Busy period continues as Paul prepares for cream of Europe

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Trawden’s Paul Oldham is part of the Great Britain Cycling Team squad for this weekend’s UEC MTB Cross-country European Championships in St Wendel, Germany.

The squad was announced on Monday by British Cycling, with the Hope Technology rider Britain’s sole representative in the elite men’s race.

A team of nine riders will compete in the mountain bike competition which started yesterday, and will run until Sunday.

Oldham, 36, has had a busy schedule of late as he pushes his claims for selection for the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow later this summer.

He was again top Brit in the fourth round of the 2014 MTB Cross-country World Cup at the weekend, again in Germany, in Albstadt, finishing 62nd, a week after a similar feat in round three at Nove Mesto, in the Czech Republic, where he was 58th.

In Albstadt, Oldham produced lap times consistent for a 30th place finish, but due to a start line crash, managed 62nd, having crossed the line on lap one in 123rd place.

He tweeted on Monday: “Back in the land of the living. Tough day at Albstadt, big crash on start straight isn’t the best on a steep narrow track.”

Frenchman Julien Absalon took the win at the German track, catching the Swiss,Nino Schurter after a fast start.

Absalon had company in Switzerland’s Fabian Giger for the mid-part of the race but Giger was eventually dropped and Absalon went on to the finish first, with Schurter second.