How Kate Courtney Won Her First UCI MTB World Champs Title | UCI MTB 2018
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There is perhaps no better place for MTB racing than the Swiss Alps. Lenzerheide hosts the UCI Mountain Bike World Cup tour for the third time, with both DH and XCO races contested in the Men’s and Women’s divisions.
Watch how Kate Courtney won her first UCI MTB World Championship title in Lenzerheide, Swiss, and the FIRST for the United States of America in 17 years.
The women’s race began with an attack by 2016 world champion Annika Langvad of Denmark, who opened a gap on Courtney and Emily Batty of Canada. Langvad seemed to have the race under her control, with the 35 second gap on the two chasers by the end of the second lap. However, Courtney dropped Batty on the fourth lap and caught Langvad by the end of the lap. The Danish rider pulled away slightly on the next lap, but they were back together by the penultimate sixth lap, and Courtney dropped her rival in the technical sections on the final lap to win by 47 seconds. Batty hung on for third behind a fast closing Jolanda Neff of Switzerland. With her win, Courtney becomes the fourth American woman to win the Elite women’s title, and the first since Alison Dunlap in 2001.
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