Ellen Takes Second on Day 1 and the Win on Day 2 at Gloucester CX

Gloucester Cyclocross in Massachusetts is one of the oldest, most iconic races in the country. The Aspire team had a great weekend at the race. In the women’s field, Ellen Noble took second on Day 1 to Emma White, and the win on Day 1, repeating her performance from last year.

In the men’s race, Jeremy took third on the first day, and then second right behind Tobin Ortenblad on Day 2. Teammate Spencer Petrov scored third on day one, and ninth on day two.

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Ellen Takes Third on Day 1 of Charm City Cyclocross

At Charm City cyclocross earlier this month, Ellen took third place on day one of C1 racing at Druid Hill Park in Baltimore, Maryland. Her teammates Jeremy Powers and Spencer Petrov took second and fifth in the men’s race, respectively. The next day, Spencer took second in a blisteringly fast race.

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Ellen Takes 7th Back-to-Back at KMC

At KMC Crossfest under the lights on Friday night, Ellen Noble rode to a seventh place finish. Her teammate Spencer Petrov had a great race, finishing in second in the men’s field behind Tobin Ortenblad, while Jeremy Powers ended in 32nd.

Sunday’s race was better for Jeremy, who finished in seventh, as did Ellen in the women’s race. Spencer was 11th.

Stay tuned as the team heads to Charm City—and look for more episodes of Behind THE Barriers, coming soon!

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Ellen Takes World Cup Podium in Madison & Finishes Third in CrossVegas

After a long two weeks on the road for four races over 12 days, Ellen is finally home, with some great results to show from the trip. At Jingle Cross, she rode into 8th place in the World Cup, but she improved on that with a third place in CrossVegas behind teammates Katerina Nash and Catherine Pendrel.

Then, she headed to Madison for the second World Cup of the season, racing against World Champion Sanne Cant, National Champion Katie Compton, and World Cup overall leader from 2016 Sophie DeBoer, plus many other big names in cyclocross.

Ellen’s race was flawless: she sat comfortably in the front group for the entirety of the race, working with Kaitie Keough and Sophie DeBoer after Sanne Cant attacked and broke away from the leaders. In the last lap, Keough created a separation and rode into second place, and Ellen was battling DeBoer for third place.

For half a lap, it seemed like Ellen would end up in fourth, but she closed down the small gap DeBoer had created and came into the finish in a blazingly fast sprint, taking her first third place in a World Cup.

Jeremy Powers had a successful race at CrossVegas as well, finishing behind the Sweeck brothers in third place. He had a less than stellar World Cup though, and was effected enough by the heat that he was forced to drop out.

New teammate Spencer Petrov skipped CrossVegas but raced in Madison on Friday, taking 12th place in the C2 event. He then managed 33rd in the World Cup race in a massive—and stacked—field.

Next up for the team is KMC Crossfest in Connecticut, so stay tuned!

 

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From Rochester to Iowa City: Ellen’s First C1 Win and 8th Place in JingleCross World Cup

The Aspire Racing team—Jeremy Powers and Ellen Noble, plus new rider Spencer Petrov—kicked off the 2017 season with two weekends of C1, C2 and World Cup racing in Rochester, New York, and Iowa City, Iowa. Jeremy finished third in the first C1 of the season, and was the third American at the World Cup. Ellen took the C1 win in Rochester, and followed it up with an eighth place finish in the World Cup on Sunday. And the team newbie Spencer took fourth place on Saturday and Sunday of Rochester, but suffered a bad crash during the World Cup that drastically dropped his placing. But overall, as the team heads to CrossVegas and on to the Waterloo World Cup in Madison, spirits are high and the team is having a great time.

In Rochester, Ellen took her first-ever C1 win on Saturday at Rochester, a major victory after a summer plagued by concussions and other complications. “I was so excited to take my first C1 win,” she says. “There were some question marks about where I would be coming into the season, but this helped ease my anxieties about that. I know that I’m on the right track and that makes me really excited for the rest of the season. Sunday’s race, I was pretty tired—I used up all of my energy on Saturday! Tired legs with a crash put me out of contention for the podium, but it was still great to be out racing.”

 

Rochester started the season strong for Jeremy, who took back-to-back wins there last season. “My race weekend was great boost for me personally as I felt I needed a strong weekend to come back from last seasons hardships. Overall I felt like I have a lot of power in my legs. We had some small things that turned into some seconds over the hour-long races, but overall my fitness is confirmed to me and it’s only going to improve as I recover from the weekends of racing. I knew this season with a lack of summer racing would be hard at the start, but I’m very happy with where I’m starting from.”

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In his first UCI weekend with the Aspire Racing team in Rochester, Spencer not only celebrated his 19th birthday, he also celebrated two top-U23 results and two 4th place finishes in a stacked UCI field. “First race with the team was amazing!” he says. “It was the least stressful race environment I’ve ever been a part of.”

“I was stoked with my best C1 result ever Saturday,” he added. Racing in the lead pack isn’t new to the young racer, but having a strong finish after 60 minutes of racing is always the goal. “My legs continued to feel good Sunday, though I got caught behind people making mistakes,” he added.

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“This was the first weekend that we had the team together and it was absolutely amazing. I’ve gotten to know Spencer this summer, and having him on the team is really exciting. We all have a really great dynamic,” Ellen added.

After Rochester, the team headed to Iowa for the first World Cup race of the season, plus a C1 under-the-lights night race.

Friday’s race wasn’t a team favorite: Ellen ended up in 12th, Jeremy in 27th and Spencer in 32. But with Sunday’s World Cup coming up, it was a tough race to pace, as none of the riders wanted to end up overtired or injured for the biggest race of the weekend.

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On Sunday, Ellen shocked and delighted the crowd with her barrier-hopping abilities, and was able to finish in eighth in a heavily stacked field. Jeremy started slow, as per his plan, and was able to ride into 27th place as the third American finisher, while Spencer dealt with some back pain and ended in 38th after a strong start.

“The team is so much fun: Spencer, Ellen and I are having a lot of laughs and anytime thats in place, it makes the racing for all of us, that much better,” Jeremy added. (Make sure you’re following along on Behind THE Barriers, Aspire Racing Edition.)

 

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Midsummer Update: Ellen’s Road Racing & Girl’s Cyclocross Quest

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!

Ellen on UMass.edu

Ellen shared her  challenges, successes and advice for balancing academics and athletics with UMass.edu.

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Champion cyclist Ellen Noble ’18 has a challenge most students don’t have. As a professional cyclocross racer she competes at the edge of high cliffs, carries her bike across rivers and other barriers in events that are part cycling and stunt riding. Her schedule, balancing a professional career and college studies, is also different from most students. A typical day includes a two- to five-hour bike ride, a few hours of stability and strength training, classes and school work, and time for relaxing, followed by a run capped by meditation before a good night’s rest. Her rigorous training regimen and passion for the competition have put her among the elite in the sport. At 21, she has won four national cyclocross championships and two Pan-American championships, and in January, she finished second at the world championship in Luxembourg.

She has made her mark in cyclocross races—45 minutes of riding at breakneck speed while traversing pavement, wooded trails, grass, mud, sand, ice, and steep hills. It is tough and messy with the rider dismounting and carrying her bike over or around obstructions. Noble’s next cycling challenge is to expand her repertoire and tackle road racing, like the Tour de France races. She has set her sights high with ultimately competing in the Olympics as her goal.

“If you want to do something but feel like you can’t, learn what is holding you back. Ask yourself, ‘What is stopping me?’”

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Noble has managed her successful professional racing career while keeping on track to graduate in four years with her bachelor’s degree in public health. She is now a University Without Walls student taking online courses while training in Málaga, Spain. Earning a college degree is a priority, and she chose a public health major for the opportunities to improve lives. “I was attracted to the idea of helping people and educating them on how to have healthy and happy lives,” she said recently.

UMass Amherst, she says, is a perfect place for her. The Kennebunkport, Maine, native was seeking a larger school with many majors to explore, not too far from her hometown, with a diverse student population, and in an area with a vibrant, elite, and professional cycling community. When enrolled in campus courses, Noble lives in nearby Easthampton, a home to many other competitive bike racers, including current and former men’s national champions.

Noble, who began to race professionally at the age of 16, is disciplined in her roles as college student and an athletic superstar. “It is second nature for me to go to school and race at the same time,” she says. Her parents, who were elite bike racers, registered their daughter for her first race when she was five years old. That first race has been followed by hundreds of others. “I am having a ton of fun,” she says. “I enjoy racing and traveling the world.”

Her advice to others comes with sage wisdom. “If you want to do something but feel like you can’t, learn what is holding you back. Ask yourself, ‘What is stopping me?’”

Ellen Second at U23 Women’s World Championships

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The dust has settled from Cyclocross World Championships in Luxembourg this weekend, and the Aspire Racing team is back in the US after an eventful few weeks. Ellen Noble scored the silver medal in the U23 Women’s race, making her one of the very few Americans to finish on a World Championship podium.

“It was always my dream to create a program that helped riders reach their dreams, with more ease and more opportunities than I had coming up. To watch Ellen be in the fight for the win of the women’s U23 World Championships was a big moment in my world,” teammate and team owner Jeremy explained. “The energy that we’ve put into the JAM Fund over the past eight years has been a complete passion project and to have something that not just me, but our entire community, was able to be a part of—including those reading this—is, for me, one of the biggest achievements of my racing life.”

“The World Championships were really the ribbon around an awesome season,” Ellen added. “With the help of my amazing team, I met—and exceeded—all of my goals for the year. I feel like I had the best race of my career on Saturday, and it resulted in a silver medal. I am still smiling! Overall, the season has been so fantastic and I feel so fortunate to have has Aspire pushing me and supporting me every step of the way.”

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“I’m really proud we have a World Championship result to hang our hat on with our effort to provide a better way to get to the top of the cross totum pole, but truly, without any of the results, we already had a lot to smile about,” Jeremy concluded. After a full season of amazing racing and results, it’s easy to see that the JAM Fund program works—and that Aspire Racing provides the pro platform to help riders excel. “To see the next generation coming in… It’s a different kind of happiness that just makes you feel good and look forward to what the future holds,” he adds.

What’s Next

Ellen’s cyclocross season is done, and she’s off to Spain to build up a base and start training in earnest for her upcoming road season.

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Ellen Secures U23 World Cup Overall, Gets Ready for World Championships

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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.”

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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.”

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The Aspire Racing team heads to Hoogerheide tomorrow, and make sure you follow Ellen’s race on Saturday at 1:30 PM CET.

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Ellen 8th at Fiuggi World Cup

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This weekend, Ellen raced near Rome in Fiuggi, Italy at the penultimate round of World Cups for the year. She finished strong in eighth place, which propelled her into fifth in the World Cup overall while extending her U23 women’s lead in the series.

“Fiuggi was one of the most fun, yet also challenging races I have ever done. The slick, frozen course made for an unpredictable and exciting race,” she says.

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“I had a great start, getting the hole-shot and then settling into second in the first lap, but a few mistakes moved me back to fourth,” she explains. “I was feeling confident and fought hard to maintain position, but a few more mistakes and fatigue moved me into eighth place on the day.”

“All in all, it was a great day and I’m really happy with my racing and how well the team worked under a lot of pressure!” she concludes.

Next up, the team is heading to Hoogerheide for the last World Cup, where Ellen will defend her U23 title.

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