Compton races to 10th US cyclo-cross title

Katie Compton obliterated a 111-woman field in Boulder, Colorado, to win her tenth consecutive US cyclocross national title by a whopping 49 seconds. California Giant's Elle Anderson chased alone in the whipping wind to take silver, and teammate Meredith Miller clawed her way up late in the race to snatch third from Optum-Kelly Benefit Strategies' Crystal Anthony. "It's crazy," a smiling Compton said of her 10-win nationals streak. "I'm taking one at a time. Today felt really good."

On a dry course at high altitude, the 26-year-old Anderson charged out early but was soon caught and dropped by Compton, who railed around the course, often cornering low in the handlebar drops. "It was a great day out there," Anderson said of her third 'cross nationals. "It's a real honor to ride with Katie. I gave it my best shot. Katie came steamrolling by me, and kudos to her, because I could not hold her wheel."

With wind gusting up to 35mph/56kph, holding a wheel offered some shelter for chasing riders, especially through the straight headwind on the wide-open finishing straight of the 3.4km course. In the early laps, Optum's Anthony chased with Raleigh's Nicole Duke in tow, as behind Cal Giant's Miller battled her way through traffic.

After sitting out this cyclocross season, Olympic mountain bike silver medallist Georgia Gould couldn't help but pull the 'cross bike out of the garage with nationals held just an hour from her hometown of Fort Collins, Colorado. Racing in a blue Luna skinsuit, Gould moved up from a mediocre start into a decent position, and settled into chasing in fifth place.

With Compton long gone and Anderson having all but wrapped up second, the battle was on for third, as Miller finally clawed onto Anthony's wheel in the final lap. "With two laps to go I began to believe I could catch her," Miller said. Once she caught Anthony, Miller tucked into the draft when possible. "I was hanging on for a little recovery, and I knew I needed to make her do a little work and bide my time until I came around. And I felt pretty confident that if I came around the last corner in front of her I'd have it."

As with the Cal Giant podium sweep in the U23 men's race, the Cal Giant women weren't racing team tactics — it was every woman for herself. "Elle took off right away," Miller said. "Rachel and I were together for a little bit, but then she faded.… there were no team tactics today." Compton made an early bike change on the first lap as she was concerned that the front tire had a slow leak, but neither mechanicals nor wind nor any of the 110 women behind her could keep her from the top step.

Now 36, Compton is enjoying the confidence that comes with success. Heading into Worlds, she isn't worried about what type of training to do, she's just focusing on rest and execution.

"This year I haven't done anything different," Compton said of her training. "My big thing is that I need to be rested and recovered to ride fast. As I get older, I'm being more efficient with my training. I'm not so hard on myself. I like to do too much. But I'm getting to the point where I'm okay doing less. If I'm tired, it's okay to recover. I like to train, but sitting on the couch is not so bad either."

Compton will have a little time to sit on the couch before heading back to Europe next week to prepare for Worlds in the Netherlands. With Marianne Vos again as the favorite for the title, Compton, who has finished second at worlds, is hopeful she can give Vos a run for the money.

"This year I'll probably have the best fitness I've ever had," Compton said. "I continue to feel better and better. Hopefully I can continue on this path, get some good training in and come into Worlds just feeling strong and have a good day. Marianne is always riding fast so I want to go out, ride well and feel good and hopefully it won't be too cold in Hoogerheide." 

The women's Under-23 race was raced simultaneously but scored separately from the women's elite competition. Cannondale-Cyclocrossworld's Kaitlin Antonneau, fresh off a collegiate nationals win on Saturday, took the U23 title ahead of Ellen Noble (Trek Cyclocross Collective) and Hannah Finchamp (Team Luna Chix).

Results

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#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Katherine Compton (Trek Cyclocross Collective)0:42:36
2Elle Anderson (California Giant Cycling)0:00:49
3Meredith Miller (California Giant Cycling)0:01:19
4Crystal Anthony (Team Optum p/b Kelly Benefit St)0:01:20
5Georgia Gould (LUNA PRO TEAM)0:01:31
6Rachel Lloyd (California Giant Cycling)0:01:39
7Kaitlin Antonneau (Cannondale pb Cyclocrossworld)0:02:06
8Nicole Duke (Marin Bikes/SPY)0:02:32
9Chloe Woodruff (Crankbrothers Race Club)0:03:14
10Maureen Bruno Roy (Bob's Red Mill p/b Seven Cycles)0:03:32
11Arley Kemmerer (Charm City Cycling LLC)0:03:49
12Ellen Noble (Trek Cyclocross Collective)0:03:50
13Amanda Nauman (SDG Felt)0:04:07
14Sunny Gilbert (Michelob Ultra - Big Shark Raci)0:04:16
15Emily Kachorek (#GHETOMOTO)0:04:20
16Hannah Finchamp (Team LUNA Chix)0:04:29
17Melissa Barker (GS Boulder/Organic India)0:04:45
18Judy Freeman (Crankbrothers Race Club)0:05:06
19Jessica Cutler (Market Street Cycling Club)0:05:15
20Allison Arensman (Bob's Red Mill Cyclocross)0:05:33
21Nicole Thiemann (Team CF)0:05:47
22Ally Stacher (Specialized-Lululemon)0:05:50
23Elizabeth White (University of Vermont)0:05:51
24Ksenia Lepikhina (Trail Master Coaching)0:05:53
25Rebecca Gross (Donnelly Sports)Row 24 - Cell 2
26Julie Hunter (Phaup St. Journal)0:05:57
27Sofia Gomez Villafane0:06:05
28Karen Hogan (Team Kappius)0:06:15
29Christina Gokey-Smith (Colonel's /Sho-Air)0:06:20
30Kristin Weber (Boulder Cycle Sport)0:06:21
31Caitlyn Vestal (Feedback Sports Racing)0:06:26
32Rebecca Blatt (Van Dessel Factory Team)0:06:28
33Laurel Rathbun (TWENTY16 Pro Cycling)0:06:50
34Kristal Boni (Rapid Racing)0:06:51
35Lisa Hudson (Feedback Sports Racing)0:06:52
36Christina Birch (Tenet Racing)0:06:53
37Catherine Moore (Squadra Di Servitori)0:06:58
38Emma Swartz (Brazen Dropouts)0:06:59
39Beth Ann Orton (Team S&M)Row 38 - Cell 2
40Ellen Sherrill (Bicycle Bluebook/HRS/Rock Lobst)0:07:00
41Katherine Northcott (Ness Team New England)0:07:02
42Alice Pennington (LUNA PRO TEAM)0:07:10
43Kelly Catlin (NorthStar Development)0:07:14
44Kathryn Cumming (Team Yacht Club)0:07:19
45Kristen Peterson (Evol Elite Racing)0:07:36
46Katie Melena (Bicycle Blue Book/HRS/Rock Lobs)0:07:37
47Erica Zaveta (Team Redline)0:07:38
48Kate Powlison (Evol Elite Racing)0:07:39
49Margell Abel (Natural Grocers Cycling Team)0:07:40
50Rebecca Fahringer (Jam Fund/NCC)0:07:41
51Carol Jeane Sansome (Grand Performance Cyclocross Te)Row 50 - Cell 2
52Jessica D'Amato (Evol Elite Racing)0:08:00
53Emily Shields (Mock Orange Bikes)0:08:02
54Alexis Skarda (Colorado Mesa University)0:08:04
55Brianne Marshall (Tough Girl Cycling)0:08:13
56Brittlee Bowman (Connecticut Yankee BC)0:08:15
57Emma Dunn (Feedback Sports Racing)0:08:27
58Sarah Sturm (Bear Development Team)0:08:33
59Heidi Beck (Twin Six)0:08:53
60Nina Baum (Stan's NoTubes P/b Proferrin)0:10:13
61Nicole Brandt (Velo Club LaGrange)- 2 laps
62Meghan Korol (Asheville Cyclocross)Row 61 - Cell 2
63Emily Zinn (Naked Women's Racing)Row 62 - Cell 2
64Lauren CostantiniRow 63 - Cell 2
65Mackenzie Woodring (Foundry Cycles)Row 64 - Cell 2
66Kristie Arend (Boulder Running Company Cycling)Row 65 - Cell 2
67Corey Coogan Cisek (The Fix Studio)Row 66 - Cell 2
68Jauron Vetter (Blue Steel Cyclery)Row 67 - Cell 2
69Tracy Yates (Tough Girl Cycling)Row 68 - Cell 2
70Jennifer Nowlin (The Fix Studio)Row 69 - Cell 2
71Michele Bliss (Team Small Batch)Row 70 - Cell 2
72Melissa Seib (Bikeman.com)Row 71 - Cell 2
73Elizabeth So (Team TATI)Row 72 - Cell 2
74Cooper Ambjorn (Team Hungry)Row 73 - Cell 2
75Madelaine Melcher (The TEAM)Row 74 - Cell 2
76Elizabeth Barcheck (Team Small Batch)Row 75 - Cell 2
77Victoria Gates (Tenet Racing)Row 76 - Cell 2
78Victoria Steen (Team Six One Four)Row 77 - Cell 2
79Leslie Timm (Ladies' First)Row 78 - Cell 2
80Kelly Chang (SYCIP RACING)Row 79 - Cell 2
81Tiziana Dehorney (Get Out! New Mexico)Row 80 - Cell 2
82Emily Phillips (Ladies' First)Row 81 - Cell 2
83Erin DonohueRow 82 - Cell 2
84Alyssa Severn (Team Yacht Club)Row 83 - Cell 2
85Cristienne Beam (Tough Girl Cycling)Row 84 - Cell 2
86Mackenzie Green (NorthStar Development)Row 85 - Cell 2
87Jenna Blandford (VO2)Row 86 - Cell 2
88Kristine Church (Peanut Butter & Co. Human Zoom)Row 87 - Cell 2
89Susan Adamkovics (Naked Women's Racing)Row 88 - Cell 2
90Molly Hurford (Colavita Racing Inc.)- 3 laps
91Anna Milton (Ladies' First)Row 90 - Cell 2
92Erin Mascelli (SRAM Factory)Row 91 - Cell 2
93Victoria Sama (Adventures Edge)Row 92 - Cell 2
94Luci Olewinski (Rockstart Games/Signature Cycle)Row 93 - Cell 2
95Stephanie Thompson (WD Racing / NYC Velo)Row 94 - Cell 2
96Mckenzie Melcher (The TEAM)Row 95 - Cell 2
97Lindsay Knight (Heritage Race Club)Row 96 - Cell 2
98Ariana Dittmer (COMototion Sports)Row 97 - Cell 2
99Kimberly Nuffer (Boulder Orthopedics)Row 98 - Cell 2
100Missy Hardeman (Squadra Di Servitori)Row 99 - Cell 2
101Marian Mead (GS Boulder/Organic India)Row 100 - Cell 2
102Jessica Bernstein (Boulder Running Company Cycling)Row 101 - Cell 2
103Bethany Kobza (Portland Bicycle Studio)Row 102 - Cell 2
104Lorna Pomeroy (GS Boulder/Organic India)Row 103 - Cell 2
105Alex Christofalos (Kona)Row 104 - Cell 2
106Deirdre Garvey (High Peaks Masters)Row 105 - Cell 2
107Nathalie KrantzRow 106 - Cell 2
108Katherine Shields (Mock Orange Bikes)- 4 laps
DNFCourtenay Mcfadden (Bicycle Bluebook/HRS/Rock Lobst)Row 108 - Cell 2
DNFEmma White (Cyclocrossworld)Row 109 - Cell 2
DNFChloe Dygert (Midwest Development Cycling Inc)Row 110 - Cell 2
DNSAmanda Carey (Stan's No Tubes)Row 111 - Cell 2
DNSLindsay Zucco (PSIMET Racing)Row 112 - Cell 2
DNSJennifer Herrell-Rhoades (Midwest Cycling Community NE)Row 113 - Cell 2
DNSMelanie Starr Walker (GPM Sport)Row 114 - Cell 2
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U23 Women
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Kaitlin Antonneau (Cannondale pb Cyclocrossworld)0:44:42
2Ellen Noble (Trek Cyclocross Collective)0:01:44
3Hannah Finchamp (Team LUNA Chix)0:02:23
4Allison Arensman (Bob's Red Mill Cyclocross)0:03:27
5Elizabeth White (University of Vermont)0:03:45
6Ksenia Lepikhina (Trail Master Coaching)0:03:47
7Sofia Gomez Villafane0:03:59
8Laurel Rathbun (TWENTY16 Pro Cycling)0:04:44
9Emma Swartz (Brazen Dropouts)0:04:53
10Kelly Catlin (NorthStar Development)0:05:08
11Emily Shields (Mock Orange Bikes)0:05:56
12Melissa Seib (Bikeman.com)Row 11 - Cell 2
13Madelaine Melcher (The TEAM)Row 12 - Cell 2
14Victoria Gates (Tenet Racing)Row 13 - Cell 2
15Tiziana Dehorney (Get Out! New Mexico)Row 14 - Cell 2
16Erin DonohueRow 15 - Cell 2
17Mackenzie Green (NorthStar Development)Row 16 - Cell 2
18Anna Milton (Ladies' First)- 3 laps
19Mckenzie Melcher (The TEAM)Row 18 - Cell 2
20Ariana Dittmer (COMototion Sports)Row 19 - Cell 2
21Alex Christofalos (Kona)Row 20 - Cell 2
22Nathalie KrantzRow 21 - Cell 2
23Katherine Shields (Mock Orange Bikes)- 4 laps
DNFEmma White (Cyclocrossworld)Row 23 - Cell 2
DNFChloe Dygert (Midwest Development Cycling Inc)Row 24 - Cell 2

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