MALVERN’S Evie Richards and Harriet Harnden are among a team of 13 Great Britain riders at this weekend’s UCI Cyclo-cross World Championships in the Netherlands.

In the under 23 women’s category, 2017 silver medallist Richards will be back in action in Valkenburg, having won in the elite women’s category at the Telenet UCI Cyclo-cross World Cup in Belgium last month.

The 20-year-old will be joined by junior national champion Harnden, 16.

British Cycling’s cyclo-cross co-ordinator Matt Ellis said: “There is a lot of excitement within the squad ahead of this year’s world championships thanks to the successful season the British riders have enjoyed so it should be a great event for Great Britain.

“The course is difficult as you would expect for a world championships. It’s hilly with a lot of off-camber sections which requires high fitness levels and it’s grassy therefore likely to get muddy and slippy which will challenge the riders’ technical abilities.”

Richards produced a strong performance at the final round of the world cup in Hoogerheide, Netherlands, last weekend, finishing third among the elite women.

The first women’s under-23 cyclo-cross world champion was just 19 seconds behind Sanne Cant of Belgium.