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Ettinger and Davison return to Pennsylvania to defend US cross country titles

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Lea Davison (Specialized) enjoyed herself on the way to winning the USA mountain biking championship. Many believe she is a future contender for a world championship.

Lea Davison (Specialized) enjoyed herself on the way to winning the USA mountain biking championship. Many believe she is a future contender for a world championship.
(Image credit: Dave McElwaine)
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Stephen Ettinger (BMC Mountain Bike)

Stephen Ettinger (BMC Mountain Bike)
(Image credit: Dave McElwaine)

More than 60 national titles will be on the line this week as top mountain bikers from around nation face off at the Bear Creek Resort in Macungie, Pennsylvania on July 17-20 for the 2014 US Cross Country Mountain bike National Championships.

Riders will compete for medals and Stars-and-Stripes jerseys over four days in cross country, short track, singlespeed and super D competitions.

Among those returning to the 2014 nationals, held for the second year in a row in Pennsylvania are many defending cross country national champions, including Stephen Ettinger (BMC Mountainbike Racing Team) and Lea Davison (Specialized Factory Racing) as well as defending short track champion Todd Wells (Specialized Racing). Davison also won the women's short track title in 2013.

Davison will have plenty of competition from fellow Olympians and former national champions Georgia Gould (Luna) and Mary McConneloug (Kenda/NoTubes) as well as .Evelyn Dong (Backcountry.com), Erin Huck (Tokyo Joes/VCGraphix.com), Teal Stetson-Lee (Luna) and Chloe Woodruff (Backcountry.com).

Other podium contenders in the men's race include Jeremiah Bishop (Sho-Air/Cannondale), Michael Broderick (Kenda/NoTubes), Drew Edsall, Russell Finsterwald (SRAM Factory), Alex Grant (Sho-Air/Cannondale), Mitch Hoke, Brian Matter (KS Energy Services/Team Wisconsin), Spencer Paxson (Kona) and last year's U23 champion Kerry Werner (BMC Project Dirt).