USACYCLING  • Katie Compton
Cyclocross

Katie Compton

D.O.B December 3, 1978
Hometown Wilmington, DE
Residence Colorado Springs, CO
Pro Teams KFC Racing

Meet the Athlete

"Katie Compton (born December 3, 1978) is an American bicycle racer. She specializes in cyclo-cross racing and a 14-time national champion. Compton formerly piloted a tandem with a blind partner in Paralympic events.

She has won the USA Cycling Cyclocross National Championships Elite Women's title in an unbroken 15-win streak every season from 2004 to 2019. Since she took part in Paralympic events she can not enter any bicycle races which award UCI points. Since she was unable to take part in major races before the National Championship, her win was a surprise to other racers, fans and journalists.

In 2007, she became the first American woman to podium in the Cyclo-cross World Championships (held in the Cyclo-cross capital of the world that year—Belgium) where she won silver between a French duo composed of Maryline Salvetat (who took the gold) and Laurence Leboucher (who won the bronze). In the 2007–2008 season she began racing professionally in UCI races as she no longer had her Paralympic obligations. In the beginning of the season she routinely has won the elite women's races in the US and on November 11, in only her third ever, she won her first World Cup Race in Pijnacker, Netherlands. Compton won by a margin of 54 seconds ahead of race favorite Daphny van den Brand who had won the previous World Cup race in Kalmthout. 

In Paralympic events she rides a tandem with a blind partner Karissa Whitsell. Compton, the sighted team member, pilots and pedals the tandem in the captain position while Whitsell rides in the rear, stoker, position on their tandem. They were dominant in the 2004 Games, winning medals in every event they entered and setting a world record in the 3 km pursuit event.

Compton has amassed twenty three World Cup wins and four medals at the Cyclocross World Championships, and 130+ UCI wins, making Compton the most successful U.S. Cyclocross athlete male or female in the sport.

In 2012, Compton signed a contract with the Trek Cyclocross Collective. Compton has worked closely with Trek testing and developing geometry she designed for the successful Trek Crockett and Boone cyclocross models.

In 2014 Compton rides for the Trek Factory Racing Team.

In 2014 Compton won her 100th UCI race after winning the Valkenburg World Cup in The Netherlands.

In 2016 Trek removed Compton off Trek Factory Racing support. Compton went on to form her own team, "KFC Racing" with sponsors including Trek Bikes,Knight Composites and Panache Clothing. Compton resumed her winning ways for the 2016-17 cyclocross season winning her first race at the Trek CXC Cup in Waterloo, Wisconsin."

-- wikipedia.org

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

Probably racing street sprints as a kid (my Dad put on bike races and sprints for the kids) and being the only girl racing with the boys in the first criteriums I did. Also my first time getting on the velodrome in Trexlertown when I was 11 or so, it was such a fun place to ride a bike and great social environment since I had kids my own age to ride with and great coaching too. 

Probably racing street sprints as a kid (my Dad put on bike races and sprints for the kids) and being the only girl racing with the boys in the first criteriums I did. Also my first time getting on the velodrome in Trexlertown when I was 11 or so, it was such a fun place to ride a bike and great social environment since I had kids my own age to ride with and great coaching too. 

What is your favorite quote, advice or words to live by ?

Just keep moving forward, everything gets better with time. 

Just keep moving forward, everything gets better with time. 

How did youth sports impact you as a young person and help you grow to the person you are today?

They helped develop my athleticism and work ethic. My hand/eye coordination isn’t what it used to be when I played ball sports but they were fun and I really enjoyed the team aspect. 

They helped develop my athleticism and work ethic. My hand/eye coordination isn’t what it used to be when I played ball sports but they were fun and I really enjoyed the team aspect. 

2002

IPC World Championships

1st 3 km pursuit (with Karissa Whitsell)

1st 23 km time trial (with Karissa Whitsell)

2nd kilometer time trial (with Karissa Whitsell)

2003

IPC World Championships

1st kilometer time trial (with Karissa Whitsell)

1st 14 km time trial (with Karissa Whitsell)

2nd 3 km pursuit (with Karissa Whitsell)

2nd road race (with Karissa Whitsell)

3rd match sprints (with Karissa Whitsell)

IBSA World Championships

1st 3 km pursuit (with Karissa Whitsell)

1st match sprints (with Karissa Whitsell)

2nd kilometer time trial (with Karissa Whitsell)

2nd road race (with Karissa Whitsell)

US Paralympic National Championships

1st 3 km pursuit (with Karissa Whitsell)

1st kilometer time trial (with Karissa Whitsell)

1st match sprints (with Karissa Whitsell)

2004

USA Cycling Cyclocross National Championships

1st Elite Women

Paralympic Games, Athens, Greece

1st 3 km pursuit (with Karissa Whitsell)
(set current world record of 3:36.816)

1st combined road race and time trial (with Karissa Whitsell)

2nd kilometer time trial (with Karissa Whitsell)

3rd match sprints (with Karissa Whitsell)

2005-2006

USA Cycling Cyclocross National Championships

1st Elite Women

2006-2007

USA Cycling Cyclocross National Championships

1st Elite Women

2007-2008

UCI Cyclo-cross World Championships

2nd Elite Women

USA Cycling Cyclocross National Championships

1st Elite Women

UCI Cyclo-cross World Cup

Pijnacker - 1st Elite Women

Koksijde - 1st Elite Women

Kalmthout - 2nd Elite Women

2008-2009

USA Cycling Cyclocross National Championships

1st Elite Women

USA Cycling Mountain Bike National Championships

Short Track - 1st Elite Women

UCI Cyclo-cross World Cup

Koksijde - 1st Elite Women

Nommay - 1st Elite Women

Pijnacker - 3rd Elite Women

2009-2010

UCI Cyclo-cross World Championships

3rd Elite Women

USA Cycling Cyclocross National Championships

1st Elite Women

UCI Cyclo-cross World Cup

Treviso - 1st Elite Women

Nommay - 1st Elite Women

Kalmthout - 3rd Elite Women

Heusden-Zolder - 3rd Elite Women

Koksijde - 3rd Elite Women

2010-2011

UCI Cyclo-cross World Championships

2nd Elite Women

USA Cycling Cyclocross National Championships

1st Elite Women

USA Cycling Mountain Bike National Championships

Short Track - 1st Elite Women

UCI Cyclo-cross World Cup

Aigle - 1st Elite Women

Koksijde - 1st Elite Women

Kalmthout - 1st Elite Women

Zolder-Heusden - 1st Elite Women

Hoogerheide - 1st Elite Women

2011-2012

UCI Cyclo-cross World Championships

5th Elite Women

USA Cycling Cyclocross National Championships

1st Elite Women

UCI Cyclo-cross World Cup

Plzen - 1st Elite Women

Koksijde - 3rd Elite Women

Namur - 3rd Elite Women

Lievin - 3rd Elite Women

2012-2013

UCI Cyclo-cross World Championships

2nd Elite Women

USA Cycling Cyclocross National Championships

1st Elite Women

USA Cycling Elite Track National Championships

Madison - 1st Elite Women (With Cari Higgins)

UCI Cyclo-cross World Cup

Plzen - 1st Elite Women

Koksijde - 1st Elite Women

Roubaix - 1st Elite Women

Namur - 1st Elite Women

Tábor - 2nd Elite Women

Heusden-Zolder - 2nd Elite Women

2013-2014

UCI Cyclo-cross World Championships

2nd Elite Women

USA Cycling Cyclocross National Championships

1st Elite Women

UCI Cyclo-cross World Cup

Tábor - 1st Elite Women

Koksijde - 1st Elite Women

Namur - 1st Elite Women

Zolder - 1st Elite Women

Valkenburg - 2nd Elite Women

2014-2015

UCI Cyclo-cross World Championships

27th Elite Women

Pan-American Cyclocross Continental Championships

1st Elite Women

USA Cycling Cyclocross National Championships

1st Elite Women

UCI Cyclo-cross World Cup

Baal - 1st Elite Women

Rome - 1st Elite Women

Valkenburg - 1st Elite Women

2015-2016

UCI Cyclo-cross World Championships

13th Elite Women

Pan-American Cyclocross Continental Championships

1st Elite Women

USA Cycling Cyclocross National Championships

1st Elite Women

UCI Cyclo-cross World Cup

Heusden-Zolder - 2nd Elite Women

2016-2017

Pan-American Cyclocross Continental Championships

1st Elite Women

USA Cycling Cyclocross National Championships

1st Elite Women

UCI Cyclo-cross World Cup

Jingle Cross - 1st Elite Women

Zeven - 2nd Elite Women

CrossVegas - 3rd Elite Women

2017-2018

UCI Cyclo-cross World Championships

2nd Elite Women

Pan-American Cyclocross Continental Championships

1st Elite Women

USA Cycling Cyclocross National Championships

1st Elite Women

UCI Cyclo-cross World Cup

#8 - 1st Elite Women

#7 - 2nd Elite Women

#5 - 3rd Elite Women

2018-2019

UCI Cyclo-cross World Championships

34th Elite Women

Pan-American Cyclocross Continental Championships

1st Elite Women

USA Cycling Cyclocross National Championships

1st Elite Women

UCI Cyclo-cross World Cup

Bern - 3rd Elite Women

Hoogerheide - 2nd Elite Women

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