Very recently I was given some exciting news: I will be representing the USA as a member of the National Team at the Mont-Sainte-Anne and Windham rounds of the UCI Mountain Bike World Cup! These are the only two North American venues for 2011 (July 2 and 9), and it would be an understatement to say that the opportunity to race with the world’s best riders is a dream come true.
I was just a few UCI points short of qualifying on my own and needed to approach USA Cycling through a petition process, which does not guarantee selection by any means. After a short period in limbo, I finally received the good news…then realized my passport just expired, and rushed to renew it!
Racing for Team USA in this case doesn’t equal a free ride, in fact, Dave and I have to schedule around our jobs, pay full travel, lodging, race fees and other miscellaneous costs that have started and will continue to add up over the course of our trip.
Thanks to Coach Gordy and Speed Cycling for helping me achieve my goals. I have been dreaming of entering these races way before the 2011 World Cup schedule was even released. Dave will be in the pits with some fancy spare Industry Nine wheels wrapped in Maxxis tires, and Adidas Eyeware is also a sponsor of the Windham round.
This is the part I feel most uncomfortable with. I know it’s a very tough time for everyone; we’re all tightening our belts. If you feel compelled to help me get to the races, please donate to my World Cup campaign HERE, check the “Support Me” tab at the top of this page, or email me: meghan (dot) korol (at) gmail.com.
Any amount truly helps a ton in making this dream a reality. I am looking forward to rest of my season: consecutive weekends of racing at Beech Mountain, followed by the Subaru Cup Pro XCT, the two World Cups and if I can afford it, Nationals.
Thanks for reading–I’m extremely grateful for your support!!!