Talking with Ellen
We caught up with the future of American cyclocross at the US at the National Championships in Louisville, KY. While many of these names are familiar, all of these riders are still in their early 20’s, and include superstars Kaitie Keough, Ellen Noble, Sammi Runnels, Spencer Petrov and Curtis White. Each shared some insights into who they are, what they want from the sport and ultimately why you should cheer for them.
Here is our conversation with Ellen Noble:
Tell us something people don’t know about you.
There are a lot of things that people don’t know, hmmm. I have a broad mix of music I like. I love all eras of rap, I love NWA and Tupac. I love pop music too, I got busted listening to One Direction today, but it’s okay if it makes you happy.
Do you like when people cheer for you?
I definitely benefit from cheering,
Why should people cheer for you?
I give the most watts for cheer. If you cheer for me I really feed off that energy.
What should they cheer?
Anything is fine, including “Go Ellen,” as long as it isn’t mean.
Tell us about the next five years of your racing career.
I’m focused on the Olympics (for MTB). In cyclocross I’m seeking world cup podiums, a World Cup win and another world championships podium. I would also love an elite national title.
Talk about racing against and beating some of the riders you look up to, some of your heroes.
I feel like I have more confidence beating a local racer than a rider like Marianne Vos, but I’m learning to understand that they are all human, they are all beatable.
What do you need to improve?
For me figuring out how to race different types of races because I don’t have all these tricks up my sleeve. I tend to race one way and I struggle with certain different aspects of racing.
Photos by Cyclephotos Balint Hamvas