Luna shifting gears in ’09

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Luna shifting gears in ’09

After a whirlwind 2008, which saw its riders dominate both internationally and domestically in both mountain biking and cyclocross, the Luna women’s mountain bike team is shifting gears for 2009.

Georgia Gould and Catherine Pendrel will take a step back from the UCI World Cup series, focusing on off-road stage races and one-day events in North America.

Former world champion Alison Dunlap will end her three-year retirement to race select mountain bike and cyclocross races. And Czech strongwoman Katerina Nash will miss much of the early season to rehab a nagging knee injury.

Luna was the world’s top team in 2008.

Luna was the world's top team in 2008.

“We started looking at the [2009] schedule in December and I realized there were too many events. The calendar is all over the place,” said Waldek Stepniowski, Luna’s team manager. “It is impossible to hit every event, so we’re going to pick our battles.”

Gould plans to step back from the World Cup in 2009.
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