Compton claims sixth straight

National road champ Miller takes silver, 2008 U23 'cross champ Dombroski earns bronze

Katie Compton (Planet Bike) captured her sixth stars-and-stripes jersey at the US National Cyclo-Cross Championships held in Bend, Oregon on Sunday. She displayed exactly why she is the world's top ranked cyclo-cross rider when she soloed to victory nearly a minute ahead of runner-up Meredith Miller (California Giant Berry Farms) and an additional 10 seconds ahead of Amy Dombroski (Primus Mootry) in third place.

"All my titles are special and I always like winning," Compton told Cyclingnews. "Today was tough because the course was so technical and it was changing every lap. The lines were changing and the ice was thawing under the mud and the water. It was a tough course."

Compton is currently the highest ranked cyclo-cross female on the International Cycling Union's (UCI) cyclo-cross standings. She has a total of 1000 points and leads the strong duo from the Netherlands, second placed Daphny Van Den Brand, who has 842 points, and third placed Marianne Vos with 745.

Compton's stellar cyclo-cross season includes prestigious victories in UCI World Cups round one in Treviso, Italy and round two in Nommay, France along with wins in every race she started in the USA. Compton currently leads the World Cup, a first for any American.

"I took the same approach here as I have at the World Cups," Compton said. "With the travel and trying to get some training and recovery in it is pretty tough. Nationals are always harder because I'm never feeling as good as I usually am. I'm really happy to win today. I'm feeling good about the next World Cups, they are tough. My focus is on the World Championships."

US National Road Champion Meredith Miller acknowledged the end of a consistent and surprising cyclo-cross season that was originally intended as a fun way to cross train during the winter months. "I got everything I wanted out of this season and more," Miller said. "It's been a good season and taking a step up each race was great. It started out fun but I also had a lot of expectations for myself. This second place was a nice surprise and I'm ecstatic."

Ashley James (Kenda) won the U23 women's championship run concurrently with the elite event.

The battle for the silver medal

An enormous field of some 100 Elite and Under 23 women lined up to challenge the US National Cyclo-Cross Championships held in the Old Mill District of Bend, Oregon. The day broke with cold winter temperatures and heavy ice but by mid-day the high desert's sun melted the grounds into a hard-packed yet slippery mud circuit. Thousands of fans added to the excitement of the championship event, all lined around the circuit to cheer on their favorite riders.

"Oh my God, it was absolutely amazing," Miller said. "It's so much fun because the entire way around the course people were cheering us on. It didn't matter if you were the first rider or the last rider. Everyone was cheering for you and it made such a difference."

Compton left nothing to chance when she blasted into the holeshot onto the slick mud and headed a long line of renowned American talents. Riders fighting to stay as close to Compton as possible during the opening lap included Maureen Bruno Roy (MM Racing-Seven Cycles), Sue Butler (Cannondale-Monavie), Laura Van Gilder (C3-Athletes Serving Athletes) and Alison Dunlap (Team Luna).

Riders caught behind the mess on the turbulent first lap included Miller, Dombroski and Antonneau along with Kelli Emmett (Giant), Mary McConneloug (Kenda-Seven-Notubes), Andrea Smith (Minuteman Road Club) and Deidre Winfield (C3-Athletes Serving Athletes).

Compton opened a near 30-second margin by the end of lap three riding as smooth and technically sound as one would imagine coming from the top ranked rider in the world. She cleared the off-camber twists and turns with ease, powered up and over the steep run-up and applied pressure and speed to the circuit's lengthy straightaways.

"Amy was riding well and was staying really close for the first couple of laps," Compton said. "So, it was a good race. Once I got through the first lap or two, it was a really technical course, deceivingly technical. I slipped around quite a bit. I had a little slip on the stairs and after that everything came together."

The battle for second looked to be almost sewn up by Dombroski who was fighting to stay half a minute behind the solo leader. Former World Mountain Bike Champion Alison Dunlap maintained a third place position after an optimal start. She gritted her teeth to stay as close as possible to Dombroski.

"I wanted to have a better start than I had but that didn't happen," Dombroski said. "Right off the bat I was chasing. I moved up and kept her close but couldn't reel her in. I went down on the ice with three to go and Meredith ended up attacking me on the pavement. I panicked a bit and should have stayed more relaxed. The next lap I was all over the place and not riding the line that I should have been riding."

Miller used her undisputed strength and power to blind side both Dunlap and Dombroski. She caught and passed both riders respectively with three laps to go. Slick ice amongst the shaded sections of the course caused untimely crashes for both Dombroski and Dunlap who each hit the ground. Their misfortune allowed Miller an opportunity to gain an additional few seconds as they scrambled to pick themselves up.

"I was chasing Dunlap and Dombroski really hard," Miller said. "Dunlap went down in a corner and I passed her and then caught Amy. Then she went down in an icy section and I ended up passing her and was able to keep that pressure and gap on her."

The race continued behind the top three contenders. Dunlap rode in with a respectable fourth place followed by Van Gilder in fifth place.


#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Katherine Compton (Planet Bike)0:41:12 
2Meredith Miller (California Giant Berry Farms/s)0:00:56 
3Amy Dombroski (Schlamm P/b Primus Mootry/clem)0:01:01 
4Alison Dunlap (Luna Pro Team)0:01:56 
5Laura Van Gilder (Mellow Mushroom)0:02:11 
6Andrea Smith (Minuteman Road Club)0:02:13 
7Mary McConneloug (Kenda-seven-notubes)0:02:29 
8Kelli Emmett (Giant Bicycles)0:02:43 
9Maureen Bruno Roy (Mm Racing P/b Seven Cycles)0:03:04 
10Susan Butler ( 
11Deidre Winfield0:03:18 
12Kaitlin Antonneau (Planet Bike)0:03:19 
13Alice Pennington0:03:40 
14Linda Sone (Planet Bike)0:03:53 
15Anna Barensfeld (Minutemand Road Club)0:03:56 
16Kari Studley (Velo Bella)  
17Kristi Berg (Redline Bicycles)0:04:12 
18Ann D'Ambruoso (Minuteman Road Club)0:04:16 
19Arley Kemmerer (Hub Racing)0:04:34 
20Sally Annis (Nebc/cycleloft/devonshire Dent)0:04:42 
21Kathy Sherwin (Velo Bella - Ellsworth)0:04:43 
22Kristin Wentworth (Planet Bike)0:04:48 
23Ann Knapp  
24Kristin Gavin (Temple University)0:04:53 
25Kathleen Hannon0:05:10 
26Kris Walker (Church Of The Big Ring/realcyc)0:05:27 
27Elizabeth Frye (Boone Velo)0:05:31 
28Nicole Duke0:05:39 
29Ashley James (Team Kenda)0:05:45 
30Beth Lyndon-Griffith (Hagens Berman Cycling)0:05:50 
31Coryn Rivera (Proman Hit Squad)0:05:51 
32Nicole Thiemann (Pabst Blue Ribbon)0:05:52 
33Emily Van Meter0:05:53 
34Kristal Boni (Blue Sky Velo)0:06:01 
35Crystal Anthony (Minuteman Road Club)0:06:17 
36Abby Jenkins (Embrocation Cycling Journal)0:06:19 
37Megan Faris0:06:22 
38Lisa Curry (Gallatin Alpine Sports/intrins)0:06:29 
39Barbara Howe (Vanderkitten)0:06:33 
40Marne Smiley0:06:40 
41Kimberly Flynn (Vantaggio/ Specialized Scv)0:06:43 
42Beverly Chaney (Team Roaring Mouse)0:06:47 
43Joele Guynup  
44Tina Brubaker (The Vanilla Workshop-speedvage)0:06:48 
45Elizabeth Marzolf (Hagens Berman Cycling Team)0:07:00 
46Corey Coogan (Ridley Factory Team)0:07:01 
47Anissa Cobb0:07:09 
48Sunny Gilbert0:07:17 
49Katrina (Trina) Baumsteiger (Team Rambuski Law)0:07:19 
50Katrina Dowidchuk (Team DRT/Deep Blue)0:07:27 
51Mary "Evie" Boswell-Vilt (Inland/back To Dirt Racing)0:07:28 
52Serena Bishop (Sunnyside Sports)  
53Laura Winberry (Campmor)0:07:30 
54Amy Frykman (Team Delphine)0:07:42 
55Kristine Church (Humanzoom/ Pabst Blue Ribbon)0:07:50 
56Lauren Hall (Hudz-subaru)0:08:11 
57Devon Haskell (Bh Usa)  
58Kendall Ryan (Socalcross)  
59Dayna Deuter (Church Of The Big Ring)  
60Michele Bliss (Chipotle-titus)  
61Deb Sweeney Whitmore (Bmw/bianchi)  
62Allison Snooks (Minuteman Road Club)  
63Becca Blay (Mafia Racing)  
64Emily Curry (Joe's Garage)  
65Rhonda Mazza (Unattached)  
66Megan Elliott (Black Mountain Bicycles)  
67Shannon Holden (Vanderkitten)  
68Veronica Vega (Sunnyside Sports)  
69Dorothy Wong (Team Cicle)  
70Jessica Cutler (Cucina Fresca)  
71Susan Prieto  
72Lee Smith (Team Group Health)  
73Christina Tamilio (Minuteman Road Club)  
74Margaret Thompson (Team Hammer Nutrition)  
75Suzan Falvey  
76Sami Fournier  
77Emily Shields (Carolina Masters Cycling Club)  
78Emily Thurston (Team Vegan)  
79Katherine Shields (Carolina Masters Cycling)  
80Natalia Gardiol (Cambridge Bicycle / Igleheart)  
81Elizabeth Welliver (Vello Bella - Ellsworth)  
82Karen Oppenheimer (Bend Bike N Sport)  
83Sarah Lukas (Gear Grinder/hyundai)  
84Audrey Brown (Team S&m)  
85Arielle Filiberti (Dartmouth College)  
86Beth Mason (Verge Test Pilot)  
87Annette Padilla (Celo Pacific)  

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