U.S. World Mountain Bike teams named

Ruthie Matthes, left off the Olympic team in 1996, has dedicated the last four years to making it this time around  Credit: Jeff Gross/Allsport
Past Olympians, 2000 U.S. Olympic Long Team members and national champions headline USA Cycling's 2000 World Mountain Bike Championship Team. The 2000 World Mountain Bike Championships will be held June 7-11 in Sierra Nevada, Spain.

Because of the 2000 international competition schedule, the U.S. elite downhill and dual squad will not be announced until after the second round of the World Cup Downhill Series in Cortina, Italy, May 27-28. At this time, the elite, junior and espoir cross-country teams, as well as the junior downhill squad, have been confirmed.

A part of the cross-country team is current World Cup leader and 1999 national cross-country champion, Alison Dunlap (Colorado Springs, Colo.).

At the '99 world championships in Are, Sweden, Dunlap, who is currently ranked second in the world, finished fourth. Three-time national cross-country champion Ruthie Matthes (Durango, Colo.)., who won the world mountain bike championship title in 1991, placed 11th at last year's world championships after suffering a flat tire.

Included on the men's cross-country squad is 1996 mountain bike Olympian Tinker Juarez (Downey, Calif.), who will compete at his seventh world mountain bike championships. Joining Juarez will be '99 Pan American Games gold medalist Steve Larsen (Jacksonville, Ore.). Both Larsen and Juarez are members of the 2000 U.S. Olympic Long Team.

Last year's top U.S. World Championship finisher, Kathy Pruitt (Lake Almanor, Calif.), is returning to the 2000 junior women's downhill team. Pruitt earned a silver medal in the junior women's division last year.

Junior cross-country rider Walker Ferguson (Norwood, Colo.) will continue his charge through the 2000 season, after placing first at the junior World Cup season opener in March.

2000 U.S. WORLD MOUNTAIN BIKE CHAMPIONSHIP TEAM (elite downhill and dual to be named after May 28)

Elite Women's Cross-Country

Alison Dunlap, Colorado Springs, Colo.
Shari Kain, Cupertino, Calif.
Ruthie Matthes, Durango, Colo.
Ann Trombley, Golden, Colo.

Elite Men's Cross-Country

Travis Brown, Boulder, Colo.
Tinker Juarez, Downey, Calif.
Steve Larsen, Jacksonville, Ore.
Kirk Molday, Temecula, Calif.
Greg Randolph, Boulder, Colo.

Espoir (under-23) Cross-Country

Matt Kelly, Colorado Springs, Colo.
Jess Swiggers, Colorado Springs, Colo.

Junior Women's Cross-country

Christin Kelly Mandrell, Newberry, S.C.

Junior Men's Cross-country

Dan Bowman, Farmington Hill, Mich.
Walker Ferguson, Norwood, Colo.
Alan Obye, Mendon, Vt.
Justin Thompson, Avondale, Pa.

Junior Women's Downhill

Melissa Buhl, Chandler, Ariz.
Danielle Connolly, Novato, Calif.
Kathy Pruitt, Lake Almanor, Calif.

Junior Men's Downhill

Jason Codding, Foothill Ranch, Calif.
Christopher Del Bosco, Vail, Colo.
Corey Lewis, Henderson, Nev.
Caile Noble, Newhall, Calif.
Christopher Rodgers, Big Bear Lake, Calif.
Jesse Whitsell, Monroe, N.Y.

Elite Women and Men's Downhill and Dual to be named after May 28.

Discuss This Article