National championships always special for Gould

Georgia Gould's fortunes took a turn for the better after two back-to-back tough UCI Mountain Bike World Cups in Mont-Sainte-Anne, Quebec and Windham, New York. In both races, Gould had come close to winning, but she lost one due to cramping and another due to an untimely flat tire on the final lap. But on Saturday afternoon, Gould was back to being the golden girl when she won the US elite women's cross country national championships in Sun Valley, Idaho.

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Sue George is an editor at Cyclingnews.  She coordinates all of the site's mountain bike race coverage and assists with the road, 'cross and track coverage.