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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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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Ellen Wins U23 Nationals

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The Aspire Racing team had a great time racing in a practically hometown venue for National Championships in Hartford, under an hour from their homes in Easthampton. Ellen retained her U23 Women’s National Championship title, while teammate Jeremy Powers’ race was marred with an early crash that landed him in 24th place.

“Nationals this year was so great!” Ellen enthused. “The venue, the crowds and the course were all amazing, and really a point of pride for a New England cyclocross racer like myself. To come away with my third consecutive U23 national title was really a dream come true.”

A flawless race from start to finish had Ellen establishing a gap by the end of the first lap, and growing it as the race wore on.

“It’s a testament to the hard work of all my ‘people’ and I am so thankful for the support of the team during this season,” she added. “The race showed me I’m on good form for the rest of the season, including the World Championships, and I’m feeling motivated to race more than ever!”

“It was so awesome to have family  and friends there for the race in Hartford,” her teammate Jeremy said. “It’s nestled in the middle of the two places I’ve called home my whole life, and so the day was very special.”

Jeremy Powers had a rough day at Nationals.

Jeremy Powers had a rough day at Nationals.

“A big thank you to everyone who came out and supported our team this weekend!” Jeremy concluded. Stay tuned to see how the last round of European racing for the season goes.

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Ellen Scores 19th in Zolder, Maintains U23 World Cup Series Overall

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The Christmas week of racing in Europe has come to an end for Aspire Racing’s Ellen Noble, after two weekends of World Cups, first in Namur and yesterday, in Zolder (host to last January’s World Championship race). Ellen had a great start at Zolder—with a front row starting position—and a strong first three laps of racing in the lead groups as race favorites including Ellen Van Loy, Sanne Cant, Sophie De Boer, Katerina Nash and a recently-returned Marianne Vos battled for position.

“The Zolder World Cup yesterday was a very exciting, but also one of the most disappointing of my season!” Ellen says. “I had a really great start, and found myself in the top three for most of the first lap. In the second and third lap, I was racing in the chase group in the top 10 and feeling extremely strong.”

Ellen’s strong start and comfortable position remained until halfway through the race. “Unfortunately, at the end of the third lap, I suffered a mechanical that lost me some serious time,” she says. But she managed to work her way back up to a 19th place finish.

“I am so happy with the race overall, as I put out extremely consistent lap times and felt very strong. The experience garnered over this past week of racing is so valuable for nationals and the end of the season. This trip put me in a great headspace for the final weeks of racing, and I’m so thankful for the support that made it such an outstanding trip.”

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On January 8th, Ellen will be racing for another National title, so make sure to follow along!

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