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For Ellen Noble, 2021 is a contemporary begin in nearly each means.

After a quick hiatus from racing, the skilled cyclocross and cross-country mountain bike racer is returning to competitors with completely different sponsors, new targets, and a singular group mannequin that, for now, consists of simply her.

Introducing Noble Racing.

“I wished to create an actual group that individuals can assist,” Noble advised VeloNews. “I wished to create one thing that is ready to go no matter a timeline, to create one thing that was actually based mostly on my targets and issues I need to give again to the game. I wished it to have a reputation and be one thing that individuals can assist and even aspire to race for.”

A assist community for juniors

Whereas Noble Racing will assist Noble’s personal aim to return to aggressive cross-country mountain bike racing in earnest, it’ll even have a pointy give attention to mentoring younger ladies within the sport.

Noble, who has lengthy given again to biking by internet hosting ‘cross camps and different occasions for younger feminine riders, says that Noble Racing’s mentorship mannequin will likely be arrange in a means the place ladies can obtain assist and construct relationships just about whereas nonetheless with the ability to experience with their very own native group or improvement squad.

In different phrases, it’s supposed to be a secondary assist system for junior ladies throughout the nation.

“I used to be on all of the groups as a child,” Noble mentioned. “Rather a lot have been predominantly male. I not often had a lady round doing cycling-related stuff. I do know that’s actually completely different now, however I really feel that you could by no means have sufficient girls in your assist community. You go to your first large race, and also you’re terrified, you then get to see your good friend you’ve been Skyping with for a pair months, will probably be a cool technique to have satellite tv for pc teammates.”

Noble’s first aim with the mentorship facet of Noble Racing is to create a pathway of assist. The long-term aim can be so as to add a improvement rider to her group. Hopefully, she says, she’ll additionally be capable of provide small grants to the mentees, to assist with race charges and program dues.

Again to mountain biking

As for Noble’s personal private targets in 2021, nicely, they’re totally on the path.

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Noble has large targets on the mountain bike in 2021. Photograph: Adam Koble

Earlier than she was identified on the finish of 2019 with Hashimoto’s illness, an autoimmune dysfunction, Noble says that she was initiating a transition from extra ‘cross to extra cross-country.

“Prior to now, I might say my dedication to every self-discipline was 75 p.c ‘cross and 25 p.c mountain bike,” she mentioned. “My dream has all the time been to race XC greater than I’ve. In 2018 I used to be making my try on the Olympic lengthy checklist. Clearly, with dangerous performances within the 2019 World Cups, I kissed these goals goodbye, but it surely’s nonetheless one thing that I’m aiming in direction of, in 2024.”

Noble’s aggressive schedule will nonetheless embrace racing ‘cross, but she says that due to her well being, she gained’t be capable of maintain the identical quantity of racing that she has up to now.

If COVID situations enable, Noble’s first race of the season would be the USA Biking Professional XCT in Fayetteville, Arkansas, a mountain bike stage race close to Phoenix, Arizona. Noble has been dwelling and coaching in Tucson for the winter and says she’s giddy to return to competitors after what primarily quantities to a yr and a half with none.

“I solely did a handful of occasions in 2019,” she mentioned. “So I used to be actually trying ahead to racing in 2020. A couple of days after I introduced the group, every little thing canceled. I used to be lucky to do three ‘cross races in Boulder final fall. In any other case, I haven’t accomplished something actually aggressive in fairly some time. I haven’t actually felt like I’ve had a giant season since 2018. I’m actually, actually geared as much as race once more.”

Noble has spent most of her younger grownup life a competitor. She gained her first junior nationwide title in cyclocross at 17 after which took three consecutive U23 girls’s nationwide cyclocross championship titles. In 2014, she had a breakout yr, successful three UCI Cyclocross World Cup races. In 2017, she took second place on the UCI World cyclocross championships. 

Then, in 2018, Noble dove into the deep finish of cross-country mountain bike racing, competing at three UCI XCO World Cup races in Europe. She obtained annoyed, realized rather a lot, and in the end noticed progress that she wished to proceed to construct upon.

Though Noble feels that she missed two essential years of her cross-country mountain bike profession because of first, sickness, after which, pandemic, she’s additionally attempting to see the positives. Noble Racing, she says, is what emerged from all of that point away from competitors.

Introducing Noble Racing, Ellen Noble's new team and mentorship program – VeloNews.com
Noble rocketed to the highest of the UCI XCO World Cup circuit following robust performances as a junior and U23 rider, however then the pandemic and being identified with an autoimmune dysfunction compelled her to make some changes. Photograph: Dan Cavallari | VeloNews.com

“I used all that point of 2019 and 2020 to construct a extremely unimaginable assist system of PTs, coaches, assets, and mates to ensure I’m doing every little thing I can in my energy to return again wholesome,” she mentioned. “I feel the overall consensus of mates and my assist community is that most individuals would have given up by now. I don’t know if it’s being so strong-headed or being too dumb to know when to give up, however I’m nonetheless doing it. So in that means, I really feel like something I get from here’s a blessing. I really feel like something I’m capable of accomplish from right here on out is a present.”


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