Come spend the week at a gorgeous farm-house in Western Massachusetts, riding the best cyclocross trails and swimming in the best swimming holes in the country, with World Championship Silver Medalist; 4x Cyclocross National Champion; and Professional Cyclist Ellen Noble!
“People always ask me what women’s cycling needs the most, and how we can get #MoreGirlsOnBikes,” says Ellen. “My answer is always: We need to hold young women to the same standard that we hold young men. Only then will we see a surge in youth women’s racing, and at the same time an increase in love of the sport as their abilities are finally recognized. That answer has shaped my image for this camp.”
The camp will kick off on Friday, August 17 and spend the week focusing on confidence building, team work and learning the necessary skills to become an elite youth cyclocross racer!
- When: August 17-22 (Friday through Wednesday)
- Where: Northampton, MA
- Who: Girls aged 15-18 (see below for riding requirements, some experience is required as this is an elite development camp. Cyclocross bikes are mandatory.)
- Cost: $975/girl
- Registration via BikeReg (only 15 spots available!) COMING SOON
- There will be 3 full scholarships given out as well, see below.
Scholarship applications are now being accepted. Applications will be accepted through April 16th. 3 scholarships are available for full entry to the Quest. Other partial scholarships may be awarded based on need to athletes who are not granted the complete entry.
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 and/or trail ride
- Training sessions including cyclocross skill clinics, mini-races and hot laps
- Yoga sessions
- Short runs every morning
- Fun activities like swimming hole stops!
- 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
Note to parents: The camp technically starts on Friday. If this is a problem and it would be easier to drop your camper off on the 16th, please let us know. Housing will be available the day before the camp starts and special accommodations can be made. However, the camp and instruction will not begin until Friday morning.
The camp will be based at a farm-house in Western Massachusetts. This location is ideal for a camp like this, as it will give the campers experience in traveling, training and living with other racers. This experience will be valuable in years to come, when traveling with teams such as the US National team. Plus, a location like this means the campers can eat delicious, athlete-approved food for every meal, and are only a short distance from downtown Northampton!
COACHES & Crew
As a professional cyclocross racer who’s been racing for over a decade (despite only being 22!), 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. This season, she took second at Nationals just behind Katie Compton.
Ellen is will be the head coach and director 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 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.
At the camp, Peter will be lending a hand as a skills coach, which is his primary passion when it comes to his coaching practice. If there’s a skill you’ve been struggling with, he’s great at breaking it down into do-able pieces and getting you over any obstacle.
Molly Hurford is a journalist in love with all things cycling, running, nutrition and movement-related. She writes at TheOutdoorEdit.com 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 (as of May 20), 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!
More About the Quest & Requirements
A little background from Ellen: I began cycling as 5 years old, and have been racing competitively ever since. I always loved joining my parents on group rides with the local masters racers. That said, I always longed for a chance to meet other young girls like myself. More so, I wanted a place to learn and be pushed in a fun yet competitive environment with people my age. In high school, I remember writing to the directors of different development camps – for 4 years in a row – asking when they were going to accept women.
Unfortunately, they never did…
So one day I thought: If these camps can’t take junior girls, why not make a camp that does?
And so Ellen Noble’s Youth Women’s Cyclocross Quest was born!
Combining my countless years of involvement in the sport with my experience being a camper, a coach and a mentor, I feel that I bring a unique perspective to the direction of this camp.
My vision is to create a place for young women who want to take their cycling to the next level to be pushed, encouraged and taught all the important aspects of elite cyclocross racing. I aim to integrate my aforementioned vision for growing women’s cycling and put it into a camp. That means I want to meet two goals: for every girl to have the time of their life at the camp, and I want them to go home with an extremely high-level of new-found knowledge, having been pushed (and encouraged) in a way they never have before.
Please note: The suggested age range of the camp is aged 15-18. That said, if you feel that your daughter would be a great fit for the camp, but is out of the suggested age range — please contact us.
- Riders must have a basic level of fitness, as to be able to keep up on the group rides to and from skill training sessions. Once the group arrives at the daily venue, we will be able to split up into groups according to skill.
- Riders must have a well-functioning cyclocross bike. While we will be doing mechanic workshops, it is imperative that campers arrive with a bike that is in good working condition. It is strongly encouraged that campers bikes are given a full tune-up before coming to camp. Please do not arrive with bikes that are dirty, broken or dangerous!
- Riders must be willing to be pushed and learn! Skill level is not the most important thing, but rather whether each camper is willing to try their best.