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Wyman and Oldham lead 'cross worlds challenge

Helen Wyman heads to the World Championships after a strong season

National champions Helen Wyman and Paul Oldham spearhead Great Britain’s team for the 2011 UCI Cyclo-Cross World Championships in St. Wendel, Germany on January 29-30.

Wyman travels to Germany in fantastic form having been crowned national champion for a record breaking six consecutive years and after victory in November’s Koppenberg Cross, the biggest win of her career to date. Gabby Day and Nikki Harris complete the elite women’s squad.

Oldham leads a three-strong elite men’s team with Jody Crawforth and Belgium-based Ian Field also competing.

Current under-23 national champion Luke Gray is joined by Kenta Gallagher, while junior national champion Hugo Robinson, Jack Clarkson, Luke Grivell-Mellor, Joe Moses and Ali Slater will contest the junior men’s race.

Team Manager Phil Dixon said: “This is still very much a developing team but I think we’re capable of some strong performances out in Germany.

“We’re represented by the national champions in each category, and we’ve got Helen Wyman who’s coming into the competition on the back of the best season she’s ever had.

“We’re also well represented in the junior category, thanks to the new 2010/11 Junior Development Programme which aimed to help develop talented junior cyclo-cross riders. The fact we could select five riders from this group is a testament to the success of the programme.”

Full Great Britain squad

Elite Men:
Jody Crawforth
Ian Field
Paul Oldham

Elite Women:
Gabby Day
Nikki Harris
Helen Wyman

U23 Men:
Kenta Gallagher
Luke Gray

Junior Men:
Jack Clarkson
Luke Grivell-Mellor
Joe Moses
Hugo Robinson
Ali Slater

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