First MTB World Cup Win For Christopher Blevins In Snowshoe, West Virginia
On September 19, Christopher Blevins became the first American to win a world cup cross country elite men’s race since Tinker Juarez in 1994. It was a celebration galore for the trinity racing team in snowshoe for this historic win that was hard to come by for over 20 years.
The 23-year-old propelled himself to the finish line after attacking the last climb of the Olympic country course overtaking Nino Schurter, a 9-time world champion. Vlad Dascalu came in second, with Ondrej Cink from the Czech finishing third. A flat front tire held Schurter to a fourth-place finish.
Belvins is also the current world champion in the short track racing after winning the August 26th UCI Mountain Bike World Championships race at Val di Sole, Italy. The Snowshoe short track race was a little challenging for Blevins after finishing fourth three seconds behind Victor Koretzky, who won the race.
Belvins is a product of the Durango Devo youth cycling development program. Although this program is not specific to racing, it has produced top-tier professional cyclists like Tour de France winner Sepp Kuss and Howard Grotts the Olympian.
Belvins is a versatile racer who also takes part in road racing. He was part of the 8-day tour in Britain in September.