Kate Courtney is the 2018 mountain bike world champion. Kate grew up in Marin County, California, at the base of Mount Tamalpais—the birthplace of mountain biking. Kate was introduced to cycling at a young age, riding on the back of a tandem mountain bike with her dad to get pancakes on Sunday mornings. In 2012, she became the first American woman to win a Union Cycliste Internationale Mountain Bike World Cup in the junior category. In 2013, Kate begin attending Stanford University and signed her first professional contract with Specialized Bicycles.