Willow Koerber, a mountain biker on the Trek World Racing Team, has dropped out of the 2011 World Cup Series. Koerber, a two time bronze medalist at the Mountain Bike World Championships, found out she was pregnant a day before 2011's opening World Cup event in Pietermaritzburg, South Africa. She wrote on her blog, “With my team's support, I chose not to start the World Cup. At this point in my life, I could never forgive myself if something happened to this little soul who obviously has some wonderful reasons for choosing me as his mother.”
The announcement puts an end to what was expected to be a break out season for Koerber. Last year, Koerber placed second overall in the World Cup Series and stirred up something of a controversy by posing in lingerie for cycling ads. Koerber, who is due on December 22, anticipates rejoining the field in the spring of 2012.