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Compton secures solo win

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US champion Katie Compton (Rabobank-Giant) wins the Colorado Cross Classic.

US champion Katie Compton (Rabobank-Giant) wins the Colorado Cross Classic. (Image credit: Dave McElwaine/trailwatch.net)
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Julie Krasniak (Team Rapha-Focus) having a solid race

Julie Krasniak (Team Rapha-Focus) having a solid race (Image credit: Dave McElwaine/trailwatch.net)
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Caroline Mani (SRAM) trying to keep Katie Compton in sight

Caroline Mani (SRAM) trying to keep Katie Compton in sight (Image credit: Dave McElwaine/trailwatch.net)
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Katie Compton (Rabobank-Giant) was in a league of her own today

Katie Compton (Rabobank-Giant) was in a league of her own today (Image credit: Dave McElwaine/trailwatch.net)
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Riders dismount en masse as they approach the barriers

Riders dismount en masse as they approach the barriers (Image credit: Dave McElwaine/trailwatch.net)
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Caroline Mani (SRAM) leading early in the race

Caroline Mani (SRAM) leading early in the race (Image credit: Dave McElwaine/trailwatch.net)
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Nicole Duke (Cannondale)

Nicole Duke (Cannondale) (Image credit: Dave McElwaine/trailwatch.net)
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Julie Krasniak (Team Rapha-Focus)

Julie Krasniak (Team Rapha-Focus) (Image credit: Dave McElwaine/trailwatch.net)
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Caroline Mani (SRAM) has been getting some impressive results lately

Caroline Mani (SRAM) has been getting some impressive results lately (Image credit: Dave McElwaine/trailwatch.net)
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Nicole Duke (Cannondale)

Nicole Duke (Cannondale) (Image credit: Dave McElwaine/trailwatch.net)
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Kaitlin Antonneau (Cannnondale) leaving the beach

Kaitlin Antonneau (Cannnondale) leaving the beach (Image credit: Dave McElwaine/trailwatch.net)
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Jen Hill running in the woods

Jen Hill running in the woods (Image credit: Dave McElwaine/trailwatch.net)
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Georgia Gould (Luna Pro Team)

Georgia Gould (Luna Pro Team) (Image credit: Dave McElwaine/trailwatch.net)
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Amber Rydholm heading out onto her last lap

Amber Rydholm heading out onto her last lap (Image credit: Dave McElwaine/trailwatch.net)
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Alison Powers (Cross Propz) hurtling over the barriers

Alison Powers (Cross Propz) hurtling over the barriers (Image credit: Dave McElwaine/trailwatch.net)
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Sue Butler (River City Bicycles) with Amanda Carey in hot pursuit

Sue Butler (River City Bicycles) with Amanda Carey in hot pursuit (Image credit: Dave McElwaine/trailwatch.net)
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Georgia Gould (Luna Pro Team) at the barriers with one lap to go

Georgia Gould (Luna Pro Team) at the barriers with one lap to go (Image credit: Dave McElwaine/trailwatch.net)
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Katie Compton (Rabobank-Giant) pushed as hard as she could the whole race despite having a massive lead

Katie Compton (Rabobank-Giant) pushed as hard as she could the whole race despite having a massive lead (Image credit: Dave McElwaine/trailwatch.net)
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Newly married Chloe Forsman (Crank Bros) dismounting in the woods

Newly married Chloe Forsman (Crank Bros) dismounting in the woods (Image credit: Dave McElwaine/trailwatch.net)
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Sue Butler (River City Bicycles) chasing the leader through the woods

Sue Butler (River City Bicycles) chasing the leader through the woods (Image credit: Dave McElwaine/trailwatch.net)
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Georgia Gould (Luna Pro Team) running in third position

Georgia Gould (Luna Pro Team) running in third position (Image credit: Dave McElwaine/trailwatch.net)
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The muddy course at the Boulder Reservoir

The muddy course at the Boulder Reservoir (Image credit: Dave McElwaine/trailwatch.net)
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Nicole Duke (Cannondale) on the run

Nicole Duke (Cannondale) on the run (Image credit: Dave McElwaine/trailwatch.net)
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It wouldn't be a 'cross race without beer.

It wouldn't be a 'cross race without beer. (Image credit: Dave McElwaine/trailwatch.net)
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There were lots of vendors all in a row today

There were lots of vendors all in a row today (Image credit: Dave McElwaine/trailwatch.net)
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One of the racers on the front row of the Kids Race

One of the racers on the front row of the Kids Race (Image credit: Dave McElwaine/trailwatch.net)
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Kids' race start

Kids' race start (Image credit: Dave McElwaine/trailwatch.net)
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The pits at dawn

The pits at dawn (Image credit: Dave McElwaine/trailwatch.net)
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Some sections of the course today were quite muddy

Some sections of the course today were quite muddy (Image credit: Dave McElwaine/trailwatch.net)
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Geese flying south as winter approaches the Rocky Mountains

Geese flying south as winter approaches the Rocky Mountains (Image credit: Dave McElwaine/trailwatch.net)
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Kaitlin Antonneau (Cannnondale) warming up on rollers

Kaitlin Antonneau (Cannnondale) warming up on rollers (Image credit: Dave McElwaine/trailwatch.net)
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Caroline Mani (SRAM) riding in second position on the first lap

Caroline Mani (SRAM) riding in second position on the first lap (Image credit: Dave McElwaine/trailwatch.net)
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French Champion Caroline Mani (SRAM) in second place

French Champion Caroline Mani (SRAM) in second place (Image credit: Dave McElwaine/trailwatch.net)
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Christina Begy (Gate Carbon Drive) running across some railroad ties

Christina Begy (Gate Carbon Drive) running across some railroad ties (Image credit: Dave McElwaine/trailwatch.net)
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Judy Freeman (Kenda-Felt) went with the short sleeves today

Judy Freeman (Kenda-Felt) went with the short sleeves today (Image credit: Dave McElwaine/trailwatch.net)
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Endurance star Amanda Carey (Kenda-Felt) having a brilliant race

Endurance star Amanda Carey (Kenda-Felt) having a brilliant race (Image credit: Dave McElwaine/trailwatch.net)
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Nicole Duke (Cannondale) riding at home for a change

Nicole Duke (Cannondale) riding at home for a change (Image credit: Dave McElwaine/trailwatch.net)
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Georgia Gould (Luna Pro Team) rode in third position the whole race

Georgia Gould (Luna Pro Team) rode in third position the whole race (Image credit: Dave McElwaine/trailwatch.net)
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Katie Compton (Rabobank-Giant) running along the Boulder Reservoir

Katie Compton (Rabobank-Giant) running along the Boulder Reservoir (Image credit: Dave McElwaine/trailwatch.net)
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Katie Compton (Rabobank-Giant) running over a log in the woods

Katie Compton (Rabobank-Giant) running over a log in the woods (Image credit: Dave McElwaine/trailwatch.net)
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Katie Compton (Rabobank-Giant) enjoying her victory

Katie Compton (Rabobank-Giant) enjoying her victory (Image credit: Dave McElwaine/trailwatch.net)
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Katie Compton (Rabobank-Giant) running over a set of perpendicular railroad ties

Katie Compton (Rabobank-Giant) running over a set of perpendicular railroad ties (Image credit: Dave McElwaine/trailwatch.net)
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Katie Compton (Rabobank-Giant) went out in front on the very first lap

Katie Compton (Rabobank-Giant) went out in front on the very first lap (Image credit: Dave McElwaine/trailwatch.net)

Katie Compton (Rabobank-Giant Offroad Team) stormed to a win in front of her home-state fans at the UCI C2 Colorado Cross Classic held at the Boulder Reservoir on Saturday. The US National Champion and UCI world standings leader rode away from her competitors on the second lap leaving second place to Caroline Mani (SRAM) and third place to Georgia Gould (Luna Pro Team).

“The race was great,” Compton told Cyclingnews. “I love racing close to home and everyone is super supportive and cheering loudly. Boulder is such a nice place to be in the fall, even after a snow storm which made things a little trickier today. My form is getting better and I've been able to get some good training in these last couple of weeks so that makes me feel better too. I'm excited for the rest if the season.”

A highly competitive women’s field lined up at the starting gates that included US National Champion and UCI world cyclo-cross leader Katie Compton (Rabobank-Giant Offroad), who returned to her home in Colorado to resume domestic racing after a recent win at the first World Cup in Plzen, Czech Republic.

Her competitors included Gould and Mani along with Sue Butler (River City Racing), Nicole Duke and Kaitlin Antonneau (Cannondale p/b Cyclocrossworld.com). Mani was the fastest off the line and led her rivals through the first half of the opening lap of the Elite women’s 40-minute race. Recent snow fall melted and gave way to sections of mud on what is typically a dry and dusty course at the Boulder Reservoir.

According to event promoter Aaron Bouplon, parts of the course were cut out with a Bobcat and led through sandier sections of the beach in an effort to resemble the terrain of this year’s UCI World Championships held in Koksijde, Belgium.

“The course was totally different than in years past,” Compton said. “There was more mud because of the snow melt and some good sand sections and a lot more turns with hard accelerations. I loved the course and think the designers and promoter did a really great job with it. It was hard and you had to focus all the way around.”

“I don't think there is anything course like Koksijde but this one did have some good sand elements and hard sections that made it challenging and you had to ride the ruts well in order to ride smooth and fast so that part was similar to Koksijde,” she said. “I've raced this race many times and this year it felt completely different, but in a good way. Initially I would have liked a little more beach time but with the mud and the dismounts each lap it was plenty hard and plenty fun.”

It seemed only a matter of time before Compton would put her proven ‘cross strengths at the front of the race. She opened a near 30-second lead on the second lap leaving Gould, Mani and Duke in a desperate chase. A second chase group formed that included Butler, Alice Pennington and Amanda Carey, among others.

“The course was great but I have not raced it since 2007,” Butler said. “I’ve avoided it because of the altitude and last year I got really sick and couldn’t come. I thought it was fun and snow made it nice with some muddy and slippery stuff, it was not a dry or fast race. The start was a little bit jumbled because we were misinformed about the start.”

“After the start, Katie was off the front and there were a few people and I was sitting in fourth,” she said. “Knowing how to race at altitude, I settled into my own pace. Alice got around me, so I was in fifth, and I focused on riding my own race. There were no groups together, everyone seemed to be singled out. I rode with Carey for a while but made a small mistake and I got away.”

Full Results

1Katherine Compton (USA) Rabobank-Giant Off-Road Team0:42:04
2Caroline Mani (Fra) SRAM0:01:11
3Georgia Gould (USA) Luna Pro Team0:01:40
4Nicole Duke (USA) Cannondale p/b Cyclocrossworld0:02:09
5Susan Butler (USA) River City Bicyles-Ridley0:02:38
6Amanda Carey (USA)0:02:54
7Kelsy Bingham (USA) Roosters-Bikers Edge0:03:27
8Heather Irmiger (USA)0:03:38
9Alison Powers (USA) Cross Propz0:03:40
10Alice Pennington (USA) Team S&M0:03:54
11Kaitlin Antonneau (USA) Cannondale p/b Cyclocrossworld0:04:34
12Chloe Forsman (USA) Race Club 110:04:59
13Sarah Maile (USA) Ventana Mountain Bikes0:05:08
14Lisa Hudson (USA) Feedback Sports0:05:26
15Sage Wilderman (USA)
16Melanie Long (USA) Tough Girl-Scott
17Rebecca Blatt (USA)0:05:37
18Emily Thurston (USA) Stevens0:05:46
19Flora Duffy (USA)0:05:51
20Catherine Johnson (USA) Service Course-WBR0:06:02
21Kristin Weber (USA)0:06:10
22Kate Powlison (USA) The Service Course-WBR0:06:37
23Judy Freeman (USA)0:07:19
24Amber Rydholm (USA) GS Boulder
25Shannon Gibson (USA) Stans's NoTubes Elite Cyclocross Team0:07:34
26Lynn Bush (USA) Tough Girl-Scott0:08:31
27Jennifer Hill (USA) Rivet SG0:09:09
28Cristina Begy (USA) Gates Carbon Drive
29Kaila Hart (USA)
DNSMeredith Miller (USA) California Giant-Specialized
DNSTeal Stetson-Lee (USA) California Giant-Specialized
DNFJulie Krasniak (Fra) Team Rapha-Focus

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