US cyclo-cross and mountain bike rider Ellen Noble has announced that she is taking a temporary break from racing as a pro due to ongoing health issues.
“It’s hard to say out loud,” Noble said in an emotional Instagram post on Dec. 1 announcing his decision. “But I know that for me a step back is the only way forward.”
Noble, 26, was diagnosed with an autoimmune disease in 2018 and suffered an accident earlier this year that fractured his spine in three places. She described her interruption of the race as “indefinite but not permanent”.
“I have been on indefinite sabbatical since October 1st. It’s strange. It is both devastating and euphoric. I feel like I’ve lost so much, but I’ve already won so much more than I thought possible.
Noble, who was a two-time U.S. National Cyclo-cross U23 champion and two-time Pan American U23 champion, has had health issues for the past three years.
“In 2018, I was having the best season of my career when I started to feel bad. It seemed to me that one day I had just lost my spark. My will to win was gone, my energy was gone. My mood had changed and I saw my body change before my own eyes.
After being diagnosed with an autoimmune disease, Noble said she “knew at least what [she] was against ”, but still struggled to find his physical form.
Noble made a return to racing during the disrupted 2020 season, but in April 2021, she crashed during a US Pro Cup mountain bike race in Arkansas and fractured three processes. transverse in its spine.
“When I broke my back, I also broke my health,” she said. “I developed new symptoms that I had never treated before.”
Suffering from a myriad of physical ailments and mental challenges, Noble said she feels “nothing but terror” as the new cyclocross season approaches. After failing to complete the Stem CiderX race in September, she made the decision to withdraw from the race.
“I didn’t even have the courage to feel sad anymore,” she said. “I was just shattered from the exhaustion of the past three years.”
Despite the uncertainty surrounding her recovery, Noble has made it clear that she intends to return to racing when her health allows.
“But for now, I’m turning the chapter of my life to something new,” she said. “I can’t wait to get back to love, to cycle for fun, to cycle with friends. And I can’t wait to get healthy again. I can’t wait to see what this next chapter has in store for us.
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