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Episode 68. Kate Courtney- Building Mental Toughness with a World Champion

Voice In Sport

Kate Courtney, 2020 Olympic mountain biker, Team USA member, Redbull athlete, and World Cup champion shares her journey in sport. Kate walks us through her high school journey in mountain biking, and reflects on her experience at Stanford. She shares how she balanced a full course load and a professional training schedule. Beyond college, Kate talks about her transition and experiences as a full-time professional athlete. With an emphasis on mental health, using WHOOP data to inform her training, nutrition and body image and the positive impact of her sports psychologist on her overall well-being, Kate shares excellent advice on how to elevate our journeys in sport. “I felt like the combination of those experiences, again, a success and a failure taught me that mental strength, mental toughness, resilience. It's something that you can build.  It's a skill that you can train. It's something you can get help with, and that you can strengthen over many, many years.” - Kate Courtney


9 Mar 2022

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From the archives: Kate Courtney - Cross Country Mountain Bike World Champion and World Cup Series Champion

The Greg Bennett Show

Kate Courtney is one of the world’s greatest mountain bikers. In 2017, at 21 years old, she won the U23 world cup series. A year later she won the elite world championships in Lenzerheide, Switzerland.And in the following year in 2019, she won the elite world cup overall. She’s surrounded herself with an incredible team to help on her journey. Including her family, Scott-SRAM racing, and many other supporters.Her will-power to do something great is next level. This episode is entertaining, informative, and above all, inspiring!

1hr 23mins

3 Jan 2022

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Kate Courtney: Life as a Mountain Bike Champion, Training for the Olympics, and the Value of Competition

The Ready State Podcast

Kate Courtney is a professional mountain bike racer for the Scott-SRAM MTB Racing Team. She is the reigning UCI World Cup Overall Champion, the 2018 World Champion in women’s cross-country mountain biking, and a member of the 2020 U.S. Olympic Team. Kate has also earned multiple Continental and National Championship titles. She is a member of the USA Cycling National Team and a Red Bull Athlete. Kate grew up in Marin County, California, at the base of Mount Tamalpais, the birthplace of mountain biking. Though she was introduced to the sport at a young age – riding on the back of her dad’s tandem mountain bike – her race career started as a freshman on the Branson High School MTB Team. In 2018, Kate became the first American in 17 years to win an Elite XCO World Championship, only the fourth American woman to do so, and had the honor of bringing the title back to Marin and the roots of the sport. Besides training and racing her bike, Kate enjoys yoga, skiing, hiking and writing. Kate is known for her insightful and clear voice, and her articles about being a professional athlete have been published in numerous outlets, including the Wall Street Journal, Outside Magazine, VeloNews and Cycling Tips. Kate holds a bachelor’s degree in Human Biology from Stanford University. Kate joins us to talk about life as a mountain bike champion, getting a second year to train for the Olympics, and how having her family as part of the team makes the whole process joyful. • This episode of The Ready State Podcast is sponsored by Paleovalley Beef Sticks. Made from 100% organic grass-fed beef and organic spices, these are hands down our favorite on-the-go protein snack. They are naturally fermented making them shelf stable without chemicals or questionable ingredients, for when you find one in a backpack you haven't used since last summer. For more info and 15% off, go to thereadystate.com/beefsticks • This episode of The Ready State Podcast is sponsored by Kion Aminos. Available as powder or tablets, these aminos are 100 percent plant based with no artificial ingredients. Essential amino acids are the building blocks for all muscle and tissue but your body can only absorb about 50% from food which is why Kelly takes them everyday. For more info and 20% off your first purchase, go to thereadystate.com/aminos

1hr 1min

8 Jul 2021

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The Players' Pod with Kelley O'Hara

World champion mountain bike racer Kate Courtney joins Kelley O’Hara to discuss her incredible run to the top of her sport. Growing up at the base of Mount Tam, the birthplace of modern mountain biking, Kate almost seemed destined to become a world-class racer, but numerous obstacles were thrown in her way. Kate talks to Kelley about competing against Europes’ best racers, what she learned from not making the 2016 Olympic team, how she’s preparing to chase gold in Tokyo, and the moment she decided to go "win the ham."

1hr 9mins

30 Jun 2021

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Where Are They Now with NICA NorCal Alumna Kate Courtney, 2018 World Champion, 2019 World Cup Overall Winner, and USA Olympian

Girls Moving Mountains

In Episode 13, we talk with Kate Courtney! Kate’s journey with cycling began on the back of a tandem riding with her dad to blueberry pancakes. Later, her race career started as a freshman on the NorCal League Branson High School MTB Team. In 2018, Kate became the first American in 17 years to win an Elite XCO World Championship, only the fourth American woman to do so. Though her career has evolved from pancakes to rainbow stripes, her love for mountain biking has stayed close to its roots. Kate was officially announced as a USA Olympian for the Tokyo 2021 Olympic Games. We talk about her journey to reach this point. From mindset to nutrition to realizing why she wanted to make the Olympic team, we dive into what makes Kate such a phenomenal athlete and role model, especially for younger riders. We also talk about how NICA is helping create high caliber athletes, not by being a development program, but by instilling a lifelong passion for mountain biking with a focus on character development and the importance of community. This episode is inspiring for everyone who listens in! GMM is funded by NICA National with support from Rapha Foundation, the Walton Family Foundation, and Continental Tires. Also, the folks at The Gravel Lot, another wonderful podcast, have spent countless hours helping us! Follow Kate on Instagram @kateplusfate and her website: katecourtney.com. Learn more about NICA, GRiT, and getting #morekidsonbikes and #moregirlsonbikes here: https://www.nationalmtb.org Jen Malik is the League Director for the Ohio League. Learn more about the Ohio League here: https://www.ohiomtb.org Nikki Peterson is the Program Coordinator for the SoCal League. Learn more about the SoCal League here: http://www.socaldirt.org


23 Jun 2021

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Brad Copeland, Kate Courtney's mechanic

The Adventure Stache

Brad Copeland is Kate Courtney’s mechanic of over seven years. But while “mechanic” may be his official title, he is so much more. Bodyguard, grocery shopper, and fan favorite are just a few of the many other roles he plays when he’s with her on the race circuit. Kate even wrote a song about him. He’s also one of the most experienced and respected mechanics on the World Cup circuit. In today’s episode, recorded before the pandemic, Payson and Brad discuss the unique position he holds in Kate’s racing life and within the bike mechanic field more broadly. He talks about why their working relationship has lasted so long, why it’s important to make friends with everyone at races, and his worst experience working with Kate so far. He also talks about his wife, Sarah (guest on episode 54 of the show), a leading expert in nuclear nonproliferation, and why her career is not so dissimilar from Kate’s as it might appear. He ranks his three favorite tools (he has over 85), talks about the time he got food poisoning in South Africa during the Cape Epic, and tells an epic story of a prank gone wrong which led to a prank gone very right, featuring World Champion Nino Schurter, the White House, and an FBI agent. 

1hr 11mins

5 Apr 2021

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Ep 05: Kate Courtney is a World Champion, World Cup Overall Champion, and 2021 Olympic XCO Mountain Biking Hopeful


The world of women's cross country cycling is more exciting than ever and one of the reasons for this is the amazing Kate Courtney, who joins us on today's show! Kate is a world champion and was also crowned the overall world champion for the year of 2019 after a string of amazing results, and now her sights are set firmly on the Olympics in Tokyo, scheduled for later this year. As arguably the most exciting cyclist in the world at present, it is an honor to speak to Kate about her recent victories, current training regimen, and how she has managed the ups and downs of riding through the pandemic. We talk about indoor rides and her thoughts on the new technologies that make this more possible, engaging, and effective. We also get into the role of her family in motivating her and keeping her on track with her goals. Kate gives great insight into the life of a traveling competitor, talking about experiences of racing in Europe and the practices that have made these trips more manageable. We also discuss sports psychology and the importance of this aspect of preparation for the highest levels of athleticism, before our conversation turns to the important topic of more gender equality in cycling and beyond. We finish off this fascinating chat with some practical questions around training environments, bike choice, and the people that keep Kate inspired!


12 Mar 2021

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Annika Langvad and Kate Courtney (Cape Epic Series 1)

The Adventure Stache

Annika Langvad and Kate Courtney join Payson to talk about their experience racing as a team in the 2018 Absa Cape Epic, an eight day stage race in the Western Cape of South Africa spanning over 435 miles. When they teamed up for the race, Annika had won it three years in a row, while Kate was still an up-and-comer on the UCI circuit who had never participated in a stage race, let alone one that has the reputation of being the hardest mountain bike stage race in the world. From the first day, however, they were dominant, and went on to win the overall by 46 minutes. In this interview, they talk about their different levels of experience going into the Cape Epic, and how they managed to solidify their team dynamic from the first stage. They talk about mechanical mishaps, brutal press conferences, and their favorite memories from those eight days in the desert. They also talk about Annika’s recent transition to retirement and how she managed to complete a dentistry degree while competing as one of the top mountain bikers in the world. Kate also talks about preparing for the Olympics and staying sane, thanks to her dog, Monty. 


9 Mar 2021

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MTB World Champion Kate Courtney – Ask a Cycling Coach 272

Ask a Cycling Coach Podcast - Presented by TrainerRoad

MTB World Champion Kate Courtney joins the podcast to give you the insights to what it takes to be a World Champion including how she builds resilience through mental training, how she is able to quickly recover from crashes, why she uses strength training to get faster and more in Episode 272 of The Ask a Cycling Coach Podcast.  ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- TOPICS COVERED IN THIS EPISODE: Cape Epic deep dive into equipment, nutrition, logistics, etc. How Kate works on her technical skills to race pro MTB Why Kate uses strength training to get faster Kate’s nutrition for training, racing, recovery and more How Kate is able to quickly recover between races and training sessions Kate’s insights to build the strong mental fortitude of a world champion More training questions answered here: bit.ly/Training-Questions-Help-Center  ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- THE ONLY PODCAST DEDICATED TO MAKING YOU A FASTER CYCLIST Each week Coach Chad Timmerman, Coach Jonathan and TrainerRoad’s CEO Nate Pearson gather to answer queries submitted from athletes around the globe, as well as dish about their latest training experiments, discoveries and tips. Subscribe to the Ask a Cycling Coach Podcast: www.trainerroad.com/podcast ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- ABOUT TRAINERROAD — CYCLING’S MOST EFFECTIVE TRAINING SYSTEM TrainerRoad makes cyclists faster. Athletes get structured indoor workouts, science-backed training plans, and easy-to-use performance analysis tools to reach their goals • Build Your Custom Plan: https://www.trainerroad.com/plan-builder  • Get Started: https://www.trainerroad.com/getting-started ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- FOLLOW TRAINERROAD • Facebook: https://bit.ly/3dussVQ  • Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/trainerroad/  • Twitter: https://twitter.com/TrainerRoad  • Strava Club: https://www.strava.com/clubs/trainerroad 

1hr 44mins

20 Aug 2020

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Kate Courtney, USA Olympian, Mountain Biking


Kate Courtney discusses the postponement of the Olympics and her mission to help athletes and amateurs understand concussions and head injuries better through a virtual journey through the brain. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices


20 Aug 2020