Courtney Takes U23 World Cup Win in Nove Mesto

  
  


Kate Courtney on her way to winning the U23 race at the UCI World Cup in Nove Mesto
Kate Courtney on her way to winning the U23 race at the UCI World Cup in Nove Mesto (photo by Rob Jones/Canadian Cyclist).
Nove Mesto, Czech Republic (May 21, 2017) – American Kate Courtney (Kentfield, Calif./Specialized) won the U23 women’s race at the UCI Mountain Bike World Cup opener for cross country Sunday in the Czech Republic.

Courtney dominated the course with a time of 1:12:45, putting her 1:50 ahead of runner-up Evie Richards (GBR). Sina Frei (SUI) was third. She was joined in the top-10 by American teammate Haley Batten (Park City, Utah/Clif Pro Team) who placed eighth.

On Saturday, Christopher Blevins (Durango, Colo./Specialized) placed 14th in the men’s U23 race, 2:34 behind winner Petter Fagerhaug (NOR).

The elite women’s race, also held on Saturday, was won by Annika Langvad (DEN), while Sabine Spitz (GER) and Linda Indergand (SUI) rounded out the podium. Erin Huck (Boulder, Colo./Cannondale-3Rox) was the first to cross the finish line for the American contingent in 15th place.

 
Kate Courtney on the top step of the podium after the U23 race at the UCI World Cup in Nove Mesto
Kate Courtney on the top step of the podium after the U23 race at the UCI World Cup in Nove Mesto (photo by Rob Jones/Canadian Cyclist).
Keegan Swenson (Park City, Utah/Cannondale-3Rox) was the top U.S. rider in Sunday’s elite men’s race in 94th place. Nino Schurter (SUI) took the victory with David Valero Serrano (ESP) in second and Julien Absalon (FRA) placing third.
  
RESULTS from the cross-country contests are here.
 
Click here for a photo gallery from the event.


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