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- Christopher Blevins became the first American to win an elite cross-country World Cup race since Tinker Juarez in 1994.
- To top it off, Blevins claimed victory in the United States at Snowshoe, West Virginia.
- Blevins won the UCI Mountain Bike World Championships in Val di Sole, Italy on August 26.
Christopher Blevins of Team Trinity Racing won his first elite men’s cross country World Cup race in Snowshoe, West Virginia on September 19.
And his victory is nothing short of historic: it is the first time that an American has won an elite cross-country mountain bike World Cup since Tinker Juarez in 1994.
Blevins, 23, attacked on the final climb of the Olympic cross-country course, propelling himself past nine-time world champion Nino Schurter and in the lead. Romanian Vlad Dascalu finished second in the race just nine seconds behind Blevins, while Czech Ondrej Cink was third, 20 seconds behind. Schurter placed fourth after suffering a flat tire in the front. (You can watch the replay here.)
“It means absolutely everything. I would be lying if I said I expected something close to this or even dreamed of it, ”Blevins said in his post-race interview. “We wanted it soon, you know. I didn’t think it would be this year. But the streak is over, and we’re going to make it a winning streak from here on out. “
Blevins is the current short track world champion, having won the race at the UCI Mountain Bike World Championships in Val di Sole, Italy on August 26. He narrowly missed the podium this time around in the short track snowshoe race, with a fourth place just three seconds behind winner Victor Koretzky.
“It’s such an honor. Like I said after the short track victory at the Worlds, it’s so much bigger than me, ”said Blevins. “There is so much work being done for mountain biking in the United States. The women are on the right track and we men are finally catching up. So thank you to all USA Cycling for really being the wind behind my sails which brought me here.
Blevins is one of the many rising stars in Durango Devo’s Youth Cycling Development Program. Although the program does not focus specifically on racing, it has produced other top professional cyclists such as Olympian Howard Grotts and Tour de France stage winner Sepp Kuss.
His races are also multidisciplinary, having just completed a round of road racing in the eight-day Tour of Britain on September 12.
“You learn a thing or two about conserving energy in a road race like this… you try to dodge the wind, hide a bit, and then when it’s time to attack, absolutely don’t hold back. nothing, ”Blevins said.
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