Four Whole Athlete Juniors have been selected to represent the United States at the Mountain Bike World Championships in Mont Sainte Anne, Canada on Sept 1-4:
Sofia Hamilton, Will Curtis, Zach Valdez and Tony Smith.
The Whole Athlete riders comprise half the eight-rider USA Junior team competing at the World Championships. All four will also race the World Cup Final in Windham, NY the week before Worlds, getting a taste of the competition they will face at the pinnacle event of the sport.
In her breakout season which includes wins at the Fontana Pro XCT and Tamarancho Classic, second at the Sea Otter Classic and a silver medal at the National Championships, Sofia is on track for a stellar racing career.
Mr. Consistency, Will has been on the podium in virtually every big race of the year, including 1st at the Tamarancho Classic and Howell Mountain, 2nd in Fontana, 4th at the Sea Otter and 4th at Nationals. Will is the California High School State Champion and is ready to take the next step.
Zach has racked up the most wins for the team this season, including the Fontana ProXCT, the San Dimas US Cup, the Kenda Cup and SoCal High School series. He placed 2nd at the Sea Otter Classic and 2nd in the CA State High School Champs. Next stop: the World Cup.
We always knew Tony was strong, even at age 15. Now as a 17/18 Junior, Tony has taken his game to the next level, with strong performances in the NorCal High School Series, 2nd overall at the ProXCT CTS International Stage Race and a breakthrough result at Nationals in 3rd.