I am currently coaching 2 girls on the Norwegian U23 cycling team.
They just finished their season, which lasted march-oktober. Last 2 months with lots of races in Belgium/Netherlands.
They are pretty spent, and ended their season with poor results in the Norwegian Cup finals last weekend.(I dont think its cause og overracing, more poor and wrong training between races, lead by the national coach
What will be best for them:
1. 2 weeks rest, then 3-4 weeks of light training and some cyclecross races, then 2 weeks off again
2. 4 weeks rest with just some hiking, maybe som running and swimming. Then gradualy build back to training again
They both will start their 2009 season in Belgium early march. And I hope to start their build for that from a higher level than last year