Video: Compton ready for US 'cross nationals

Katie Compton (Rabobank-Giant Off-road Team) will vie for an unprecedented eighth straight elite women's cyclo-cross championship on Sunday, January 8 in Badger Prairie Park near Madison, Wisconsin.

The world's number-two ranked 'cross rider was relaxed on Saturday afternoon and looking forward to the next day's competition. Compton spoke to Cyclingnews about her build-up to Nationals, her impressions of the venue, who she thinks will provide her the stiffest competition as well as the demands of designing a training programme which will ensure peak condition for 'cross season as well as her bid to make the US Olympic Team for mountain biking for this summer's Games in London.

Watch Compton contest the USA Cycling Cyclo-cross Championships via live online coverage at Cyclingnews. Both the women's elite championship, starting at 12:00pm CST, and the men's elite championship, beginning at 2:15pm CST, will be available to Cyclingnews readers on Sunday.

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Based in the southeastern United States, Peter produces race coverage for all disciplines, edits news and writes features. The New Jersey native has 30 years of road racing and cyclo-cross experience, starting in the early 1980s as a Junior in the days of toe clips and leather hairnets. Over the years he's had the good fortune to race throughout the United States and has competed in national championships for both road and 'cross in the Junior and Masters categories. The passion for cycling started young, as before he switched to the road Peter's mission in life was catching big air on his BMX bike.