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“Many female champions, such as Katie Compton have stated that to achieve her goals as a cyclist she raced with the men. This helped her become as strong as she is and achieve the level of success in a competitive environment. As noted in the most recent issue of Velonews:

She finished an amazing eighth place in the elite men’s field at the 2006 Colorado State Cyclo-cross championships.

“That was the hardest race I did all year, hands down,” Compton says. “Women are more content to be comfortable with their spot in a race, men race you for the 20th spot, in and out of every corner.”

Compton says competing with the men gave her the strength to wallop the women’s field at the national championships in Providence, Rhode Island. She plans to compete predominantly in elite men’s ‘cross races for 2007 training.”

Yikes!

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5 comments for “Snatched from another blog:”

  1. All I can say is wow. She rox it so hard and that’s my plan for the season. Not race with the elites of course, but to be competitive in the men’s cat 3-4. There’s not many women racers here in the midwest and to get better I need to be fighting not to get my butt completely kicked. :)

    Posted by Sydney Brown | February 10, 2007, 4:07 am
  2. Hell yeah! Got to start somewhere. Cat 3 racing is still pretty tough, they keep attacking and attacking, don’t have the sense yet to just chill out and ride tempo.

    Posted by Molly | February 10, 2007, 12:19 pm
  3. My “favorite” part of riding cross in the men’s races was getting empty compliments from guys afterwards. I don’t know for sure, but I have a feeling many of them had no clue who I was or had ever watched me race in the women’s category. It was nice for them to go out of their way to compliment me but I felt like their judgement was based on the fact that they were a MAN and I had beat them. I didn’t see them complimenting the other 15 people that rolled over the line in front of them. Maybe I’m overly sensitive. Regardless if it was because they were chasing the ponytail in front of them, (which seemed to be more of a target!) the men’s races were SO much more agressive than what I was used to and provided a lot of valuable experience.

    Posted by Rachel from Toledo | February 11, 2007, 9:51 am
  4. yeah, Rachel, my favorite so far in racing the men’s categories last year was this yelled from the sideline: “Hurry up ___________ or you’re going to get beat by a girl!” I don’t think they realized they were inspiring the wrong rider. :)

    Posted by sydney | February 13, 2007, 12:43 pm
  5. Prepping for her world’s trip to Europe, Deidre Winfield raced against the masters and then the A-field back-to-back at Cobblestone Cross outside Richmond in early January. My penultimate lap in the masters race was the hardest of my life as I scrambled to avoid being lapped by her. She’d already ridden the leaders off her wheel. These cross women are fast.

    Posted by chris d | February 25, 2007, 2:33 pm

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