Henderson and McConnell headline Australian team for MTB World Championships

Trek Factory Racing duo Rebecca Henderson and Daniel McConnell have both been named in Australia’s 15-rider squad for the upcoming 2016 MTB World Championships to be held in Nove Mestro, Czech Republic. McConnell, ranked 12th in the world, missed the 2015 Worlds and will be looking to improve upon his best result of 27th in 2012 in his seventh appearance at the Worlds. Australian national champion Henderson makes her third Worlds appearance and will be aiming to go better then her 15th from 2014 in her third Worlds.

“It is a great honour for these riders to wear the green and gold and I congratulate them on their selection,” said Mountain Bike Australia president Russell Baker. “The XCO world championships are brought forward in an Olympic year, bringing the event closer to our regular season and this team represents a good mix of youth and experience and I wish them all well for the world championships in Nove Mesto na Morave.”

McConnell is joined by Cam Ivory, Australia’s best finisher at last year’s Worlds, and 25-year-old Brendan Johnson. 


Former Australian national road race champion Peta Mullens joins Henderson on the start line for the women’s race in her bid to claim a place in Australia’s Rio Olympic team. 

Holly Harris is the sole U23 women’s representative while three U23 men, Scott Bowden, Tasman Nankervis and Reece Tucknott, are headed to the Czech republic.

The junior men, Micheal Harris, Kian McKinnon, Luke Pankhurst, Nick Pedler and Jack Feltham, and sole junior woman Sarah I’ons complete the squad.

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