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Compton cleans up at Blue Sky Velo Cup

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Katie Compton (Planet Bike) all smiles on the podium.

Katie Compton (Planet Bike) all smiles on the podium.
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Georgia Gould (Luna Pro Team) had her claws out today

Georgia Gould (Luna Pro Team) had her claws out today
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Kelli Emmett (Team Giant) is racing on home turf

Kelli Emmett (Team Giant) is racing on home turf
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Barb Howe (Vanderkitten) dressed of course as a kitten

Barb Howe (Vanderkitten) dressed of course as a kitten
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Alison Dunlap (Luna Pro Team) winning another start

Alison Dunlap (Luna Pro Team) winning another start
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Katie Compton (Planet Bike) wasted no time riding away

Katie Compton (Planet Bike) wasted no time riding away
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Georgia Gould (Luna Pro Team) chasing Compton

Georgia Gould (Luna Pro Team) chasing Compton
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Amy Dombroski (Richard Sachs-RGM Watches) riding the slop

Amy Dombroski (Richard Sachs-RGM Watches) riding the slop
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Georgia Gould (Luna Pro Team) running the barriers

Georgia Gould (Luna Pro Team) running the barriers
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Amy Dombroski (Richard Sachs-RGM Watches) running in 5th place

Amy Dombroski (Richard Sachs-RGM Watches) running in 5th place
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Kelli Emmett (Team Giant) looked strong again today

Kelli Emmett (Team Giant) looked strong again today
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A Specialized rider running the hurtles

A Specialized rider running the hurtles
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Merideth Millier (California Giant Berry) riding the Front Range

Merideth Millier (California Giant Berry) riding the Front Range
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Katie Compton (Planet Bike) running the steps with a big lead

Katie Compton (Planet Bike) running the steps with a big lead
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Merideth Millier (California Giant Berry) running the steps

Merideth Millier (California Giant Berry) running the steps
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Barb Howe (Vanderkitten) running the steps in 6th place

Barb Howe (Vanderkitten) running the steps in 6th place
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Lisa Matlock Strong (Natural Grocers) running the muddy course

Lisa Matlock Strong (Natural Grocers) running the muddy course
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Katie Compton (Planet Bike) having to contend with lapped traffic

Katie Compton (Planet Bike) having to contend with lapped traffic
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Georgia Gould (Luna Pro Team) hammering as hard as she could

Georgia Gould (Luna Pro Team) hammering as hard as she could
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Alison Dunlap (Luna Pro Team) riding a solid third today

Alison Dunlap (Luna Pro Team) riding a solid third today
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Merideth Millier (California Giant Berry) riding some off camber trail

Merideth Millier (California Giant Berry) riding some off camber trail
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Alison Dunlap (Luna Pro Team) has great bike handling skills

Alison Dunlap (Luna Pro Team) has great bike handling skills
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Merideth Millier (California Giant Berry) choosing to run a muddy section

Merideth Millier (California Giant Berry) choosing to run a muddy section
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One of the Cat 3 Men had hoped he could slip into the Elite Women's race

One of the Cat 3 Men had hoped he could slip into the Elite Women's race
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Allison Powers (Fuji) staying up through the slick sections.

Allison Powers (Fuji) staying up through the slick sections.
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Alison Dunlap (Luna Chix) leads the womens field from the start.

Alison Dunlap (Luna Chix) leads the womens field from the start.
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Steep muddy run ups made for difficult racing throughout the day.

Steep muddy run ups made for difficult racing throughout the day.
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Katie Compton (Planet Bike) rode by herself right from the start.

Katie Compton (Planet Bike) rode by herself right from the start.
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Fans cheer Katie Compton (Planet Bike) after the steps.

Fans cheer Katie Compton (Planet Bike) after the steps.
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Kelli Emmett (Giant) makes her way through the tight windy section.

Kelli Emmett (Giant) makes her way through the tight windy section.
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Thick mud on the stairs section.

Thick mud on the stairs section.
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Kori Seehafer (Fuji) getting a little sideways through one of the slick turns.

Kori Seehafer (Fuji) getting a little sideways through one of the slick turns.
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Georgia Gould (Luna Chix) finds a good line through the ditch sections.

Georgia Gould (Luna Chix) finds a good line through the ditch sections.
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Meredith Miller (CA Giant Berry Farms) traded in her road bike to get dirty this weekend.

Meredith Miller (CA Giant Berry Farms) traded in her road bike to get dirty this weekend.
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Rebecca Much (Webcor) enjoying her day in the mud.

Rebecca Much (Webcor) enjoying her day in the mud.
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Katie Compton (Planet Bike) is the #1 UCI ranked rider in the world

Katie Compton (Planet Bike) is the #1 UCI ranked rider in the world
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US champion Katie Compton on her way to the win in Boulder.

US champion Katie Compton on her way to the win in Boulder.
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Katie Compton (Planet Bike) showed why she is the number one ranked female cyclo-cross rider in the world with a winning performance at the Blue Sky Velo Cup held in Longmont, Colorado. She outpaced Team Luna duo Georgia Gould who placed second and Alison Dunlap in third.

"Everyone is super excited and super supportive," said Compton who recently won the World-Cup opener in Treviso, Italy. "Even when I was warming up, people were coming up to congratulate me. It feels really good. I love the support here and I love racing here."

Colorado ‘cross attracts roadies

Unexpected winter storms and freezing temperatures two days prior left a five-foot blanket of snow and ice on top of the Xilinx Campus circuit located in Longmont, a short distance outside of Boulder, a cycling hot spot. The sun broke the morning of the race and melted much of the snow leaving behind a hodgepodge of mud well-suited to Compton's technical prowess.

"The race was harder than I thought, but warming up, I thought that today was going to be just one of those days," Compton said. "But then I got out there and it was all about skill today and less about power - not sliding, taking corners smoothly and bike changes. I was able to save a little something for tomorrow. It was really fun and I enjoyed it."

Compton kicked-off the race with a five-second lead over Gould and Dunlap. All three rode cleanly through the off-camber muck while the line of riders behind them slid into one another causing major blockages en route. Facial expressions showed mixed reactions to the muddy circumstances ranging from determination to big smiles and the occasional look of sheer frustration.

"It was a real bike handlers course and really technical," Dunlap said.

"But it got dry as we raced and there were more lines so that helps for sure. Even still we were just sliding everywhere."

Dunlap is a former mountain bike world champion who retired from professional bike racing in 2005. She recently made a return to racing at the start of this cyclo-cross season in September. Her form has increasingly improved after each weekend of racing as works the rust out of her technical game.

"My skills are getting better, every day getting better," Dunlap said at the finish.

"Today I didn't feel that great so I was just really happy to be on the podium. I think my handling was good and I was lucky to have my husband as my pit person so I was able to change bikes every lap."

Colorado is packed with cycling talent and it was plain to see at the state's marquee cycling event. Notable road riders jumping in on the ‘cross fever included US National Champion Meredith Miller (California Giant Berry Farms), National Racing Calendar winner Alison Powers and teammate Kori Seehafer (Team Fuji) and Rebecca Much (Webcor Builders).

"For me it's nice because I can race and have fun without thinking of it as training," Miller said. "It's something different to keep the motivation high especially in Colorado where you have to do a lot of turbo training in the winter."

The race behind the three leaders included Powers, Miller, Kelli Emmett (Giant), Amy Dombroski (Webcor Builders), Barbara Howe (Vanderkitten) and Heather Irmiger (Subaru-Gary Fisher). Miller displayed her versatility slowly moving forward each lap until she reached fourth position.

"I like the road parts, there was a lot of pavement," Miller said. "Any time I can use my power through sections, which helps me. I'm getting better in the mud even though I couldn't figure out the off camber section. Every race I'm getting more comfortable riding through the ruts in the mud. "

Compton rode in with a convincing victory nearly one minute ahead of Gould and two minutes ahead of Dunlap.

 

Results
1Katherine Compton (USA)0:37:00
2Georgia Gould (USA)0:02:07
3Alison Dunlap (USA)0:03:29
4Meredith Miller (USA)0:04:03
5Kelli Emmett (USA)0:04:36
6Amy Dombroski (USA)0:05:08
7Heather Irmiger (USA)0:05:19
8Barbara Howe (USA)0:05:54
9Alison Powers (USA)0:06:12
DNFLisa Strong (USA)
DNFLynn Bush (USA)
DNFSarah Maile (USA)
DNFKori Kelley Seehafer (USA)
DNFKristal Boni (USA)
DNFLora Heckman (USA)
DNFKathleen Hannon (USA)
DNFCristina Begy (USA)
DNFLauren Costantini (USA)
DNFMelanie Long (USA)
DNFLauren Hall (USA)
DNFSusan Prieto (USA)
DNFLianna Miller (USA)
DNFCatherine Johnson (USA)
DNFRebecca Much (USA)

 

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