Katie Compton on her way to a crushing win at Boulder Cup 2009. © Dejan Smaic / sportifimages.com

Katie Compton on her way to a crushing win at Boulder Cup 2009. © Dejan Smaic / sportifimages.com

by Brook Watts

No one could have blamed the media for making use of carbon paper to draft their stories of the Boulder Cup race Sunday.  Recycling the story from Saturday’s Blue Sky Cup could have saved time and would have been 99% accurate.

Consider Katie Compton’s replay runaway victory – the only change to that story line was Amy Dombroski’s superb second-place performance after a less spectacular sixth on Saturday.   Or take Giant Bicycle’s Adam Craig, his 4th place ride on Saturday set the stage for a potential threat to Cannondale/CyclocrossWorld.com domination on Sunday that unfortunately never developed for the National Short Track Champion on Sunday.

A thousand or so spectators came out on a sunny and warm day that had many wondering why the course change a few days earlier.  The Boulder Reservoir course, a late substitution for the traditional Harlow Platts Park in Boulder because of an early season snowstorm that dumped up to 20 inches in some s[pots. Course conditions were fast and dry Sunday afternoon for the 30 Elite Women and 69 Elite Men after the Colorado sun baked it in 60 degrees temperatures all day Saturday and Sunday morning..  The 2.5 km course featured multiple sand stretches including a 150 meter section used just by the men’s field that succeeded in the goal of making laps times longer because of the long run.  Even with the sand run the lap times for the men still hovered in the 6:00 range.

Compton continues win streak

Katie Compton (Planet Bicycle)  was clearly on a mission to use the Boulder Cup as training for her upcoming World Cup race in Nommay France.  She stormed from the gun and quick overtook the fast-starting Amy Dombroski (Richard Sachs – RGM) then never looked back.  With an eight second gap by the end of lap one she piled on more time each lap to finish almost three minutes on the eventual second place Dombroski with Alison Dunlap (Luna Chix) a few seconds back holding off Meredith Miller (Cal Giant Berry Farm) who’s been showing great strides in her cross development.  Kelli Emmett (Giant Bicycles) faded to fifth after a strong early race that saw her battling for a podium spot. 

Boulder Cup Elite Women from Michael Beck

Each lap through the Northwave Sand Pit of Doom Compton looked like a a smooth machine while other riders struggled to keep a straight line and make it thorough cleanly.  With Koksijde and its famed sand looming in her November race program it looked even more like a training ride.

With the absence of North American Cyclocross Trophy series leader Natasha Elliot, and nobody placed high enough to dislodge her from the top spot, the awards ceremony was absent the NACT jersey presentation.  Elliot will hold her lead until the final series races in South Hampton NY later in the month.

Johnson spearheads another podium sweep

Johnson in the NACT leader's jersey. © Dejan Smaic / sportifimages.com

Johnson in the NACT leader's jersey. © Dejan Smaic / sportifimages.com

The men’s side started out like a greyhound race with Jeremy Powers playing the rabbit for a strong group of pursuers that included his Cannondale/CyclocrossWorld.com teammates Tim Johnson and Jamey Driscoll, Davide Frattini (Team Fuji), Jesse Anthony (Jamis Bicycles), Christopher Jones (Champion System), Geoff Kabush (Maxxis/Rocky Mountain Bicycles),  Danny Summerhill (Garmin) and Jeremy Horgan-Kobelski (Subaru-Gary Fisher).  But one couldn’t help but think that Johnson was holding back waiting for the right moment to spring free which he did to join his teammate leaving the chasing group utterly destroyed behind.  Driscoll dangled dangerously close to his teammates but never gained contact so it was a two-man race in front until a slight mishap gave Johnson a gap over Powers.

Tim Johnson, wearing the NACT leader’s jersey he captured in the previous day’s Blue Sky Velo Cup, was drilling it on the front even after the threat of getting caught by friend or foe was past.  He finished a half a minute up on Powers and almost a minute on Driscoll making it a clean sweep of the podium for the second day.  Kabush raced in for fourthwith a 20 second gap over Jeremy Horgan Kobelski.  Carl Decker (Giant Bicycles) rounded out the top five.

Johnson now carries a lead in the NACT series that looks unreachable by even his second-placed teammate Powers.  With a stated goal to capture the series overall title it seems Johnson has that within easy reach with the  Cannondale/CyclocrossWorld.com team set up for a NACT series podium sweep as well. Full results below.

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Full Results:

1COMPTON, KatherinePlanet Bike142:05:00
3DUNLAP, AlisonLuna Chix445:00:00
4Miller, MeredithCal Giant Berry Farm2645:12:00
5EMMETT, KelliGiant Bicycles645:43:00
6HOWE, BarbaraVanderkitten546:18:00
7POWERS, AlisonTeam Fuji746:39:00
8MATLOCK STRONG, LisaNatural Grocers p/b1447:52:00
9MAILE, SarahVentana Mountain Bik1648:35:00
10BONI, KristalBlue sky Velo1248:48:00
11HANNON, KathleenFreewheel/Hunter Cyc1748:51:00
12Much, RebeccaHudz-Subaru2549:46:00
13BISHOP, LindseyMafia Racing23@ 1 LAP
14SEEHAFER, KoriTeam Type 118@ 1 LAP
15Blay, BeccaMafia Racing28@ 1 LAP
16BUSH, LynnTough Girl / SCOTT13@ 1 LAP
17BEGY, CristinaGates/Spot /Dales15@ 1 LAP
18COSTANTINI, LaurenBlue Sky Velo9@ 1 LAP
19SCHEIDER, KateMafia Racing8@ 1 LAP
20JOHNSON, CatherineRocky Mounts/ Izze21@ 1 LAP
21HECKMAN, LoraPeloton Cycles – Spe11@ 2 LAPS
22LONG, MelanieMafia Racing22@ 2 LAPS
23HALL, LaurenHudz-Subaru19@ 2 LAPS
24Prieto, SusanBlue Sky Velo24@ 2 LAPS
DNSGOULD, GeorgiaLuna Chix2
DNSCURRY, LisaGAS/Intrinsik10
DNSDUKE, NicoleThe Gear Movement20
1JOHNSON, TimothyCannondale/CycloCros31:01:40
2POWERS, JeremyCannondale/CycloCros21:02:15
3DRISCOLL, JamesBikeReg.com / Cannon11:02:33
4KABUSH, GeoffMaxxis/Rocky Mountai51:02:51
5Horgan Kobelski, JeremySubaru/Gary Fisher671:03:11
6DECKER, CarlGiant MTB Team481:03:24
7JONES, ChristopherChampion System41:03:26
8SUMMERHILL, DannyVMG/Felt151:03:52
9FRATTINI, DavideTeam Fuji61:04:12
10CRAIG, AdamGiant MTB Team161:04:24
11WELLS, TroyTeam Specialized91:04:35
12PARBO, Joachim81:04:39
13WELLS, JakeMafiaRacing.com/Pabs131:04:41
14PACOCHA, MattHudz-Subaru411:04:53
15MC DONALD, ZachStevens/Classic Cycl431:05:10
16ANTHONY, Jesse71:05:15
17KAPPIUS, BradenClifBar231:05:18
18DWIGHT, BrandonBoulder Cycle Sport181:05:24
19SCHOOLER, AaronTeam H&R Block-Kona101:05:31
20WEBBER, PeteBoulder Cycle Sport211:05:50
21BAKER, JonathanHudz-Subaru Cyclocro521:06:16
22TONKIN, ErikKona/FSA581:06:20
23STEVENSON, RussellFirst Rate Mortgage121:06:50
24POWLISON, SpencerMafia Racing341:06:52
25WHITE, BradHudz-Subaru461:06:55
26HEITHECKER, Troy331:07:02
27PAXSON, SpencerTeam S&M Young Guns491:07:31
28CARRINGTON, TaylorTeam Lanterne Rouge191:07:33
29KRUGHOFF, AllenTeam Rio Grande551:07:33
30RICHEY, CraigBlue Competition Cyc111:07:55
31IDDINGS, RyanLapierre USA141:08:13
32BARKER, AndrewClifBar611:08:14
33FOUNDS, Darian381:08:37
34ALLEN, TimSports Garage56@2 laps
35MULLERVY, KevinClifBar65@2 laps
36Berry, JoshuaBode Cycling75@2 laps
37GUESS, MartinRocky Mountain Bicyc31@2 laps
38MULLERVY, ConnorClifBar66@2 laps
39HOKE, MitchellClifBar64@2 laps
40Brandt, ChrisBrandt Sorenson72@3 laps
41Snyder, AdamTeam Jamis69@3 laps
42HARSHMAN, ShawnKonig Racing pb Hars42@3 laps
43MICKIEWICZ, BryanMAFIA/Hammer Nutriti39@3 laps
44FRIEDBERG, Mikemafia25@3 laps
45Wells, ChadHudz Subaru68@3 laps
46SCHMALZ, JosephKCCX/Verge40@3 laps
47RABY, BenSRAM-KCCX26@3 laps
48HURST, ChrisTeam Wheel and Sproc37@3 laps
49COYLE, ChuckSubaru/Vista Auto Gr53@4 laps
50Hill, CaseyMafia Racing71@4 laps
51FINSTERWALD, RussellClifBar62@4 laps
52STATMAN, KatrielPioneer Racing29@4 laps
53Peterson, ChrisMona-Vie74@4 laps
54STEINBERG, BrentWolverine Sports Clu57@4 laps
55CARES, ColinClifBar63@4 laps
56GIORDANO, JesseNob Hill Velo51@4 laps
57VONBOKEL, LoganKCCX/ Verge30@4 laps
58ARCHER, JimmyHudz-Subaru Cycling35@4 laps
59TADDEUCCI, JoeNatural Grocers pb X20@4 laps
60Studel, DylanMafia Racing70@4 laps
61SIEGLE, JasonBike Religion17@4 laps
62LOUDERMILK, DerekHorizon Organic p/b24@5 laps
63SALSKOV, JohnBicycle Haus Racing59@6 laps
64MILLER, LaneLouisville Cyclery22@6 laps
65Harwood, BrianBlue Sky Velo73@6 laps
DNSFERGUSON, JeremyCalifornia Giant/Spe27
DNSCURRY, JohnGAS/Intrinsik36
DNSMELIS, ChadOskar Blues Brewery/44
DNSBERRY, GrantRocky Mtn Choc Facto47
DNSCOX, CodyClifBar60
DNFSHRIVER, MattRocky Mountain Choco28
DNFBOUPLON, AaronRocky Mounts / Izze32
DNFLLEWELLYN, AndrewTexas Roadhouse45
DNFNENNINGER, GeoffreyUnattached50