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Mechanic (and husband), Mark Legg, sends tech from the European ’cross trenches.
By Matt Pacocha
Katie Compton is on a crusade in the motherland of ’cross. She won round three of the Cyclocross World Cup in Pijnacker, The Netherlands on November 3. Daphny Van Den Brand, winner of the previous round in Kalmthout, Belgium, was second by almost a minute. This past weekend, Compton again put her stamp on an international field at the third round of the Superprestige Series in Gavere, Belgium. At the world cup, Compton won, but in Gavere, she dominated, taking first by a hefty 2 minutes and 46 seconds.
In cyclocross a rider’s mechanic is more a part of the event than any other cycling discipline. A good mechanic can help a rider win races and in-turn inexperience in the pits can loose them. Compton turns to the man she trusts most in life to handle her pits, her husband Mark Legg. After their first trip to Europe for the first two world cups Compton and Legg were back in the States. The stopped in Louisville, Kentucky for the opening weekend of the 2007 USGP Series, which she won, before heading home to Colorado Springs, Colorado.
Later that week, she and Legg were seen practicing pitting; Compton switched bikes twice a lap at the Redline Cup UCI C2 race in Boulder, Colorado despite clear conditions. After the race Compton explained that she had just switched to Challenge tires and was searching for the right pressure, yelling back for more or less so that Legg could adjust before the next exchange.
Since Legg has his finger on the pulse of the international cyclocross circuit, an eye for the technical aspect of the sport, and is on the ground and in the thick of it, we’ve asked him to send us photos of the interesting things he has seen and to follow a few leads of our own.
What Legg dug up is illustrated in the following photo gallery. Most of Legg’s shots are from the World Cup #3 in Pijnacker, The Netherlands and Superprestige #3 in Gavere, Belgium.
We can start off with a quick run down of Compton’s winning ride:Frame: Primus Mootry Carbon three main tubes with Scandium lugsand staysFork: ReynoldsHeadset: Cane Creek SolosStem: ThomsonBar: Deda NewtonSeatpost: Thomson MasterpieceWheels: ROL CX38 carbon with Enduro Ceramic BearingsTires: Dugast RhinoShifter: Campagnolo RecordDerailleurs: Campagnolo Chorus rear with Ceramic pulleys, RecordfrontSaddle: WTB SilveradoPedals: Crank Bros 4Ti EggbeatersCranks: Campagnolo Chorus 175mm 34/44BB: Campagnolo with Enduro Ceramic bearingsBrakes: TRP carbon 950 with TRP Cross brake levers