"When Dan and I interviewed British CX star Helen Wyman for our podcast, she told why she thinks the future of women’s cyclocross is in the USA – so it seemed appropriate that this instalment of my Social Media series had a look at the USA cyclocross riders. I’ll tell you about some of the riders and how to follow them – and then at the end I’ll give you links to how to follow the USA CX scene. I’ve already talked about Katie Compton in my previous CX social media post, but as always, if you know people or links I’ve forgotten, add them to the comments, or let me know on twitter – and don’t forget to click through to the riders’ and team pages, and click on all their sponsors, to do your bit to help women’s cycling!"
Celebrating social media – part 11 – Cyclocross in the USA « Unofficial Unsanctioned Women’s UCI Cycling Blog
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"“The state of women’s racing right now is definitely getting better for us, so hopefully that will continue,” said Gould, who added that although she enjoys being a role model for young girls, she really gets a kick out of inspiring her young male fans. “It’s been really cool for me, being able to be a role model for little boys. When there are little boys who send me an email or send me a picture they drew, to me that is so awesome because that’s just one more step in changing that gender equity in general.”"
Women’s Cycling Moving In Right Direction, Says Gould | Cyclingnews.com
Really interesting interview with Georgia Gould on the recent UCI Athletes’ Commission, including more details of what the cyclists recommended.
Click through and read it, it’s got a lot of good stuff there - and cross your fingers the UCI choose to listen and act on it all
"We arrived on Monday, picked up our credentials and headed to the Athlete Village to spend one night before transferring out to a hotel that was closer to the venue. Walking into the Athlete Village is when it’s finally real. There you are, walking around in your Team USA clothing and seeing all the other athletes in their National team gear- it’s like you are back in college only a million times cooler. It’s huge. It’s overwhelming. It’s SO COOL!"
Georgia Gould | 2012 London Olympics: Race Report
Lovely blog by the Olympic MTB bronze medallist on her whole Olympic experience
On Luna we have always been proud of what we do as a team, but we have also faced each other as our stiffest competition domestically and internationally for years. The idea of giving up a win or being handed a win does not sit well with any of us. We are good because we are all strong, competitive women that want to earn our results and aren’t afraid to fight for them. The only possible exception is winning your first world cup at home and being caught by two teammates in the last seconds of racing … but I guess this scenario never came up in conversation.
On retrospect I would have loved to jump off my bike and have Katerina follow my lead and challenge the three to an even fielded running race. This would have showed the unity and competitiveness of our team and given Georgia a fair chance at maintaining the lead she had won, given Katerina a chance to score her first World Cup win, all with out us having to sit up and neutralize the race, all getting to feel we had the chance to give everything. But you only think of this afterwards while you punish yourself for being a competitor above a teammate.
I never thought winning a World Cup could feel crappy - Catharine Pendrel
Really touching blog from Catharine Pendrel, who won the Cross Country World Cup at Windham yesterday, after her team-mate Georgia Gould, who’d lead solo for most of the race, flatted in the final lap. I’d been wondering what Pendrel had thought about it - now I know