Compton wins 11th US cyclo-cross title in Austin

The delayed start of the USA Cycling Cyclo-cross National Championships might have been worth the wait for Katie Compton (Trek Factory Racing), who secured her 11th elite women’s national cyclo-cross title in Zilker Park in Austin on Monday. Kaitlin Antonneau (Cannondale-Cyclocrossworld) crossed the finish line in second place ahead of Rachel Lloyd (California Giant-Specialized) in third.

Compton went into the race as the defending champion and the overwhelming favourite. She had a slow start and was forced to close a gap, and then work her way through the long line of riders to get back into a top position.

“Honestly, I had to be a lot more conservative today because I haven’t been feeling awesome,” Compton said. “I wasn’t quite sure that if I went out too hard that they would come back and get me. I wanted to sit in a little bit, but I may have sat in a little bit too much, and I had to be patient and wait.”

Ellen Noble (Jam-Fund) took the hole shot followed by Courtenay McFadden (GE Capital), Georgia Gould (Luna Pro Cycling), Arley Kemmerer (PB2 Pro Cycling), Rachel Lloyd (California Giant-Specialized), Crystal Anthony (Optum), Kaitlin Antonneau (Cannondale-Cyclocrossworld) and Amanda Miller.

Kemmerer led the race during the first lap, but it wasn’t long before Compton was back in the race and at the front of the field. She opened a gap on the women’s field right away and showed her world-class ‘cross skills through the mud on the technical course.

“I knew I couldn’t go too deep too soon, so I just waited for a good spot and then halfway through I got to the front and tried to time trial,” Compton said. “It was so easy to make mistakes or lose time, and you never know, with mechanicals, how the conditions will change, so if I had a gap I was going to keep it.”

Lloyd started the race having just recovered from being sick for 10 days, which may have played a factor in the final laps of the race for her. After Compton, she led the women’s field just barely ahead of Antonneau.

Antonneau caught up to Lloyd mid-race and moved ahead into second position. The young rider dominated the under-23 ranks in recent years and was racing in her first attempt at securing the elite women’s title.

Lloyd lost her position when she crashed hard mid-race and that allowed Antonneau to almost solidify her silver-medal position on course.

With one lap to go, Compton held a commanding lead and crossed the finish line to secure her 11th elite women’s national title. Antonneau stormed through the finish line in second place and Lloyd held on for third place ahead of a charging Gould in fourth.


Full Results

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Elite Women
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Katherine Compton (USA) Trek Factory Racing0:41:01
2Kaitlin Antonneau (USA) Cyclocrossworld0:00:25
3Rachel Lloyd (USA) California Giant Cycling0:00:39
4Georgia Gould (USA) Luna Pro Team0:00:56
5Crystal Anthony (USA) Optum0:01:35
6Ellen Noble (USA) JAM Fund / NCC0:01:47
7Amanda Miller (1 - Pro) (USA) Boulder Cycle Sport/YogaGlo0:01:53
8Arley Kemmerer (USA) PB2 Pro Cycling0:02:02
9Maureen Bruno Roy (USA)0:02:04
10Sunny Gilbert (USA) Michelob Ultra - Big Shark Racing0:03:22
11Elle Anderson (USA)0:03:43
12Courtenay McFadden (USA)0:03:54
13BethAnn Orton (USA)0:04:11
14BrittLee Bowman (USA) Connecticut Yankee BC0:04:17
15Rebecca Fahringer (USA) JAM Fund / NCC0:04:26
16Hannah Finchamp (USA)0:04:29
17Erica Zaveta (USA)0:04:44
18Carol Jeane Sansome (USA) County Cycles Masters CX p/b Trek0:05:33
19Kathryn Cumming (1 - Cat3) (USA) Team Yacht Club0:05:48
20Laura Winberry (USA)0:06:00
21Erin Faccone (USA)0:06:04
22Christina Birch (USA) JAM Fund / NCC0:06:07
23Chloe Woodruff (USA)0:06:19
24Jessica Cutler (USA) Market Street Cycling Club0:06:34
25Corey Coogan Cisek (USA) The Fix Studio0:06:36
26Rebecca Gross (USA) Vanderkitten0:06:39
27tricia fleischer (USA) ABD Cycling Club0:06:40
28Emily Shields (USA) Hearts Racing ClubRow 27 - Cell 2
29Cassandra Maximenko (USA) Van Dessel Factory Team0:06:43
30Laurel Rathbun (USA)0:06:50
31Caroline Dezendorf (USA)Row 30 - Cell 2
32Marsa Daniel (USA) Sound Velo Cycling Club0:07:00
33Emily Kachorek (USA)0:07:19
34Amanda Nauman (USA) SDG Bellwether pb Krema Peanut Butter0:07:33
35Ally Stacher (2 - Pro) (USA) Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies0:07:57
36Samantha Runnels (USA) Team Super AwesomeRow 35 - Cell 2
37Ellen Sherrill (USA)0:08:18
38Jessica Duppler (USA) Colonial Bicycle Company0:08:39
39Andrianna Zolton (USA) Nemesis0:08:51
40Elizabeth So (USA)0:09:08
41Allison Arensman (USA) K-Edge Felt Cyclocross Team0:09:44
42Danielle Smith (USA) Tenspeed Hero0:09:52
43Katherine Kelter (USA) Team Colavita/ Parisi CoffeeRow 42 - Cell 2
44Julie Hunter (USA) SEAVS/HaymarketRow 43 - Cell 2
45Katherine Shields (USA) Hearts Racing ClubRow 44 - Cell 2
46Avanell Schmitz (USA) Celerity CyclingRow 45 - Cell 2
DNSMeredith Miller (USA) Noosa Professional CyclocrossRow 46 - Cell 2
DNSKatie Arnold (USA)Row 47 - Cell 2
DNSCorrie Karas (USA) BK Training Systems LLCRow 48 - Cell 2
DNSJennifer Nichols (USA) Birmingham VeloRow 49 - Cell 2
DNSSamantha Schneider (USA)Row 50 - Cell 2
DNSVictoria Steen (USA) Lady Gnar ShreddersRow 51 - Cell 2
DNSCaitlyn Vestal (USA) Feedback Sports RacingRow 52 - Cell 2
DNSElizabeth White (USA) University of VermontRow 53 - Cell 2
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Under-23 Women
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Ellen Noble (USA) JAM Fund / NCC0:42:48
2Hannah Finchamp (USA)0:02:42
3Emily Shields (USA) Hearts Racing Club0:04:53
4Laurel Rathbun (USA)0:05:03
5Allison Arensman (USA) K-Edge Felt Cyclocross Team0:07:57
6Katherine Kelter (USA) Team Colavita/ Parisi CoffeeRow 5 - Cell 2
7Katherine Shields (USA) Hearts Racing ClubRow 6 - Cell 2
DNSVictoria Steen (USA) Lady Gnar ShreddersRow 7 - Cell 2
DNSElizabeth White (USA)Row 8 - Cell 2

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