ABOUT

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Kate Courtney was born in 1995 and grew up in Marin County, California at the base of Mount Tamalpais, the birthplace of mountain biking. Kate was introduced to cycling at a young age - riding on the back of a tandem mountain bike with her dad to get pancakes on Sunday mornings. After joining the Branson High School mountain bike team as a Freshman, her interest in the sport escalated quickly. During high school, she competed for the USA National Team and Whole Athlete Development Team in events around the World. In 2012, she became the first American woman to win a UCI Mountain Bike World Cup in the Junior category. When Kate graduated high school in 2013, she continued on to Stanford University and signed her first professional contract with Specialized Bicycles. 

Kate continues to compete on the Specialized Bicycles Factory Racing Team, is supported by Redbull and is a member of the USA Cycling National Team. She is a 12 time National Champion and is the current Women’s Elite Cross Country National Champion. In 2017, she also won four U23 World Cups and earned the U23 Overall World Cup victory. Outside of cycling, Kate is a recent graduate from Stanford University with a Bachelors in Human Biology. Since graduating, Kate turned her focus fully to her career as a professional athlete.

In 2018, Kate took on the Cape Epic Stage race together with her teammate Annika Langvad. The pair won seven individual stages and took the Overall team victory which marks the first time an American has won the event. During the World Cup season, in her first year as an Elite Racer, Kate placed in the top 10 at six World Cups and finished the season in 8th place Overall. The year ended on a high note when Kate came from behind to win the 2018 Elite XC World Championships in Lenzerheide, Switzerland. With this victory, Kate became the first American in 17 years to win an Elite MTB World Championship and only the fourth American woman to do so. Moving forward, Kate will be targeting the World Cup series with an eye towards the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo.

Born: October 29, 1995 

Hometown: Kentfield, CA

Height: 5’4

Likes: Sparkles, Waffles, Fishtail Braids & Tacos

 

 

Race Results

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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) 

 

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)