U.S. National Champion quietly pulled into the
on Saturday looking relaxed and hanging out with her parents. Then
she quietly stomped any drama out of the Elite UCI race to take the
biggest slice of the richest prize purse ever offered for a women’s
Cyclocross by a large margin. By the end of the first lap, Compton
(Spike Shooter) had a 19 second lead. In the process, she had won
$100 for being the first racer over the barriers on the first lap.
The race, along with Bessette’s chain, blew apart on the third lap.
Broken chains would turn out to be a recurring theme for the afternoon.
When asked later if she knew that Bessette had broken her chain,
replied, “No, but I knew something was wrong because I can’t
pull away from her that fast.”
eventually won by
over Bessette. Velo Bella’s Barbara Howe worked her way past
racers throughout the race to place third.
On Sunday, the
women competitors were once again racing for a purse equal to that of the
men.The two-day purse of
over $6400 is believed to be the biggest prize list ever offered for a
women’s cyclocross anywhere in the world.Once again it was Katie Compton (Spike Shooter) and Lyne Bessette (CyclocrossWorld.com)
who dominated the proceedings.The
two were together for the first half of the race, neither able to gain and
hold a substantial advantage until
began to pull away at about half-race.Once gone,
dominated to score her second consecutive victory for the weekend and the
lion’s share of the purse.Behind
Bessette, a race-long dual for third between two west-coasters drew the
crowd’s attention. Californian
Barbara Howe (Velo Bella Kona) appeared to be away for third by the end of
the second lap, only to have
’s Megan Elliott come out of the remains of the pack to catch her.The two were never more that a bike length apart for the remainder
of the race until Howe pulled away in the last quarter of the last lap to
take the final podium position.
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