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MTB News and Notes: Olympic spots announced; U.S. championships in Mammoth

The UCI released the start spot list for next summer’s Olympic cross-country races on Tuesday, making it official that the U.S. will be sending just two men and one woman (see "Dunlap a long shot for Athens?"). Canada will have five riders total, three women and two men. All told 32 countries were on the list that included nations from six continents, North and South America, Europe, Asia, Australia and Africa.On the men’s side 48 of the 50 starting places have been allocated. The women’s field is full, with all 30 of the spots accounted for. According to UCI rules, those final two places

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The UCI released the start spot list for next summer’s Olympic cross-country races on Tuesday, making it official that the U.S. will be sending just two men and one woman (see “Dunlap a long shot for Athens?“).

Canada will have five riders total, three women and two men. All told 32 countries were on the list that included nations from six continents, North and South America, Europe, Asia, Australia and Africa.On the men’s side 48 of the 50 starting places have been allocated. The women’s field is full, with all 30 of the spots accounted for.

According to UCI rules, those final two places in the men’s race will be “allocated, by agreement with the UCI, in the form of invitations from the tripartite commission.”

Here’s the complete list of nations and number of athletes qualified.

Country Men Women
Argentina
Australia
Austria
Belgium
Brazil
Canada
China
Costa Rica
Czech Republic
Denmark
France
Germany
Great Britain
Hungary
Ireland
Italy
Japan
Namibia
Netherlands
New Zealand
Norway
Poland
Romania
Russia
Slovakia
Slovenia
South Africa
Spain
Sweden
Switzerland
Ukraine
USA
1
2
2
3
0
2
1
1
2
2
3
3
2
1
1
2
1
1
3
1
0
2
1
0
1
1
1
2
0
3
1
2
0
1
1
0
1
3
1
1
0
1
1
3
0
0
1
1
0
0
1
1
1
3
0
1
1
0
1
2
1
2
0
1

Lots on the line come the U.S. MTB championships
Want to be a national champion? Well now you’ve got more chances than ever before.

On Tuesday USA Cycling announced the event line-up for September’s national mountain bike championships, and besides the tradition four (cross-country, short track, downhill and mountain cross), the federation will be awarding stars-and-stripes jerseys in marathon, single speed, dual slalom and super D races.

Observed trials will also return in both the modified and stock bike classes, and in honor of mountain bike pioneers and heroes, a legends category in cross-country and downhill will make its national championship debut.

USA Cycling also announced the qualification procedures and guidelines for the newly created championship event slated for September 23-26 in Mammoth, California.

According to a USAC press release, there are six possible ways for riders to qualify and compete in the 2004 championships, including NORBA state or regional championship series or events, AMBC events, NORBA National Series events, Alison Dunlap Junior Olympic Mountain Bike events, and USA Cycling Junior Development Regional Mountain Bike Camps.

Defending national champions are automatically qualified to compete at the 2004 championships.