By Paul Wilson
THE 15-TIME NATIONAL CHAMPION SPEAKS WITH BICYCLING ABOUT RACE RITUALS, FUTURE PLANS, AND HER FAVORITE BREED OF DOG.
In 2007, Katie Compton became the first American woman to podium in the UCI Cyclocross World Championships in Belgium. This weekend, Compton, now 41, finished 4th in another world championships in Switzerland, behind three cyclists from The Netherlands: Ceylin del Carmen Alvarado (1st), Annemarie Worst (2nd), and Lucinda Brand (3rd).
While watching the men’s race on Sunday, Bicycling caught up with Compton to ask about what the future holds for her in bike racing, what USA cycling can do for younger female riders in order to beat Europe, and our other burning questions, like bike set up and favorite breed of dog.
Bicycling: Looking ahead to 2021, what does the future hold?
Katie Compton: I’m definitely going to race next year, but I’m looking toward Fayetteville as the end. I haven’t made a decision yet and I still need to work out some stuff, making sure the contracts and sponsors are all behind it, but I like racing my bike.
I want to keep going. I’m definitely going to race more in Europe again, and then see how it goes. I don’t have any definitive end point or definitive race schedule but I will be racing next year.
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