Art’s had the privilege of spending the day with Luna Chix Pro Team rider, Georgia Gould. This olympian brought home the women’s mountain bike bronze medal from the London Olympic Games in 2012. She is also the reigning national champ and has 5 U.S. titles to her name. We took Georgia out to the local trails to experience Orbea’s new 29er full-suspension bike, the Occam 29.
Riding with Georgia was a real treat. We shot some video of the ride as well as an interview to learn a bit more about her and the killer bikes she rides. Georgia is a confident bike handler and used her Shimano XTR and Fox Racing Shox equipped Occam 29 and Alma 29 race bikes to carve through our local singletrack with ease. Keeping up with her on the downhills while riding a nearly identical bike was no leisurely cruise through the park. As soon as the videographer yelled “Action!” she was off like a shot!
More than just a fast rider, Georgia is really fun to hang out with. Her upbeat and fun personality rubs off on everyone around her. Between talking about her favorite Maxxis tire choices for specific World Cup courses she was cracking risque jokes that I would expect to hear from some of my buddies out on the trail.
Georgia has used her ability to make friends and influence others to successfully pressure the UCI into providing female cyclists with prize money awards equal to those earned by male cyclists. We are excited to watch her earn those prizes this year as she competes in the Cross-Country Mountain Bike World Cup series and the U.S. National Mountain Bike Series.
Videos of the day we spent with Georgia will be up on the Art’s Cyclery Blog soon.