Compton Retains World Cup Lead
21 December, 2009
Katie Compton may be the most dominant American rider in the history of cyclocross, but that doesn't mean that it comes easy for the 32-year-old. This past weekend, at the fourth round of the cyclocross world cup in Kalmthout, Belgium, Compton encountered a number of setbacks and just barely managed to remain the overall world cup leader. The course was blanketed in fresh snow, complete with ruts and frozen snow. Compton had a bad start, then suffered a crash trying to move through mid-pack traffic. By the end of the race, Compton moved up to third place. This race was a stark contrast to Compton's dominant style, but illustrates the grit and perseverance needed to stay competitive at the top level.