Good news from one of the most influential cross country racers on the planet. Keep the cranks turning Katerina and good luck in 2014!
Katerina's letter to her fans:
I have made my decision. I am not retiring!
It has been a super amazing 12 years with the LUNA Pro Team, and I'm staying on for year number 13.
There will be big changes ahead of me for sure, but let's start from the beginning.
Last year I decided that 2013 would be my last season of international racing. So this relieved a little bit of the pressure and I just had fun racing and riding my bike. But now this year turned out to be my best season yet. Maybe the relaxed approach translated into good results and maybe it was just another year of consistent training added to many years of hard training. That's the thing about endurance racing. If you are healthy, you can keep improving and keep getting great results. I have been lucky that way, but I’ve never forgotten other dreams. For last couple of years, I have been thinking about those other things more and more.
I have spent an incredible 12 seasons with the LUNA Pro Team and traveled the world with a group of amazing people. We fought hard and won many races all around the world. We have been pushing each other to improve results, while also competing as a team.
The 2014 UCI World Cup schedule really became a “whole world” cup, where we visited every continent except Antarctica. I then knew my focus would be changing. It’s not easy to give up on the international racing, but then thinking about all the hours spent on airplanes made it easier to decide. I still very much like racing and spending time with my team and that's why I couldn't completely quit after this season.
This means in 2014 I will be competing at many domestic races, some that I have done before and some I haven't done before. I will most likely compete in couple of world cups and I will continue racing cyclocross in America. Therefore, you will still see plenty of me and will have good reason to cheer for another season.
At the same time, I'm starting to chase the other life dream of working for the company that has been on my radar for a very long time; Clif Bar.
I will post my racing schedule for next year as soon as it gets finalized and, for all you know, we may line up next to each other at one of those big events like Leadville 100.
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