Ellen Noble takes 'indefinite' step back from professional cycling

Ellen Noble last raced in Waterloo, Wisconsin in 2019
Ellen Noble last raced in Waterloo, Wisconsin in 2019 (Image credit: Dejan Smaic)

American cyclo-cross and mountain bike rider Ellen Noble has announced she is taking a temporary break from racing as a professional due to ongoing health problems.

“It’s hard to say out loud,” Noble said in an emotional message on Instagram on December 1 announcing her decision. “But I know that, for me, a step back is the only way forward.” 

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Matilda Price is a freelance cycling journalist and digital producer based in the UK. She is a graduate of modern languages, and recently completed an MA in sports journalism, during which she wrote her dissertation on the lives of young cyclists. Matilda began covering cycling in 2016 whilst still at university, working mainly in the British domestic scene at first. Since then, she has covered everything from the Tour Series to the Tour de France. These days, Matilda focuses most of her attention on the women’s sport, writing for Cyclingnews and working on women’s cycling show The Bunnyhop. As well as the Women’s WorldTour, Matilda loves following cyclo-cross and is a recent convert to downhill mountain biking.