With her hanging up her mountainbike, Compton has also confirmed that she will not be part of the United States team for the Olympic Games in London this summer. With the combination of cyclocross and mountainbike making her performances suffer, she explained that she was unlikely to make the team anyway.
“Our team hasn’t been named yet but they were looking at the WC rankings after first 4 races to select the team,” she said. “I was was too far down in those rankings to qualify and not riding well enough so Olympics wasn’t an issue for me. I think the team is named in June.”"
"The two wins that meant the most to me are the World Championships and the 2006 European Championships that were held in Huijbergen [The Netherlands]. That year I had problems with my knee and had to be operated on over the summer. I was three months out of training and then I came back to win this race. It was an emotional day for me."
What also meant a lot to her was the impact she was able to make on behalf of women in cyclo-cross. Over more than a decade, she has been one of the leaders in pushing key organizations such as UCI to give women more opportunities such as the women’s inaugural World Championships in 2000. She has also been instrumental in raising the payout – both start and prize money – from GVA Trofee, World Cup and World Championship events.
"I can only hope that the girls racing now can pick up where I left off and continue to speak their mind to improve the situation. When you don’t say anything, nothing can change – or worse yet, maybe it can get worse.""
Really nice interview with and profile on Daphny van den Brand, as she retires - celebrating not just her great wins, but also her work off the bike and the impact she has had on pushing cyclocross to recognise women - and even allow them to race in the first place!
Daphny’s such an amazing champion, and a great ambassador for CX. I’ll really miss her, now she’s retired - no more plaits at the front of the race! - but wish her massive good luck - and a houseful of kids, like she’s planning - in whatever she does next!