Congratulations to our Australian riders Sebastian Jayne, Justin Morris, Imogen Stubbs and Ben Thomas from the UK. All have been selected to race at the World Marathon champs in Graechen Switzerland (22nd Sept).
Seb has also been selected to race the XCO champs this weekend in (31st Aug) Mont-Sainte-Anne, Canada.
Justin Morris is thrilled to be going: "I began mountain bike racing in the year 2000," said MarathonMTB.com Team rider Justin Morris. "Since then the sport has given me the motivating effect of a smile on the face and also taught me a lot about dealing with and pushing through suffering. To represent Australia was my goal as a junior XC racer, I did not make it and took a journey into road racing as a U23/elite." Morris had a long career on the road at a local, national and then international level, racing professionally for the NovoNordisk team."
"Mountain bike racing and that goal of national representation was still a carrot in my riding life, and to make that dream a reality is a huge honour for me. It also reiterated to me the power of patience and commitment. 20 years of trying and I can call the dream achieved."
Imogen Stubbs hopefully can recover from her bad crash while leading the mixed team category at the Swiss Epic. The crash on the final stage denied her (and partner Mike Blewitt) victory. Heal quick Imogen!
New from the UK ... After recently winning the British National Marathon champs, Ben Thomas is off to the XCM World Champs in Switzerland. Richly deserved!
Ben getting ready for a Swiss climbingfest in Sept ....