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Compton cruises to victory at Cross After Dark

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Katie Compton (Trek Cyclocross Collective) seemed to be on a mission tonight

Katie Compton (Trek Cyclocross Collective) seemed to be on a mission tonight
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Katie Compton (Trek Cyclocross Collective) is coming off a world cup win in Tabor, Czech Republic

Katie Compton (Trek Cyclocross Collective) is coming off a world cup win in Tabor, Czech Republic
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Kaitie Antonneau (Cannondale Cyclocrossworld.com) after making the move into third place

Kaitie Antonneau (Cannondale Cyclocrossworld.com) after making the move into third place
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Elle Anderson (Cal Giant Berry Farms/ Specialized) got gapped off the leaders and found herself on her own

Elle Anderson (Cal Giant Berry Farms/ Specialized) got gapped off the leaders and found herself on her own
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Mo Bruno-Roy (Bob’s Red Mill/ Seven) got caught up in the crash at the start put pulled herself back to 8th place from dead last

Mo Bruno-Roy (Bob’s Red Mill/ Seven) got caught up in the crash at the start put pulled herself back to 8th place from dead last
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Erica Zaveta (Redline) running the barriers

Erica Zaveta (Redline) running the barriers
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Emma Swartz (Brazen Dropouts Cycling Team) sprinting over the barriers

Emma Swartz (Brazen Dropouts Cycling Team) sprinting over the barriers
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Emily Kachorek (#Ghetomoto) chasing the leaders at the barriers

Emily Kachorek (#Ghetomoto) chasing the leaders at the barriers
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Chloe Dygert (Midwest Devo) clearing the barriers

Chloe Dygert (Midwest Devo) clearing the barriers
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Nicole Duke (Marin Bikes/ Spy Optics) riding in 5th position early in the contest

Nicole Duke (Marin Bikes/ Spy Optics) riding in 5th position early in the contest
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Kaitie Antonneau (Cannondale Cyclocrossworld.com) rode the sand like it wasn’t even there

Kaitie Antonneau (Cannondale Cyclocrossworld.com) rode the sand like it wasn’t even there
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Elle Anderson (Cal Giant Berry Farms/ Specialized) riding the sand pit in fourth place

Elle Anderson (Cal Giant Berry Farms/ Specialized) riding the sand pit in fourth place
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Katerina Nash (Luna Pro Team) rolling into the finish in second place

Katerina Nash (Luna Pro Team) rolling into the finish in second place
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Emily Shields (Mock Orange Bikes Pro CX) finishing up her ride

Emily Shields (Mock Orange Bikes Pro CX) finishing up her ride
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Meredith Miller (Cal Giant Berry Farms/ Specialized) at the finish

Meredith Miller (Cal Giant Berry Farms/ Specialized) at the finish
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Sunny Gilbert and Rebecca Gross clearly had a good time tonight at Kings CX

Sunny Gilbert and Rebecca Gross clearly had a good time tonight at Kings CX
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Katerina Nash (Luna Pro Team) running the lighted barriers with Compton in tow

Katerina Nash (Luna Pro Team) running the lighted barriers with Compton in tow
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Katerina Nash (Luna Pro Team) putting in a dig with Compton glued to her wheel

Katerina Nash (Luna Pro Team) putting in a dig with Compton glued to her wheel
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The Elite Women raced just after sunset

The Elite Women raced just after sunset
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Kings CX was an all-day festival

Kings CX was an all-day festival
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Katerina Nash (Luna Pro Team) was coming off a win the night before

Katerina Nash (Luna Pro Team) was coming off a win the night before
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Rebecca Gross (Raleigh Clement) at the start

Rebecca Gross (Raleigh Clement) at the start
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Emily Shields (L) and her twin sister Katherine even dress alike for bike racing

Emily Shields (L) and her twin sister Katherine even dress alike for bike racing
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USA Champion Katie Compton (Trek Cyclocross Collective)

USA Champion Katie Compton (Trek Cyclocross Collective)
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Caroline Mani (Raleigh Clement) raced with a handlebar mounted light

Caroline Mani (Raleigh Clement) raced with a handlebar mounted light
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Elle Anderson (Cal Giant Berry Farms/ Specialized) has been on a tear this year

Elle Anderson (Cal Giant Berry Farms/ Specialized) has been on a tear this year
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Caroline Mani (Ralegh Clement) crashed out of the race on the first muddy turn after contact with another rider

Caroline Mani (Ralegh Clement) crashed out of the race on the first muddy turn after contact with another rider
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Katie Compton (Trek Cyclocross Collective) wasted no time going to the front of the race

Katie Compton (Trek Cyclocross Collective) wasted no time going to the front of the race
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Elle Anderson (Cal Giant Berry Farms/ Specialized) turned herself inside out to stay with Compton

Elle Anderson (Cal Giant Berry Farms/ Specialized) turned herself inside out to stay with Compton
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Kaitie Antonneau (Cannondale Cyclocrossworld.com) was handling the conditions far better than most

Kaitie Antonneau (Cannondale Cyclocrossworld.com) was handling the conditions far better than most
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Katie Compton (Trek Cyclocross Collective) leading Anderson and Nash through a maze of tape

Katie Compton (Trek Cyclocross Collective) leading Anderson and Nash through a maze of tape
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Sunny Gilbert (Team S&M) running the stairs with Mo Bruno-Roy

Sunny Gilbert (Team S&M) running the stairs with Mo Bruno-Roy
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Rebecca Blatt (Van Dessel) seemed to be having a good outing

Rebecca Blatt (Van Dessel) seemed to be having a good outing
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Katerina Nash (Luna Pro Team) watches Katie Compton ride off into the night

Katerina Nash (Luna Pro Team) watches Katie Compton ride off into the night
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Katie Compton (Trek Cyclocross Collective) put the hammer down Saturday night at the Cincinnati International Cyclocross Festival, winning the premier event, the Cincy3Kings CX race.

The Kings CX race is a UCI C1 event and is held at Kingswood Park in Mason, Ohio, a short distance outside of Cincinnati. The Kings CX race is also the third stop of the Cross After Dark series, which is now led by second place finisher, Katerina Nash (Luna Pro Cycling).

After suffering a race-ending asthma attack on the first day of racing at the Festival on Friday, Compton was relieved to score a big win.

"I just really enjoyed racing tonight," said Compton. "I was feeling better, and I was feeling stronger. Katerina was working really hard, and pushing me quite a bit. It just feels good to win tonight after suffering so badly yesterday."

Race action unfolded quickly when Caroline Mani (Raleigh-Clement) crashed in the first corner of the course, which had become muddy and slick due to power washer run off, and rain from earlier in the week. The crash caused a pile up at the front of the race and Nicole Duke (Marin-Spy) emerged at the head of the pack to grab the hole-shot, followed by Compton, Nash and several others who avoided the carnage. Mani did not rejoin the race, and walked off the course holding her shoulder.

Compton, Nash, and Elle Anderson (California Giant-Specialized) immediately took charge at the front, and started pushing the pace. Finding the dark and muddy track difficult to navigate, Anderson quickly slipped out of the front group, as Compton and Nash began to trade attacks in a tight battle for the lead. Compton and Nash, both former cyclocross World Cup winners, continued to go head to head for several laps, with no obvious leader emerging.

Compton was able to shake Nash in the closing laps of the race thanks to her finely honed technical skills. As Nash fumbled in the sand pit and muddy sections of the course later in the race, Compton took advantage of the opportunity.

"I was trying to accelerate a little bit where I saw her struggle," said Compton. "One of the times I was behind her, she just struggled getting into her pedals, and I knew I could attack there, and then push it in certain spots."

"I didn't quite have the mud skills today," Nash admitted.

"I was definitely a lot more timid. Then I didn't quite clear the sand pit once, and that's where I got gapped. Then I closed it, and got popped again. I put up a fight but I wasn't the best out there today."

Kaitlin Antonneau (Cannondale-Cyclocrossworld.com) made her way up to Anderson midway in the race, opened up a gap, and then rode strongly for the remainder of the night to take third. Anderson struggled in her first muddy race of the season, and was passed by teammate Meredith Miller, who finished in fourth place. Anderson held on for fifth, followed by Duke in sixth.

Katerina Nash was tied with Amanda Miller (TIBCO) for the Cross After Dark series lead going into the Cincy3 Kings CX race, but now sits with a comfortable lead after her second place finish in Cincinnati. The Cross After Dark series will conclude in Los Angeles, at the CXLA, on November 30th.

Racing will conclude in Cincinnati on Sunday November 3rd at the Cincy3 Harbin Park race. The women start at 2:15 PM EST, and the men start at 3:15 PM EST.

Full Results
1Katie Compton (USA) Trek Cyclocross Collective0:40:07
2Katerina Nash (Cze) Luna Pro Team0:00:26
3Kaitlin Antonneau (USA) Cannondale p/b Cyclocrossworld.com0:02:18
4Meredith Miller (USA) Cal Giant Berry Farms-Specialized0:02:42
5Elle Anderson (USA) Cal Giant Berry Farms-Specialized0:04:06
6Nicole Duke (USA) Marin-Spy0:04:21
7Rebecca Blatt (USA) Van Dessel0:05:14
8Maureen Bruno Roy (USA) Bob's Red Mill p/b Seven Cycles0:05:20
9Erica Zaveta (USA) Redline0:05:26
10Sunny Gilbert (USA) Michelob Ultra-Big Shark0:05:36
11Rebecca Gross (USA) Raleigh-Clement0:05:46
12Abby Strigel (USA) Trek Cyclocross Collective0:06:02
13Beth Ann Orton (USA) Team S&M0:06:15
14Emma Swartz (USA) Junior Dropouts-Brazen Dropouts0:06:32
15Emily Kachorek (USA) #Ghetomoto0:06:38
16Allison Arensman (USA) Sophisticated Living p/b Bob's Red Mill0:06:45
17Carolina Gomez-Villafane (Arg) Team Rambuski Law
18Chloe Dygert (USA) Midwest Devo0:07:19
19Elizabeth So (USA) Team TATI0:07:42
20Corey Coogan Cisek (USA) The Fix Studio0:07:45
21Julie Hunter (USA) BikeBeat-VaAssetGroup
22Katherine Shields (USA) Mock Orange Pro CX Team
23Jennifer Nowlin (USA) The Fix Studio
24Meghan Korol (USA) Asheville Cyclocross
25Mackenzie Green (USA) Biowheels Racing
26Katherine Santos (USA) Red Zone Cycling
27Victoria Steen (USA) Team614
28Cooper Ambjorn (USA) Team Hungry
29Sierra Siebenlist (USA) Matthews Bicycles
30Laurel Rathbun (USA) Exergy TWENTY16
31Emily Shields (USA) Mock Orange Pro CX Team
32Samantha Brode (USA) Cleveland Clinic-Carbon Racing

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