Elle Anderson has never been one to back down from a challenge or adventure during her cycling career. The Vermont native and California resident has spent the last three years going through the ritual of packing up her life as an employee at Strava and heading to Europe to race full-time from September through February.
This season her return to Europe will be to race for a Belgian team, proving there are second acts in Amerikaanse lives. Anderson signed with the Belgian Cycling.be – Alpha Motorhomes Ladies team for the upcoming season. Fans can look for Anderson in the black and pink of her new team and her Kuota bike this upcoming season.
Anderson’s contract with her new team is a long time coming for a rider who has been through ups and downs during her career. After a breakout season in 2013, she signed with the European Kalas-NNOF team for a full season of racing in Europe. She had a great start to her European adventure that included several top fives, but a series of illnesses and unfortunate events turned her dream into a challenging situation.
During the past two years, Anderson continued to race primarily in Europe backed by her Elle Anderson Racing program. She showed she is still one of the top American cyclocross talents when she returned to the States in January and took fourth at U.S. Cyclocross Nationals in Hartford. Given the difficulties Caroline Mani and Amanda Miller have faced in finding teams to race for, Anderson’s ability to maintain her own program and race well in the U.S. and Europe has been impressive.
Ever the adventurer, Anderson has had a whirlwind start with her new team. She flew to Belgium for the team announcement and after staying for about 48 hours, she returned to the U.S. to start preparing for the Jingle Cross and Waterloo World Cups.
Stay tuned for more about Elle Anderson’s new team and watch our race reports for the World Cups and European series to follow her European campaign this year.