Eight-time and reigning US cyclo-cross champion Katie Compton (Trek Cyclocross Collective) has won almost all of the big 'cross races in the world, all but the big one, the cyclo-cross world championships. Oh she has come close a few times, so close that her second-place finish brought her to tears in 2011.
All in all, in her career – so far – Compton has amassed twelve World Cup wins and three medals at the Cyclocross World Championships along with dominating the racing stateside.
Known for her skills and her badass attitude on the bike, Compton is aiming for the rainbow stripes in Louisville 2013. This year also brought a return to roots with her new team for the 33-year old rider who began her professional racing career on Trek's Trek's East Coast Regional Mountain Bike Team.
The first World Cup of the 2012/2013 season in Tabor, Czech Republic was decided in a two-up sprint taken by Sanne van Paassen (Rabobank Women Cycling Team) ahead of Compton.
"My first world cup was good, I'm happy with the race." Compton told Louisville2013. "I rode solidly and learned a lot. I think I would have raced it a little differently if I had a "do-over" but overall it was successful. My form is where I want it to be right now."
Though Compton applied pressure on van Paassen after catching up to her at the front of the race on the second lap, the pair stayed together until that final drag to the finish. Compton clocked in the fastest lap, eight minutes flat on the third of five laps.
Her goals this season at the World Cup overall and "of course" the world championships. "I want to be consistent all season and be riding well at worlds."
In order to do so, Compton plans to spend more time in Belgium this winter along with her mechanic, manager and husband Mark Legg. "I will head over for the Koksijde world cup then stay through the Rome world cup in the first week of January. I'll return for nationals then head back to Belgium for the last world cup before returning to the US again for worlds. It's not an ideal travel schedule in January but I'll make the best of it."
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