“People always ask me what women’s cycling needs the most, and how we can get #MoreGirlsOnBikes. 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.
A little background:
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 Camp 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 14-19. That said, this is just a suggestion. If you feel that your daughter would be a great fit for the camp, but is out of the suggested age range — please contact me.
- 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.
- 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.
I hope to see you at my camp this summer!”