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Compton nabs victory over Gould

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Katie Compton (Planet Bike) taking the win convincingly.

Katie Compton (Planet Bike) taking the win convincingly.
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The elite women's podium was topped off by Katie Compton (Planet Bike).

The elite women's podium was topped off by Katie Compton (Planet Bike).
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Katie Compton (Planet Bike) climbing away from her competition.

Katie Compton (Planet Bike) climbing away from her competition.
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Sue Butler (River City Bicycles) riding herself on to the podium.

Sue Butler (River City Bicycles) riding herself on to the podium.
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Anina Aaron on the fire road climb.

Anina Aaron on the fire road climb.
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Katie Compton (Planet Bike) all alone as she traverses the ski slope.

Katie Compton (Planet Bike) all alone as she traverses the ski slope.
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Willow Koerber (Subaru-Trek) hammering uphill.

Willow Koerber (Subaru-Trek) hammering uphill.
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Kelli Emmett (Giant) chasing Willow Koerber.

Kelli Emmett (Giant) chasing Willow Koerber.
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Amanda Sin (3 Rox Racing) having a great weekend.

Amanda Sin (3 Rox Racing) having a great weekend.
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Kelli Emmett (Giant) crossing the wooden bridge.

Kelli Emmett (Giant) crossing the wooden bridge.
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Kathy Sherwin (Mafia Racing) leading a group up the ski slope.

Kathy Sherwin (Mafia Racing) leading a group up the ski slope.
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Heather Irmiger (Subaru-Trek) was not having one of her best short track races today.

Heather Irmiger (Subaru-Trek) was not having one of her best short track races today.
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Kelli Emmett (Giant) got a great jump off the line.

Kelli Emmett (Giant) got a great jump off the line.
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Willow Koerber (Subaru-Gary Fisher) crashed on a grassy downhill to lose second place to Kelli Emmett (Giant).

Willow Koerber (Subaru-Gary Fisher) crashed on a grassy downhill to lose second place to Kelli Emmett (Giant).
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Katie Compton (Planet Bike) didn't waste much time in going to the front.

Katie Compton (Planet Bike) didn't waste much time in going to the front.
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Georgia Gould (Luna Pro Team) chasing Katie Compton hard.

Georgia Gould (Luna Pro Team) chasing Katie Compton hard.
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Subaru-Trek teammates Willow Koerber and Heather Irmiger in their new colours.

Subaru-Trek teammates Willow Koerber and Heather Irmiger in their new colours.
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Katie Compton and her husband/manager Mark Legg.

Katie Compton and her husband/manager Mark Legg.
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Willow Koerber (Subaru-Trek) making a move to the front.

Willow Koerber (Subaru-Trek) making a move to the front.
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Georgia Gould (Luna Pro Team) cornering at the bottom of the course.

Georgia Gould (Luna Pro Team) cornering at the bottom of the course.
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In an amazing display of powerful riding, former US short track National Champion Katie Compton (Planet Bike) won at today's USA Cycling’s Pro XCT Subaru Cup. Current champion Georgia Gould (Luna) did her best to stay with Compton, but had to settle for second place.

"The heat was tough," said Compton. "The course had a lot of power climbing, and I had better legs today. I wanted to let someone set the pace and sit in and follow Georgia. I knew she was going to be strong

"After two to three laps the pace started slowing so I just decided to keep the momentum going and got a gap," she said.

Kelli Emmett (Giant), who won last week's short track at Massanutten, finished third. Willow Koerber (Subaru-Trek) crashed mid-race but was able to still pull out a fourth place finish, while a solid rider secured Portland native Sue Butler (River City Bicycles) fifth spot on the podium.

The course at Mt. Morris included one significant climb where all the action seemed to take place. There were also small sections of singletrack and the course actually wound around the ski area base lodge.

Gould did not let up one bit despite what had grown to over a 100-metre gap. "I was closing a little at the end, but I had just one steady speed," she said. "It was hard. I was suffering and just pushed myself as hard as I could."

Butler had one of her best results ever, which she attributed to some time racing on the road. "I have good form after Nature Valley last week," she said. "I did three crits which probably gave me good fitness for this."

Emmett won the start but Koeber was determined to get around her before hitting the first climb. Koerber led for less than two laps when Compton launched her attack.

Compton was chased only by Gould by lap three. There was a large gap back to Koerber and Emmett, who were riding together. Compton was already passing lap traffic by the fourth lap, as her lead grew to 20 seconds.

Koerber slid out at the bottom of a grassy descent on the seventh lap, allowing Emmett to move into third place. She would hold that position all the way to the finish, while Koerber couldn't seem to regain her earlier speed.

At the finish Compton rode in alone to claim victory in the first Pro XCT Subaru Cup short track race.

Full Results

Elite women short track
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Katie Compton (Planet Bike/Stevens/Kenda)0:29:08
2Georgia Gould (Luna Pro Team)0:00:20
3Kelli Emmett (Giant)0:01:11
4Willow Koerber (Subaru-Trek)0:01:26
5Sue Butler (River City Bicycles)0:01:38
6Amy Dombroski (Luna Pro Team)0:02:14
7Amanda Sin (3 Rox Racing)0:02:25
8Heather Irmiger (Subaru-Trek)0:11:53
9Anina Aaron (Grace Law/Trek/Fox)0:11:54
10Chloe Forsman (Tokyo Joe's)0:12:53
11Kathy Sherwin (Maifia Racing Pabst Felt)0:12:54
12Rebecca Beaumont (Team Canada)0:12:55
13Meghan Korol (Mafia Racing)0:13:53
14Erin Disterheft (Team Billys)0:13:54
15Rebecca Sauber (LCR/Ergon)0:13:55
16Abigail Strigel (Trek Stores of Madison)0:13:56
17Linnea Koons (Embrocation Cycling)0:14:53
18Deidre York (Velobum.com)0:14:54
19Danae York (Mafia Racing)0:14:55
DNFAllison Mann (Rock N' Road)

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