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New Zealand MTB Worlds team announced

The Mountain Bike New Zealand selectors have named a full strength team to represent New Zealand at the 2006 Mountain Bike and Trials world championships being held in Rotorua August 22-27.

24 downhillers, 40 cross-country racers, 6 Four Cross (4X) specialists and two trials competitors have been selected in the 72 person squad announced by BikeNZ. Of those named only New Zealand’s two former downhill world champions, Vanessa Quin and Scarlett Hagen, are under injury clouds, although both are confident of being fit by August.

Most members of the elite downhill and cross country teams have been training in either Europe or North America in preparation for the world championships, with a number of encouraging results being achieved. Dunedin’s Kashi Leuchs is New Zealand’s current highest world ranked mountain biker at 9th, with Commonwealth Games cross country silver medalist Rosara Joseph ranked 11th.

For the complete New Zealand MTB Worlds team listing, click here.

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