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Gallery: Whole Athlete-Specialized team wraps up stellar 2013 season

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Haley Batten, Kate Courtney, Lucas Newcomb and Sean Bennett

Haley Batten, Kate Courtney, Lucas Newcomb and Sean Bennett
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Zach Valdez, Casey Williams, Jacob Albrecht on the Fontana Pro XCT U23 podium

Zach Valdez, Casey Williams, Jacob Albrecht on the Fontana Pro XCT U23 podium
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Zach Valdez racing at Bonelli Park

Zach Valdez racing at Bonelli Park
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Team camp day 2 photo shoot

Team camp day 2 photo shoot
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Sean Lucas on the Sea Otter podium

Sean Lucas on the Sea Otter podium
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Sean Bennett at MTB Worlds in South Africa

Sean Bennett at MTB Worlds in South Africa
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Sean Bennett at US MTB Nationals

Sean Bennett at US MTB Nationals
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Lucas Newcomb and Sean Bennett on the cross country nationals podium

Lucas Newcomb and Sean Bennett on the cross country nationals podium
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Lucas Newcomb at US MTB Nationals

Lucas Newcomb at US MTB Nationals
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Lucas Newcomb on the US MTB Nationals podium

Lucas Newcomb on the US MTB Nationals podium
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Kate Courtney racing at MTB Worlds in South Africa

Kate Courtney racing at MTB Worlds in South Africa
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Kate Courtney wins a short track race

Kate Courtney wins a short track race
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Kate Courtney wins at the Mont-Sainte-Anne World Cup

Kate Courtney wins at the Mont-Sainte-Anne World Cup
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Kate Courtney on the Mont-Saint-Anne podium

Kate Courtney on the Mont-Saint-Anne podium
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Kate Courtney and Lucas Newcomb

Kate Courtney and Lucas Newcomb
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Kate Courtney and Haley Batten on the short track podium

Kate Courtney and Haley Batten on the short track podium
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Kate Courtney took second at a BMC Cup race

Kate Courtney took second at a BMC Cup race
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Haley Batten and Kate Courtney (Whole Athlete-Specialized)

Haley Batten and Kate Courtney (Whole Athlete-Specialized)
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Haley Batten in action

Haley Batten in action
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Cypress Gorry and Jacob Albrecht at the U23 US MTB Nationals

Cypress Gorry and Jacob Albrecht at the U23 US MTB Nationals
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Cole Avery

Cole Avery
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Cole Avery at Big Bear

Cole Avery at Big Bear
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Casey Williams at Mont-Sainte-Anne

Casey Williams at Mont-Sainte-Anne
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Casey Williams at the Mellow Johnny's Pro XCT

Casey Williams at the Mellow Johnny's Pro XCT
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Casey Williams at the Bonelli Park Pro XCT

Casey Williams at the Bonelli Park Pro XCT
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This year proved to be the Whole Athlete-Specialized Team's most successful season to date thanks to the team's riders such as Kate Courtney, Lucas Newcomb and Haley Batten.

Courtney opened the season with the junior women's Pan American title, then earned her second World Cup win at Mont-Sainte-Anne, Quebec, making her the number-one UCI rider going into the world championships. Her sixth-place finish there foreshadows amazing things likely to come.

Teammate Newcomb ascended the World Cup podium in Mont-Sainte-Anne as well, with an impressive second place. And 15-year-old Batten won the Sankt Vith Grand Prix in Belgium, her first-ever European race.

Stateside, Batten, Courtney and Newcomb took home a total of four US Junior National titles. Fourteen-year-old Cole Avery earned six wins this season, including the Sea Otter Classic. And Casey Williams brought in two cross country victories in only his first year as a U23 rider. In the Pro XCT series, Whole Athlete/Specialized juniors earned a total of 10 cross country wins.

In its short, five-year history, the team has averaged 65 wins per year and qualified a total of 12 American riders to the world championships. In 2012, the team achieved what no other US development program has as Courtney became the first-ever American junior woman to win a World Cup.

Yet victories and podiums are only part of the team's success. The team's primary goal continues to be the mastery of a three-point philosophy of dedication, integrity, and fun in both sport and life. With a focus on the process rather than the outcome, the riders having been thriving within Whole Athlete's holistic approach.