Altstadt, Germany (May 8, 2021) – It was a huge win for Norco Factory Team’s youngest rider, Carter Woods, at the opening round of the UCI Mountain Bike World Cup on Saturday in Altstadt.
Woods, who is part of Cycling Canada’s NextGen program, left it all on the course, propelling himself from fourth to cross the finish first in the U23 men’s category.
“It’s pretty special for sure,” said the BC athlete. “Last time in Altstadt, I had a rough one, so it felt good to get a clean race. It all unfolded on the second half of the last lap. It was myself and two others, and I laid everything down on the last climb and they weren’t able to stay with me. I just took it smooth down the descent and rolled into the finish. My goal going into the race was to take the win. I had it visualized, and I was prepared. But it still hasn’t really sunk in yet!”
His race tactics paid off as he stood top of the podium — the first Canadian to do so since 2013, when Norco Factory teammate Peter Disera won the 2013 World Cup in Mont-Ste-Anne in the Junior category.