After just one year of racing in the American professional cyclocross scene, Elle Anderson got the chance to join a European team and race full time in Belgium. It’s the stuff dreams are made of for young American bike racers. But reality turned out to be more nightmare than dream. A series of compounding events left Elle deeply depressed and struggling on and off the bike.
“Dirt Rhodes,” “Long Note Two,” “Static Motion”
Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
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A relative newcomer to the sport of cyclocross, Elle Anderson came into this season swinging hard. She bagged four wins in a row, taking the top step on both days of the Trek CXC Cup and both days of the Grand Prix of Gloucester. To the casual cyclocross observer, it seemed like Anderson had simply appeared out of thin air. I spoke to her about her success so far this season and how it’s shaping her cycling goals, her short career as a cyclist and long history as an elite athlete, balancing a non-racing career with her high-level racing, and much more.