Kate Courtney is blazing a trail in cross country mountain biking. At just 24 years of age, the American's palmares already boasts the U23 World Cup series title, victory at the Cape Epic with Specialized teammate Annika Langvad, the 2019 Elite UCI World Cup series title, and the coveted rainbow stripes after victory in the elite women's category at the 2018 World Cross Country Mountain Bike Championships - the USA's first since 2001.
With racing on hold and the metaphorical uphill battle that the COVID-19 pandemic has presented, Courtney is aiming to bring the cycling community together for a greater cause. Between June 5-14, Courtney is challenging riders to #ClimbforCovidRelief, in a Strava-based campaign that aims to raise funds for the World Health Organization COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund. Courtney invites anyone who wants to join her to climb 10k feet in 10 days.
"By supporting the World Health Organization Solidarity Relief Fund, we are helping to bring critical resources to those most impacted by the disease around the world," Says the former world champion. "Together, I believe we can make a real difference."
With the recent release of an updated UCI calendar, Courtney's season is likely to be short and intense, and training is back on track. To help her along the way, she has a new tool at her disposal, the Scott Spark RC, finished in a stunning 'oyster pink' colourway, and fitted with SRAM's Eagle AXS groupset.
Pretty in pink 🎀✨ I am obsessed with my oyster pink SCOTT Spark RC. The spark is by far my favorite bike to ride and race.... and maybe it could yours too?! @bikeonscott has generously donated a SCOTT Spark RC 900 which will go to the person who raises the most money for the #climbforcovidrelief fundraiser 😍 Thank you to everyone who is getting involved with this fundraiser and climbing for a great cause 💕 #climbforcovidrelief #scottspark #noshortcuts #bikebybrad | Note: the giveaway won’t be this exact color/set up - more details to come in my story. Kate Courtney
A photo posted by @kateplusfate on Jun 4, 2020 at 11:43am PDT
Unsurprisingly, the new bike sees an assortment of the best bike tech available. Thanks to the team's title sponsor, SRAM, Courtney's Spark RC is fitted with a SRAM XX1 Eagle AXS wireless groupset and RockShox Reverb AXS 100mm wireless dropper post.
RockShox, part of SRAM LLC, also supplies SID SL Ultimate forks and the Nude RLC3 rear shock. Wheels come courtesy of DT Swiss' XMC 1200 Spline 29", these are wrapped in Maxxis Rekon Race tyres, protected against punctures by 80ml of OKO Magic Mill high-fibre sealant. The one-piece bar and stem comes from Syncros with its Fraser IC SL measuring an equivalent 90mm stem and 680mm bar width, and Scott's components subsidiary also supplies the finishing kit, including headset, saddle and grips.
|Frame||Scott Spark RC900 Carbon HMX SL Custom|
|Fork||RockShox SID SL Ultimate / RL3 100MM Blackbox Race Day Damper|
|Rear Shock||RockShox Nude RLC3|
|Headset||Syncros Pro Drop In Tapered|
|Stem||Syncros Fraser IC SL +/- 8-degree 90mm|
|Handlebar||Syncros Fraser IC SL 680mm|
|Seatpost||RockShox Reverb AXS 100mm|
|Saddle||Syncros Belcarra 1.0|
|Grip||Syncros Pro Slip-on|
|Pedals||HT Components M1T|
|Rear Derailleur||SRAM XX1 Eagle AXS|
|Shifter||SRAM XX1 Eagle AXS|
|Chainset||SRAM XX1 Eagle Dub Power Meter / 170MM/ 32T|
|Chain||SRAM XX1 Eagle|
|Cassette||SRAM XG-1299 Eagle / 10-50|
|Brakes||SRAM Level Ultimate Blackbox|
|Wheels||DT Swiss XMC 1200 Spline Carbon / 30MM / 29in|
|Tyres||Maxxis Rekon Race 29 x 2.4in|
|Sealant||OKO Magic Milk High Fibre - 80ml|
|Bottle Cage||Topeak Shuttle Cage Carbon|
|Computer||Garmin Edge 130|
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Josh has been with us as Senior Tech Writer since the summer of 2019 and throughout that time he's covered everything from buyer's guides and deals to the latest tech news and reviews. On the bike, Josh has been riding and racing for over 15 years. He started out racing cross country in his teens back when 26-inch wheels and triple chainsets were still mainstream, but he found favour in road racing in his early 20s, racing at a local and national level for Team Tor 2000. He's always keen to get his hands on the newest tech, and while he enjoys a good long road race, he's much more at home in a local criterium.
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