Last weekend in Hoogerheide, Ellen cemented her overall U23 World Cup Series win, took 39th, and prepared for the week ahead, at Luxembourg’s World Championship race.
“Hoogerheide wasn’t the race I was hoping for, but I’m feeling great with a little more rest this week, to head into this weekend,” Ellen explains. The fast track at the Dutch race made the groups large, and drafting became an important element of the incredibly speedy race.
“I’m not going to let the weekend’s results get in my head going into Worlds, I’m feeling really good. It’s my last year as a U23, so I’m looking to have my best result at the race.”
In addition to the U23 overall series win, she finished sixth in the overall for Elite Women, an impressive endeavor, especially for a 21-year-old. “I’m really excited to have won the U23 overall. It was especially exciting because it’s the first year the UCI has had this category so it meant a lot to win it. I’m so thankful to my team and everyone who helped me get here,” she added.
And sixth overall in the Elite field was great as well. “It leaves room for improvement,” she added, “But it’s great to have finished there in my first year doing all of the World Cups.”
The Aspire Racing team heads to Hoogerheide tomorrow, and make sure you follow Ellen’s race on Saturday at 1:30 PM CET.