Compton crushes the competition to win in Bend

Seventh consecutive 'cross national title for the American

Planet Bike's Katie Compton won her seventh consecutive title in the UCI elite women's USA Cycling Cyclo-cross National Championship race held on Sunday in Bend, Oregon. The crowds went wild as the world-class 'crosser orbited the mud-laden circuit with a commanding lead ahead of Georgia Gould (Luna Pro) in second and Meredith Miller (Cal Giant-Specialized).

"That was really fun," said Compton. "It was a hard effort and Georgia was riding strong so I knew it was going to be a hard day today. I just took one lap at a time and kept the pressure on and I'm really happy. I didn't start enjoying the race until the last run-up because if something happened I could still make it to the finish."

Compton won her first cyclo-cross national title in 2004 in Portland and went on to win in Providence in 2005 and 2006, Kansas City in 2007 and 2008 and Bend last year. When asked what the seventh title means to her career, Compton replied, "It's the national championships, I love winning and I'm glad that I got a seventh."

Kaitlin Antonneau (Cannondale p/b Cyclocrossworld.com) took home her first title in the Under 23 category ahead of Coryn Rivera (Peanut Butter & Co TWENTY12), who placed second and defending champion Ashley James (Kenda) in third.

"This morning I rode hard but I wanted to conserve because I wanted to win this race," said Antonneau, who finished second in the collegiate women's race earlier the same day. "I rode within myself this morning and then left everything out there this afternoon. I'm so happy to win this because it was my goal all year."

Crowds go wild for Compton

The crowds thickened with the onset of the UCI elite women's field that hosted more than 100 competitors, including Compton, who is currently one of the top ranked cyclo-cross rider in the world. Those who joined Compton on the front row included Laura Van Gilder (C3-Athletes Serving Athletes), Sue Butler (Hudz-Subaru), Georgia Gould (Luna Pro), Meredith Miller (Cal Giant-Specialized), Sally Annis (North East Bicycle Club) and Andrea Smith (Minuteman Road Club).

Warmer weather and sunny skies greeted the women's race, which made for soup-like mud from the previous day's rain to dry, thicken and push back against the rider's every effort to pedal forward. Butler took the hole shot but was quickly passed by Gould, who gained an instant 15-second margin over her competitors, including Compton, who had trouble clipping into her pedals at the start.

"I always try to get a good start because the fewer people who are in front of you means the fewer people can mess you up," Gould explained. "I like to leave it all up to myself to make mistakes and take myself out. Katie caught up to me and kept attacking. She is riding really strong and I just couldn't... I tried really hard but sometimes you try really hard and you only get second place."

Compton pedaled flawlessly around the circuit and made contact with Gould before the start of the second lap. Gould grit her teeth to try and maintain contact with Compton but it was not enough. By the end of the second lap Compton widened her lead to nearly 15 seconds.

"It took me about half a lap to move through the traffic and then catch up to Georgia," said Compton, who took a bike change every lap. "I just wanted to keep going hard and put her under pressure. It was a hard and unforgiving course so I had to keep it clean and not make any mistakes. You can lose 20 seconds in one crash so I wanted to push it where I could, keep it clean and use the road sections to recover."

Compton did not take her lead for granted and continued to increase her margin to her competitors by as many seconds (and in some cases minutes) as possible. Gould maintained her position in a strong second place never letting up in her effort to close the gap to Compton.

"I never go in racing for second place, ever, in any race... I race to win," said Gould. "Yes, she is really strong and a technically good rider but I know that if I am having a good day and everything is coming together then I am capable of beating her. No one is unbeatable but you have to have a good day. She is focused on 'cross and focused on Worlds and she is tough to beat."

Miller spoils Hudz-Subaru's race for third

The race behind the two leaders heated up between the Hudz-Subaru teammates Nicole Duke, who rode most of the race in third place, Kathy Sherwin and Sue Butler. Other notable riders involved in the chase included Van Gilder, Smith, Annis, Barbara Howe (Ibis and the Danger Twins) and Amanda Carey, along with Under 23 racers Antonneau, Rivera and Ashley James (Kenda).

Miller was forced to play catch up after a crash on the first lap that set her back behind the first 15 riders. She slowly worked her way inside the top ten on the second lap and then into the top five on the third lap. With two laps to go she was rode narrowly off the back of the Hudz-Subaru trio. With one lap to go, she caught and passed Duke, Butler and Sherwin powering her way into a convincing third place position.

"It was a mad start," Miller said. "It was about staying calm and not worrying so much about what was going on in front of me and just focusing on my race. There were certain lines that everyone wanted but I just had to take my chances with other lines to try to pass people. I went hard when I could use my power to my advantage. Given the two women who finished in front of me I am happy. Of course I wanted to win but in my mind if I could finish in the top three then I would be happy."

Sherwin led the battle for fourth place over the fly over and up the lengthy staircase toward the finishing straightaway. An unfortunate crash took Duke out of contention however Butler hung on for fifth place.

"I was so happy that those were my teammates," Sherwin said. "We were all giving it everything we had. We were attacking and going out in front when it was our strength."

Full Results
1Katherine Compton (Planet Bike)0:43:48 
2Georgia Gould (Luna Pro Team)0:00:31 
3Meredith Miller (Cal Giant-Specialized)0:03:19 
4Katherine Sherwin (Hudz-Subaru)0:03:37 
5Susan Butler (Hudz-Subaru)0:03:38 
6Nicole Duke (Hudz-Subaru)0:03:51 
7Laura Van Gilder (C3 - Athletes Serving Athletes)0:04:11 
8Barbara Howe (Ibis And The Danger Twins)0:04:17 
9Amanda Carey (Kenda-Felt)0:04:18 
10Kaitlin Antonneau (Cannondale p/b Cyclocrossworld.com)0:04:33 
11Sally Annis (Northeast Bicycle Club)0:04:43 
12Kerry Barnholt (Scott Ritchey)0:04:53 
13Andrea Smith (Minuteman Road Club)0:05:01 
14Alice Pennington (Veloforma)0:05:07 
15Sara Bresnick (Crossresults.Com-Pedalpowercoaching.com)0:05:17 
16Teal Stetson-Lee (California Giant-Specialized)0:05:22 
17Amy Dombroski (Luna Pro Team)0:05:29 
18Arley Kemmerer (Charm City Cycling Llc)0:05:36 
19Ann D'Ambruoso (Ladies First)0:05:44 
20Coryn Rivera (Peanut Butter & Co. Twenty12)0:06:04 
21Maureen Bruno Roy (Bob's Red Mill p/b Seven Cycles)0:06:11 
22Linnea Koons (Embrocation Cycling Journal)0:06:18 
23Linda Sone (Minneapolis Bicycle Racing Club)0:06:45 
24Nicole Thiemann (Team Cf-Mass/Team Cf-Elite)0:06:53 
25Crystal Anthony (Minuteman Road Club)  
26Rebecca Blatt (Central Wheel Of Farmington Ct)0:07:01 
27Serena Bishop0:07:05 
28Lisa Curry (Gallatin Valley Bicycle Club/Ga)0:07:22 
29Devon Haskell (Bike Station Aptos)  
30Emily Thurston (3Rd Rail Cycling Club/Missing L)0:07:35 
31Ashley James (Team Kenda Presented By Geargrinder)0:07:36 
32Shannon Gibson (Velo Bella)0:07:49 
33Kristin Gavin (Team Cf-Mass/Team Cf-Elite)0:07:57 
34Laura Winberry0:08:07 
35Marne Smiley0:08:10 
36Nina Baum0:08:12 
37Sunny Gilbert0:08:13 
38Carolyn Popovic0:08:25 
39Kristal Boni0:08:31 
40Marilyn Ruseckas0:08:34 
41Megan Elliott0:09:08 
42Joele Guynup0:09:21 
43Amy Frykman (Gallatin Valley Bicycle Club/Ga)0:09:22 
44Katrina Baumsteiger (Team Rambuski Law)0:09:28 
45Abby Watson (Embrocation Cycling Journal)  
46Rebecca Bjork (Boise Cycling Club)0:09:32 
47Kimberly Flynn (Scenic City Velo)0:09:33 
48Christina Probert0:09:34 
49Kathy Pruitt0:09:36 
50Corey Coogan Cisek (Team Plan C)0:09:37 
51Anissa Cobb (River City Racing- Ky)0:09:40 
52Erika Powers0:09:52 
53Christina Tamilio (Ladies First Racing)0:10:40 
54Stacey Barbossa (Montclair Cyclists) -1lap 
55Tina Brubaker (Veloforma) -2laps 
56Courtney Dimpel (Bike Station Aptos)  
57Sarah Max  
58Annie Usher  
59Katrina Dowidchuk  
60Erin Silliman (River City Women'S Racing/Fruit)  
61Beverly Chaney (Team Roaring Mouse)  
62Megan Chinburg (Veloforma)  
63Jessica Cutler (Seattle Super Squadra/Cucina Fr)  
64Karen Oppenheimer  
65Kristine Church (Human Zoom Cycling/Human Zoom)  
66Allison Snooks (Minuteman Road Club/Ladies Firs)  
67Megan Lawson  
68Brenna Lopez-Otero (Bend Memorial Clinic Total Care)  
69Hollie Mcgovern (Sert/Sho-Air)  
70Julie Kuliecza (River City Women'S Racing/Fruit)  
71Evie Edwards (Spokeswomen Syndicate Inc./Perf)  
72Emily Shields (Carolina Masters)  
73Michele Bliss (Justin'S / Titus Mountain Bike)  
74Kristin Jo Markham (Team Kenda Presented By Geargri)  
75Katie Declercq  
76Kathy Sarvary (Blue Steel Cyclery)  
77Alexis Ryan (The Team /The Team Socalcross)  
78Katherine Shields (Carolina Masters)  
79Amanda Schaper (Sdg Factory Team)  
80Deb Sweeney Whitmore (Team Card Womens Cycling)  
81Maria Stewart (Team Pacific Velo)  
82Kelly Chang  
83Katie Melena  
84Kendall Ryan (Vrc/Now-Ms Society)  
85Jennifer Herrell-Rhoades (Bicycles Of Tulsa)  
86Cara Applegate (Spokeswomen Syndicate Inc./Perf)  
87Rebecca Finley (Team Kenda Presented By Geargri)  
88Julie Robertson-Zivin (Lake Washington Velo/Hagens Ber)  
89Deirdre Garvey (American Cycling Association)  
90Ellen Ruotsala  
91Elizabeth Lukowski (Capital Bicycle Racing Club/Nyc)  
92Dorothy Wong (The Team /The Team Socalcross)  
93Margaret Thompson (Team Hammer Nutrition) -3laps 
94Penny Collins (Alto Velo Racing Club/Webcor/Al) -4laps 
95Annette Padilla (Celo Pacific)  
DNFRenee Scott  
DNFSarah Jordan  
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