Throwback Thursday: Olympian Erin Huck Wins XC National Championship, July 2016

She's scheduled to be racing in the Tokyo Olympics later this month


Huck’s win of the Pro Women’s Cross-Country class at the 2016 National Mountain Bike Championships came as a surprise to many people in the sport. It was Erin’s first time winning a national title—and she was 35. Most top cross-country racers are nearing the end of their careers by that benchmark, but Erin had just arrived.

Furthermore, Huck didn’t win just one national title that weekend; she won two. She won both the pro women’s short-track and cross-country national titles. In her cross-country race, Erin beat one of the best female cross-country racers in American history, Georgia Gould, who took the runner-up spot more than 41 seconds behind Erin in their cross-country battle. In 2017 Erin won her third national title, taking the Pro Women’s class in the short-track XC event.

Now 40, Erin just won America’s 2021 XC National Championship this past weekend in Colorado. If all goes as planned, she’ll be competing in the Tokyo Olympics this month.

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