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Kate Courtney found her love for cycling with tandem bike rides with her father in middle school and enjoying blueberry pancakes after the ride. “It was really just a vehicle for pancakes,” she laughed. This was the beginning of 10x National Champion Kate Courtney’s career on a bike.  Who knew that the little girl pedalling behind her dad in the woods of Mount Tam would become one of the top female cyclists in the world?  She started her racing career at the age of 14 in the NICA NorCal League, rapidly moved up the ranks and was racing Junior World Cups just 2 years later.

Kate is down to earth, approachable and vibrant.  Her huge smile easily translates her zest for life. As a recent graduate from Stanford University, she knows a thing or two about balancing school with training and travel as well as commitment.  She also knows what it takes to perform at the highest level.  She is sponsored by Specialized and won the U23 Elite World Cup series this year.  Next year, the 22 year old will be turning 23 and racing in the Elite World Cup Circuit.

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Topics Discussed in the Podcast 

  • how to deal with pre-race nerves
  • how to view results and self-worth
  • social media and how it builds community
  • women’s cycling
  • her path to becoming a professional cyclist
  • how to be more flexible when things don’t go as planned
  • finding balance between obligations and training


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