Compton confident with 14th ‘cross title on the line

From Velo News

Katie Compton finished second at the Zolder round of the UCI Cyclocross World Cup in December. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com

It’s hard to remember what Katie Compton (KFC Racing-Trek-Knight Composites) looks like without a Stars and Stripes skinsuit. That’s because the last time anyone other than Compton wore the elite women’s national championship kit, George W. Bush was president.

In his first term.

Compton, 39, is again the favorite to win the U.S. title, which will be held this coming weekend in Reno, Nevada. In the last month of racing Compton has proven her winning form, scoring four podium finishes and one victory at some of the toughest races on the European calendar.

“I feel better than I did last year so that’s a good sign,” Compton told VeloNews on Monday. “Racing more helps too. Last year I stayed home and didn’t race after December 4. That’s six weeks to nationals, and training isn’t same as racing.”

While she raced exclusively in the U.S. through the fall of 2016, Compton took a new approach to the 2017 season. She switched her focus to the European theater, spending only one weekend stateside to race. Compton set up a base in Kalmthout, Belgium — something she’s never done in her lengthy career — and raced in Europe starting early October.

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