Katie Compton

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Katie Compton
Katie Compton 2011.jpg
Compton in 2011
Personal information
Full name Katie Compton
Nickname KFC
Born (1978-12-03) December 3, 1978 (age 38)
Wilmington, United States
Height 5 ft 6 in (1.68 m)
Weight 135 lb (61 kg)
Team information
Current team Trek Factory Racing
Discipline Cyclo-cross, Track & MTB
Role Rider

Katie Compton (born December 3, 1978) is an American bicycle racer. She specializes in cyclo-cross racing. 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 every season from 2004 to 2017.[1] 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.

Katie Compton

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 two World Cup wins and four medals at the Cyclocross World Championships, and 90+ UCI wins, making Compton the most successful US 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, 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.

Major results[edit]

  • IPC World Championships, Altenstadt, Germany (with Karissa Whitsell)
    • 1st, 3 km pursuit
    • 1st, 23 km time trial
    • 2nd, kilometer time trial
  • IPC European Games, Prague, Czech Republic (with Karissa Whitsell)
    • 1st, kilometer time trial
    • 1st, 14 km time trial
    • 2nd, 3 km pursuit
    • 2nd, road race
    • 3rd, match sprints
  • IBSA World Championships, Quebec, Canada (with Karissa Whitsell)
    • 1st, 3 km pursuit
    • 1st, match sprints
    • 2nd, kilometer time trial
    • 2nd, road race
  • US Paralympic National Championships, Colorado Springs, CO (with Karissa Whitsell)
    • 1st, 3 km pursuit
    • 1st, kilometer time trial
    • 1st, match sprints


  1. ^ "Katie Compton - USA Cycling". www.usacycling.org. Retrieved 2016-12-06. 
  2. ^ Decaluwé, Brecht (20 December 2015). "Harris claims maiden World Cup win in Namur". cyclingnews.com. Retrieved 24 December 2015. 
  3. ^ Decaluwé, Brecht (26 December 2015). "Cant beats Compton in Zolder". cyclingnews.com. Retrieved 26 December 2015. 
  4. ^ Frattini, Kirsten (24 September 2016). "Compton wins women's Jingle Cross World Cup". cyclingnews.com. Retrieved 25 September 2016. 
  5. ^ "2016 CrossVegas Results" (PDF). Retrieved 23 September 2016. 
  6. ^ http://www.cyclingnews.com/races/uci-cyclo-cross-world-cup-zeven-2016/elite-women/results/.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  7. ^ "Compton powers to victory in Ronse". cyclingnews.com. 8 October 2017. Retrieved 8 October 2017. 

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Sporting positions
Preceded by
Alison Dunlap
USA Cycling Cyclocross National Championships
2004–2010, 2012–2014
Succeeded by