Slainte, Katie

You can’t always be the windshield. Some days you’re the bug.

It happened to Katie Compton yesterday at U.S. cyclocross nationals in Tacoma. She never looked quite herself, barring one stellar, gutsy, downhill pass early on. But she never quit — she hung grimly on to finish third behind Clara Honsinger and runner-up Rebecca Fahringer.

“Yeah, I’m disappointed, but mostly I just didn’t feel that great, and it’s always hard to not have your best day, but that’s OK,” Compton told Cyclingnews. “It’s good to see Clara and Becca riding as well as they are.”

And it’s good to see the 15-time national champ gutting it out to the finish, clawing her way back onto the podium when it looked like a lost cause, and praising the two riders who finally dethroned her. She may have lost the jersey, but she’s still a champion.

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13 Responses to “Slainte, Katie”

  1. JD Dallager Says:

    Katie’s definitely a class act, role model, and true champion!!

  2. carl duellman Says:

    i was surprised to see her racing this year because i thought she retired. she’s still hard to beat.

  3. Pat O’Brien Says:

    Classy! I am guessing that she has always been this way,

    • Patrick O'Grady Says:

      For me it’s all about how you lose, not how you win.

      I’ve seen a few pros (mostly guys) act like utter shitheels when they take a beating. It’s an unpleasant thing to watch.

      For Katie this must’ve been like being the fastest gun in the West for 15 years. You know that one day you’re gonna step out in the street with some young pisser and it won’t be you who clears leather first. But you keep stepping out.

  4. khal spencer Says:

    Good for her. A class act.

    • Patrick O'Grady Says:

      She seemed to be having breathing issues again. Spent a lot of time blowing snot, and seemed to be suffering big-time on the run-ups, which were slightly insane. And those younguns really took the fight to her instead of hanging back.

      Helluva race, all in all. The elite men’s race, too.

  5. Larry T. atCycleItalia Says:

    We saw her on TV here earlier in the season at various Euro races doing pretty well. Maybe she’ll have better luck at the World’s? I still have a t-shirt from 2002 when they were sold to raise money to send the USA ‘crossers to the World’s. It’s a long-sleeve so gets worn only when it’s cold – which is I guess why it’s not quite worn out yet.

  6. B Lester Says:

    I saw her last summer in the Janesville, WI stop on the Tour of America’s Dairyland. She wasn’t interested in the win, but obliterated the field to get the lion’s share of the lap primes. She walked away with a serious four figures worth of cash. Very impressive.

  7. SAO' Says:

    At the risk of thread highjacking, gotta question completely unrelated:

    How did I just now listen to the Dec 16th edition of Radio Free Dogpath via Overcast when I can’t find it on the Apple Podcast app?

    • Patrick O'Grady Says:

      Beats the hell out of me. I know Apple has been futzing around with this, that, and the other since I last cranked out a podcast. It’s been published on Libsyn, and after that, well … round and round and round it goes, and where it stops, nobody knows.

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