Compton was unstoppable after lap 2. © Janet Hill

Compton was unstoppable after lap 2. ©Janet Hill

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BEND, ORE. – Katie Compton (Planet Bike) got off to a slow start, and she told Cyclocross Magazine that she missed her pedal off the line – “I picked a great time for that to happen” – but by the end of the first lap, she was hot on Georgia Gould’s (Luna) heels.

Compton would take the lead later in the lap and slowly power away from Gould, eventually maxing the gap out at 30 seconds by the finish line. The win is Compton’s seventh consecutive victory, and she’s full of confidence as she continues towards her primary season focus: the World Championships in St. Wendel, Germany.

Mo Bruno Roy was towards the front of the pack when it hit the deep mud section after turn 1 for the first time, and she crashed spectacularly, cart wheeling through the course tape. Roy would get up and battle on, as would several other riders caught behind the yard sale.

Among the riders who lost time early was Meredith Miller (Cal Giant-Specialized), last year’s silver medalist. According to Miller’s team manager, the Cal Giant rider quickly fell back to 26th, and she then relied on her road power to gradually pick her way back through the field and towards the front on the slow-riding course. “Of course I had a bad start off the line, then going down the first straight section, [Bruno Roy] went down, then her bike bounced right in front of me and I was the first person to come to it,” said Miller. “Just as I lifted my bike to go over it, someone hit me from behind and we got tangled up.”

Also working her way through traffic was Compton. “Mo crashed in front of me on the first mud section, and luckily enough I avoided it. Then I got stuck in traffic and had to work my way up,” said Compton. “”

Katie Compton (Planet Bike) rises to a record seventh straight cyclocross national championship. ©Cyclocross Magazine

Katie Compton (Planet Bike) rises to a record seventh straight cyclocross National Championship. ©Cyclocross Magazine

After snagging the hole shot, Sue Butler would be joined by her two Hudz-Subaru teammates Nicole Duke and Katherine Sherwin to battle for the final podium spots. Duke, who won the Masters 35-39 race on Friday, was all alone in third before a mechanical held her up. Then it was a block of Hudz-Subaru racers reunited.

“I was in third and had a pretty good gap, then something happened to my brake. I rode half a lap with my brake on, then I had to stop on the road to try to take my brake off and just ride without it,” said Duke. “I pitted and got a bike, and the girls caught me. That’s where the battle started.”

Miller caught the trio on the final lap, and made short work of creating a gap to solo away for the bronze medal.”I went right around them – they went on one side and I went on the other and was lucky enough to come through a section in front of them and just kept going,” said Miller. “I didn’t want to sit on them, because I didn’t want them to start attacking me – three against one’s no fun – so I just took it into my own hands and went for it. Also, I wanted to be able to pick my own lines.”

That left three teammates to battle for two final podium spots, and they each took turns leading. Butler absolutely turned herself inside-out to remain attached on the back of the group at times, and the trio reshuffled before they entered the front half of the course for the final time all together.

Sherwin and Butler drive to the line for fourth and fifth © Janet Hill

Sherwin and Butler drive to the line for fourth and fifth © Janet Hill

Duke led the group up and over the fly-over, then stacked it immediately after. Sherwin then dug deep to lead up the stairs and hold that position onto the grass and to the finish line for fourth. Duke stumbled again mounting after the stairs, and had to settle for sixth, with Butler claiming the final podium spot in fifth.

“I had them at the end and came over the fly-over, took the inside corner, and hit the stake and flew off my bike. Then I ran, because my bike was not working – ran up the stairs, passed Kathy and Sue, then couldn’t get into my pedals,” said Duke. “Everything was going wrong, and they had me after that. It was a great battle, it was one of the most exciting races I’ve had this year. I gave it my heart and soul, I have to be happy with that, it was just kind of unlucky.”

“The last lap, we were switching positions all the time. Nicole went down after the flyover, she took the corner aggressively and went down,” said Sherwin. “I went around her, and it was pin it to win it. I mean ‘win it’ [since it was for fourth].”

In the U23 race, Ashley James (Team Kenda) began with a substantial lead over main challengers Kaitlin Antonneau ( and Coryn Rivera (Peanut Butter & Co.-Twenty 12). Rivera was realistic about her chances, but put up a hard fight. It wouldn’t be enough, however, as Antonneau gathered her strength and charged up to James, taking a few moments on her wheel, and then passed without ever looking back. From there it was Antonneau’s race, as she steadily pushed her advantage while James continued to fall back. Antonneau fought her way not only to the U23 win, but to a top ten finish, as well. Coryn continued to fight, and overtook James for a 20th place finish overall. James crossed the line in 31st.

“I knew I just had to be patient, because I think [James] did a hard effort in the morning [for the Collegiate race], and I tried to conserve but still ride and get a good place,” said Antonneau. “But I tried to patient since I knew it was going to be a long race.”

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Full Results:

Place Points NameCity, StateTimeLicenseBibTeam
1150Katherine ComptonColorado Springs, CO0:43:48558201Planet Bike
2135Georgia GouldFort Collins, CO44:19:001831926Luna Pro Team
3120Meredith MillerFort Collins, CO47:07:001435753Cal Giant Berry
4105Katherine SherwinHeber City, UT47:25:0017363319Hudz-Subaru
590Susan ButlerPortland, OR47:26:002114724Hudz-Subaru
685Nicole Duke (1 – Cat2)Boulder, CO47:39:008333712Hudz-Subaru
780Laura Van GilderCresco, PA47:59:00363452C3-Athletes Serving Athletes
875Barbara HoweBerkeley, CA48:05:0012906722Ibis And The Danger Twins
970Amanda CareyVictor, ID48:06:0022321226Kenda-Felt
1065Kaitlin Antonneau (2 – Cat2)Racine, WI48:21:0020023721Cannondale P/B Cyclocrossworld.
1160Sally AnnisNashua, NH48:31:002252635Northeast Bicycle Club (Nebc)
1255Kerry BarnholtMountain View, CA48:41:0015022636Scott-Ritchey
1350Andrea SmithSomerville, MA48:49:001817107Minuteman Road Club
1445Alice Pennington (1 – Cat3)Portland, OR48:55:0015068535Veloforma
1540Sara Bresnick-ZocchiArlington, MA49:05:0016642613
1638Teal Stetson-LeeDurango, CO49:10:0025220515California Giant Cycling/Califo
17ExpAmy Dombroski (3 – Cat2)Boulder, CO49:17:002468038Luna
1834Arley KemmererSilver Spring, MD49:24:0024023948Charm City Cycling Llc
1932Ann D’Ambruoso (4 – Cat2)Waltham , MA49:32:0020247317Ladies First
2030Coryn Rivera (5 – Cat2)Tustin, CA49:52:0020743232Peanut Butter & Co. Twenty12
2128Maureen Bruno RoyArlington, MA49:59:001032709Mm Racing P/B Seven Cycles
2226Linnea Koons (6 – Cat2)Somerville, MA50:06:0022476324Embrocation Cycling Journal
2324Linda Sone (7 – Cat2)Northfield, MN50:33:0022493927Minneapolis Bicycle Racing Club
2422Nicole ThiemannPhiladelphia, PA50:41:00213558107Team Cf-Mass/Team Cf-Elite
2520Crystal Anthony (8 – Cat2)Beverly, MA50:41:0018211718Minuteman Road Club
2619Rebecca Blatt (9 – Cat2)West Hartford, CT50:49:0024120120Central Wheel Of Farmington Ct
2718Serena BishopBend, OR50:53:00301567149
2817Lisa CurryBozeman, MT51:10:0024376237Gallatin Valley Bicycle Club/Ga
2916Devon HaskellSanta Cruz, CA51:10:0021090311Bike Station Aptos
3015Emily ThurstonSan Pablo, CA51:23:00128351313Rd Rail Cycling Club/Missing L
3114Ashley James (10 – Cat2)Dousman, WI51:24:0021984114Team Kenda Presented By Geargri
3213Shannon GibsonDurango, CO51:37:00156279122Velo Bella
3312Kristin Gavin (11 – Cat2)Philadelphia, PA51:45:0025555010Team Cf-Mass/Team Cf-Elite
3411Laura WinberryBend, OR51:55:0024409067
3510Marne Smiley (12 – Cat2)Ann Arbor, MI51:58:0025072933
369Nina BaumAlbuquerque, NM52:00:0018098685
378Sunny Gilbert (13 – Cat2)Chesterfield, MO52:01:00239522142
387Carolyn PopovicEast Norriton, PA52:13:0013975316
396Kristal Boni (14 – Cat2)Erie, CO52:19:0023871786
405Marilyn RuseckasWaitsfield, VT52:22:0078836102Seven Cycles
414Megan ElliottSan Diego, CA52:56:0011093051
420Joele GuynupMckinleyville, CA53:09:0024180755
432Amy Frykman (15 – Cat2)Bozeman, MT53:10:00265248131Gallatin Valley Bicycle Club/Ga
440Katrina (Trina) BaumsteigerSan Luis Obispo, CA53:16:00294739Team Rambuski Law
450Abby WatsonPortland, OR53:16:0030306891Embrocation Cycling Journal
460Rebecca (Becky) BjorkBend, OR53:20:007687572Boise Cycling Club
470Kimberly FlynnHixson, TN53:21:0012275229Scenic City Velo
480Christina Probert (16 – Cat2)Murrieta, CA53:22:007148195
490Kathy Pruitt (2 – Cat3)Santa Cruz, CA53:24:0011783160Family Cycling Center
500Corey Coogan CisekMinneapolis, MN53:25:00261947135Team Plan C
510Anissa Cobb (17 – Cat2)Portland, OR53:28:0018445166River City Racing- Ky
520Erika PowersSandy, UT53:40:00266784100
530Christina TamilioBrighton, MA54:28:0026293923Ladies First Racing
540Stacey Barbossa (18 – Cat2)Rutherford, NJ@1Lap290272138Montclair Cyclists
550Tina Brubaker (3 – Cat3)Salem, OR@2Lap10400658Veloforma
560Courtney Dimpel (19 – Cat2)Aptos, CA@2Lap30214030Bike Station Aptos
570Sarah Max (20 – Cat2)Bend, OR@2Lap32028490
580Annie Usher (21 – Cat2)Portland, OR@2Lap321448105
590Katrina DowidchukWilmington, DE@2Lap14792628
600Erin SillimanWashington, DC@2Lap26028734River City Women’S Racing/Fruit
610Beverly ChaneyCarmel, CA@2Lap22112738Team Roaring Mouse
620Megan ChinburgPortland, OR@2Lap323688147Veloforma
630Jessica Cutler (22 – Cat2)Seattle, WA@2Lap158992126Seattle Super Squadra/Cucina Fr
640Karen Oppenheimer (23 – Cat2)Bend, OR@2Lap21323081
650Kristine Church (24 – Cat2)Philadelphia, PA@2Lap14202344Human Zoom Cycling/Human Zoom
660Allison Snooks (25 – Cat2)Westboro, MA@2Lap24730745Minuteman Road Club/Ladies Firs
670Megan Lawson (4 – Cat3)Bozeman, MT@2Lap20579110
680Brenna Lopez-OteroBend, OR@2Lap89447140Bend Memorial Clinic Total Care
690Hollie McGovern (5 – Cat3)Nevada City, CA@2Lap16682497Sert/Sho-Air
700Julie KulieczaRichmond, VA@2Lap23848143River City Women’S Racing/Fruit
710Evie EdwardsBaltimore, MD@2Lap254664132Spokeswomen Syndicate Inc./Perf
720Emily Shields (26 – Cat2)Salisbury, NC@2Lap22087542Carolina Masters /Carolina Mast
730Michele Bliss (27 – Cat2)Boulder, CO@2Lap6053962Justin’S / Titus Mountain Bike
740Kristin Jo Markham (28 – Cat2)Banner Elk, NC@2Lap25174250Team Kenda Presented By Geargri
750Katie DeClercq (29 – Cat2)Soquel, CA@2Lap26408689
760Kathy Sarvary (6 – Cat3)Lunenburg, MA@2Lap31327125Blue Steel Cyclery
770Alexis Ryan (30 – Cat2)Ventura, CA@2Lap205156115The Team /The Team Socalcross
780Katherine Shields (31 – Cat2)Salisbury, NC@2Lap22087679Carolina Masters /Carolina Mast
790Amanda Schaper (32 – Cat2)Laguna Beach, CA@2Lap270057120Sdg Factory Team
800Deb Sweeney WhitmoreSylva, NC@2Lap18909778Team Card Womens Cycling
810Maria Stewart (33 – Cat2)Honolulu, HI@2Lap202383124Team Pacific Velo
820Kelly Chang (34 – Cat2)Oakland, CA@2Lap405133
830Katie Melena (7 – Cat3)Santacruz, CA@2Lap301855134
840Kendall RyanVentura, CA@2Lap18691946Vrc/Now-Ms Society
850Jennifer Herrell-Rhoades (35 – Cat2)Kansas City, MO@2Lap24384957Bicycles Of Tulsa
860Cara ApplegateBlack Mountain, NC@2Lap13310275Spokeswomen Syndicate Inc./Perf
87ExpRebecca FinleyIndianapolis, IN@2Lap24582396Team Kenda Presented By Geargri
880Julie Robertson-Zivin (36 – Cat2)Seattle, WA@2Lap23767687Lake Washington Velo/Hagens Ber
890Deirdre Garvey (37 – Cat2)Boulder, CO@2Lap6855259American Cycling Association
900Ellen Ruotsala (38 – Cat2)Seattle, WA@2Lap26944947
910Elizabeth Lukowski (8 – Cat3)Albany, NY@2Lap285193143Capital Bicycle Racing Club/Nyc
920Dorothy WongAltadena, CA@2Lap10446276The Team /The Team Socalcross
930Margaret Thompson (39 – Cat2)Clinton, NY@3Lap3545370Team Hammer Nutrition
940Penny Collins (9 – Cat3)Grass Valley, CA@4Lap28903261Alto Velo Racing Club/Webcor/Al
950Annette Padilla (40 – Cat2)San Diego, CA@4Lap155413108Celo Pacific
DNS0Kari StudleyBothell, WADNS20704925Mafia Racing
DNS0Wendy WilliamsPortland, ORDNS3843740
DNS0Kris WalkerPocatello, IDDNS4874341Church Of The Big Ring
DNS0Becca BlayBoulder, CODNS17425849Mafia Racing
DNS0Karen BremsRedwood City, CADNS2001752Alto Velo Racing Club
DNS0Haley Juno-GaldesMenlo Park, CADNS23247353Alto Velo Racing Club/Webcor/Al
DNS0Jennifer GaertnerCoeur D Alene, IDDNS2227956Coeur D ‘Alene Velo Racers (Cda
DNS0Jeanne FleckProctor, MNDNS30281271Velo Duluth
DNS0Elizabeth MarzolfSeattle, WADNS19827074Lake Washington Velo/Hagens Ber
DNS0Susanna JulberBend, ORDNS30255282
DNS0Devon SimpsonKirkland, WADNS19651992Sound Velo Cycling Club/Team Gr
DNS0Erica ZavetaErwinna, PADNS23006299Specialized Designs For Women/B
DNS0Arielle FilibertiWorcester, MADNS214757127Specialized Designs For Women/B
DNS0Lee SmithSeattle, WADNS236239129Sound Velo Cycling Club/Team Gr
DNF0Renee ScottBend, ORDNF30254884
DNF0Sarah JordanScotts Valley, CADNF158037116