“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.”