Monday, July 22, 2013

Four Junior National Titles!

The Whole Athlete/Specialized Cycling Team showed its class at the 2013 Cross Country National Championships with four Junior national titles and ten top-3 podium finishes. The young riders truly rose to the occasion at the biggest US event of the season.

Haley Batten, Kate Courtney, Lucas Newcomb, Sean Bennett
Day 1 medalists: Haley Batten, Kate Courtney, Lucas Newcomb, and Sean Bennett.

On a technical and demanding course, Lucas Newcomb, Kate Courtney, and Haley Batten kicked off the team's weekend with cross country victories in Junior 17/18 men & women, and Junior 15/16 women. Sean Bennett took the bronze medal to complete a 1-3 Whole Athlete/Specialized Junior 17/18 podium.

Lucas Newcomb, Sean Bennett
Newcomb and Bennett go 1-3 at the XC National Championships.

Kate Courtney
Courtney adds a well-deserved national title to her impressive palmares.

Lucas Newcomb
Newcomb celebrates the result of hard work and dedication.

Haley Batten
Batten rode a flawless race to take the Junior 15/16 XC title.

And if three cross country titles weren't enough, in the short track race Kate Courtney and Haley Batten rode away from the Cat 1 women's field for an impressive 1-2 finish and yet another national title.

Haley Batten, Kate Courtney
An amazing weekend for the Batten-Courtney dynamic duo.

There were many notable performances by Whole Athlete/Specialized riders over the weekend, including Cole Avery's Junior Under-15 bronze medal in his first-ever short track race, Casey Williams with 3rd in the Pro Super-D and 12th in the Pro short track that saw only 13 of 60 riders finish on the leader's lap, Kate Courtney taking silver in the Junior Women's Super-D, and the U23s Cypress Gorry, Jacob Albrecht, and Casey Williams with solid 5th, 6th, and 7th places in cross country.

Cole Avery
Avery with the bronze medal in the Under-15 short track.

Casey Williams
Williams 3rd in Super-D, showing tremendous consistency in his first year as a pro.

Haley Batten, Kate Courtney
Courtney and Batten on top of the Women's Cat 1 short track podium.

Cypress Gorry
Gorry celebrates a solid 5th place finish in the highly competitive Under-23 XC race.

One of the behind-the-scenes reasons for the team's success exemplified by the tech/feed zone setup.

Congratulations to all the Whole Athlete/Specialized riders who competed at the 2013 National Championships. It was an inspiring showing of dedication, integrity, and fun.

Whole Athlete/Specialized Team - 2013 National Championships Top-10 Finishes

1st Lucas Newcomb - Junior 17/18 XC
1st Kate Courtney - Junior 17/18 XC
1st Kate Courtney - Cat 1 STXC
1st Haley Batten - Junior 15/16 XC
1st Dario Fredrick - Cat 1 40-44 XC
1st Liz Pinsker - Cat 1 45-49 XC
2nd Haley Batten - Cat 1 STXC
3rd Sean Bennett - Junior 17/18 XC
3rd Casey Williams - Pro Super-D
3rd Cole Avery - Junior 14 & Under STXC
5th Cypress Gorry - U23 XC
6th Jacob Albrecht - U23 XC
6th Cole Avery - Junior 14 & Under XC
7th Casey Williams - U23 XC
7th Lucas Newcomb - Junior 15-18 STXC
7th Steffen Andersen - Junior 15/16 XC
7th Matt McCourtney - Cat 1 35-39 XC

Check out all the team's top-10 results here>

Next up: The Catamount Classic ProXCT in Vermont in two weeks, followed by the Monte Sainte Anne World Cup in Quebec. Stay tuned!

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