Meet Kate Courtney, a 22-year-old professional cyclist that is taking this previously male-dominated sport by storm. Not only does she have many elite wins to her name (most recently the ABSA Cape Epic with Annika Langvad) but she managed to complete her degree while smashing these races! With a massive racing career still ahead of her, this fearless female is definitely going places.
Getting Into Cycling
“I grew up competing in a wide variety of sports,” Kate begins. “Ski racing, cross country running, soccer, horseback riding…” As a young girl, she’d often go mountain biking with her dad. “At the time, mountain biking was just a fun way to spend time with my dad and, more importantly, get to and from blueberry pancakes,” she says. But in her freshman year of high school, Kate was introduced to the world of competitive cycling. “I joined my high school mountain bike team as part of the NorCal League and began racing,” the California native says. “I quickly fell in love with the sport and never looked back.”