Despite a rare condition that she occasionally alludes to, Katie Compton forged her reputation as a swift, powerful racer ideally suited for races requiring a sustained, maximum effort for a period lasting two hours or less. Compton suffers debilitating leg cramps caused by an enzyme depletion that can cancel race plans for weeks at a time. However, for a racer who has collected six consecutive national cyclo-cross titles, two national mountain bike titles in short track, a silver medal at the 2007 Cyclo-Cross World Championships, and bronze at the 2009 World Championships, Compton manages her shortcoming just fine, so it seems.
Prior to amassing individual titles and podium finishes, Compton raced internationally on the track as the sighted member of a tandem team. She traveled to the 2004 Paralympics in Athens, Greece, where she collected four medals and set a world record in the three kilometers pursuit along with her tandem partner, Karissa Whitsell.
These days Compton’s husband, manager, and mechanic, Mark Legg, sees to it that nothing blocks Compton’s medal aspirations in terms of the equipment. Together, Compton and Legg work to craft the swiftest possible racing machine, with Compton focusing on the physical and tactical and Legg, the mechanical.