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    Katie Compton is a Badd Ass Bike racer!!!

    I just needed to give props to Katie Compton she is really killing it on the world up circuit this year!! and every other year! Nice to see so many US women racing so well on the world cup circuit!!!

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    Katie is quite strong. She had some really good MTB finishes in 09. When it comes to CX she really crushes it!

    Personally I am a huge fan of C-Pen. Definitely one of the nicest truly world class athletes I have ever met.

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    This thread needs pics.

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    Pass

    I've had the pleasure of being passed by her in an XC race this spring. They started the Pro women 2 min behind we Cat1 folks. She got through all but 1 or 2 of my field by the end. I hung on for a few minutes and them we hit a flat section and she just powered off. I'm not a skinny climber type, so I was quite impressed. I guess her nickname of "watts" is quite appropriate. I heard her threshold is around 400.
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    When I got back into cycling in 04', I was pretty motivated to get right back to racing. But I was 41, overweight and had not excercised or ridden a bike in nearly 10 years.. so it was suggested that I look into finding a coach and prevent self destruction.

    I bought a CTS package and was assigned a coach.. Katie Compton. She was committed to Paralympics at the time and hadn't yet started her run on US CX Nationals domination. I remember that first year Nationals win where due to no UCI points (UCI Pro's can't race Paralympic's) Katie was staged at the very back. She blew through the pack early in the event and solo'd off to US Nat'z Victory.

    Then the following year, wearing the Stars and Stripes, she was still maintaining Paralympic status, had no UCI points, and was staged at the back (again). She blew through the pack and solo'd away to Stars and Stripes #2.

    I think about that time a lot of people where telling her that she needed to race Worlds.. but it would require her to end the commitment to Paralympics (Katie was the pilot of an Olympic Gold Medal tandem team where the stoker was blind). I think she did 1 more Paralympic Worlds and then launched back into full time Pro status.

    Her story is inspiring. She had basically given up on Pro level racing due to muscle issues related to the high levels of training that were necessary. Katie settled into a coaching position at CTS and there a fellow coach had a Paralympic client looking for a Pilot. Katie would not need the massive training schedule, so she agreed. Katie has since been able to work through the muscle issues, and is now back at the highest level.

    My personal experience was only as a client. But Katie was a great coach for me. She wrote my training for 3.5yrs and during that time I transformed from many years as a late night, overweight, grease, sugar, and caffiene fueled Blues guitarist to a competetive 40+ MTB'er. It was a slow and steady build.. she pushed me right to the edge, but never let me go over. I'll never forget 2007 MTB Nationals at MT Snow. I was having a great race, leading after 2 of 3 laps and just about to the final downhill to victory.. when I bonked. The race was a super technical mud bath, and I was so focused on maintaining speed that I forgot to eat (gels in the pocket). I had drink mix in my bottles.. not enough, and at 2hrs I faded. Passed by 2 guys and got 3rd. I was real dissappointed. I quickly put my sights on another race to build for, another goal to peak for, and Katie said NO (and she meant it!). I was trying to redeem myself by achieving more, when what I really needed was a break. The Season had highs and lows, and thats racing... it was time for a break (mentally and physically). Probably the best training advise I ever learned.

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    http://www.cyclingnews.com/races/uci...-women/results

    Compton repeats Nommay World Cup win

    Vos second to USA 'cross specialist
    Marianne Vos leads Katherine Compton

    In the first clash between all the top cyclo-cross riders at the second round of the UCI Cyclo-cross World Cup in Nommay, France, Katherine Compton (Planet Bike) showed that she's currently the leading lady in women's cyclo-cross. The American powered away from a group of seven riders with Marianne Vos during the second of seven laps.

    The fast and greasy grasslands suited the stronger riders and two laps later Compton shook off the Dutch cyclo-cross world champion. The American pulled off an impressive solo and grabbed her sixth career World Cup win with a 35-second lead over Vos.
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    I'd really love to see her get a full fledged sponsor for mountain bike racing and give it a go for a full season of racing. I think there were a couple of Pro XCT races where she was in contention for the win this year and ended up with mechanicals and asthma attacks. It would be interesting to see her devote a season to peaking for a few World Cup Mountain Bike races.

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    She's a freaking brick house... I love it

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gatorback
    I'd really love to see her get a full fledged sponsor for mountain bike racing and give it a go for a full season of racing. I think there were a couple of Pro XCT races where she was in contention for the win this year and ended up with mechanicals and asthma attacks. It would be interesting to see her devote a season to peaking for a few World Cup Mountain Bike races.

    She has the engine and skills to win at the world cup level in MTB.

    If she can sort out her pacing issues, expect to see her on the podium.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LMN
    She has the engine and skills to win at the world cup level in MTB.

    If she can sort out her pacing issues, expect to see her on the podium.
    You should get the Luna Chicks folks to bring her on to their already stacked team. Maybe they could take over World Cup events like they have the events here in North American.

    Did Catherine end up 2nd in the points race?

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    Catharine ended up 3rd overall. A really bad race at Champery dropped her down.

    I don't think you will ever see Katie on a major team. The support that she is looking for you don't find on trade teams. I think Katie wants a bit more freedom in her schedual and equipement.

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    She's done well to sort out racing with asthma as well, after having a DNF at MSA from an asthma attack, she bounced back at Bromont and in races afterwards.
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    plus she is a great asset to the sport. While standing in line at the uci race in the springs I was able to strike up a conversation with her and she is just so positive and interested in others and how they are doing in the sport. Not a me.. me.. me... pro at all.

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