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By Steve Frothingham
Katie Compton (Spike Shooter) raced to her fifth national cyclocross title on Sunday in a chilly, windswept Kansas City.
The course was dry, the temperature low and the wind brisk as the women lined up at Tiffany Springs Park. Rebecca Wellons (Ridley Factory Team) scored the hole shot with Compton second and Deidre Winfield (Velo Bella–Kona) third. The defending champ hovered in second place on the climb, then went to the front and gave it the gas.
In short order a loosely knit six-rider group formed: Compton, Georgia Gould (Luna), Rachel Lloyd (California Giant Berry), under-23 champ Amy Dombroski (Velo Bella-Kona), Laura Van Gilder (C3-Sollay) and 30-34 champ Maureen Bruno-Roy (MM Racing-Seven Cycles).
In most of her previous Nationals wins, Compton has attacked from the gun. This time she waited until part way up the first hill.
“I think she was waiting to see if someone was going to do something. It wasn’t that bad, I was like, ‘I’m going to go around her if she keeps going this slow, because everyone was right there,'”Gould said. “But then she kind of picked it up … and I had a little mistake there and after that she just opened it up more.”
Compton quickly took a handful of seconds over Gould, who in turn held a similar gap over Lloyd, and then methodically set about padding her advantage over the course of the five-lap race.
“It was hard,” Compton said. “The uphill section lasts a lot longer, it kind of saps the power out of you, so I just tried to stay consistent and try to kind of ride like it was a World Cup just so I could get the effort in my legs, I didn’t want to settle in I know Georgia is riding well and any little mistake and she could catch me.”
Compton did not enjoy the company of her new friend, an SRM power meter that she has been watching during races this season. The battery was dead on the start line so she removed the head unit.
With a lap and a half to race, Compton, who won her first national championship in 2004, was clearly in the driver’s seat. Gould clung grimly to second, with Lloyd third and trying to close.
A half-lap later, Compton held a double-digit margin over the pursuit, and it was looking like the race was for second place between Gould and Lloyd.
The defending champ crossed the line alone to add to her stars-and-stripes jersey collection, and Gould held on to take the runner-up spot ahead of Lloyd.
The tightest race of the day was for the last two spots on the five-women podium. Dombroski and Van Gilder managed to gap Bruno-Roy on the last lap, and Van Gilder won the sprint for fourth.
1 COMPTON, Katie Colorado Springs, CO Spike Shooter 00:37:05.00
2 GOULD, Georgia Ketchum, ID Luna Women’s MTB Team 00:37:50.00
3 LLOYD, Rachel Fairfax, CA California Giant Berry Farms/S 00:38:00.00
4 VAN GILDER, laura Cresco, PA c3 Sollay 00:39:12.00
5 DOMBROSKI, Amy Boulder, CO Velo Bella – Kona 00:39:12.00
6 BRUNO ROY, Maureen Arlington, MA MM Racing p/b Seven Cycles 00:39:12.00
7 MILLER, Meredith Ft. Collins, CO California Giant Berry Farms/S 00:39:57.00
8 WINFIELD, Deidre Charlottesville, VA Velo Bella 00:40:03.00
9 BUTLER, Sue Portland, OR MonavieCannondale.com 00:40:32.00
10 EMMETT, Kelli Colorado Springs, CO Giant Bicycles 00:40:53.00
11 SHERWIN, Kathy Heber City, UT Velo Bella – Kona 00:40:53.00
12 MAZZA, Rhonda Portland, OR Vanilla/Team S&M 00:40:53.00
13 WILLIAMS, Wendy Portland, OR River City Bicycle Team 00:40:53.00
14 HASKELL, Devon Chicago, IL University of Chicago 00:40:53.00
15 WENTWORTH, Kristin Madison, WI Planet Bike 00:41:18.00
16 STUDLEY, Kari Bothell, WA Velo Bella / Kona 00:41:30.00
17 KERLIN, Sarah Capitola, CA HRS/ Rock Lobster 00:41:42.00
18 VAN METER, Emily Portland, OR River City Bicycle Team 00:41:42.00
19 JACQUES-MAYNES, Josie Watsonville, CA Specialized/KMC pb Cal Giant 00:41:52.00
20 RIVERA, Coryn Tustin, CA Team Redline 00:41:58.00
21 MILKOWSKI, Anna New Haven, CT Gear Works-Spinarts 00:41:58.00
22 YOUNG, Anna Madison, WI Planet Bike 00:42:36.00
23 BERG, Kristi Arlington, WA Redline Bicycles 00:42:45.00
24 ANTONNEAU, Kaitlin Racine, WI Nova/IsCorp 00:42:45.00
25 WELLONS, Rebecca Woburn, MA Ridley Factory Team 00:42:45.00
26 BROWN, Sydney Lincoln, NE Midwest Cycling Community 00:42:45.00
27 WALLACE, Amy Andover, MA RGM WATCHES – RICHARD SACHS – 00:43:14.00
28 WALKER, Kris Pocatello, ID kriegcycling.com 00:43:14.00
29 SMITH, Andrea Medford, MA Minuteman Road Club 00:43:14.00
30 SONE, Linda Northfield, MN Ridley Factory Team 00:43:14.00
31 POPOVIC, Carolyn Hesperia, CA CICLE / Bear Valley Bikes 00:43:14.00
32 ROTHFUSS, Cris Medford, MA NEBC/Cycle Loft/Devonshire Den 00:43:39.00
33 ANNIS, Sally Nashua, NH NEBC/CycleLoft/Devonshire Dent 00:43:39.00
34 FLAHERTY, Colleen Portland, OR Veloce 00:43:39.00
35 SHOGREN, Betsy Morgantown, WV Sobe Cannondale 00:43:39.00
36 FLYNN, Kimberly Hixson, TN Vantaggio/ Specialized Pro wom 00:43:39.00
37 SWARTZ, Melanie Reston, VA Velo Bella – Kona 00:43:39.00
38 APPLEGATE, Cara Black Mountain, NC BMW-Bianchi 00:43:39.00
39 GAVIN, Kristin Philadelphia, PA Temple University 00:43:39.00
40 BISHOP, Lindsey Kinnelon, NJ Mafia Racing/Felt 00:43:39.00
41 SCHULTZ, Melissa Oakland, CA Cycle Sports/Trumer Pils 00:44:18.00
42 WHITMORE, Deb Sylva, NC BMW Bianchi 00:44:26.00
43 SCHNEIDER, Samantha WEST ALLIS, WI IS CORP 00:44:37.00
44 COSTANTINI, Lauren Boulder, CO GBL-GBD 00:44:37.00
45 SARVARY, kathy Lunenburg, MA Mid State Cycling Club 00:45:01.00
46 STEWART, Maria Minneapolis, MN University of Minnesota 00:45:01.00
47 HECKMAN, Lora FORT COLLINS, CO Peloton Cycles – Specialized 00:45:01.00
48 MOCZYGEMBA, Brenda Breckenridge, CO Tough Girl / Contessa 00:45:01.00
49 SCHWARTZ, Anne Grosse Pointe Woods, MI Flying Rhino Cycling Club 00:45:01.00
50 SMILEY, Marne Ann Arbor, MI Zias Cycle 00:45:01.00
51 COOPER, Linda Fargo, ND Great Plains Cycling Club 00:45:01.00