Words: MTBA                                                  Photos: Matt Rousu, Phil Gale and Emmi Collinge

Forty three cross-country and downhill athletes have been selected in the Australian Mountain Bike team to contest the 2019 UCI MTB World Championships in Mont Sainte-Anne, Canada from 28th August to 1st September.

Australia currently has seven riders across both disciplines ranked in the worlds Top-20 according to the latest UCI Rankings.

Eleven time national champion Tracey Hannah (Polygon UR) is one of the favourites in the elite women’s downhill after claiming two World Cup wins so far this season in Leogang, Austria and Les Gets, France. Hannah is also the current overall World Cup series leader after five rounds.

 

It will be the Cairns riders ninth World Championships, with a bronze medal her best elite result coming in 2017, ’16, ’15 and ’13.

Troy Brosnan (Canyon Factory Racing Team) has been `Mr Consistency’ this season with podiums at all five world cup races.

The last time the current Australian sleeve holder stood on the elite steps at a World Championships was five years ago in Hafjell, Norway where he finished third.

However, Brosnan has tasted success at the venue which was back in 2010 where he won his first junior World Championship title.

Last year’s junor downhill silver medallist Kye A’Hern (Canyon Factory Racing Team) will have his eye on going one better when he races on the  final day of competition.

Five junior downhill riders will be experiencing their first ever World Championships, while Michael Hannah (Polygon UR) is the most experienced in the team competing at his 16th.

 

Rebecca McConnell (PMR Racing Team), who currently sits eighth overall in the UCI World Cup points stadings after three top to finishes, leads the way for the cross-country riders.

Cameron Wright (Giant Factory Off-Road Racing), who finished sixth in the juniors at Lenzerheide, Switzerland last year will step up to the Under 23 category.

Ten of the junior cross-country riders are also making their world champs debut in Mont Sainte Anne. Riders will be assisted by a team of 11 support staff.

This is the third time MSA has hosted the World Championships, with around 700 athletes expected to converge on the famed ski and mountain bike resort.

 

RIDERS LIST

Cross-Country Women

Holly Harris (Elite) Rebecca McConnell (Elite);

Katherine Hosking (U23); Sarah Tucknott (U23);  Megan Williams (U23);

Zoe Cuthbert (Junior); Holly Lubcke (Junior); Phoebe Thompson (Junior); Emily Wooster (Junior).

Cross-Country Men:

Cameron Ivory (Elite); Sebastian Jayne (Elite); Daniel McConnell (Elite); Reece Tucknott (Elite);

Luke Brame (U23); Callum Carson (U23); Matthew Dinham (U23);  Cameron Wright (U23);

Piper Albrecht (Junior); Nick Chisholm (Junior); Zach Larsson (Junior); Cooper Jessen (Junior); Liam Johnston (Junior); Domenic Paolilli (Junior); Corey Smith (Junior).

Downhill Men:

Troy Brosnan (Elite); Dean Lucas (Elite); Connor Fearon (Elite); Jackson Frew (Elite); Michael Hannah (Elite); Jack Moir (Elite); Ben Zwar-Kvist (Elite); Oliver Zwar (Elite); Darcy Coutts (Elite – Reserve);

Kye A’Hern (Junior); Will Arblaster (Junior); Joshua Arcus (Junior); Ethan Corney (Junior); Cooper Downey (Junior); Luke Meier-Smith (Junior); Jaxon Sawyer (Junior).

Downhill Women:

Sian A’Hern (Elite); Danielle Beecroft (Elite); Tracey Hannah (Elite);

Cassie Voysey (Junior).