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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NoHoCX Serves Up Solid Home Race Weekend for Aspire

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Cycle-Smart International has been happening in Aspire Racing’s hometown for 26 years now, and the iconic NoHoCX race, as it’s now referred to, is one that the team all too often is forced to miss. But this year, the crew was home for the weekend and able to toe the line for two days of fast, fun UCI racing just minutes from home.

Ellen had a good weekend, taking fourth on Saturday and second on Sunday. “Northampton always holds a special place in my heart,” she says. “It was the first cyclocross race I ever did, and it really sparked my love for the sport.”

Both days, Ellen found herself in the lead group with Maghalie Rochette, Emma White and Crystal Anthony. Saturday’s race found the four riding together until Maghalie and Emma attacked and rode away, with Maghalie eventually taking the win. Sunday’s race played out similarly, but Ellen was in great racing form, and she and Emma were the two to take off midway through the race. Emma eventually finished with the win, but the battle was fierce.

“This weekend, despite some trouble on day 1, was equally as great. I always love racing at my hometown event, and seeing so many friends before heading over to Europe. Getting on the podium on Sunday was great, and gives me confidence heading into the next World Cup block.”

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“It’s such a great atmosphere and group of people, which made it a highly enjoyable weekend with friends and family 15 minutes from home,” Ellen’s teammate Jeremy Powers adds.

Saturday’s race played out tougher than he anticipated, thanks to a busy week and a fast group of racers on the front for the bulk of the race. Jeremy sat in the lead group for most of the race, until Curtis White attacked off the front about two-thirds into the hour of racing, and Jeremy worked with Jeremy Durrin and newcomer and JAM Fund rider Jack Kisseberth to chase back on. “With sponsor commitments on Wednesday and Thursday last week in NYC, I felt a bit off on Saturday and didn’t quite have a the snap I wanted for the race,” he explains, and he finished in fourth place.

Jeremy surprised the crowds by lining up for Sunday’s race as well, and he spent the race dueling with Curtis White. “Sunday, I felt good racing from the front for a majority of the day and ended up missing the win in the sprint finish with Curtis White,” he explains.

He handily took second place, and felt good about the result. “Tactically, I maybe didn’t ride my best race and came up a bike length short, but I got in a great effort and it was nice to be racing at the front again, pushing the pace and racing hard.”

Aspire Racing heads to Europe tomorrow for Koksijde and Zeven World Cups so stay tuned for updates!

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Ellen Scores Another U23 Pan-American Championship Title

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Ellen’s weekend went great—on Saturday, she took her second victory for the second year in a row at the Pan American Championships for U23 women, and on Sunday, she was third in the C1 Elite Women’s race behind racing legends Katerina Nash and Katie Compton.

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For Jeremy Powers, Ellen’s teammate on Aspire Racing, the weekend signaled a return to racing after injury. After a hard-fought race at Devou Park near Cincinnati this weekend, Jeremy took second in the Pan-American Championships race, conceding his title to JAM Fund graduate Stephen Hyde. Sunday was a more challenging day for Jeremy, and despite leading the race and spending the first 40 minutes in the lead group, he ended up in ninth place. Still, the weekend showed that he’s recovering from injury and ready to come back to racing with a vengeance.

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Ellen Takes Day 1 Win at Gloucester Gran Prix

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The Gloucester Gran Prix of Cyclocross is one of the most iconic cyclocross races in America, and Jeremy and Ellen were on the start line on Saturday for Day 1 of racing action.

Ellen took home a win after dueling with Helen Wyman and Emma White earlier in the race before riding off the front and soloing to a win with two laps to go.

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“I am so excited to take the win at the Gran Prix of Gloucester this weekend,” Ellen said. “It has always been a home race in my eyes, and it’s always very meaningful to win in front of my family and friends! The events is one of my favorite all year, and I feel like it really came together to be a perfect day!”

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Jeremy finished 13th in the Elite Men’s race.

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Ellen Finishes 9th at Charm City Cyclocross

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The Aspire Racing team headed down to Baltimore, Maryland, for the C1 race on Day 2 of CHarm City Cyclocross in the iconic Druid Hill Park. The racing on Sunday was dry, sunny, and fast—and the spectators (and hecklers) were out in full force.

Ellen finished in ninth in the women’s race after taking the holeshot and leading for the first lap of the race. “Charm City was a disappointing race for me, with some breathing issues playing a big role in how I felt,” she said.

“However, it’s great to have the team back together again and I’m looking forward to being 100% for Gloucester next weekend.”

The team was indeed back together now that Jeremy has recovered from his crash at Trek CXC earlier in the season, and his form is coming on as he finished second to Stephen Hyde in a long battle with a large lead group until the last lap and a half of the race.

“It feels great to be back and racing again for the podium and win,” he said. “I felt great through the race but was lacking in my technical ability and didn’t feel I had my rhythm until three laps to go.”

That’s when Jeremy moved to the front of the race and took control of the group until the last lap, when Stephen got away in a solo attack. “The courses this year have been fast and hot so I’m looking forward to the fall weather thats coming in as the cooler temps will suit me better! ” Jeremy added. “Looking forward to continuing the comeback in Gloucester next weekend!”

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Ellen Retains U23 Jersey in World Cup and Scores Second at C1 in Jingle Cross

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Ellen had an amazing last weekend of racing in Iowa City. After a long series of races in the US, from Madison to Las Vegas to Iowa City with five UCI races including two World Cups, the Aspire team is finally on their way home. The races were a smashing success for new team member Ellen Noble, who took home two second places in Madison, eighth in Las Vegas at the World Cup, fifth at the Jingle Cross World Cup, and second on Sunday in Iowa. The great results cemented her standing as the first wearer of the U23 Women’s World Cup Leaders jersey, which marks great strides in women’s cycling.

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The World Cup in Iowa City was technical, muddy and fast, and Ellen found her way into the lead group, sitting in the top ten the entire race and finishing in fifth as one of the top Americans, the first U23 racer across the line, and showing that she’s one of the strongest women racers in the US right now.

“Fifth place today at the Iowa City World Cup!” she said. “It still hasn’t totally set in but I’m so happy! Trusting the process; learning every day; and always hungry!”

The second day of racing saw Katarina Nash take an early lead, but she dueled with Ellen for the first laps before finally pulling away. The women’s field was just as stacked as it was for the world cup the day before, but Ellen still slotted into second position and fended off former Olympian Eva Lechner to hold her spot and roll in for second with time to celebrate.

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“I gave it everything I had today and ended up 2nd at Jingle Cross,” she wrote. “Five races over the course of eight days has been exhausting and challenging … to say the least. But it’s also been amazing, confidence-inspiring and actually very fun. Thank you to my team for making a logistically complicated week so smooth. Thank you to everyone who has been so kind during this past week. Your positivity kept me rolling!! And thank you to everyone who played a part in making an awesome week of World-class racing in the States!”

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Ellen Takes U23 World Cup Leaders Jersey at Cross Vegas

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Last Wednesday, under the bright lights of Las Vegas, Ellen took an eighth place finish and the U23 jersey at Cross Vegas. The racing was fast and the women’s field was stacked, with Sophie DeBoers taking the women’s win.

Ellen started strong and remained consistent throughout the race, eventually riding her way to the first-ever U23 Leader’s Jersey. “So excited to check off two season goals in the first World Cup round and be in the first-ever U23 World Cup Leaders jersey heading into Iowa this weekend!” she said.

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In the Elite Men’s field, Jeremy took home 18th as the first American in the race.

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Ellen Wins Gran Prix of Beverly

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On Thursday night, the Aspire Racing rider captured 1st at the Gran Prix of Beverly. This is Ellen’s 3rd win and 4th podium in New England Criterium Summer, putting her one-woman team third in the standings with 432 pts.

Photo Credit: Russ Campbell Photography

From Ellen on Instagram:

Winnerrrrrrr  tonight at @granprixbeverly! Such an awesome event — thank you to everyone who makes it happen! 🙌🏼😍 photo: @rusto88 #winnerwinnerchickendinner #focusbikesmoments #gpbeverly #ridebiker #shareyourkask #happinesswatts

Ellen Noble is Longsjo Classic Omnium Champion

After three days of racing – placing 1st, two of the three days – Ellen Noble racing for Aspire Racing maintained her lead for the Omnium at the Longsjo Classic.