by David Mable
There were no rabbits feet or broken mirrors that could slow a motivated Katie Compton (KFC Racing p/b Trek/Panache) on her quest for her 13th National Cyclocross title.
With Georgia Gould taking the season off, Elle Anderson (Elle Anderson Racing) took it upon herself to give Compton a run for her money, and did so by running. On the first trip up the infamous Bonk Breaker Hill, Anderson took the low line, riding across the bottom before running to the top. Compton made sure she was at the front to avoid traffic, running up first, and riding across the top.
“I wanted to get a good start,” said Compton. “If you get stuck behind somebody on the run, and a gap opens up, it’s hard to close, and there were a couple girls who are better runners than I, so I figured if I’m in front they’ve got to go my pace anyway. There’s no gap to open up. And then just at the top I was struggling to get in my pedals a little bit but once I was in my pedals I was able to kind of accelerate. Elle took a good line. I think that was pretty smart on her part to take the bottom line at the start. Then we just got a gap and tried to maintain it.”
Anderson reached the top ahead of Compton and the pair pulled away from the rest. After creating a gap on the chasing field, Kaitlin Antonneau (Cannondale/Cyclocrossworld) was in third, followed closely by Crystal Anthony (Boulder Cycle Sport/YogaGlo) and Courtenay McFadden (American Classic/Zones). Further back was Amanda Miller, trying to pick her way to the front among the frozen ruts, skipping, slipping tires, and heavy traffic.
“I had a rough first lap,” said Miller. “I got caught behind a crash. I crashed right before the pit entrance, and I had to get up, make sure my bike was ok, and kept going. I fought back.”
Late in the first lap, Compton overcame Anderson and the rest of the race was as scripted, at least at the front. As she has done so many times before, Compton rode a smart race, putting on the power when she could, and using cautious finesse when the course called for it.
“I wanted to be as smooth as I could,” said Compton. “In a couple of sections I wanted to go faster but I also wanted to be careful and not crash. It’s a fine line between letting it go and not going to fast and going into a rut and crashing. So I tried to keep that in check and be smooth. I made a mistake coming into the last lap but I only lost maybe a few seconds so it wasn’t too bad.”
While Compton rode on ahead, the battle for the remaining spots on the podium was heating up. Anderson, with dirt scuffs on her face from a crash, faded into fourth, while Antonneau and Miller took over second and third place, trading places a couple of times throughout the race. Miller eventually got into second and hanging on, Antonneau took third.
“There were some spots I wanted to go faster,” said Antonneau. “But I think I really couldn’t unless I wanted to crash. So at times it was a little hard to be patient, but I’m really happy with my ride.”
Upon reflecting on her 13 victories, as well as a couple of World Cup overall titles, Compton is hoping to encourage others to pick up their bikes and start riding.
“I hope I’m getting girls on bikes and women on bikes. It’s a great lifestyle choice,” said Compton. “it’s healthy, it’s fun, it’s a great environment, great people, so, the more people on bikes the better.”
Stay tuned for more 2017 Cyclocross Nationals coverage, including interviews, bike profiles, and more.
2017 CX National Championships Hartford Results - Elite Women
|1||1||Katherine COMPTON||KFC Racing p/b Trek/Panache||49:25:00|
|2||3||Amanda MILLER||Boulder Cycle Sport/ YogaGlo||49:53:00|
|3||2||Kaitlin ANTONNEAU||Cannondale Cyclocrossworld||50:05:00|
|4||4||Elle ANDERSON||Elle Anderson Racing||42:36:00|
|5||6||Courtenay MCFADDEN||American Classic/Zones||43:03:00|
|6||7||Crystal ANTHONY||Boulder Cycle Sport/ YogaGlo||43:13:00|
|7||9||Arley KEMMERER||Fearless Femme Racing||44:36:00|
|8||5||Rebecca FAHRINGER||Amy D. Foundation||44:50:00|
|9||8||Sunny GILBERT||Van Dessel Factory Team||44:56:00|
|10||12||Melinda MCCUTCHEON||DNA Cotton Sox||45:37:00|
|13||11||Emily KACHOREK||Squid Bikes||47:05:00|
|14||14||Laura WINBERRY||Speedvagen Family Racing||47:18:00|
|15||20||Danielle ARMAN||Tenspeed Hero||47:32:00|
|16||37||Gray PATTON||Freddie Fu Cycling Team||47:38:00|
|17||10||Kathryn CUMMING||Jalapeno Cycling||47:40:00|
|18||16||Samantha RUNNELS||Squid Bikes||47:50:00|
|20||30||Caitlin BERNSTEIN||Vive la Tart||48:09:00|
|21||13||Cassandra MAXIMENKO||Van Dessel Factory Team||48:14:00|
|22||31||Regina LEGGE||Green Line Velo||48:18:00|
|23||18||Allison ARENSMAN||J.A. King p/b BRC||39:25:00|
|24||22||Emily SHIELDS||Hearts Racing Club||39:52:00|
|25||33||Natalie TAPIAS||JAM Fund / NCC||30:07:00|
|26||21||Kathleen HUFF||Joes Garage||30:10:00|
|27||17||Jennifer MALIK||American Classic Cyclocross Tea||30:14:00|
|29||36||Erin FACCONE||Back Bay Cycling Club||30:19:00|
|30||25||Rachel RUBINO||Fearless Femme Racing||30:21:00|
|31||26||Heidi WOOD||333fab CX Factory Team||30:29:00|
|32||23||Katherine SHIELDS||Hearts Racing Club||31:34:00|
|33||35||Elizabeth WHITE||Bicycle Express||31:50:00|
|34||29||Chelsea WEIDINGER||Mash SF||32:21:00|
|35||27||BrittLee BOWMAN||HOUSE INDUSTRIES - WITHINGS - S||32:33:00|
|36||34||Leslie LUPIEN||Green Line Velo||33:02:00|
|37||32||Rebecca LEWANDOWSKI||Rare Disease Cycling||34:00:00|