Compton's national championships run ends with gracious nod to competition

Katie Compton finished third at US cyclo-cross nationals, the first time in 15 years she didn't take the title
Livestream commentator Meredith Miller supports Katie Compton after Compton finished third at US cyclo-cross nationals (Image credit: Pat Malach)

Katie Compton's remarkable 15-year run of US cyclo-cross national championship victories came to an end at Fort Steilacoom, outside of Tacoma, Washington, on Sunday, but the 41-year-old 'cross legend kept things in perspective as she crossed the finish line and spoke with media, as cheerful as if she had added a 16th win.

Compton fell off the lead pace almost immediately in the 50-minute race as eventual winner Clara Honsinger (Team S&M CX) and runner-up Rebecca Fahringer (Kona-Maxxis-Shimano) rode away on the opening lap. From there, Honsinger took over and eventually soloed across the line to take her first elite stars-and-stripes jersey and put an end to Compton's streak.

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Growing up in Missoula, Montana, Pat competed in his first bike race in 1985 at Flathead Lake. He studied English and journalism at the University of Oregon and has covered North American cycling extensively since 2009, as well as racing and teams in Europe and South America. Pat currently lives in the US outside of Portland, Oregon, with his imaginary dog Rusty.