She’s billed as the Lance Armstrong of elite women’s cyclocross and she’ll be getting down and dirty during Queenstown’s Winter Festival.
The announcement today (Monday) that international cyclocross superstar Katie Compton will race in Queenstown has the local cycling scene abuzz.
Her July 1 race is the first of the National Cyclocross Series and will be held on a wet and greasy two-kilometre course at Remarkables Park.
“To secure a world leader of Katie Compton’s stature and expertise for the first in the race series is extremely exciting,” Queenstown Mountain Bike Club race series organiser Carey Vivian says.
Compton is the highest-ranked cyclocross rider ever to compete in New Zealand, he says.
As well as the 33-year-old American’s 12 World Cup wins, she’s also taken out the elite women’s title at the US Cyclocross National Championships every year for the past eight years.
Cyclocross involves an action-packed 40- to 60-minute lap race through mud, sand and sometimes even snow – riders also have to hoist their bikes over a series of obstacles.
It’s claimed to be the fastest-growing two-wheel sport in the United States.
Compton will be accompanied by her expat-Kiwi husband Mark Legg-Compton, also a highly-regarded cyclocross competitor who represented NZ in 2002.
The local One Square Meal Cyclocross Series will kick off at 10am this Sunday at Remarkables Park. Access to the course is through the shopping centre, down past the BNZ.