Ellen Takes Second at Hamme DVV Trofee on Sunday

After two weekends in Europe, Ellen has settled in and is racing in top form. This weekend, she proved that she is one of the world’s best in cyclocross, racing to second place at the DVV Trofee at Flandriencross in Hamme, Belgium, finishing six seconds behind World Champion Sanne Cant and ahead of two-time World Cup Series Champion and U.S. Cyclocross National Champion Katie Compton. In addition to her breakthrough performance, VeloNews noted that Noble stole the show as the only rider to cleanly ride the tire barrier on the opening lap.

After an amazing start, Ellen Noble was racing in the top five during the muddy slog at the Zeven World Cup when a mechanical forced her to run to the pit. She recovered to finish 18th.

Next up is Hasselt, followed by Essen and Overijse.

Read about the past weekend’s races here:

Ellen Noble Takes Third Overall in the US Cup Series

The Aspire team was in Derby City this weekend racing at Joe Creason Park for the finale of the US Cup of CX and the Pan-American Championships. Ellen Noble’s fifth place on Saturday was enough to keep her in third place in the overall series, which ended with that race. On Sunday, Ellen took seventh in the elite women’s race at Pan-American Championships, while Jeremy unfortunately was forced to pull out of the men’s race. Spencer suffered from a dropped chain at the start, was forced to run half a lap to the pit, then—in last place—managed to work his way up to the top 10.

Next week, Ellen heads to Europe, where she’ll race the World Cups in Denmark and Germany.

Read all about the Derby City Cup here:

Ellen Takes the Win Day 2 in Cincinnati

The Aspire Racing team was in Cincinnati for two days of US Cup CX racing this past weekend, with day one a technical mudfest at Devou Park and day two a fast and furious drag race at Harbin Park. Day 1 saw all three teammates on the podium: Ellen Noble took third in the women’s race, while Spencer Petrov was second in the men’s race and Jeremy Powers was third. On day 2, Ellen took home the win in the C2 field, while the guys had a tough day in the cold conditions.

Up next, the team heads to Louisville for the final US Cup race and for the Pan-American Championships, so stay tuned!

Read more about the Cincinnati races here:

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?’”