Video: Kate Courtney Flies Up, Down & Along in Sedona

May 13, 2019 at 9:14
by James Smurthwaite  

Kate Courtney heads up the first ever Sound of Speed for an XC athlete as she shreds up, down and along in Sedona.

bigquotesWatch Kate Courtney put the pre-season power (and pancakes) down in the latest Sound of Speed! The 2018 UCI XCO World Champ tests out her new bike set-up from Scott Factory Racing in the Sedona sun while channeling her inner spirit animal - the shark, taking a bite out of it’s rugged terrain in the process.Red Bull


  • 114 2
 I am sure SRAM loves that you can hear the brake pads squealing in every other take...
  • 45 13
 @steflund Bro, that's the sound of modulation. You know, the thing that ONLY SRAM brakes have.
  • 26 1
 but that's how you know it's a SRAM brake
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flag cyrways (May 13, 2019 at 12:48) (Below Threshold)
 @pdxkid: not sure if serious. But statement not true.
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flag tacklingdummy (May 13, 2019 at 12:59) (Below Threshold)
 It is an issue that can be corrected quite easily. I have always had Avid or SRAM brakes since the Juicy 7s and never had a problem with squealing.
  • 91 2
 @tacklingdummy: Yeah just a little WD-40 and the squeaking is gone
  • 36 2
 Squealing brakes are there to inspire you to pick your spots, brake short and hard and let go of them for the rest.
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 @taquitos: Not my solution but go for it. Lol.
  • 17 2
 Brakes are overrated, all they do really is slow you down. In my 27 years visiting Sedona, Ive never seen a Saguaro cactus there...
  • 25 2
 @Klainmeister: It's like how Harley Davidson patented their sound, which is actually just a poor engine timing arrangement...
  • 1 1
 ha!! awesome
  • 2 1
 @owlie: I was just there two weeks ago and I concur. THE JIG IS UP RED BULL!!!
  • 8 1
 I think those brakes are just fine. They're just a bit wet from the snow and have a trace of that Sedona sludge on 'em.
  • 6 2
 @Klainmeister: there's a great quote out there from Emilio Bugatti-when asked why his cars still had cable brakes when others had switched to hydraulics? he said" I build my cars to go, not to stop!"
  • 7 6
 Why does everyone hate SRAM brakes so much? They are good. Just have to do a good bleed on them. Wink
  • 4 1
 My bike sounds just like the pros' bikes. Thanks Sram!
  • 4 3
 It's because they're wet. And same for Shimano
  • 3 1
 @pdxkid: someone's never used codes......
  • 1 0
 The sound of freedom Wink
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 @owlie: I came to comments to say this too. Some "creative" editing there.
  • 1 0
 That's funny!!
  • 59 0
 Damn she's fast, rode from Tucson in the first shot all the way to Sedona!
  • 10 1
 She even stopped to get a cyrstal palm reading and a shamanic spirit retrival from a certified middle aged white woman who comes from the gentrified tribe of suburbia.
  • 1 0
 Haha I noticed that as well.
  • 56 9
 Still, she descends faster than most PB commenters on their super long, low, slack enduro sleds - after climbing all the rest of the trails faster too. #itsnotthebike
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  • 14 1
 @scary1: the 90% / 10% rule - so yes, the bike is about 10% of the equation but since Kate is 200% stronger than any of us it's doesn't really matter
  • 24 4
 @Grmasterd: If I cloned myself and my clone rode a fully rigid Nishiki from 1994 and I was on my current bike Id kick my ass. The bike matters alot more than %10.
  • 1 3
 @scary1: #ifyourgoodenough
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flag IluvRIDING (May 13, 2019 at 15:02) (Below Threshold)
 At first glance I read it as #titsonthebike
  • 2 0
 @Tmackstab: What about you from '94 on your current bike versus you from now on your Nishiki?
  • 2 0
 @markinator: I'm older now so riding a fully rigid would likely kill me from the sheer rattling of old bones.
  • 1 0
 If this was a roadie forum I'd be obliged to cite Rule 4 at this point Big Grin ..
"Rule 4: It is, absolutely, without question, unequivocally, about the bike. Anyone who says otherwise is obviously a t***waffle."
  • 1 0
 @Grmasterd: I look pretty fast in 3-5 second edits,too.
  • 1 0
 @Tmackstab: duh - 10% bike means current bikes in this pissing contest, and ya you would get destroyed by her on same bike.
  • 1 0
 @brentkratz: finally someone with some sense
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  • 35 0
 How come when she takes a sip after putting out maximum effort she is like "ahhh" but when I do it I feel like I am water boarding myself?
  • 7 1
 Taking sips at maximum effort does feel like water boarding. Try smaller sips.
  • 2 0
 She also doesn't seem to accidentally breathe in the water and have a massive coughing fit. Not that that happens to me either.
  • 26 5
 I said hi to Kate at the Sea Otter. She is tiny and I probably appeared to be a creep. Sorry. Kate - best of luck this season!
  • 64 3
 You are appearing to be a creep right now..
  • 46 1
 @between: This is my way.
  • 8 9
 @endlessblockades: why did you mention that she is tiny ? if you had omitted that part, you would have not seemed to be a creep.
  • 27 5
 @DGWW: Because I was quite surprised by her diminutive stature in person and figured mentioning any metric whatsoever about a person would be worth a DV or 2. Her World Champion grit and power far exceed her height.

I've lived in SF for 30+ years where we are told to Celebrate Diversity! (while never pointing out that people are different from one another in ANY WAY).


(pronouns: Bro/Bruh/Breh/Cuh)
  • 2 0
 @DGWW: Her weight to power ratio is why she can destroy most of us on an XC bike.
  • 2 0
 Not as creepy as that dude with pedo stache that's always with her.
  • 19 4
 If the sound of people eating/drinking ever makes it into these edits I'm OUT. As soon as I saw that pancake bite go in her mouth I was like, NO GOD NO. Luckily it cut to riding quickly.
  • 7 1
 misophonia is real
  • 2 2
 In the next episode of Sound of Speed maybe we can hear Sound of sb Fart...
  • 1 0
 My first reaction was that this was one strange asmr video. Too funny.
  • 13 0
 I like how can hear her garmin beep every-time the scene changes
  • 3 9
flag steflund (May 13, 2019 at 12:11) (Below Threshold)
 Which makes you realize how not-raw the sound is
  • 14 3
 The sound of 60 psi in the tires...
  • 1 9
flag LeDuke (May 13, 2019 at 17:37) (Below Threshold)
 I’m guessing sub-15, given that she is likely running inserts...
  • 5 0
 17 front, 18 back and no inserts....but you were close.
  • 8 0
 I remember when she was here in Tucson. Definitely the coolest XC rider having two first names this side of the pond.
  • 10 1
 The sound of Down-Country
  • 5 0
 Hell, I'm exhausted after watching that.
  • 3 0
 I love that she posted this whoopsie outtake on IG:
  • 2 0
 damn that's a full on scorpion, bit more than whoopsie. should make this week's fridayfails.

is kate a scorpion?
  • 3 0
 My guess is that she is going to be quite competitive this year. The force is strong with this one.
  • 4 0
 Kate what’s your pancake recipe ?
  • 2 1
 Dude, weren't you paying attention? There is a video right here! Sheeeeesh...
  • 7 3
 Water/snow/wetness will make any brakes squeal
  • 18 1
 Arizona, world renowned for moisture...
  • 4 0
 Bacon is my spirit animal
  • 4 1
 Best bike mechanic mustache on the pro tour.
  • 2 0
 I am bummed she stood me up at marathon nats to go to solothurn for the swiss cup. Frown
  • 2 1
 When were they in Sedona? Must have been in production for a looooonggggg time, there hasn't been snow on the ground on the trails here since december.
  • 1 0
 There was snow right before the mtb festival in March.
  • 1 0
 @redbull: *its rugged terrain. spelling as squeaky as SRAM rotors.

Lol i did some of those trails in full face helmet and much slower. Go destroy the field Kate!
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  • 1 0
 This has shattered my dream of having an XC career after my riding-downhill-very-slowly career
  • 1 0
 Wow this is going to be a great xc season,
  • 1 0
 It's good to see how committed she is. Inspiring clip.
  • 1 0
 Downcountry Girl!
  • 1 0
  • 1 0
 Opening looked like BCT
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