I first met Courtenay when she was racing mountain bikes at the local level in Bellingham, WA. She was fast then, she’s even faster now!
My impression of her was she was one of those people who always seemed happy and truly enjoyed riding/racing her bike. During my research for her profile she told me that when she first tried bike racing (road) she hated it. Clearly, she changed her mind.
I would see Courtenay at the local cyclocross races, where she told me she really feel in love with racing bikes. Over the years I saw her progression. Since leaving the Seattle area I continued to followed Courtenay’s cycling career via social media. I’m always impressed by her positive and up beat attitude. Don’t think for a moment it’s a front like some people put up online. It’s NOT.
The most impressive thing for me about Courtenay was her tackling of not 1 but 2 hip surgeries almost within the course of a year! In the Spring of 2016 she diagnosed with Femoroacetabular Impingement (FAI for short) and a torn labrum in her right hip. Not wanting to miss the CX season she managed the pain, qualified for the US CX Team and finished 15th at the Cyclocross World Championship in Luxembourg. 10 days later she had her first surgery.
After four months of PT and recovery, Courtenay finally got to ride outside. At seven and a half months she was back racing CX in the Fall. She had an amazing season, finishing 4th at the US CX Nationals, and went back to the worlds. Three days later she had her left hip surgery.
Throughout it all Courtenay never stopped battling. She never gave up and got back to the World Cup level. I’m always impressed with her attitude and the way she bounces back from set backs along the road to recovery or life in general. She’s never let what she’s been through change her as a person. She still has her “loud laugh” and zest for life. Those who know her, see not only an amazing bike racer but a genuine human being who’s friendly and approachable.
When a pity party hits me, all I need to do is think about what Courtenay would do and it’s game on!