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Compton claims second victory

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Katie Compton (Planet Bike) proved again why she is the top ranked rider in the world.

Katie Compton (Planet Bike) proved again why she is the top ranked rider in the world.
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Katie Compton (Planet Bike) over the barriers.

Katie Compton (Planet Bike) over the barriers.
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Katie Compton (Planet Bike) on the first lap and already putting time on the competition.

Katie Compton (Planet Bike) on the first lap and already putting time on the competition.
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Alison Dunlap (Luna Pro Team) now has three consecutive third place finishes.

Alison Dunlap (Luna Pro Team) now has three consecutive third place finishes.
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Amy Dombroski (Richard Sachs-RGM) wins today's start.

Amy Dombroski (Richard Sachs-RGM) wins today's start.
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Katie Compton (Planet Bike) leading through the first sand pit.

Katie Compton (Planet Bike) leading through the first sand pit.
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Amy Dombroski (Richard Sachs-RGM) in second position through the sand.

Amy Dombroski (Richard Sachs-RGM) in second position through the sand.
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The Boulder Resevoir near sunrise.

The Boulder Resevoir near sunrise.
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Not all the spectators were interested in the racing in Boulder.

Not all the spectators were interested in the racing in Boulder.
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Meredith Miller (California Giant Berry), the current USA road champion, has dramatically improved her cyclo-cross skills.

Meredith Miller (California Giant Berry), the current USA road champion, has dramatically improved her cyclo-cross skills.
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Former national and world champion Alison Dunlap (Luna Pro Team) had a solid ride.

Former national and world champion Alison Dunlap (Luna Pro Team) had a solid ride.
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Lora Heckman (Peloton Cycles) over the barriers.

Lora Heckman (Peloton Cycles) over the barriers.
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Kate Scheider (Mafia Racing)

Kate Scheider (Mafia Racing)
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Katie Compton (Planet Bike) crossing a plastic pier.

Katie Compton (Planet Bike) crossing a plastic pier.
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Katie Compton (Planet Bike) rounding a corner at the top of the course.

Katie Compton (Planet Bike) rounding a corner at the top of the course.
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Amy Dombroski (Richard Sachs) riding in second place.

Amy Dombroski (Richard Sachs) riding in second place.
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Lindsay Bishop (Mafia Racing) riding in the top 10 today.

Lindsay Bishop (Mafia Racing) riding in the top 10 today.
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Katie Compton (Planet Bike) over the barriers.

Katie Compton (Planet Bike) over the barriers.
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Amy Dombroski (Richard Sachs) was flying over the barriers today.

Amy Dombroski (Richard Sachs) was flying over the barriers today.
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Meredith Miller (California Giant Berry) running the hurdles with ease.

Meredith Miller (California Giant Berry) running the hurdles with ease.
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Alison Dunlap (Luna Pro Team) had no problem riding the sand.

Alison Dunlap (Luna Pro Team) had no problem riding the sand.
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Lisa Matlock Strong (Natural Grocers) running with her bike.

Lisa Matlock Strong (Natural Grocers) running with her bike.
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Sarah Maile (Ventan Mountain Bike)

Sarah Maile (Ventan Mountain Bike)
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Meredith Miller (California Giant Berry) staying on her bike in the sand pit.

Meredith Miller (California Giant Berry) staying on her bike in the sand pit.
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Katie Compton (Planet Bike) with a gigantic lead with one lap to go.

Katie Compton (Planet Bike) with a gigantic lead with one lap to go.
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Kelli Emmett (Giant) on the run-up from the beach.

Kelli Emmett (Giant) on the run-up from the beach.
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Katie Compton (Planet Bike) with a half lap left.

Katie Compton (Planet Bike) with a half lap left.
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Katie Compton (Planet Bike) solos in with a huge gap for the win.

Katie Compton (Planet Bike) solos in with a huge gap for the win.
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Amy Dombrowski (Richard Sachs) and Katie Compton (Planet Bike) have a laugh on the start line.

Amy Dombrowski (Richard Sachs) and Katie Compton (Planet Bike) have a laugh on the start line.
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Katie Compton (Planet Bike) gets an early lead.

Katie Compton (Planet Bike) gets an early lead.
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Katie Compton (Planet Bike) rides solo through the fall leaves.

Katie Compton (Planet Bike) rides solo through the fall leaves.
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Alison Dunlap (Luna Chix) takes a rocky corner in full chase mode.

Alison Dunlap (Luna Chix) takes a rocky corner in full chase mode.
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Kelli Emmett (Giant) riding near the front of the pack.

Kelli Emmett (Giant) riding near the front of the pack.
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Katie Compton (Planet Bike) looking smooth heading through the barriers.

Katie Compton (Planet Bike) looking smooth heading through the barriers.
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Amy Dombroski (Richard Sachs) gets a gap on the rest of the field.

Amy Dombroski (Richard Sachs) gets a gap on the rest of the field.
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Meredith Miller (CA Giant Berry Farms) had a good ride today in the drier conditions.

Meredith Miller (CA Giant Berry Farms) had a good ride today in the drier conditions.
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Meredith Miller (California Giant Berry Farms) going fast near the front.

Meredith Miller (California Giant Berry Farms) going fast near the front.
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Riders make the sandy run on the way to the barriers.

Riders make the sandy run on the way to the barriers.
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Katie Compton (Planet Bike) continues to dominate the field.

Katie Compton (Planet Bike) continues to dominate the field.
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elly Emmett (Giant) making her way over the barriers.

elly Emmett (Giant) making her way over the barriers.
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Amy Dombroski (Richard Sachs) riding solidly in second place.

Amy Dombroski (Richard Sachs) riding solidly in second place.
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Katie Compton (Planet Bike) rode to her second consecutive solo victory of the weekend at the Boulder Cup on Sunday. Runner-up Amy Dombroski (Richard Sachs) outpaced former UCI Mountain Bike World Champion Alison Dunlap (Team Luna) to claim second by eight seconds.

"I felt a little better today, but I still don't feel that great," Compton said. "I was coming into this weekend obviously not fresh, so I have a week to recover with travel and getting to France. Next weekend I'll feel better. This weekend was good for the legs. [It was] good to push hard despite not feeling great and [it was good] working on my skills in the mud and the sand. It always feels good to win, I'm not going to lie."

Compton moved into the lead of the North American Cyclo-Cross Trophy (NACT) series following her double victory in rounds seven and eight this weekend. She admitted that she would like to win the prestigious jersey; however, her battle to maintain her number one ranking in the UCI World Cup standings resumes next weekend in Nommay, France, and she will not contest the final two rounds of the NACT series.

Dombroski shot out of the gates at full throttle and held a commanding lead through the first half lap of the elite women's five-lap event. The Under 23 US National Champion admitted that she has been working on her starts so she won't have to keep burning unnecessary energy catching the leaders at the beginning of each race.

"I've been struggling with my starts big time, and I was just standing on the start line thinking, 'okay, make this one count'," Dombroski said. "It's flat and [being in] the top three was key at this course. As soon as the gap opened up, it was just going to get bigger and bigger."

The circuit was filled with obstacles that included a sandy run-up followed by a wide sandbox. Then there was a set of barriers through an S-turn.

"I really liked the sand," Dombroski said. "I didn't know about that sandy run-up section though, so that took me by surprise. I was warming up earlier, with my final part of it on the road. I heard about the course change, and I was trying to be attentive but it surprised me. I've been working on my running, so I liked that section."

The crowd went wild as Compton moved into the lead and pulled to a sizable 30-second advantage over her competition. By the end of the second lap, her lead had grown to a convincing one minute as she appeared to float over the terrain with ease.

A chase group formed behind Compton. Its riders battled for second. Dombroski shared the rotation with Dunlap and Kelli Emmett (Giant) until she finally broke loose mid-race.

"Kelli was right on my tail on the first couple of laps," Dombroski said. "But then I noticed that Dunlap was there, and I thought 'oh shoot, they are probably going to start working together'. I tried to keep the power on and treated every lap that followed like it was my last. I know, at least with me, that when I get a gap on someone, it's hard to stay mentally strong."

Close behind, US road champion Meredith Miller (California Giant Berry Farms) tried to muscle her way back into the mix, passing Emmett for fourth place on the last lap. Barbara Howe (Vanderkitten) eventually placed sixth ahead of Alison Powers (Fuji) and Lisa Matlock-Strong (Natural Grocers).

Results

#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Katie Compton (Planet Bike)0:42:05
2Amy Dombroski (Richard Sachs- RGM)0:02:47
3Alison Dunlap (Luna Chix)0:02:55
4Meredith Miller (California Giant Berry Farm)0:03:07
5Kelli Emmett (Giant Bicycles)0:03:38
6Barbara Howe (Vanderkitten)0:04:13
7Alison Powers (Team Fuji)0:04:34
8Lisa Matlock Strong (Natural Grocers)0:05:47
9Sarah Maile (Ventana)0:06:30
10Kristal Boni (Blue Sky Velo)0:06:43
11Kathleen Hannon (Freewheel)0:06:46
12Rebecca Much (Hudz-Subaru)0:07:41

One lap down
#Rider Name (Country) Team
13Lindsey Bishop (Mafia Racing)
14Kori Seehafer (Team Type 1)
15Becca Blay (Mafia Racing)
16Lynn Bush (Tough Girl / Scott)
17Cristina Begy (Gates/Spot /Dales)
18Lauren Costantini (Blue Sky Velo)
19Kate Scheider (Mafia Racing)
20Catherine Johnson (Rocky Mount)

Two laps down
#Rider Name (Country) Team
21Lora Heckman (Peloton Cycles)
22Melanie Long (Mafia Racing)
23Lauren Hall (Hudz-Subaru)
24Susan Prieto (Blue Sky Velo)
DNSGeorgia Gould (Luna Chix)
DNSLisa Curry (GAS/Intrinsik)
DNSNicole Duke (The Gear Movement)

 

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