Kate Courtney wasn’t even considered the dark horse for much of the 2018 season, but the former U23 XCO World Cup Overall champ steadily climbed the ranks and eventually stunned everyone when she became the first American in 17 years to win the World Championships. Formerly racing for Specialized for eight years, Courtney now joins the SCOTT-SRAM team for 2019 with sights set on the upcoming UCI race season and even farther to the 2020 Toyko Olympics.

Annika Langvad, Kate Courtney, Emily Batty stand on the podium at the UCI XCO World Championships in Lenzerheide on September 8th, 2018 | Photo: Bartek Wolinski/Red Bull Content Pool

“I am very excited to join the SCOTT-SRAM Team. This team represents an incredible opportunity for me to work with the legendary Thomas Frischknecht and ride alongside talented teammates, notably current Men's World Champion Nino Schurter. The team has a very unique atmosphere which both maintains a champion standard and continues to breed enthusiasm and love for the sport on all levels. I am honored to have the chance to learn from such knowledgeable individuals with a strong passion for the sport and a wealth of experience chasing big goals and achieving Olympic dreams. With their support and a shared vision for the future, I am eager to get to work and see what we can accomplish together in 2019 and beyond.”

Courtney near her home in the San Francisco Bay area. Photo: SCOTT-SRAM

In her first year as an elite racer, Courtney more than proved she deserved to be on the start line with the world’s fastest riders. We’ll see what 2019 has in store for the rising star.