Compton makes it three from three

Wearing national champion stripes, Katie Compton (Trek Cyclocross Collective) pulled off a sweep of Ohio on day three of the Cincy3 Cyclocross Festival p/b Reece-Campbell and United Dairy Farmers.

With soft corners and long uphill straightaway sections between the start, past the pit and through the start finish gate, both the Elite Men and Women brought long lines of riders through the sand pit the first time past the announcer's stand. A solid group of six women made the initial section including: Compton, Katerina Nash (LUNA), Andrea Smith (Ladies First), Kaitlin Antonneau (Cannondale/CyclocrossWorld), Nicole Duke (Natural Grocer's Cycling Team), and Nicole Thiemann (Team CF-Elite).

Closely behind were Amanda Carey (Volkswagen Boise), Maureen Bruno Roy (Bob's Red Mill), Ashley James (NOW Cycling) and an apparently healthier Caroline Mani (Raleigh-Clement). Mani didn't start Friday and dropped out mid race at the CX After Dark Event on Saturday.

Between the long climb to the gazebo and the uphill barriers, Compton took to the front and began shedding the baggage. Nash, Antonneau were on board with Duke flying standby. Smith rocketed through the fast and deep downhill sand a few seconds back followed by a 4-woman chase of Thiemann, Bruno Roy, James and Mani.

It was down to two on lap 2 as Compton and Nash broke a ten second gap to Antonneau on some greasy turns adjacent to the main park road. Behind Duke bobbled in the sand. Looking strong and smooth in the treacherous uphill sand, Carey locked on to Duke's wheel. Mani and Thiemann teamed up as the third group on course. Simultaneously, Rebecca Gross (KCCX/Fuji p/b Challenge Tires) poked her head into the top 10.

As a group of 10-15 fans on the hill at the barriers did "the wave," Compton put in a small gap on Nash, continued the pressure and eeked out a 23 second gap by lap 3. It was single riders behind with big gaps between the top 3. The podium was settled with Compton, Nash and Antonneau. After being under the weather for the first two days, Mani's spark was back. She finished 5th behind Carey. After the race, when asked about how she could overcome Compton's grip on the front, Nash said, "My time will come."

Full Results

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#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Katherine Compton (USA) Trek Cyclocross0:41:49
2Katerina Nash (Cze) LUNA0:01:02
3Kaitlin Antonneau (USA) Cannondale p/b Cyclocrossworld0:02:15
4Amanda Carey (USA) Volkswagon Boise0:03:16
5Caroline Mani (Fra) Raleigh-Clement0:03:47
6Nicole Duke (USA) Natural Grocers Cycling Team0:04:19
7Maureen Bruno Boy (USA) Bob's Red Mill pb Seven Cycles0:04:27
8Nicole Thiemann (USA) Team CF-Elite0:04:37
9Rebecca Gross (USA) KCCX/Fuji p/b Challenge Tires0:04:51
10Andrea Smith (USA) Ladies First0:04:58
11Allison Arensman (USA) Pepper Palace/Spin-Tech Training pb ABRC0:05:06
12Rebecca Blatt (USA) Van Dessel0:05:15
13Erin Silliman (USA) MVP Health Care Cycling0:05:23
14Marne Smiley (USA) Bob's Red Mill Cyclocross Team0:05:34
15Katie Arnold (USA) Bob's Red Mill Cyclocross0:05:48
16Corey Coogan Cisek (USA) Cyclocrossracing.com0:06:28
17Bridget Donovan (USA) Bio Wheels Racing0:08:38
18Jessica Owings (USA) MOAB Cyclocross0:08:53
19Sarah Fredrickson (USA) Speedway Wheelmen-1lap
20Sierra Siebenlist (USA) Matthews Bicycles-1lap
21Elizabeth Cobb (USA) Bob's Red Mill Cyclocross Team-2laps
22Cooper Ambjorn (USA) Team Hungry-2laps
DNFAshley James (USA) NOW CyclingRow 22 - Cell 2


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