Friday the 21 riders named to the US squad for the upcoming Pan American Continental Mountain Bike Championships in Guatemala City, Guatemala on April 9-11.

Former USA Cycling Development Program athlete Sam Schultz (Subaru-Gary Fisher) earned the first automatic nomination to the men's cross country squad as the number 33 rider in the UCI rankings, the top American next to Adam Craig (Rabobank-Giant) who is ranked 25th internationally, but is unable to compete due to injury. Also earning automatic nominations are Todd Wells (Specialized) and Jeremy Horgan-Kobelski (Subaru-Gary Fisher) who are ranked 40th and 46th respectively. Michael Broderick (Kenda-Seven-NoTubes) will round out the elite men's squad as a discretionary pick.

Willow Koerber (Subaru-Gary Fisher), Mary McConneloug (Kenda-Seven-NoTubes), and Heather Irmiger (Subaru-Gary Fisher) all earned automatic nominations to the women's cross country squads based on their UCI rankings - 12th, 14th, and 26th, respectively. Katie Compton (Katie Compton Coaching) completes the women's squad as a discretionary pick.

As the highest-ranked American under 23 athlete in the UCI rankings, USA Cycling Development Program athlete, Rob Squire is the only automatic nomination to the men's under 23 cross country squad. Joining Squire will be discretionary picks Tad Elliott and Ethan Gilmour.

All the gravity athletes representing the US are discretionary selections. Chris Van Dine (Cannondale), Shawn Neer and Brian Buell will don the red, white, and blue in the elite men's downhill and four cross competitions. Joey Schusler (Yeti Fox Shox Factory Race Team), Geoffrey Ulmer, Luciano Worl (Corsair-Atomlab), Ethan Quehl and Graeme Pitts (Team Geronimo-Banshee Bikes) will join them for the downhill.

Two women will represent the US in the elite women's gravity competitions in Guatemala. Rachel Bauer (Team Geronimo-Banshee) and Katie Holden will contest both the downhill and four cross competitions.

2010 US Team for Pan American Continental Mountain Bike Championships

Elite men cross country
Sam Schultz (Subaru-Gary Fisher)
Todd Wells (Specialized)
Jeremy Horgan-Kobelski (Subaru-Gary Fisher)
Michael Broderick (Kenda-Seven-NoTubes)

Elite women cross country
Willow Koerber (Subaru-Gary Fisher)
Mary McConneloug (Kenda-Seven-NoTubes)
Heather Irmiger (Subaru-Gary Fisher)
Katie Compton (Planet Bike)

Under 23 men's cross country
Rob Squire
Tad Elliott
Ethan Gilmour

Elite men's downhill
Chris Van Dine (Cannondale)
Joey Schusler (Yeti Fox Shox Factory Race Team)
Shawn Neer
Geoffrey Ulmer
Luciano Worl (Corsair-Atomlab)
Ethan Quehl
Graeme Pitts (Team Geronimo-Banshee Bikes)
Brian Buell

Elite women's downhill
Rachel Bauer (Team Geronimo-Banshee)
Katie Holden

Elite men's four cross
Chris Van Dine (Cannondale)
Shawn Neer
Brian Buell

Elite women's four cross
Rachel Bauer (Team Geronimo-Banshee)
Katie Holden

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