Team USA opens MTB Worlds with 5th in Team Relay


Blevins had the fastest lap for the USA.
Blevins had the fastest lap for the USA.
Cairns, Australia (September 6, 2017) -- The 2017 UCI Mountain Bike World Championships kicked off down under on Wednesday with Team USA placing fifth in the team relay on a hot, technical course in Cairns.
The team relay is a once-a-year event in which each nation enters an elite man, elite woman, U23 man, U23 woman, and junior man to complete one lap apiece of the cross-country course. 2017 is the first year where the format has required five, instead of four, riders per team.
Team USA a fielded a dream team comprised of Christopher Blevins (Durango, Colo./Axeon Hagens Berman), Kate Courtney (Kentfield, Calif./Specialized Factory Racing), Kevin Vermaerke (Rancho Santo Margarita, Calif./Whole Athlete p/b DNA), Lea Davison (Jericho, Vt./Clif Pro Team), and Howard Grotts (Durango, Colo./Specialized Racing).
Blevins took the first lap for the USA and posted the fastest of the day for the team, coming in at 12:16. Courtney went second in 13:58, Vermaerke third in 12:56, and Davison fourth in 14:08. Grotts then closed things out for the team with the fifth and final lap in a time of 12:22.  Together, the squad posted a combined time of 1:05:40 to finish just 32 seconds off the winning pace set by the Swiss team. Denmark and France took the silver and bronze medals while Great Britain was fourth.
Action will continue in Cairns on Thursday with the junior women’s and men’s cross-country races, beginning at 1:00 and 3:00 respectively (local time).  
Kate Courtney took the second lap for the team.
Kate Courtney took the second lap for the team.

You can view the schedule here, or see up-to-date results here. Remember, Cairns is 14-17 hours ahead of us here in the United States (depending on which time zone you’re in). If you want to follow along, here’s how!
  • Get updates by following @UCI_MTB  and @UCIMTBAustralia on Twitter, and stay connected to the larger conversation by following #MTBWorlds on both Twitter and Instagram. We’ll also post to the USA Cycling Facebook and Instagram feeds from time to time as well.  
  • Tissot Timing will provide live timing for the event and this will likely be the fastest way to get results. Bookmark this live timing page to make sure it’s just a click away. 
  • NBC Sports plans to live stream the event on their digital platforms and then feature highlights on the Olympic Channel. Click here for an NBC Sports coverage schedule.

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