28 February, 2009


Here's what the story says in case anyone is interested (quoting http://www.usacycling.org/news/user/story.php?id=4040):

Twenty named to Pan American MTB Championship squad

Colorado Springs, Colo. (February 23, 2009)—USA Cycling announced today the 20 athletes that will represent the United States at the 2009 Pan American Mountain Bike Championships, March 20-23 in Santiago, Chile.

In the elite men’s cross country category, Adam Craig (Bend, Ore.), Jeremy Horgan-Kobelski (Boulder, Colo.) and Michael Broderick (Chilmark, Mass.) earned automatic nominations to the team as top-ranked Americans in the UCI standings. Sam Schultz (Missoula, Mont.) will join them as the fourth member of the team after earning a discretionary selection. Ranked 14th in the world and second amongst Americans, Todd Wells (Durango, Colo.) earned an automatic nomination, but declined his invitation.

Georgia Gould (Boulder, Colo.), Mary McConneloug (Fairfax, Calif.), Heather Irmiger (Boulder, Colo.) and Willow Koerber (Asheville, N.C.) all earned automatic nominations and will make the trip to Chile to compete in the elite women’s cross country race.

Representing the U.S. in the U23 cross country ranks will be Tad Elliott (Durango, Colo.), Mitchell Peterson (Sandy, Utah) and Macky Franklin (Taos, N.M.) for the men, while Chloe Forsman (Tucson, Ariz.) will be the sole U23 women’s representative. Both Elliott and Forsman were automatic selections as the top-ranked U23 athletes in the nation, while Peterson and Franklin claimed discretionary spots.

An eight-person gravity contingent will also wear the Stars-and-Stripes in Chile while contesting downhill and 4-cross events. All discretionary picks, Curtis Keene (Fremont, Calif.), Heikki Hall (Durango, Colo.), Chris Van Dine (Park City, Utah), Ethan Quehl (Grayson, Ga.), Graeme Pitts (Nevada City, Calif.) and Chris Heath (Durango, Colo.) will compete in the men’s downhill event, while Kathy Pruitt (Santa Cruz, Calif.) and Rachel Bauer (Aspen, Colo.) will race women’s downhill.

Hall, Van Dine, Pruitt and Bauer will also race in their respective 4-cross competitions.

2009 Pan American Mountain Bike Championships
March 20-23
Santiago, Chile

Team USA:

Elite Men’s Cross Country
Adam Craig (Bend, Ore.)
Jeremy Horgan-Kobelski (Boulder, Colo.)
Michael Broderick (Chilmark, Mass.)
Sam Schultz (Missoula, Mont.)

Elite Women’s Cross Country
Georgia Gould (Boulder, Colo.)
Mary McConneloug (Fairfax, Calif.)
Heather Irmiger (Boulder, Colo.)
Willow Koerber (Asheville, N.C.)

U23 Men’s Cross Country
Tad Elliott (Durango, Colo.)
Mitchell Peterson (Sandy, Utah)
Macky Franklin (Taos, N.M.)

U23 Women’s Cross Country
Chloe Forsman (Tucson, Ariz.)

Men’s Downhill
Curtis Keene (Fremont, Calif.)
Heikki Hall (Durango, Colo.)
Chris Van Dine (Park City, Utah)
Ethan Quehl (Grayson, Ga.)
Graeme Pitts (Nevada City, Calif.)
Chris Heath (Durango, Colo.)

Women’s Downhill
Kathy Pruitt (Santa Cruz, Calif.)
Rachel Bauer (Aspen, Colo.)

Men’s 4-Cross
Heikki Hall
Chris Van Dine

Women’s 4-Cross
Kathy Pruitt
Rachel Bauer
I'm so excited and I'm now ramping up my training intensities so that I'm flying by the time they come!

1 comment:

Dante said...

congrats dude that's great news