USA Cycling names 21-rider squad for Continental Mountain Bike Championships

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Colorado Springs, Colo. (March 12, 2010) – USA Cycling announced today the 21 riders named to the U.S. squad for the upcoming Pan American Continental Mountain Bike Championships in Guatemala City, Guatemala, April 9-11.

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Former USA Cycling Development Program athlete Sam Schultz (Missoula, Mont./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 (Bend, Ore./Giant-Rabobank) who is ranked 25th internationally but is unable to compete due to injury. Also earning automatic nominations are Todd Wells (Durango, Colo./Specialized) and Jeremy Horgan-Kobelski (Boulder, Colo./Subaru-Gary Fisher) who are ranked 40th and 46th respectively. Michael Broderick (Chilmark, Mass./Kenda-Seven-NoTubes) will round out the elite men’s squad as a discretionary pick.

Willow Koerber (Durango, Colo./Subaru-Gary Fisher), Mary McConneloug (Chilmark, Mass/Kenda-Seven-NoTubes), and Heather Irmiger (Boulder, Colo./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 (Colorado Springs, Colo./Planet Bike) rounds out the women’s squad as a discretionary pick.

As the highest-ranked American U23 athlete in the UCI rankings, USA Cycling Development Program athlete, Rob Squire (Sandy, Utah), earned the only automatic nomination to the men’s U23 cross country squad. Joining Squire on the cross country course in Guatemala will be discretionary picks Tad Elliott (Durango, Colo.) and Ethan Gilmour (Ludlow, Vt.).

Gravity athletes representing the U.S. at the Continental Mountain Bike Championships were all discretionary picks. Chris Van Dine (Park City, Utah/Cannondale), Shawn Neer (Arvada, Colo.), and Brian Buell (Boulder, Colo.) will don the red, white, and blue in the elite men’s downhill and four-cross competitions. Joining the pair for the downhill contest will be Joey Schusler (Boulder, Colo./ Yeti Fox Shox Factory Race Team), Geoffrey Ulmer (Troy, NY), Luciano Worl (Woodinville, Wash./Corsair-Atomlab), Ethan Quehl (Grayson, Ga.), and Graeme Pitts (Nevada City, Calif./Team Geronimo-Banshee Bikes).

Two women will represent the U.S. in the elite women’s gravity competitions in Guatemala. Rachel Bauer (Aspen, Colo./ Team Geronimo-BANSHEE ) and Katie Holden (Scotts Valley, Calif.) will contest both the downhill and four-cross competitions.

Check back to www.usacycling.org to learn how the U.S. team fares in Guatemala, or click here to visit the event’s official website.

2010 Pan American Continental Mountain Bike Championships
April 9-11, 2010
Guatemala City, Guatemala

Elite Men’s Cross Country
Sam Schultz (Missoula, Mont./Subaru-Gary Fisher)
Todd Wells (Durango, Colo./Specialized)
Jeremy Horgan-Kobelski (Boulder, Colo./Subaru-Gary Fisher)
Michael Broderick (Chilmark, Mass./Kenda-Seven-NoTubes)

Elite Women’s Cross Country
Willow Koerber (Durango, Colo./Subaru-Gary Fisher)
Mary McConneloug (Chilmark, Mass./Kenda-Seven-NoTubes)
Heather Irmiger (Boulder, Colo./Subaru-Gary Fisher)
Katie Compton (Colorado Springs, Colo./Planet Bike)

U23 Men’s Cross Country

Rob Squire (Sandy, Utah)
Tad Elliott (Durango, Colo.)
Ethan Gilmour (Ludlow, Vt.)

Elite Men’s Downhill
Chris Van Dine (Park City, Utah/Cannondale)
Joey Schusler (Boulder, Colo./ Yeti Fox Shox Factory Race Team)
Shawn Neer (Arvada, Colo.)
Geoffrey Ulmer (Troy, NY)
Luciano Worl (Woodinville, Wash./Corsair-Atomlab)
Ethan Quehl (Grayson, Ga.) -Discretionary Pick
Graeme Pitts (Nevada City, Calif./Team Geronimo-Banshee Bikes)
Brian Buell (Boulder, Colo.)

Elite Women’s Downhill
Rachel Bauer (Aspen, Colo./ Team Geronimo-BANSHEE )
Katie Holden (Scotts Valley, Calif.)

Elite Men’s Four-Cross
Chris Van Dine (Park City, Utah/Cannondale)
Shawn Neer (Arvada, Colo.)
Brian Buell (Boulder, Colo.)

Elite Women’s Four-Cross
Rachel Bauer (Aspen, Colo./Team Geronimo-BANSHEE)
Katie Holden (Scotts Valley, Colo.)

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About USA Cycling
Recognized by the United States Olympic Committee and the Union Cycliste Internationale, USA Cycling is the official governing body for all disciplines of competitive cycling in the United States, including road, track, mountain bike, BMX and cyclo-cross. As a membership-based organization, USA Cycling comprises 66,500+ licensees; 2,200 clubs and teams; and 34 local associations. The national governing body sanctions 2,650 competitive and non-competitive events throughout the U.S. each year and is responsible for the identification, development, and support of American cyclists. To learn more about USA Cycling, visit www.usacycling.org.

source: Keri S. Kahn
USA Cycling, Inc.
Communication Manager

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