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Amos, Blevins, Holcomb to represent Durango at mountain bike world championships

Amos, Blevins, Holcomb to represent Durango at mountain bike world championships 2020-09-19Leave a comment

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Two Durango mountain bikers will look so as to add to their medal depend on the Worldwide Biking Union (UCI) Mountain Bike World Championships in October. Yet one more is able to add to the wealthy historical past of Durango mountain biking on the sport’s high occasion.

The UCI Mountain Bike World Championships, rescheduled and moved this yr due to the COVID-19 pandemic, are set for Oct. 7-11 in Leogang, Austria. Of the 11 cross-country mountain bikers chosen by USA Biking for worlds, three are from Durango. That features under-23 males’s racer Christopher Blevins, a silver medalist within the U23 class in 2018. It additionally consists of junior 17-18 racer Riley Amos for his second consecutive choice. And, able to make her worlds debut, junior Ruth Holcomb was picked in her first yr eligible.

For Blevins, who positioned fourth at a UCI factors race final weekend in Austria, it’s a huge race, as he’s one in all two American males, together with elite males’s choice Keegan Swenson, vying for one spot on the 2021 Olympics. A world championship and the rainbow jersey may assist Blevins’ trigger.

“I’m principally solely aiming for the highest step this yr,” Blevins mentioned of his final yr as an under-23 racer at worlds. “In fact, I’ll nonetheless be comfortable if I do in addition to I can and simply don’t get the win, however I actually consider in myself and the work I’ve completed this yr to deliver the rainbows residence.”

It’s anticipated Amos and Blevins will be capable to reunite with 2018 world champion and 2019 World Cup general champion Kate Courtney, Swenson and under-23 girls’s choice Haley Batten for the crew relay Oct. 7. The identical group claimed the silver medal finally yr’s crew relay occasion at Mont-Sainte-Anne in Canada. It was the primary crew relay medal for the U.S. since 2007.


Durango’s Riley Amos has put in a robust yr of coaching throughout the COVID-19 pandemic and is keen to point out he’s the highest junior males’s mountain biker on the planet.

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Amos, Blevins, Holcomb to characterize Durango at mountain bike world championships

Durango’s Riley Amos has put in a robust yr of coaching throughout the COVID-19 pandemic and is keen to point out he’s the highest junior males’s mountain biker on the planet.

Craig Dutton/USA Biking file

“I haven’t heard but if we are going to get to race the crew relay or not, however I’d like to,” mentioned Amos, who entered the season because the top-ranked junior on the planet. “The crew might be even sooner than it was final yr, and we’ve got an excellent shot at probably taking a gold medal.”

Holcomb, a first-year junior 17-18 racer, hasn’t had a lot likelihood to show herself within the age group with out a nationwide championship race this summer time due to the pandemic. However she gained a UCI race in Puerto Rico originally of March to get her toes moist. After a tough summer time of coaching, she is keen to check herself in her first profession race abroad.

First, she’s going to compete on the junior collection race Oct. 2 in Nové Mesto na Morave, Czech Republic. Then it’s on to the world championship race Oct. 8 in Austria.

“I’ve seen my older buddies go to worlds, seen (Blevins) go to worlds and so many different Durango folks. I positively wished that for myself sometime,” Holcomb mentioned. “It was an enormous purpose for me this yr, however it didn’t appear to be it was going to occur for the longest time due to how all the pieces has gone with out races this summer time. After I bought affirmation, it was an enormous day for me.”

Holcomb additionally misplaced most of her remaining yr within the junior 15-16 class due to an sickness. Regardless of not with the ability to carry out at her high stage, she confirmed USA Biking that she remains to be one of many high juniors within the nation.


Ruth Holcomb of Durango Excessive Faculty will make her UCI Mountain Bike World Championships debut subsequent month as a junior 17-18 rider. It’s her first yr eligible for worlds.

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Amos, Blevins, Holcomb to characterize Durango at mountain bike world championships

Ruth Holcomb of Durango Excessive Faculty will make her UCI Mountain Bike World Championships debut subsequent month as a junior 17-18 rider. It’s her first yr eligible for worlds.

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“They gave me a shot and are giving me an opportunity to develop this yr and are available into subsequent yr scorching,” Holcomb mentioned. “I’ve by no means raced in Europe, however I’ve to be able to be tremendous aggressive towards these European women who usually are not messing round. The programs are mentally and bodily taxing.”

Holcomb mentioned she is taking recommendation from buddies comparable to Maddie Jo Robbins and another athletes she is aware of who’ve gone to worlds. She has been coached this summer time by Blevins, and he’s desperate to see what the budding girls’s star can do.

“I’m tremendous stoked for each Riley and Ruth,” Blevins mentioned. “It’s been superior to see them excel and carry the Devo custom ahead. I’ve had a variety of enjoyable teaching Ruth, and he or she’s actually impressed me this previous yr. I do know this might be one in all many world champs for each of them in years to return.”

Blevins has now been in Europe for 2 weeks chasing UCI factors and coaching with Swenson and USA Biking. Amos and Holcomb will go away subsequent Sunday. They need to cross two COVID-19 checks 5 days and three days earlier than they depart and yet one more after they arrive in Prague.

It’s all a part of the stress of attempting to be a motorbike racer throughout the pandemic, however the Durango trio is able to take advantage of it.

“It’s going to be loopy,” Amos mentioned. “We weren’t positive we might even be capable to get to race this yr, and so it’s superior to get again into it. I sit up for the chance and am able to take care of the pressures.”

jlivingston@durangoherald.com

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