Noble makes it two wins out of two at Charm City Cross

Ellen Noble (Trek Factory Racing CX) won for the second day in a row at the Charm City Cross in Maryland, USA, on Sunday, having already won Saturday's race on the same course.

Noble quickly established as part of an early five-woman lead group, which also included Rebecca Fahringer (Kona Maxxis Shimano), Kaitie Keough (Cannondale p/b CyclocrossWorld), Sunny Gilbert (Van Dessel Factory Team) and Arley Kemmerer (Fearless Femme Racing), and it was only Keough who could keep pace as Noble pressed on looking for her second win in as many days.

"The biggest factor was the heat," Noble said of a course that had dried out over 24 hours. "Everything else came in second to the heat today. So that was something that added a little bit of a strategy to my race."

Noble pushed clear of Keough as early as the second lap, and continued to open up the gap over the rest of the race, eventually finishing 13 seconds ahead of Keough, with Fahringer some way off the pace in third place, 1:19 down on the winner.

"I actually went from the gun," said Noble. "I was trying not to go super, super hard but I wanted to keep stretching that band throughout the whole day. I wanted to slowly apply the pressure. I never really attacked, but I did put in a little bit of a dig on the climb. I knew that would be a place where weaknesses would be shown.

"I'm really happy," continued Noble. "I don't remember the last time I have won two days in a row at a race. So this is really exciting to put together wins in two pretty different race conditions and race strategies. I'm feeling really good."


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#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Ellen Noble (USA)0:43:28
2Kaitlin Keough (USA)0:00:13
3Rebecca Fahringer (USA)0:01:19
4Sunny Gilbert (USA)0:01:36
5Georgia Gould (USA)0:01:58
6Lily Williams (USA)0:03:56
7Emily Werner (USA)0:04:06
8Jennifer Malik (USA)0:04:18
9Stacey Barbossa (USA)0:04:28
10Caroline Mani (Fra)0:05:07
11Rachel Rubino (USA)0:05:12
12Julie Hunter (USA)0:05:32
13Taylor Kuyk-White (USA)0:05:47
14Natalie Tapias (USA)0:06:02
15Elizabeth Sheldon (USA)0:06:04
16Kathryn Cumming (USA)0:06:29
17Kristen Legan (USA)0:06:37
18Bridget Tooley (USA)0:07:00
19Brittlee Bowman (USA)0:07:24
20Ellie Mitchell (USA)0:07:39
21Philicia Marion (USA)0:07:44
22Taryn Mudge (USA)0:08:21
23Avanell Scales (USA)0:08:44
24Kelly Paduch (USA)0:09:12
25Katrina Dowidchuk (USA)0:09:31
26Karen Talleymead (USA)0:10:31
27Elisabeth Reinkordt (USA)0:11:18
28Alexandra Campbellforte (USA)0:13:05
29Alix Norris (USA)-2 Laps
DNFArley Kemmerer (USA)Row 29 - Cell 2
DNSMaghalie Rochette (Can)Row 30 - Cell 2
DNSShannon Mallory (USA)Row 31 - Cell 2

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