Craig commits to remaining USGP races
BEND — Eight-time US national cyclo-cross champion Katie Compton’s move from the Rabobank-Giant Off-Road Team to Trek this season had some unintentional consequences for at least one other US rider. Pro mountain bike racer Adam Craig, a Bend resident and Compton’s former teammate on Rabobank-Giant, is extending his season to include the remaining Trek US Gran Prix of Cyclocross races at the request of his team.
“I’m trying to fill Katie Compton’s shoes out there since she’s not riding the Giant bicycles anymore,” Craig said after last Sunday’s Cross Crusade opener. “I like racing ‘cross, so it’s a good excuse. They wanted to have someone out there, and I’m happy to do it. So, yeah, I’ll do the rest and see if I can do alright.”
Craig, a 2008 Olympian who won the first-ever USA Cycling singlespeed cyclo-cross national championship in 2010, will line up Oct. 13-14 in Fort Collins, Colorado, for the Smartwool Cup, the second round of the 2012 USGP. He plans to finish out the series when it continues with the Derby City Cup in Louisville, Kentucky, Nov. 10-11 and the Deschutes Brewery Cup in Bend on Dec. 8-9.
Besides his singlespeed title, which he won while wearing cut-off jean shorts, Craig won the U23 cyclo-cross national championship in 2001 and 2002. On the mountain bike, Craig has earned multiple top-five finishes in world cup races and is an 18-time USA Cycling national champion.
The additions to his schedule this year should keep Craig busy well into what is usually his off season. Does the extended competition mean he’ll make a run for a spot on the US team that will compete at UCI World Championships, which will be taking place in the US for the first time this year?
“Nope. That’s way too deep into ski season,” Craig said. “I’m just going to race through the Bend USGP, and if I’m racing on the podium for some strange reason I’ll go to nationals and maybe go to worlds. But it’s been a long season. I’m not looking for any extra work – just enjoy the fall and stay in shape and ride fast.”