Nz Mountain Bike Worlds Team Announced

Postby Melissa_Theuriau on Wed 6/May/09 9:20am

Beijing Olympians Rosara Joseph and Kashi Leuchs, along with star downhillers Sam Blenkinsop and Justin Leov lead a 40-strong New Zealand mountainbike team announced today for September’s UCI World Championship in Canberra.

BikeNZ and Mountainbike New Zealand have selected one of their largest and strongest teams for the championships that take place across the Tasman from September 1 to 6.

Joseph (Christchurch) and Leuchs (Dunedin), both based in Europe, head a six-strong elite team in cross-country competition.

Leuchs, 31, has enjoyed a lengthy break back in New Zealand over the summer, his first in nearly a decade, and has recently returned to the World Cup circuit in South Africa. While his ranking has dropped to 47th accordingly, he was a solid 24th at Beijing and 16th at the World Cup on the Canberra course last year.

Joseph, 27, has high hopes for Canberra after finishing runner-up at the world cup there last year following her outstanding ninth place at Beijing, coming back from a serious injury. She won a race in Sherwood Pines in England recently and was 44th in her first World Cup outing in Germany.

There will be high hopes of success in the downhill with Christchurch’s Leov and Wanganui’s Blenkinsop currently ranked fifth and sixth respectively in the world at present.

The professionals take good form into the season. Blenkinsop, who rides for Yeti Fox Shox team, enjoyed a breakthrough World Cup victory in Germany last August, New Zealand’s first victory in nearly three decades at this level.

Leov, 25, was sixth at the world championships in Italy last year and was fifth in the opening round at Pietermaritzburg in South Africa for his Trek World Racing team.

There will be holeshopes for 21-year-old Cameron Cole, who was sixth behind Leov in South Africa last month.

A pair of female downhillers will also be looking for strong performances. Amy Laird (Christchurch), currently ranked 22nd in the world, was 16th in the worlds last year, 18th in the 2008 Canberra World Cup and third in the Oceania Championships.

Blenheim’s Harriet Harper, ranked in the world’s top 40, was 11th in the World Cup at Mount Saint Anne last year.

Any remaining riders to qualify will be named at the end of July.

The team is:

CROSS-COUNTRY
Elite: Rosara Joseph (Christchurch, Nic Leary (Palmerston North), Kashi Leuchs (Dunedin), Stu Houltham (Lower Hutt), Mike Northcott (Tokoroa), Brendon Sharratt (Christchurch.

Under-19: Alexa Peters (Rotorua), Sasha Smith (Auckland), Sarah-Kate McDonald (Clyde), Dirk Peters (Rotorua), Adrian Retief (Auckland), Locky McArthur (Auckland), Logan Horn (Christchurch), Patrick Avery (Rotorua).

Under-23: Katherine O'Neill (Auckland), Michelle Bellamy (Tokoroa), Samara Shepherd (Wellington), Monique Avery (Rotorua), Ash Hough (Tauranga), Carl Jones (Whakatane), George Bennett (Nelson).


DOWNHILL
Elite: Harriet Harper (Blenheim), Gabby Molloy (Rotorua), Olivia Johnson (Christchurch), Amy Laird (Chritchurch), Justin Leov (Christchurch), Nathan Rankin (Levin), Sam Blenkinsop (Wanganui), Kieran Bennett (Nelson), Cameron Cole (Christchurch), Wyn Masters (New Plymouth).

Under-19: Georgia Wight (Alexandra), Brook MacDonald (Hawkes Bay), Aari Barrett (Havelock North), Richard Leacock (Wellington), George Brannigan (Hawkes Bay), Rupert Chapman (Christchurch).


FOUR-CROSS:
Elite: Nathan Sharratt (Christchurch), Matt Walker (Kawerau), Eddie Masters (Dunedin).
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Re: Nz Mountain Bike Worlds Team Announced

Postby Oli on Wed 6/May/09 9:23am

Quality Team there! :thumbsup:
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Re: Nz Mountain Bike Worlds Team Announced

Postby KonaGirl on Wed 6/May/09 9:31am

There will be what for Cam?
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Re: Nz Mountain Bike Worlds Team Announced

Postby Oli on Wed 6/May/09 9:32am

Haha! "Hopes"?
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Re: Nz Mountain Bike Worlds Team Announced

Postby KonaGirl on Wed 6/May/09 9:35am

Thanks Oli thought maybe they were making a special track just for him :)
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Re: Nz Mountain Bike Worlds Team Announced

Postby Tama on Wed 6/May/09 9:36am

KonaGirl wrote:Thanks Oli thought maybe they were making a special track just for him :)

I should really read the releases carefully when they come in :D

Fixed now ;)
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Re: Nz Mountain Bike Worlds Team Announced

Postby Chickenman on Wed 6/May/09 9:41am

Tama wrote:
KonaGirl wrote:Thanks Oli thought maybe they were making a special track just for him :)

I should really read the releases carefully when they come in :D

Fixed now ;)


Wait but the press release was posted by Melissa, and you're Tama. I'm Confused.




Oh I get it, you're transgender :thumbsup:

:lol:
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Re: Nz Mountain Bike Worlds Team Announced

Postby TonyT1961 on Wed 6/May/09 9:59am

Nice one Rupert Chapman, well deserved.
Congrats to all
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Re: Nz Mountain Bike Worlds Team Announced

Postby kiwisathome on Wed 6/May/09 11:36am

Also, Cam Cole was sixth at the World Cup, AHEAD of Justin Leov. He sat on the Hot Seat for ages and was beaten by none other than Sam Hill. The best performing kiwi on the day!
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Re: Nz Mountain Bike Worlds Team Announced

Postby jo on Wed 6/May/09 11:41am

Looks like a quality crew to be cheering for. :) I just gotta remember to take the cowbell and the kiwi flag. :)

Looking forward to going over . :)
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Re: Nz Mountain Bike Worlds Team Announced

Postby yeti303 on Thu 7/May/09 1:11pm

wot bowt scoles???
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Re: Nz Mountain Bike Worlds Team Announced

Postby -Reaper- on Thu 7/May/09 1:15pm

jo wrote:Looks like a quality crew to be cheering for. :) I just gotta remember to take the cowbell and the kiwi flag. :)

:thumbsup:

gotta get me a flag before I head over to uni in canberra. Gonna be awesome fun in september, I'll be cheering hard for 'em :D
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Re: Nz Mountain Bike Worlds Team Announced

Postby OAP on Thu 7/May/09 2:25pm

yeti303 wrote:wot bowt scoles???


He may not have applied, it looks like first you have to apply to be selected and then there are criteria like how many UCI points you have or if you won at the nationals and stuff like that.

Its all on this page (follow the link)

http://www.bikenz.org.nz/Article.aspx?ID=3822#selection
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Re: Nz Mountain Bike Worlds Team Announced

Postby Triggity on Fri 8/May/09 8:03pm

Shame there's not better funding to intice other riders into going. We definetly have stronger riders out there than those selected.
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Re: Nz Mountain Bike Worlds Team Announced

Postby Oli on Fri 8/May/09 9:58pm

OAP wrote:
yeti303 wrote:wot bowt scoles???


He may not have applied, it looks like first you have to apply to be selected and then there are criteria like how many UCI points you have or if you won at the nationals and stuff like that.

Its all on this page (follow the link)

http://www.bikenz.org.nz/Article.aspx?ID=3822#selection

Scolezy is there as a privateer. :thumbsup:
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