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Elite Athlete's Announced for Team USA

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USA Cycling announces Team for BMX Racing Worlds

Olympic Medalists Alise Willoughby and Connor Fields among competitors

In conjunction with the recent announcement of the USA BMX Challenge Class Team (read more), USA Cycling announced the 17 athletes who will be representing the U.S. National Team at the 2019 UCI BMX Racing World Championships in Zolder Belgium on July 27th. Among the riders are 2016 Olympic Gold and Silver medalistsConnor Fields and Alise Willoughby as well as 2017 World Champion Corben Sharrah, 2017 was also the same year that Willoughby claimed her World Title.


Junior Women

Payton Ridenour (Pottstown Penn.; Haro - Dale Holmes Racing)

Emily Hayes (Colorado Springs Colo.; Sponsor: V3gate RideCo Supercross)

Daleny Vaughn (Tucson Ariz.; Sponsor: Redman Racing)

Mckenzie Gayheart (Fort White Fla.; Sponsor: Full Tilt )


Junior Men

Cameron Wood (Avondale, Ariz.; Sponsor: Alpha)


Elite Women

Alise Willoughby (Chula Vista, Calif.; Promax/GW/Klean/Troy Lee Designs)

Felicia Stancil (Indianapolis Ind.; Supercross)

Dani George  (Palmdale, Calif.; Throdwn)

Sophia Foresta (South Jordan, Utah; GT Bikes)

Ashley Verhagen (Phoenix Ariz.; Full Tilt/Radio)


Elite Men

Corben Sharrah (Tucson, Ariz.; Daylight cycles)

Connor Fields (Henderson, Nev.; Chase BMX/Eleven Racing)

Jared Garcia (Victorville, Calif.; DK Bikes/316 Racing)

Jeremy Smith (Seminole, Fla.; Corsa, Staystrong, Avian)

Cole Tesar (Huntersville, N.C.; Rival Racing)

Nic Long (Lakeside, Calif.; Promax/Haro)

Jeff Upshaw (Boise, Idaho, Driven Cycling Academy)


Quote from Jaime Staff, BMX Performance Director, USA Cycling:

“We have a great team this year heading to Zolder, Belgium. We have some of the regulars like Alise Willoughby, Felicia Stancil, Corben Sharrah and Connor Fields who will be looking to contend for some podium places, then we have some really exciting and young talent in the Junior Women who will be looking to make a name for themselves on the international stage and then we have one junior male (all USA qualified based off 2018 Nations ranking) Cameron Wood, who we think will be very competitive in the class.

Thanks to USA BMX creating a Junior class in 2019, we are on schedule to have maximum quota of Junior start spots earned for 2020 when the World Championships will be on home soil, in Houston, Texas.

It’s really encouraging to see so many young athletes come through the system and with so much talent and gives us plenty to work with beyond Tokyo 2020 as we build towards Paris 2024 and Los Angeles 2028”

Information on the World Championships can be found here: https://www.bmxzolder.be/2019-bmx-world-championships/

Results will be live here: https://www.tissottiming.com/Sport/BMX

For more information, please contact Kelly Fox at kfox@usacycling.org

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