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Kate Courtney clinches 2017 Pro-XCT Title

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Kate Courtney (Specialized) takes the win and solidifies her lead in the Pro-XCT Series

Kate Courtney (Specialized) takes the win and solidifies her lead in the Pro-XCT Series
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Kate Courtney (Specialized) warming up for her cross-country race

Kate Courtney (Specialized) warming up for her cross-country race
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New Zealand’s Samara Sheppard taking to the air during the first lap

New Zealand’s Samara Sheppard taking to the air during the first lap
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Rebecca Beaumont (Marin x Peppermint) riding singletrack during lap three

Rebecca Beaumont (Marin x Peppermint) riding singletrack during lap three
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Amy Beisel (Pro Cycling) and Bec Henderson (DanandBec) had a bit of a battle going

Amy Beisel (Pro Cycling) and Bec Henderson (DanandBec) had a bit of a battle going
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Nikki Peterson (Ridebiker) riding through one of the rock gardens

Nikki Peterson (Ridebiker) riding through one of the rock gardens
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Kate Courtney (Specialized) riding one of the rock gardens with one lap remaining

Kate Courtney (Specialized) riding one of the rock gardens with one lap remaining
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Amy Beisel (Pro Cycling) riding the home stretch at the end of lap five

Amy Beisel (Pro Cycling) riding the home stretch at the end of lap five
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Kate Courtney (Specialized) and Emily Batty (Trek) talk about Red Bull helmets at the finish

Kate Courtney (Specialized) and Emily Batty (Trek) talk about Red Bull helmets at the finish
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Chris Blevins and Kate Courtney made it a sweep for Specialized today

Chris Blevins and Kate Courtney made it a sweep for Specialized today
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Maghalie Rochette (Clif Pro Team) relaxing after the race

Maghalie Rochette (Clif Pro Team) relaxing after the race
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Crystal Anthony (Riverside Racing) riding in fifth position during the second lap

Crystal Anthony (Riverside Racing) riding in fifth position during the second lap
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Crystal Anthony (Riverside Racing) chose to run down the Shimano Jump

Crystal Anthony (Riverside Racing) chose to run down the Shimano Jump
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Maghalie Rochette (Clif Pro Team) riding in fourth position during lap two

Maghalie Rochette (Clif Pro Team) riding in fourth position during lap two
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Muskets were fired for the start of the Boston Rebellion race

Muskets were fired for the start of the Boston Rebellion race
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Australian Champion Bec Henderson (BecandDan)

Australian Champion Bec Henderson (BecandDan)
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Newly crowned Kate Courtney (Specialized) lining up next to Canadians Rebecca Beumont and Emily Batty

Newly crowned Kate Courtney (Specialized) lining up next to Canadians Rebecca Beumont and Emily Batty
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Amy Beisel (Pro Cycling) at the start

Amy Beisel (Pro Cycling) at the start
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Kate Courtney (Specialized) took the hole-shot and led wire to wire

Kate Courtney (Specialized) took the hole-shot and led wire to wire
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Kate Courtney (Specialized) flying off the Shimano jump

Kate Courtney (Specialized) flying off the Shimano jump
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Canadian Champion Emily Batty chasing Courtney at the end of lap one

Canadian Champion Emily Batty chasing Courtney at the end of lap one
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Amy Beisel (Pro Cycling) was slightly off the pace of the leaders near the end of lap one

Amy Beisel (Pro Cycling) was slightly off the pace of the leaders near the end of lap one
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Kate Courtney (Specialized) and Emily Batty riding in thick forest with Rose Grant chasing

Kate Courtney (Specialized) and Emily Batty riding in thick forest with Rose Grant chasing
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Rose Grant (Stans NoTubes) could never quite match the pace of the leaders

Rose Grant (Stans NoTubes) could never quite match the pace of the leaders
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Relaxation before the race

Relaxation before the race
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Newly crowned USA Champion Kate Courtney (Specialized) rode away from Canadian Champion Emily Batty to put a lock on the Pro-XCT Series for this season. Batty finished second, while USA Marathon Champion Rose Grant took third place. Canadian Maghalie Rochette (Clif Pro Team) claimed fourth place, while Boston native Crystal Anthony (Riverside Racing) rounded out the podium in fifth place.

Racing in unseasonably cool temperatures on a cloudy day, racers were treated to miles of twisty singletrack and rock gardens on the Adams Farm in Walpole, Massachusetts. What the course lacked in climbing it made up for in terms of rocks, roots, and the level of concentration required to conquer the ever-changing course.

Kate Courtney took the hole-shot and basically never looked back. Only Emily Batty was able to match her pace, but then lost Courtney's wheel during the fourth lap.

Courtney explained her race to Cyclingnews, "I've been on the East Coast racing for three weeks now so I've had a lot of experience on rocky, rooty courses with lots of turns that require a lot of focus. They are more about riding smoothly than putting down a lot of power. I have practiced that a lot during the last few weeks…those tiny seconds added up, along with trying not to make mistakes, and recovering where I could.

Courtney added, "I was able to get away with it today."

Emily Batty also weighed in on her race, "This is my first time to Boston and it was actually a really fun course to ride. I arrived just a day and a half a go, so coming from the West Coast Canadian National Championships, then home, then down here I definitely feel a bit sluggish from travel."

Batty continued, "Kate and I had a good high pace the first three and a half laps and then she got a gap on what little climb there is out there. Then it was really "an out of sight out of mind track".

Behind Courtney and Batty the other top five finishers settled in to their own pace and rode alone for much of the race. Lea Davison (Clif Pro Team), who was expected to compete for the win, broke a chain during the first lap and had to run most of the lap to the tech zone. Despite losing a great deal of ground she still finished in eighth place. 

Full Results

#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Kate Courtney (USA) Specialized1:25:58
2Emily Batty (Can) Trek0:01:12
3Rose Grant (USA) Stans NoTubes0:02:03
4Maghalie Rochette (Can) Clif Pro Team0:03:17
5Crystal Anthony (USA) Riverside Racing0:04:43
6Rebecca Henderson (Aus) DanAndBec0:05:39
7Samara Sheppard (NZl)0:05:54
8Lea Davison (USA) Clif Pro Team0:06:31
9Amy Beisel (USA) Pro Cycling0:07:14
10Tina Severson (USA)0:07:55
11Rebecca Beaumont (Can) Marin x Peppermint0:09:05
12Kelsey Urban (USA)0:09:24
13Juliette Tetreault (Can)0:10:46
14Alexis Skarda (USA)0:12:25
15Victoria Barclay (USA)0:12:41
16Adriana Maria Rojas Cubero (CRc)0:12:56
17Jennifer Malik (USA)0:13:37
18Bryna Blanchard (USA)0:14:26
19Kimberley Quinlan (USA)0:15:43
20Nikki Peterson (USA) Ridebiker0:16:40
21Sarah Claudie Dostie Menard (Can)0:17:48
22Elizabeth Saenz (USA)
23Amelie Simard (Can)
24Fairlee Frey (USA)
25Kayley Burdine (USA)
26Pilar Andrea Corvalan Bustos (Chi)
27Kelli Montgomery (USA)
28Elizabeth White (USA)
29Lindsey Bauer (USA)
30Jordan Dubé (USA)
DNFErin Faccone (USA)
DNSElle Anderson (USA)
DNSKristine Contento-Angell (USA)
DNSLaura Slavin (USA)

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