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USA Cycling has finalized the athletes who will represent the country for the upcoming MTB worlds in Les Gets, France, from August 22-28, including the 2021 XCC winner Christopher Blevins who is aiming to defend his short track world title.
The Durango/Specialized Factor Racing rider showed strong form in taking victory in last week’s XCC World Cup race in Snowshoe.
He will be joined on the squad by the winner of the women’s XCC last week, Ramona native Gwendalyn Gibson (Norco Bicycles), plus the recent elite cross country nationals winner Savilia Blunk (Orange Seal Off-Road Team). Both placed in the top 10 in Snowshoe in the elite XCO race despite it being their first year to compete in that category.
Also traveling are the 2018 world champion Kate Courtney (SCOTT-SRAM Factory Racing) plus fellow Olympian Haley Batten (Specialized Factory Racing), as well as Hannah Otto (Pivot Cycles/ DT Swiss) and Kelsey Urban (Team 31: Outride).
Under 23 rider Riley Amos (Trek Factory Racing) has been in a race against time to get back to full fitness after breaking his collarbone at the national championships last month. He previously took several World Cup podiums this season and in 2021 became the first-ever American male to win a U23 World Cup in 2021. Bjorn Riley (Team Trek Vaude) is also tipped by the selectors as […]