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Koerber, now Rockwell, has retired from mountain bike racing (Trek World Racing)

Trek World Racing’s Willow
(Korber) Rockwell
announced, today, despite her best efforts to return to
the sport of mountain biking she will retire from the sport.

Rockwell planned a 2012 season comeback after taking
the 2011 season off to have
her daughter, Raven Starr Rockwell,
however, she described the reality of
the situation is nothing like she had imagined. In this past week Willow has
decided, definitively, that it’s time to stop racing for good and focus on her
new family.

Rockwell placed 54th, 17:07 back from Maja
Wloszczowska at the opening round of the World Cup in
Pietermaritzburg, South Africa. In training, after that first race, Willow says
she found herself needing to be honest about being able to push herself so hard
whilst also being the mother of a new-born baby.

Willow released a statement, which in part said:
“After much soul searching, and many tears, I have decided to end my
mountain bike racing career. I committed to racing for 2012 before having my
child. There was no way I could have predicted the changes that have occurred
within me. Thank you for your support during this time of intense decision and
transformation. I especially thank my Team Manager Martin White ley and my
team, Trek World Racing, for understanding that sometimes life has other plans.
Enjoy every moment on the bicycle, for every moment adds up to create your
life!”

The 34-year-old’s career in the sport can only be
described as illustrious. She won two bronze medals at the World Championships,
as well as numerous Continental and National Titles, and was ranked as high as
No.2 in the world on the UCI rankings in 2011.

She served as an ambassador for Trek and Gary
Fisher bicycles since joining the Subaru-Gary Fisher team in 2005. Rockwell,
went on to join Trek World Racing at the beginning of last year, and planned a
rigorous two-year stint of international racing that was to lead up to this
summer’s Olympic Games.

Rockwell raced the first round of the 2012 World Cup, just
2.5 months after having her daughter, Raven Starr Rockwell

“It’s true that we are sad not to see Willow
racing in our team colors again, but it is equally true that we are fully
supportive of her decision, and we are grateful for every day we had Willow
with us on the team,” said Trek World Racing owner, Martin Whiteley. “Eternally
positive and a great spirit, she will be missed not only from our family, but
from mountain bike racing in general.”

Willow’s retirement is effective immediately and
she will not appear at this weekend’s World Cup event in Houffalize, Belgium or next week’s Sea Otter Classic, as previously planned.

Trek World Racing has no plans to replace Willow
for season 2012. Her husband Myles Rockwell continues with the team in his role
as downhill rider liaison.

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