Kate Courtney capped off an amazing season and impressive Junior career with a top-10 finish at the Mountain Bike World Championships in Pietermaritzburg, South Africa. Battling dust, heat, and the best riders in the world, Courtney's 6th place finish added one more top result to a year that saw her win a World Cup and the US National Title.
Courtney tackles one of the technical rock gardens on the challenging Worlds course.
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Sean Bennett also put in an impressive ride in his first ever World Championship bid as the top US Junior male finisher. Starting in the back of an extremely competitive field with a 65th place call up, Bennett overcame an early crash to finish in 28th, making up 37 places!
Bennett gives everything as he navigates the rocks in the dry South African heat.
The World Championships wrap up the summer race season for the Whole Athlete/Specialized Cycling Team. With over 55 victories in 2013, including three junior national titles, a World Cup win and multiple World Cup podiums, it has been an amazing year for the young development squad.
Congratulations to all the riders and a huge thanks to all who helped make it happen!