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by Shane Stokes

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Trek XC team signs Ellen Noble and Evie Richards

by VeloClub

At the cross nationals, Ellen Noble finished close enough behind Katie Compton that she was tangled in the winner’s confetti. The seven-second gap was the closest of Compton’s 14 straight wins.

Following a successful cyclocross season in Europe, in the USA and at the national championships – where she took a silver medal – Ellen Noble has signed with the Trek Factory Racing Cross Country team. She will join retained riders Anton Cooper, Emily Batty, and Sergio Mantecon, with Evie Richards transitions from factory supported to full-factory status.

“I am beyond excited to be joining Trek Factory Racing for 2018 and beyond,” said Noble, who will use this year’s MTB World Cup to prepare for another successful cyclocross campaign in 2018/2019. “Going back to my roots and racing mountain on the team that I’ve aspired to ride for since I was young feels like such a blessing,”

“I will be targeting select World Cups, as well as the National Championships. I am so thankful for all the support of my previous teams over the last few years who helped develop me to get to this point. I am very excited to begin racing for Trek again, and begin this new chapter.”

Richards won the U-23 Cyclocross World Championship and steps things up a level. “I am so excited to get this MTB season in full swing with my first pro contact racing for Trek Factory,” she said. “It’s going to be a really busy year with the Commonwealth Games and two World Cups outside Europe, but I like being busy so I can’t wait! It will also be my first full World Cups series, which will give me the chance to race in so many amazing locations and enable me to learn from the team to be the best I can be on the MTB.”

Click through to read more at the Trek website.