USACYCLING  • Kaitlin Keough
Cyclocross

Kaitlin Keough

D.O.B January 1, 1992
Hometown Racine, WI
School Marian University
Residence Colorado Springs, CO
Pro Teams Planet Bike (2006-2009) Cannondale p/b Cyclocrossworld.com (2010-present)

Meet the Athlete

Kaitlin "Kaitie" Keough was born in Racine, Wisconsin. In 2010, Keough finished 8th in the UCI Junior World Championships while racing for the U.S. National Team. Keough joined the Cannondale p/b Cyclocrossworld.com team for the 2010–2011 cyclocross season, winning the U23 Cyclocross National Championship and getting her first call up to the Elite Women's national team for the World Championships in Saint Wendel, Germany.

Keough attended Marian University, where she medaled in numerous national championships, across multiple disciplines. After graduating college, she moved to Colorado Springs, Colo. to train with fellow cyclocross racer and friend Katie Compton.

When not on the bike, she enjoys working on house projects, hanging out in the back yard with her chickens, and cooking. In 2017, she married fellow professional cyclist Luke Keough.

Keough lists strengths as a rider as her ability to fight and never give up. For her the tougher the course and conditions, the better. She has found purpose for racing over the past couple of years brining her genuine happiness and increases her inner strength.

Can you briefly describe your path and the meaningful moments that have inspired you?
The most meaningful moment in my cycling career so far came to me last season after my first World Cup win in Iowa City, IA.  I had been on World Cup podiums a handful of times prior but I had never won.  It was something I was chasing and to finally have achieved it was amazing and horrible at the same time.  I had a very severe depressive episode after this great accomplishment because winning that World Cup didn’t feel like I had always thought it would.  I had to take a big step back and...

The most meaningful moment in my cycling career so far came to me last season after my first World Cup win in Iowa City, IA.  I had been on World Cup podiums a handful of times prior but I had never won.  It was something I was chasing and to finally have achieved it was amazing and horrible at the same time.  I had a very severe depressive episode after this great accomplishment because winning that World Cup didn’t feel like I had always thought it would.  I had to take a big step back and re-evaluate why I was racing my bike.  Normally, people say that you learn more from the races you lose than the ones you win but I disagree.  That win taught me more than I ever could have imagined.  I learned that I was racing & wanting to win for all of the wrong reasons.  It took a bit of soul searching but I wouldn’t change a thing because I know now my WHY and have a much healthier psychological relationship with the sport.  Of course, I still line up wanting to win, but for very different and much healthier reasons now.  

If you could go back in time, what would be something you'd tell your younger self?

Lighten up a bit and not take everything so seriously.  This is an amazingly unique journey you are on, Kaitie.  Allow yourself to enjoy it a bit more.

Lighten up a bit and not take everything so seriously.  This is an amazingly unique journey you are on, Kaitie.  Allow yourself to enjoy it a bit more.

What was a memorable experiences in the beginning of your journey as a cyclist?

My most memorable experience towards the beginning of my journey as a cyclist was when I competed in my first stock bike race at the Washington Park Velodrome in Kenosha, Wisconsin when I was five years old.  Thankfully, living so close to the velodrome was the start of it all for me.  

My most memorable experience towards the beginning of my journey as a cyclist was when I competed in my first stock bike race at the Washington Park Velodrome in Kenosha, Wisconsin when I was five years old.  Thankfully, living so close to the velodrome was the start of it all for me.  

2006-2007

USA Cycling Cyclocross National Championships

2nd 15-16 Junior Women

2007-2008

USA Cycling Cyclocross National Championships

2nd 15-16 Junior Women

2008-2009

USA CYCLING CYCLOCROSS NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS

3rd 17-18 Junior Women

2009-2010

USA CYCLING CYCLOCROSS NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS

2nd 17-18 Junior Women

2010-2011

UCI Cyclocross World Championships

30th Elite Women

USA CYCLING CYCLOCROSS NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS

2nd Collegiate Women

10th Elite Women

2011-2012

UCI CYCLOCROSS WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS

26th Elite Women

USA CYCLING CYCLOCROSS NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS

2nd Elite Women

1st Collegiate Women

Derby City Cup

2nd Elite Women

2012-2013

UCI CYCLOCROSS WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS

10th Elite Women

USA CYCLING CYCLOCROSS NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS

9th Elite Women

1st U23 Women

1st Collegiate Women

PROVIDENCE CYCLOCROSS FESTIVAL

Day 1 - 2nd Elite Women

2013-2014

UCI CYCLOCROSS WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS 

13th Elite Women

USA CYCLING CYCLOCROSS NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS 

7th Elite Women 

1st U23 Women 

1st Collegiate Women

2014-2015

UCI CYCLOCROSS WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS  

13th Elite Women

USA CYCLING CYCLOCROSS NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS

2nd Elite Women

Rapha Super Cross Gloucester

Day 1 - 2nd Elite Women

DERBY CITY CUP

Day 1 - 2nd Elite Women

2015-2016

UCI Cyclocross World Championships

8th Elite Women

Pan-American Continental Cyclocross Championships

2nd Elite Women

USA Cycling Cyclocross National Championships

3rd Elite Women

World Cup #2 - Valkenburg

2nd Elite Women

Ellison Park Cyclocross p/b Full Moon Vista

Day 1 - 1st Elite Women

Trek CXC Cup

Day 1 - 1st Elite Women

2016-2017

UCI CYCLOCROSS WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS

10th Elite Women

USA CYCLING CYCLOCROSS NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS

3rd Elite Women

Rochester Cyclocross

Day 1 - 1st Elite Women

Trek CXC Cup

Day 2 - 1st Elite Women

2017-2018

UCI CYCLOCROSS WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS

6th Elite Women

PAN-AMERICAN CONTINENTAL CYCLOCROSS CHAMPIONSHIPS

2nd Elite Women

USA CYCLING CYCLOCROSS NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS

3rd Elite Women

World Cup #1: Jingle Cross

2nd Elite Women

World Cup #2: Trek CXC Cup

2nd Elite Women

World Cup #4

3rd Elite Women 

World Cup #8

2nd Elite Women

2018-2019

UCI CYCLOCROSS WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS

7th Elite Women

PAN-AMERICAN CONTINENTAL CYCLOCROSS CHAMPIONSHIPS

3rd Elite Women

USA CYCLING CYCLOCROSS NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS

5th Elite Women

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