Kate Courtney (C) celebrates with her gold medal at the UCI Mountain Bike World Championships on Sept. 8, 2018 in Lenzerheide, Switzerland. Just last year, Kate Courtney was racing in the U23 classification at the mountain bike world championships.
To Kate Courtney, the rainbow jersey is a reminder that she can beat the best in the world - it is motivation, not pressure to perform. On Saturday, a 22-year-old made history in her debut at the elite level in the world mountain bike championships, breaking a 17-year drought for U.S.
Kate Courtney's world title was in many ways a surprise, but in other ways, not so much. It was a natural part of her progression, albeit accelerated on a day when she put together a perfect race when it mattered most.
At 22, mountain biker Kate Courtney is already on a trajectory toward world titles and Olympic medals. Kate Courtney could have been doing her homework or helping her mother with the evening chores. It was a rainy, cold evening in 2012 and Courtney was, instead, on her bicycle, completing an interval workout before the sun went down.
When Kate Courtney was just 6 years old, she would ride a tandem bike with her dad up and down the trails of Mt. Tamalpais near their home outside of San Francisco. But she had never heard of professional mountain bike racing.
Gomez, 18. "Whether I'm just standing on the board or going down the line, if there happens to be a chop and I can't compensate, I won't perform." Compensating, as Gomez puts it, requires the use of stabilizer muscles throughout her body, which she develops through an intense routine of stability exercises.
Welcome to The Dirt, the weekly news round-up on what is happening in the worlds of gravel, mountain biking, and all things rough and dirty. The eight-stage Cape Epic is one of the toughest tests of early season form for pro mountain bikers, and so far American Kate Courtney has been passing with flying colors.
Slideshow Photos (Respectively): Johan Badenhorst, Michal Cerveny, Paris Gore/Redbull Content Pool, Redbull Content Pool, Michal Cerveny, Paris Gore/Redbull Content Pool t's been a long time since Kate Courtney last felt totally relaxed.
Cairns, Australia (September 9, 2017) - Kate Courtney (Kentfield, Calif./Specialized Factory Racing) raced her heart out on day four of the 2017 UCI Mountain Bike World Championships to ride off with the silver medal in the U23 women's cross-country race. A crash in the start loop put the 21-year-old Courtney in a difficult position from the gun.
National champion: Kate powered to the Pro Women's cross-country win in this year's Sea Otter, beating Olympic gold medalist Jenny Rissveds (visible under Kate's arm) in the process. Kate raced her hardtail this day. Photo: Johan Badenhorst When Kate Courtney won America's 2017 Cross-Country National Championship, she did it in commanding fashion.
Full-time Stanford student Kate Courtney has already been victorious on the UCI World Cup circuit - and the prospect of a lot more winning is on the horizon.
Stanford sports diehards present and past have witnessed more than their share of elite athletes. Nowadays, the likes of Skov, Randle, Ogwumike and Montgomery have become commonplace names. There's Steffens and Ipsen, Solomon and Rodgers...the list could go on for some length.
The U23 cross-country national champion sets her sights on the season ahead Kate Courtney knows a thing or two about balance.
Kate Courtney and Howard Grotts became the first Americans to win the Absa Cape Epic mountain bike stage race, sealing their victories Sunday in Paarl, South Africa. The eight-day, 435-mile mountain bike race is unique in that it requires all riders to team up with a partner and ride together for the entire race.