Kate Courtney

“Mips is leading the charge in scientific research that will help us better understand head injuries and make a real difference in how we talk about and approach brain protection for athletes in action sports. By joining forces with Team Mips, I hope to help close that educational gap a bit and at the same time inspire more people to get out there and share my passion for riding.”

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Date of Birth: October 29, 1995

Disciplines: XC Mountain bike

Place of Birth: San Francisco, California, United States

Nationality: US

Raised on a bike.

Kate Courtney grew up in Marin County, California. At the very base of Mount Tamalpais, considered to be the very birthplace of mountain biking. Thus, Courtney were introduced to cycling when she was just a toddler by her father and like and just like you would expect – every now and then they could be seen riding a mountain-bike tandem up the mountain.

Courtney’s interest in cycling, however, first piqued while she was a freshman. She joined the school mountain bike team at Branson High School, and from here on the rest is a success story.

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Courtney became the first American woman to win a UCI Mountain Bike World Cup in the junior category back in 2012.

From this point onwards Kate began racing full-time and already in her first full season she won the U23 World Cup overall title and took a silver medal at the U23 World Championship.

On top of that, Courtney is also a two-time US cross-country national champion having won the title back to back in 2017 and -18.

In 2019, Courtney left Specialized for the Scott-SRAM team, and of course – ended the season as the UCI World Cup Series winner.

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Credit: Bartek Wolinski/Red Bull Content Pool

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