Gould at the 2012 World Cup in Pietermaritzburg, South Africa. Photo: Colin Meagher
When Georgia Gould, 32, won bronze in mountain biking at the London Olympics last month, many Americans scratched their heads and said, "Who?" That has more to do with public ignorance of women's cycling than it does with Gould, who has been a mainstay on the race circuit since she began competing in 2005. She is a four-time national cross country champion, has finished on the national championship podium every year since 2006, and has had some very close calls on the World Cup. Gould's no slouch on a cross bike either, with three U.S. Gran Prix of Cyclocross titles to her name.
This year, though, has been a breakout season for the Luna Chix racer as she's chalked up the biggest wins of her career, including two second places in the World Cup and, of course, third at the Olympics. She's hoping to put that good form to use this weekend at the World Championship cross-country race in Saalfelden, Austria. She took a few minutes out of her pre-race schedule in Europe to speak with us about her successful year, the state of women's cycling, and her chances on Saturday.