Christopher Blevins Results – Blevins Wins First MTB World Cup – Bicycling
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He’s the first American man to win an elite world cup in cross country mountain biking since 1994—and he did it on home turf.
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 win is nothing short of historic: It’s the first time an American man has won an elite cross country mountain bike World Cup race since Tinker Juarez in 1994.
Blevins, 23, attacked on the last climb of the cross country Olympic course, propelling himself past nine-time world champion Nino Schurter and into the lead. Romanian Vlad Dascalu placed second in the race just nine seconds behind Blevins, while Czech rider Ondrej Cink placed third, 20 seconds back. Schurter placed fourth, after suffering a flat front tire. (You can watch the replay here.)
“This means absolutely everything. I’d be lying if I said I expected anything close to this or even dreamed 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’ll make it a winning streak from now on.”
Blevins is the current world champion in short track, having won the race at the UCI Mountain Bike World Championships at Val di Sole, Italy, on August 26. He narrowly missed the podium this time around in the short track race in Snowshoe, with a fourth place finish just three seconds behind the winner Victor Koretzky.
“It’s such an honor. Like I said after the short track win at Worlds, it’s so much bigger than me,” Blevins said. “There’s so much work that’s gone into mountain biking in the U.S. The women are well on their way, and us men are finally catching up. So, thank you to all of USA Cycling for really being the wind behind my sails that put me here.”
Blevins is one of the many rising stars out of the Durango Devo youth cycling development program. Though the program doesn’t focus specifically on racing, it’s produced other top-tier pro cyclists such as Olympian Howard Grotts and Tour de France stage winner Sepp Kuss.
His racing is multidisciplinary as well, having just finished 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 that… you try to dodge the wind, kind of hide a little bit, and then when it’s time to attack, hold absolutely nothing back,” Blevins said.