British recognition for mountain bike champion Stean

Sam Stean
Sam Stean

The British Cycling team has selected Eastbourne rider Sam Stean to represent GB in the Cross-Country races at the 2012 UCI Mountain Bike World Championships.

Stean will take his place among the top riders in the country as they travel to Saalfelden, Austria from August 29 to September 9th.

Stean, 17, forced his way into the squad after his recent victory at the Junior National Championships.

Just a couple of months ago, Sam became Southern Champion in the Junior race category and, on July, 22, rode to glory in Wasing Park in Berkshire to be crowned National Champion too.

He overcame the challenge of 33 other competitors to cross the line in first place with a time of 1h13m40s, despite many of the riders being a year older than him.

The team, the largest selected by British Cycling for an overseas World Championships, will include three Olympians in Annie Last, Liam Killeen, who will both ride in the London Olympics, and Oli Beckingsale, who competed at Athens and Beijing.

National Mountain Bike Coach Phil Dixon said, “The team has established international quality at the Elite and Under-23 level and will be represented in all categories, which is an indication of the strength of Mountain Biking in Great Britain.

“We have a healthy number of boys and girls in the junior categories which is encouraging for the future.”

Sam will next be in competitive action in the annual winter racing events, where he hopes to continue his dominance in the junior category and retain the sought-after number one spot.

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