Katie Compton rolls over the line

What new sponsors will we see on the 12-time champion’s kit next season? Elite Women, 2016 Cyclocross National Championships. © R. Riott/Cyclocross Magazine

Not too long ago we reported that Katie Compton would be riding Trek bikes for the coming season, but that she would no longer be racing under the Trek Factory Racing team name. It seems that she is indeed looking for new sponsor support as she shifts her focus more towards US events.

In response to our previous reporting, her husband/mechanic Mark Legg-Compton took to Facebook and posted the statement, below. Maybe your business or team is looking for an athlete to support?

Katie will be riding on a Trek this year. We’ve been given the opportunity to represent our own sponsors this coming…

Posted by Mark Legg on Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Zach McDonald on course. 2016 Cyclocross Toko © Kei Tsuji

Zach McDonald aboard a familiar bike, borrowed from a fan. 2016 Cyclocross Tokyo © Kei Tsuji

Towards the end of the season we shared some news that Zach McDonald would be ending his season riding Alchemy Bicycle Company’s Balius. Fast forward to 2016 Cyclocross Tokyo and McDonald was seen racing a Focus Mares CX in old Rapha-Focus livery. What gives?

It seems that McDonald was the unfortunate victim of delayed luggage on his trip to Tokyo with his airline misplacing his bike bag. That left McDonald without a bike or shoes.

Lucky for him an understanding cyclocross fan lent him a bike that should have proven familiar, as well as a pair of shoes so that he could race. Check out the exchange between McDonald, Alchemy Bicycle Company and in the comments of this Facebook post:

Curious minds want to know… early January 2016, former Austin turned Denver bike builder, Alchemy Bicycle Company,…

Posted by on Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Wout van Aert chased, but the gap to the World Champion only grew. 2016 World Cup Hoogerheide. © Bart Hazen

Wout van Aert chased, but the gap to the World Champion only grew. 2016 World Cup Hoogerheide. © Bart Hazen

We all likely spend at least some of our training time riding around goofing off with buddies. Spinning through the woods, maybe even hoping a fence to get to some special section of trail.

It seems we’re all more like the pros than we imagine. Check out the video below of 2016 World Champion Wout van Aert and his teammates on a final training ride of the season. Maybe it’s actually that the pros are like us?

And take a look at the bike van Aert is on. Interesting.

Laatste ploegtraining van dit seizoen!(HD aanzetten)Meer info:

Posted by Jelle Schuermans on Wednesday, February 17, 2016