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

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

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

The UCI Mountain Bike World Championships, rescheduled and moved this 12 months 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 contains 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 12 months eligible.

For Blevins, who positioned fourth at a UCI factors race final weekend in Austria, it’s a large race as he’s one in every of 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 might assist Blevins’ trigger.

“I’m mainly solely aiming for he prime step this 12 months,” Blevins mentioned of his final 12 months as an under-23 racer at worlds. “After all, I’ll nonetheless be comfortable if I do in addition to I can and simply don’t get the win, however I actually imagine in myself and the work I’ve carried out this 12 months to deliver the rainbows house.”

It’s anticipated Amos and Blevins will be capable to reunite with 2018 world champion and 2019 World Cup total 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 12 months’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 12 months of coaching through the COVID-19 pandemic and is raring to indicate he’s the highest junior males’s mountain biker on this planet.

Craig Dutton/USA Biking file

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

Durango’s Riley Amos has put in a robust 12 months of coaching through the COVID-19 pandemic and is raring to indicate he’s the highest junior males’s mountain biker on this 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 might like to,” Amos mentioned. “The crew might be even sooner than it was final 12 months, and we now have shot at doubtlessly 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 and not using a nationwide championship race this summer season due to the pandemic. However she received a UCI race in Puerto Rico initially of March to get her ft moist. After a tough summer season of coaching, she is raring 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 mates 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 a giant objective for me this 12 months, but it surely didn’t look like it was going to occur for the longest time due to how every part has gone with out races this summer season. Once I received affirmation, it was a giant day for me.”

Holcomb additionally misplaced most of her last 12 months within the junior 15-16 class due to an sickness. Regardless of not with the ability to carry out at her prime degree, she confirmed USA Biking that she continues to be one of many prime juniors within the nation.


Ruth Holcomb of Durango Excessive College will make her UCI Mountain Bike World Championships debut subsequent month as a junior 17-18 rider. It’s her first 12 months eligible for worlds.

Jerry McBride/Durango Herald file

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

Ruth Holcomb of Durango Excessive College will make her UCI Mountain Bike World Championships debut subsequent month as a junior 17-18 rider. It’s her first 12 months eligible for worlds.

Jerry McBride/Durango Herald file

“They gave me a shot and are giving me an opportunity to develop this 12 months and are available into subsequent 12 months sizzling,” Holcomb mentioned. “I’ve by no means raced in Europe, however I’ve to be able to be tremendous aggressive in opposition to these European ladies who are usually not messing round. The programs are mentally and bodily taxing.”

Holcomb mentioned she is taking recommendation from mates akin to Maddie Jo Robbins and some other athlete she is aware of who has gone to worlds. She has been coached this summer season by Blevins, and he’s desirous 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 Deco custom ahead. I’ve had plenty of enjoyable teaching Ruth, and she or he’s actually impressed me this previous 12 months. I do know this might be one in every of 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 go two COVID-19 exams 5 days and three days earlier than they depart and yet another once they arrive in Prague.

It’s all a part of the stress of attempting to be a motorbike racer through the pandemic, however the Durango trio is able to benefit from it.

“It’s going to be loopy,” Amos mentioned. “We weren’t certain we might even be capable to get to race this 12 months, 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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