For the first time in her career, Georgia Gould will prepare for the cyclo-cross world championships by heading to Europe to take in the December World Cup races. Normally, after a long season traveling to mountain bike World Cups, Gould ends her season after the cyclo-cross championships in order to rest up for the upcoming season.
This year, despite having competed in the Olympics in Beijing as well as an intensive season leading up to the August event, Gould opted to extend her 'cross racing through the worlds at the end of January.
"I put it off the last few years because I was focused on the Olympics and the mountain bike. I really wanted to go, but I was being conservative, trying not to spread myself too thin. This year I said 'off-season, schmoff-season - I'm not going to sit around and get slow, I want to keep racing!' There are a lot of Americans going over there, so I'm looking forward to finally being part of that crew."