Ellen has had a busy offseason leading up to the 2017-2018 race season with Aspire Racing. From racing on the road to hosting a week-long clinic for young girls to school them in cyclocross, she hasn’t had a lot of off time!
“I’ve been racing the pro road tour with my road team, Colavita-Bianchi. I’ve had a tough season on the road but getting lots of fitness and really looking forward to the shorter cyclocross events this fall,” she says. “I’ve had several crit podiums at some of the big US crits this summer. ”
But for her, the biggest accomplishment was the camp she ran. “I just finished up the inaugural Ellen Noble youth women’s cyclocross quest, which was a week-long summer program devoted to developing the next generation of women’s cyclocross!”
5 months ago, I had a dream. I wanted to create the first-ever youth women’s CX camp. On multiple occasions, I believed it wouldn’t happen. In April, I called it off entirely, vowing to get a head start for 2018. But thanks to friends who know me better than I know myself, I was pushed to “just make it happen this year.” At the time, it was just supposed to be a few friends on air mattresses in my apartment. 5 days later, I had a rental house, a set date on my only free weekend of the summer and a BikeReg page that had filled 9 out of 12 spots in 36 hours.*If you build it, they will come*. 3 weeks before the “camp”, I was faced with some challenges that were bigger than anything else I had faced throughout the journey. I was so close to losing everything that I had worked for. After some stress and admittedly a couple of tears, I came out on the other side as the EN CX Quest. *Not a camp*. Between the change to Quest & a location change the same week, I began to realize that absolutely nothing would stop me from making it happen. *Nevertheless, she persisted.*
Ellen was also featured as a Real Life Shred Girl on Shred-Girls.com and offered some great advice for getting over obstacles—in life and on the mountain bike!
What’s next? “I will be ending my road season after Boise and doing the Grand FUNdo, as well as the Mont Sainte Anne world cup for MTB,” she says.
After that, it’s full steam ahead towards cyclocross season, which will kick off in Rochester, New York, in early September!