Katie Compton (Planet Bike/Stevens) grabbed the lead early and held on to it to easily to win the second day of the Greenware US Gran Prix of Cyclocross New Belgium Cup. “The course was a little different today,” stated Compton. “I could apply more power and I felt better today. I did not make as many mistakes as I did yesterday. It was just a smoother race.”
Compton gained seconds on each lap to second place Katerina Nash (Luna), “I tried to chase Katie but she was just the stronger rider today.”
On lap 2, Compton set a lap time of 7’45”, the fastest lap time of the day up to that point and seven seconds faster that the fastest lap time of the Masters 35+ field which included her husband Mark Legg-Compton.
Luna’s Georgia Gould, racing in front of her hometown fans, found herself in third place for the second day. With her third place finish Gould remains the USGP overall leader.
The tight race of the day was for 4th place between Ft. Collins native Meredith Miller (California Giant Berry/Specialized) and Amy Dombroski (Luna). They went back and forth through out the race. It was not until the last few hundred feet that Miller out sprinted Dombowski for 4th.
Nicole Duke (Hudz/Subaru) opened strong and held on for sixth place, scoring the SRAM Most Aggressive Rider honor.
The USGP series will conclude in Portland on December 3rd and 4th.
Katie Compton (Planet Bike). “The course was a little different today. I could apply more power and I felt better today. I did not make as many mistakes as I did yesterday. It was just a smoother race.”
Katerina Nash (Luna). “The course was different and I did not have the best first few laps. I also did not have a good start which influenced my race today. There were more solid lines in the downhill. The course was drying out when the sun came out. We didn’t even changed bikes today. I also think we all did not make as many mistakes today which definitely changed the dynamics of the race. I tried to chase Katie but she was just the stronger rider today.”
Georgia Gould (Luna). “I didn’t go too hard I just didn’t have the legs. When Katie caught me I kind of stayed with her, she was definitely riding fast. I was riding I think technically as well as she was, I was definitely feeling yesterday a little bit and I didn’t have the little extra and then also I tripped on the barriers and totally ate shit. That’s when Katerina passed me and I was trying to get re-situated after getting back up.”
About her strategy when in 3rd on the course. “I was still trying to ride as hard as I could, keep it as close as I could. I just had that one pace without that little extra and it’s disappointing, there are so many people cheering for me, I wish I could have just.. I did as good as I could.”
Nicole Duke (Hudz-Subaru). “I just tried to hold my position, it was a much better race than yesterday, the course was much faster, I could rail the berns and seemed to have a lot more of an advantage in the downhill turning sections so it worked out for me.”
Top 10 Elite Women
1. Katherine Compton (Planet Bike)
2. Katerina Nash (Luna Pro Team)
3. Georgia Gould (Luna Pro Team)
4. Meredith Miller (California Giant Berry Farms/Specialized)
5. Amy Dombroski (Luna Pro Team)
6. Nicole Duke (Hudz-Subaru)
7. Maureen Bruno-Roy (Bob’s Red Mill/Seven)
8. Katherine Sherwin (Hudz-Subaru)
9. Amanda Miller (Hudz-Subaru)
10. Alice Pennington (S&M)