Applications for 2020 Quest in Tucson Open Now

Join #ENCXQuest 2020 from March 22-29 in Tucson, AZ, for a dedicated base training week

From March 22nd to 29th, #ENCXQuest returns to Tucson. We’re joining Ellen Noble for a training camp designed around preparing for a mountain bike, road, or cyclocross season. Riders will be training daily with Ellen and two other coaches, racking up big base miles, while learning about proper on and off-bike nutrition, training basics, and secrets to success from one of the top cyclocross racers in the world.

Tucson is where the pros go to train, so expect a pro-level of support, and pro-level expectations for riding! Due to the nature of this camp, there are only 12 spots available. This year, we are accepting applications from campers ages 16-22. Riders are expected to be autonomous — this is training camp, not summer camp, though ice cream will absolutely be involved!

Cost of camp includes:

  • Housing
  • Meals
  • Ride food/hydration
  • Daily core/yoga/mobility sessions with experts
  • Daily rides with Ellen + coaches Molly Hurford + Peter Glassford
  • Opportunities to talk with Ellen at night about all types of cycling questions
  • Goodie bag with tons of great cycling tools + fun stuff!

The camp is about taking your riding to the next level, so it is going to be hard, but you’ll end the week understanding how to structure a season, and with a newfound amount of endurance training in your legs.

Who: Riders aged 16-22 who have been training regularly for 2+ years and aren’t afraid of hard work

When: Sunday March 22 to Sunday March 29

Where: Tucson, AZ

Cost: $1500 (flight not included)

Scholarships: We aren’t offering specific scholarships, but are offering need-based funding, so as you fill out the application, you’ll note that there is a section asking what you need in order to come.

To Apply: Applications open until January 10, riders accepted for the camp will be announced February 1! APPLY HERE

What you need:

  • Road bike (or CX bike with road tires and double ring)
  • Helmet
  • Shoes
  • Pedals
  • Garmin or cycling computer + bike mount
  • Saddle bag
  • 4 tubes
  • Mini-pump
  • (Full packing list will be sent ahead of camp)

The camps schedule is designed to be rigorous to ensure that the campers get the most out of their time here. However, the camp will also provide a generous amount of leisure time to find the balance of “train hard; recover harder”.

Each day will include:

  • Breakfast, lunch, dinner and plenty of snacks
  • Road ride
  • Yoga sessions
  • Short runs
  • Core/foam rolling guided sessions
  • Evening Discussion / Classroom Sessions on topics such as: Nutrition and meal prep, Race-day Schedule, Bike-fit, Mechanics (with session hosted by professional mechanic), Body Maintenance, Social Media / Sponsorship, Sports Psychology and Mental Health



As a professional cyclocross racer who’s been racing for over a decade (despite only being 24!), Ellen brings a unique perspective to this camp. Having raced all disciplines of cycling over the course of 16 years, she understands the unique challenges and beauties of being a competitive female athlete—and she wants to see more young women succeeding in the sport. Ellen is the 4x national cyclocross champion, 2x Pan-American Champion, World Cup Overall Winner and World Championship silver medalist.

Ellen is will be the head coach of the camp. She will be overseeing all aspects of the camp, including coaching, cooking and mechanics, but most of all working to make sure the campers have a fun, safe and educational experience.


Peter Glassford is a Registered Kinesiologist, a Certified Cycling Coach and owner of SmartAthlete. He has been coaching and instructing mountain bike and cyclocross skills since 2000, and has run multiple camps with young athletes. As a Kinesiologist, he loves all types of movement and you can listen to The Consummate Athlete Podcast, which he co-hosts with his wife Molly Hurford, to learn about various sports. On the bike, Peter holds the Canadian Leadville 100 record and has placed consistently in the top 10 nationally in XCO, XCM and CX for the 10+ years, he has also dabbled in road, triathlon, Enduro and Downhill.


Molly Hurford is a journalist in love with all things cycling, running, nutrition and movement-related. She writes at and cohosts The Consummate Athlete Podcast. She also contributes to Bicycling magazine, Outside, Map My Run, and Nylon. She works to get more girls and women interested on adventure and wellness, and hosts talks and coaches clinics and camps for cyclists, and is the author of multiple books on cycling and nutrition, and writes for fitness and fashion magazines and sites. Her most recent project, Shred Girls, is a young adult fiction series and website focused on getting girls excited about bikes. She’s also a USA Cycling coach, certified with Precision Nutrition, and a Yoga Alliance-certified yoga instructor.

At the camp, Molly will be helping run the show, making sure everyone gets from place to place on time and is having fun. She’ll also be talking nutrition and other training tips, helping out with coaching, taking photos and leading a few yoga sessions to make sure we’re all staying nice and stretched!