Video: Kate Courtney interview

Great insight into the American 2018 XC World Champion

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Yesterday, Kate Courtney shocked the world as she won the Women’s XC World Championship in Lenzerheide, Switzerland. The odds of her winning were so slim she was barely mentioned in the pre-race favorites coverage. Understandably so as she is 22-years old and a first year racer in the World Cup circuit.

Check how she shocked the world with her XC World Championship win HERE .

The next American cycling hero is Kate Courtney

She did incredibly well in her first year of XC World Cup racing but her best finish was 6th place in Mont-Sainte-Anne and and Vallnord. But she was consistent enough to earn a high enough seeding to be in the front row of the starting line of the 2018 XC World Championship. Still, it was a very tall order for the young American who had hopes of ending the 17-year US gold medal drought in XC Worlds.


She was a product of NICA High School League. Here is the landmark video about the birth of the American high school mountain bike league, Singletrack High. Kate Courtney’s race is at minute 50 of the video.

This video shot by Redbull gives great insight into the life and training of Kate Courtney from Northern California. She is a product of a great family and support system. And went through the early years of the NICA high school mountain bike league program. She is also a student at one of the most prestigious colleges in the world, Stanford University.

Her appreciation of good fish tacos is notable.

Even if she stopped riding a bike today, she will already be a mountain bike legend. But understand that she is only 22 years old and still improving. So the future of American XC racing is very bright indeed.

Racing results before 2018

2017
1st – U23 MTB World Cup Overall Ranking (U23)
1st – USA Cycling Elite XC National Championship
2nd – UCI MTB World Championships – Cairns, Australia (U23)
1st – UCI MTB World Cup #1 – Nove Mesto na Morave, Czech Republic (U23)
1st – UCI MTB World Cup #4 – Lenzerheide, Switzerland (U23)
1st – UCI MTB World Cup #5 – Mont Sainte Anne, Canada (U23)
1st – UCI MTB World Cup #6 – Val Di Sole, Italy (U23)
1st – Pro XCT Overall
1st – US Cup Overall
1st – Sea Otter Classic
2nd – UCI MTB World Cup #2 – Albstadt, Germany (U23)
2nd – UCI MTB World Cup #3 – Vallnord, Andorra (U23)

2016
2nd – UCI World Cup Overall Ranking (U23)
1st – USA Cycling XC National Championships (U23)
1st – UCI MTB World Cup #1 – Cairns, Australia (U23)
2nd – UCI MTB World Cup #4 – Lenzerheide, Switzerland (U23)

2015
4th – UCI MTB World Cup Overall Ranking (U23)
1st – Pan-Am Championships, XC (U23)
3rd – UCI MTB World Cup #1, Nove Mesto, CZE, XCO (U23)
1st – USA Cycling XC National Championships (U23)

2014
8th – UCI MTB World Cup Overall Ranking, XCO (U23)
7th – UCI MTB World Cup Overall Ranking, XCE (Elite
1st – USA Cycling XC National Championships (U23)
1st – USA Cycling Collegiate MTB National Championships, XC (Div. 1)
1st – USA Cycling Collegiate MTB National Championships, STXC (Div. 1)

Kate Courtney in the middle with Annika Langvad on the left and Emily Batty on the right.

2013
6th – UCI MTB & Trials World Championships (Junior)
1st – UCI MTB World Cup #3, Mont-Sainte-Anne, CAN, XCO (Junior)
1st – USA Cycling XC National Championships , XC (Junior)
1st – Pan-Am Championships, XC (Junior)
3rd – UCI World Cup #1, Albstadt, GER (Junior)
1st – USA Cycling Collegiate MTB National Championships, XC (Div. 1)
1st- USA Cycling Collegiate MTB National Championships, STXC (Div. 1)

2012
1st – UCI MTB World Cup #6 , Windham, NY, XCO (Junior)

2011
1st – USA Cycling XC National Championships , XC (Junior)

2010
1st – USA Cycling XC National Championships , XC (Junior)


About the author: Francis Cebedo

The founder of mtbr and roadbikereview, Francis Cebedo believes that every cyclist has a lot to teach and a lot to learn. "Our websites are communal hubs for sharing cycling experiences, trading adventure stories, and passing along product information and opinions." Francis' favorite bike is the last bike he rode, whether it's a dirt jumper, singlespeed, trail bike, lugged commuter or ultralight carbon road steed. Indeed, Francis loves cycling in all its forms and is happiest when infecting others with that same passion. Francis also believes that IPA will save America.


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