British team for cyclo-cross world championships named

Great Britain fields strong team for the 2016 UCI Cyclo-cross World Championships in Belgium at the end of January

Newly-crowned British national champions Nikki Harris and Liam Killeen have been named among those selected to represent Great Britain at the 2016 UCI Cyclo-cross World Championships in Zolder, Belgium, over January 30-31.

Harris will join former British champ Helen Wyman in the elite women’s race, perhaps representing GB’s best chance of a medal as both riders have shown solid form this season so far.

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Killeen, who has represented GB at the Olympic Games and various international events in cross-country mountain biking, joins Ian Field, Jack Clarkson and David Fletcher in the elite men’s race.

Liam Killeen and Ian Field, British cyclo-cross national championships 2016

Liam Killeen and Ian Field, British cyclo-cross national championships 2016

“I’m looking forward to seeing how the team we’ve selected for the UCI Cyclo-Cross World Championships performs this year, particularly on the women’s side with Nikki Harris recording her first ever World Cup victory in Namur and also with her and Helen consistently scoring top- ten results on the world cup scene,” said GB head coach Iain Dyer.

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“Over on the men’s side, it’ll be great to see Liam Killeen riding in Great Britain colours again following his retirement from the mountain bike squad in 2013.

“It’s also good to see a number of Olympic academy riders have made selection, as well as being there on merit for their cyclo-cross skills and as potential podium contenders, all experience at world level will serve to aid their development as world-class bike riders.”

There’s also a strong British line-up in the under-23 women and junior men’s categories, with six and five riders respectively.

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Great Britain team for 2016 Cyclo-cross World Championships

Elite men
Jack Clarkson
David Fletcher
Ian Field
Liam Killeen

Elite women
Nikki Harris
Helen Wyman

Under-23 men
Nick Barnes

Under-23 women
Alice Barnes
Beth Crumpton
Ffion James
Amira Mellor
Hannah Payton
Evie Richards

Junior men
Mark Donovan
Will Gascoigne
Tom Pidcock
Daniel Tulett
Ben Turner