MTBNZ 2011 WORLD CHAMPS SQUAD

MTBNZ just dropped the first selection (final team named July 12th) for the MTB Worlds later this year. Wide Open team members Samara Sheppard (u23 XC) and Jay Barrett (u19 DH- pictured above) are in the list. Check out the full list after the jump....MTBNZ has great pleasure in announcing the long list of athletes for the 2011 World Mountainbike Championships. This long list contains athletes who have already qualified their selection through performances at key events this summer, as well as athletes who may be on the cusp of selection but who need to further demonstrate that they can meet the performance benchmark required.

Final NZ Mountainbike Team selection takes place on July 12th this year.

Cross Country Olympic (XCO) Under 19 Women Mary Gray Dunedin

Under 19 Men Anton Cooper Christchurch Mathew Waghorn Palmerston North Nigel McDowell Rotorua Tom Bradshaw Wellington Tom Filmer Nelson Harley Going Whangarei

Under 23 Women Katie O'Neill Rotorua Samara Sheppard Rotorua

Under 23 Men Dirk Peters Rotorua Brad Hudson Christchurch Sam Shaw Rotorua Richard Anderson Blenheim

Elite Women Rosara Joseph Christchurch Karen Hanlen Whakatane Eloise Fry Nelson Fiona MacDermid Palmerston North

Elite Men Carl Jones Rotorua Mike Northcott Tokoroa

Downhill Individual (DHI) Under 19 Women Sarah Atkin Wellington Sophie Tyas Auckland Madeline Taylor Napier Veronique Sandler Nelson Sophie-Marie Bethell Auckland

Under 19 Men Reuben Olorenshaw Nelson Daniel Franks Christchurch Reece Potter Takaka Zach Baker Auckland Dan McCombie Dunedin Jake Robinson Rotorua Jay Barrett Havelock North Nick Bygate Nelson Louis Hamilton Rotorua

Elite Women Harriet Harper Nelson Amy Laird Christchurch

Elite Men Cameron Cole Christchurch Sam Blenkinsop Wanganui Justin Leov Dunedin Brook MacDonald Napier George Brannigan Hastings Nathan Rankin Levin Matthew Scoles Alexandra Wyn Masters New Plymouth Kieran Bennett Nelson Sam Baker Auckland Eddie Masters Dunedin Matt Walker Rotorua Richard Leacock Wellington

Four Cross (4X) Elite Men Matt Walker Rotorua Daniel Franks Christchurch