Later this month, Liv Canada Off-Road Team athlete Geza Rodgers will be traveling to Europe to race in the Cyclocross World Cup series aboard her Brava Advanced Pro.
"My preparation for the World Cups has been pretty much the same as my preparation for Nationals. I'm sticking mainly to the cross-bike, and trainer rides because it's pretty cold in the morning. We haven't had much snow here in Port Moody, ever since nationals the weather has been really nice. The only time training has gotten challenging is when it's freezing cold out! To prepare to race in Europe I've been doing some running, practicing lots of cornering and bunny hops, and ruts. We like to set up a mock CX course and do some laps to practice."
This will be Geza's first time racing outside of North America in December, earning her spot within the most competitive field.
"As much as I'm nervous, I'm even more excited! I'm really looking forward to racing against super fast girls I've never gone against before. It will be a really eye-opening experience for me as the CX courses in Europe are very different from the ones here in the lower mainland. My goals are mainly to just get out there, race my hardest and gain all the experience I can while I'm there. I'm not sure where I'll be results based, but I hope to be somewhere in the top 20."
And to top it off, the young athlete has also qualified for the World Championships a few days after finding out she was invited to the World Cups.
"Going to World Championships has always been a dream for me, and going as a first-year junior is a dream come true! World Championships will be the biggest and most important event of my cycling career so far, and I'm really excited to experience it alongside some close teammates. Worlds will take place in the Netherlands, HoogerHeide from February 3rd-5th. I return home from my first trip on January 10th and then leave for worlds on the 24th. I have around two weeks to rest, recover, and then build back up before I leave again. I plan to take some downtime first, recover from jet lag, and then start prep for worlds again during that two-week period."
There is no doubt that this will be a memorable Holiday Season for Geza Rodgers and we are wishing her the best of luck!
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