United States' Lea Davison competes in the Mountain Bike Cycling women's race, at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Saturday, Aug. 11, 2012, at Hadleigh Farm, in Essex, England. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

Lea Davison is trying to inspire a new generation of mountain bikers while she awaits word on whether she'll be returning to the Olympics.

Back home in Vermont in June after competing in the World Cup circuit in Europe, Davison is spending weekends involved in the Little Bellas program. She started the nonprofit in 2007 with her sister, Sabra, as a way to mentor young cyclists.

Davison's goal was to get about 600 girls on bikes this summer _ so long as the weather cooperates, of course.


"Little Bellas is a mountain bike organization whose goal is to help young women realize their potential through cycling," reads the group's mission statement. The aim is to empower girls through the sport while promoting healthy lifestyles and emphasizing goal-setting.

For Davison, the more immediate individual goal is to return to the Olympics. Davison, who finished 11th in London, seems to be in good shape to make Team USA when the roster is finalized on June 24. She's the highest-ranked American at 20th in the world as of this week.