Chris Blevins throws his head back in celebration as he crosses the finish line to win the opening round of the 2024 Mountain Bike World Cup.

Blevins back on top of the world in Brazil

After a year of ups and downs, the American has rising form just in time for a crucial Olympic year.

Ryan Simonovich
by Ryan Simonovich 14.04.2024 Photography by
Piper Albrecht
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World Cup mountain bike racers make a living surfing the ups and down—literally out on the trail as well as physically and psychologically. For a man like Christopher Blevins, the ups look like winning the Short Track World Championships and beating the best in the world on home soil in Snowshoe, West Virginia. But the lows look like spending more time in the mid-field in 2023 than at the front. 

This afternoon in Mairiporã, Brazil, Blevins is back on the up. 

The 26-year-old from Durango, Colorado, rode away from a lead group of heavy hitters to hold off his charging Specialized Factory Racing teammate Victor Koretzky and rival Filippo Colombo (Scott-SRAM) and pull on the World Cup leader’s jersey after the first weekend of 2024’s path of Paris. 

How the race unfolded

Top 10

  1. Christopher Blevins (Specialized Factory) 1:30:00
  2. Victor Koretzky (Specialized Factory) @ :02
  3. Filippo Colombo (Scott-SRAM) @ :03
  4. Jordan Sarrou (BMC) @ :05
  5. Martin Vidaurre (Specialized Factory) @ same time
  6. Simone Avondetto (Wilier-Vittoria) @ :20
  7. Sam Gaze (Alpecin-Deceuninck) @ same time
  8. Alan Hatherly (Cannondale Factory) @ :21
  9. Thomas Griot (Canyon-CLLCTV) @ :23
  10. Vlad Dascalu (Trek Factory) @ :29

Brief analysis

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