Compton switches to road racing for Amgen Women’s Race

When USA Cycling announced its selection of riders that will compete at the upcoming Amgen Women’s Race from May 17-19, many were surprised to see the addition of world-class cyclo-cross talent Katie Compton.

In an interview with Cyclingnews, Compton said that she is ready for the challenge of a three-day Women’s WorldTour event and prepared to do whatever it takes to help teammate Megan Guarnier secure a second overall title.

“I can’t wait,” Compton told Cyclingnews. “It’ll be such a great experience, and I’m happy I get to be part of it. I love all types of bike racing so having the opportunity to race such a big race domestically for the US national team is pretty great.”

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Guarnier, who won the Amgen Women’s Race in 2016, will lead the USA Cycling Team in an attempt to win a second title. The team also includes sisters Skylar and Samantha Schneider, Christina Birch and Jennifer Wheeler.

USA Cycling asked Compton if she was interested in joining the team at the Amgen Women’s Race, at the end of a talent ID camp on the track in March.

“I wasn’t planning on racing in California, but the opportunity was presented to me, and I thought it would be a great experience,” Compton said. “It will also help with early-season ‘cross prep.”

You can read more at Cyclingnews.com