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Compton adds 13th US cyclo-cross title

Katie Compton (KFC Racing-Trek) wasted little time stamping her authority on the USA Cycling Cyclo-cross National Championships Sunday in Hartford, Connecticut, taking a dominant win to earn a 13th consecutive US title.

Amanda Miller (Boulder Cycle Sport/YogaGlo) held off a concerted chase by Katie Antonneau (Cannondale-Cyclocrossworld) to take silver.

"I take every year one at a time, and don't think about the last ones I've won. They're all special," Compton said. "It felt really good to win today."

The lead changed hands a few times on the opening lap, with tight racing on the snow-covered course along the Connecticut River. Antonneau took the hole shot before giving way to Elle Anderson, who looked strong out front in the early goings and potentially primed to challenge Compton's streak.

As Compton began to find her stride, however, Anderson crashed and crashed again on a technical course made all the more challenging by icy surfaces. Before long, Compton was clear and rapidly building an advantage.

"I knew I wanted to get a good start and get to the run-up well, but I was just making small mistakes on the first lap," Compton told Cyclingnews.

"When you're racing on the snow, it takes a little bit of time to get used to the rhythm of it. Pedaling hard is one thing but using the finesse and the technique just to pedal hard but not have wheels slip around underneath you, or slip out and fishtail. So it just took me a little bit of time to get my rhythm. Once I did, then I felt much better the second, third, fourth lap, and I found I was a little smoother."

By the third lap, Compton had cemented a convincing gap over the rest of the field. Behind, Miller worked her way into the battle for second place with Antonneau as crashes left Anderson making up ground.

Powering through the last few laps of the tricky course mostly mistake-free, Compton rolled across the line with no one else in sight on the finishing straight.

After battling neck and neck in the last two laps, Miller finally distanced Antonneau towards the end of the race, nabbing runner-up honours 28 seconds after Compton's finish. Antonneau crossed the line 40 seconds back for the final spot on the podium, with Anderson nabbing fourth just over a minute later.

Compton noted that the icy circuit put Sunday's race among the more challenging championship rides she's pulled off. Still, she managed to enjoy the battle for number 13.

"This was hard. Mainly because you had to really keep your focus," she said. "It's super slippery underneath the snow. The lines were pretty similar from lap to lap, but they were changing from pre-ride. If you got off of them, it's pretty tricky and the bike kind of moves underneath you a little differently.

"It was probably one of the harder, more technical courses, and in a different way. Last year was slippery dirt and climbing. This year it's ice and snow and a little bit flat but you have to accelerate fast. It was fun."

Full Results

#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Katherine Compton (KFC Racing p/b Trek/Panache)0:49:25
2Amanda Miller (Boulder Cycle Sport/ YogaGlo)0:00:28
3Kaitlin Antonneau (Cannondale Cyclocrossworld)0:00:40
4Elle Anderson (Elle Anderson Racing)0:01:46
5Courtenay McFadden (American Classic/Zones)0:02:11
6Crystal Anthony (Maxxis-Shimano)0:02:36
7Arley Kemmerer (Fearless Femme Racing)0:04:10
8Rebecca Fahringer (Amy D. Foundation)0:04:14
9Sunny Gilbert (Van Dessel Factory Team)
10Melinda Mccutcheon (DNA Cotton Sox)0:05:54
11Rebecca Gross0:06:16
12Julie Wright0:06:36
13Emily Kachorek (Squid Bikes)0:06:53
14Laura Winberry (Speedvagen Family Racing)0:07:04
15Danielle Arman (Tenspeed Hero)0:07:19
16Kathryn Cumming (Jalapeno Cycling)0:07:32
17Samantha Runnels (Squid Bikes)0:07:42
18Gray Patton (Freddie Fu Cycling Team)0:07:56
19Cassandra Maximenko (Van Dessel Factory Team)0:08:07
20Katherine Northcott0:08:09
21Caitlin Bernstein (Vive la Tart)0:08:17
22Regina Legge (Green Line Velo)0:08:23
23Allison Arensman (J.A. King p/b BR'C)2 Laps
24Emily Shields (Hearts Racing Club)
25Natalie Tapias (JAM Fund / NCC)3 Laps
26Kathleen Huff (Joe's Garage)
27Jennifer Malik (American Classic Cyclocross Team)
28Campbell Steers
29Erin Faccone (Back Bay Cycling Club)
30Rachel Rubino (Fearless Femme Racing)
31Heidi Wood (333fab CX Factory Team)
32Katherine Shields (Hearts Racing Club)
33Elizabeth White (Bicycle Express)
34Chelsea Weidinger (Mash SF)
35BrittLee Bowman (House Industries - Withings)
36Leslie Lupien (Green Line Velo)
37Rebecca Lewandowski (Rare Disease Cycling)
38Nina Baum4 Laps

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Dane Cash

Dane has been a sports writer and editor for many years, and makes a return to Cyclingnews as a contributor in 2022. He has a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Virginia.

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