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Cycling: Three Boulder juniors qualify for Mountain Bike World Championships

Bjorn Riley, Madigan Munro and Ada Urist each qualified

Cliff Grassmick/Staff Photographer
Boulder, CO – AUGUST 10, 2019: Boulder High student, Bjorn Riley, will be riding in the junior world championships later this month. (Photo by Cliff Grassmick/Staff Photographer)
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Three Boulder students were selected to represent the United States at the Union Cycliste Internationale Mountain Bike World Championships in Quebec, Canada later this month.

Bjorn Riley, a member of the Bear Development Team and student at Boulder High School, will compete in junior men’s cross country along with four other riders. Boulder’s Madigan Munro and Fairview’s Ada Urist, members of Boulder Junior Cycling, are slated in junior women’s cross country.

“This Mountain Bike World Championship team represents the best U.S. athletes across the board from junior to elite,” Marc Gullickson, the performance director of USA Cycling’s Mountain Bike program, said in a press release. “I expect them all to represent the United States well.”

Among the selected cyclists by the United States team in the junior, under-23 and elite divisions, 14 reside from Colorado, and four of those are from Boulder, including elite women’s rider Erin Huck. Riley, Munro and Urist, along with their club teams, also compete on their school mountain biking teams in the fall.

“We have a lot of fast Boulder High School riders,” Riley said. “Especially with our bike team there, we have like 130 riders on our bike team, which is pretty crazy.”

Cyclists from across the country were selected to the USA team based on a number of results, including how they fared at the USA Cycling Mountain Bike National Championships in Winter Park last month. According to the USA guidelines for selection, “Any athlete placing in the top three at the 2018 Junior XCO World Championships (was) named to the 2019 Junior XCO World Championship Team.”

All three Boulder students automatically qualified.

Riley took third in both the 17-18-age division in cross country and short-track cross country.

In the women’s 17-18 division, Urist also took third in the cross country and short-track cross country races. Munro, meanwhile, was a second off a pair of national championships, finishing behind Durango resident Madeline Robbins in both those events.

The world championships run August 28- Sept. 1.

“I’m definitely excited for it,” said Munro, who also took part in the Cyclocross World Championships earlier this year in Denmark. “I think it’s just going to be a fun race and a really good chance to see what I can do against all these other riders all over the world.”