Today at what most consider to be the nation’s most historic cyclocross race, New-England-native-turned-Californian Elle Anderson, now of Cal-Giant, took her third win out of the last three races she entered: both days of the Trek CXC Cup in Madison, Wisconsin last week, and now Day 1 at Gloucester. We featured Anderson back in Issue 20 of CXM as an up-and-comer in the cyclocross scene, and it seems as though her time has come.
On her win at Gloucester… I’m a little bit in disbelief, actually! I had a pretty good start and got in a group of four. It was pretty fast all along, but fun, and we had some good dynamics. It was super hard and for the first bit of the race I didn’t know if I was even feeling that good but I was by the last lap so I just went for it.
The win in Wisconsin and now this… It’s all flown by so quickly, it’s hardly sunk in!
Her new bikes… I love my new Specialized bikes, I’m on the Crux, all dialed in and the hydraulic brakes are really blowing me away right now. I’d never been on disc brakes before and the hydraulics are something else! I do think it’s a huge difference, and I was dubious before! But my equipment is so dialed, the support is amazing, and I really love my teammates.
Her new team… I love the new team. It is absolutely awesome. It’s been great to be on a team with Meredith Miller and learn from her and race with her. We’re having a blast!
Goals for the rest of the season… Maybe but I haven’t even started to think that far ahead yet! It’s hard because it’s such a long season. I couldn’t be more excited about my form right now but it’s also hard to think about January and how far away that is. Hopefully I keep getting fitter! But we’ll have to see how that goes.
On her training… I’m working with the same coach, Steve Weller. I think we just kept building each year. This is my fifth or sixth year racing and every year I’ve had fitness gains, it’s been that story all along. It’s a great place to be.
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