US Racer Recap: World Championships 2014
Now that the dust has cleared from Worlds, for those of you who didn’t tune in this weekend, we take a look back at how the Americans in the races fared.
Katie Compton at Cyclocross Worlds in Hoogerheide. © Thomas Van Bracht
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- 9th: Katie Compton scored the best American placing of the weekend but as the projected winner or (at least) runner-up at the race, problems at the start and a mid-race asthma attack left her struggling and ninth was a tough spot to handle. Still, she was gracious and tweeted, “Tough day at the office. Bad start and asthma issues all race. Proud to keep fighting and finish anyway. Thanks for all the kind messages!”
- 13th: Kaitlin Antonneau was the second American finisher, and tweeted, “Slow start for me today, raced to 13th. Proud of how I raced. No regrets, left everything out there, and had fun!”
- 15th: Elle Anderson, in her first year racing in a World Championship after a long season racking up wins across the US—including the overall win in the US Pro CX Series and a third place in Diegem’s Superprestige in Europe Christmas week.
- 23rd: Meredith Miller, like Compton, wasn’t thrilled with her performance, though she was zen about it when she tweeted, “Well, some days you’ve got it and some days you don’t. Today I didn’t but I gave it my all. Disappointed isn’t enough to describe my emotion.”
- 30th: Crystal Anthony had a mechanical at the start and was forced to run to the pit, and then claw her way back to a lead-lap finish. “After the left turn and dip at the start, someone crashed into my rear wheel from behind in the mud pit and wheel wouldn’t move at all,” she explained to Cyclocross Magazine. “I thought it was the derailleur at the time but actually she rammed the brake arm under the rim of my wheel. I ran to the pit and got a new bike and was so anxious to make up time I crashed that one into the metal fencing, breaking off the right shifter completely (it was dangling from the handlebars) and throwing off my chain. It was pretty disappointing but I fought back as hard as I could. Hopefully better luck next year.”
- 34th: Arley Kemmerer has had some great results in Europe, including two 15th placings in World Cups, but travel and being sick made the weekend hard on her. She tweeted, “That was a TOUGH day! Finished 34. Two weeks of sickness was a tough to overcome. Had a total blast, so honored to represent the USA.”