Stephen Hyde powered to a hard-earned victory in...

Pan Am CX championships: Compton and Hyde triumph

Katie Compton and Stephen Hyde triumph at Saturday's Pan American continental cyclocross championships
Stephen Hyde powered to a hard-earned victory in the men’s race ahead of defending champion Jeremy Powers. Photo: Wil Matthews
It didn’t take all that long for Katie Compton to leave the field behind in Cincy, and once she put her rivals into the rearview mirror, her win was hardly in doubt. Photo: Wil Matthews
Curtis White scored an emphatic win in the men’s U23 race. Photo: Wil Mathews
Ellen Noble nabbed the women’s under-23 victory. Photo: Wil Matthews

Katie Compton scored her third straight women’s title and Stephen Hyde nabbed his first-ever men’s title Saturday at the Pan American continental cyclocross championships in Covington, Kentucky, just outside of Cincinnati, Ohio.

Compton (KFC – Trek – Panache), who has been racking up wins in the early goings of her 2016 campaign, delivered a no-doubt title defense in the women’s race, proving the strongest representative for the United States in a mostly American field. She was well clear of the field by the second lap and only extended her advantage from there.

“This is more of a mountain-bike course,” Compton said. “It’s better to make the others chase you.”

Compton has now won all three Pan Am women’s titles since the start of the event in 2014.

Fellow American Crystal Anthony (Maxxis – Shimano) and Canada’s Maghalie Rochette (Clif) rounded out the podium in second and third, respectively.

Hyde (Cannondale – outdueled defending men’s champ Jeremy Powers (Aspire) to nab the men’s victory.

Hyde initiated a move in the second lap that only Powers was able to match. From there on out, the duo remained deadlocked until the last lap, when Hyde was final able to pull away.

“I wanted this bad,” said Hyde, who lost a close battle with Powers at the Pan Am championships last year. “This is redemption.”

Danny Summerhill (Maxxis – Shimano) took third to make for an all-U.S. men’s podium.

Americans scored wins for the home crowd in the under-23 events as well. Ellen Noble nabbed the title in the women’s race, while Curtis White emerged victorious for the men.