Kourtney Compton

Kourtney Compton is a promotional model and beauty pageant titleholder. Kourtney earned her bachelor’s degree in communications with an emphasis in journalism from the University of Utah and is currently penning a weekly column for an NFL sports blog and pursuing a career as a sports reporter.

Getting Lost in Barcelona Part 1

The day after the race we decided to stay overnight in Barcelona and explore. Barcelona is a beautiful city nestled between mountains and the mediterranean sea. I wanted to see as much of it as I possibly could. (and we did with about 15 miles of walking)

We grabbed a Starbucks, did some shopping, checked out the Boqueria Market and walked all around the city. Then we hiked up Montjuic and took the cable car up to the Montjuic Castle. After, we saw stunning views of the city from the Torre de Sant Sebastià cable car which dropped us off right by the hotel. Here are some photos from our adventure.

 

Kourtney Compton in Barcelona

 
Kourtney Compton Barcelona Spain

 

 

The La Boqueria Market is one of Europe’s largest and most famous food markets and a must see in Barcelona. A truly magnificent maze of stalls selling fruit, meat, cheese, spices and everything else under the sun. It is packed wall to wall with tourists and locals a like.

  

Fresh fruit juice for 1 euro.

Fresh fruit juice for 1 euro.

 
La Boqueria Market In Barcelona, Spain.
 
La Boqueria Market In Barcelona, Spain.
 

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Volta Catalunya 2015 – Stage 7 and Recap

Stage 7, The final Stage of Volt Catalunya, was anything but a ride into Barcelona. With 9 categorized climbs, including 8 trips up the infamous Montjuic, it was yet another brutal stage on the weary peloton.
 

The first hour of racing covered 51 kilometers as every rider wanted to try for the breakaway. Movistar showed their intent of the stage win and overall win for Valverde and kept the race together until the first sprint. Valverde finished second in the sprint and inched another 2 seconds closer to the Volta title.

 

Movistar off the front during Stage 7 of the Volta Catalunya.

 

Finally a break formed of David Arroyo (Caja Rural), Walter Pedraza (Columbia), and Mark Rutkiewicz (CCC Sprandi Polkowice). Behind Movistar kept a short lease on them and never left them gain more than 1:30. When the peloton arrived on the Mpntjuic circuit Movistar upped the pace, reducing the peloton as well as softening the riders up for the final.

 
The breakaway during Stage 7 of the Volta Catalunya/

The break was then absorbed and with two laps to go Dan Martin (Cannondale- Garmin) showed his cards and threw a vicious attack. He was reeled in and then was countered by Valverde on the final accent of Montjuic.Sky brought him back, but on the steep kicker with 3 k to go Dan Martin hit them once again. Go under the 1 k to go banner Martin held a slight advantage and looked like the victor, but the green bullet Valverde came screaming past in the last 200 meters for the stage victory. It was his third victory of the week and showed that he was the strongest rider of the Volta. Losing 22 seconds on stage 3, Valverde got back to within 4 seconds of the overall winner Richie Porte of Sky making for yet again another nail biter in the 2015 edition.

Team Sky on the front for the last lap of Stage 7 of the Volta Catalunya.

 Final General Classification
AUS 1 PORTE, Richie (SKY) 30:30:30
ESP 2 VALVERDE BELMONTE, Alejandro (MOVISTAR) + 4
ITA 3 POZZOVIVO, Domenico (AG2R LA MONDIALE) + 5
ESP 4 CONTADOR VELASCO, Alberto (TINKOFF – SAXO) + 7
COL 5 URAN URAN, Rigoberto (ETIXX – QUICK STEP) + 18
ITA 6 ARU, Fabio (ASTANA) + 27
COL 7 ATAPUMA HURTADO, Darwin (BMC RACING) + 33
ESP 8 VALLS FERRI, Rafael (LAMPRE – MERIDA) + 1:35
IRL 9 MARTIN, Daniel (CANNONDALE – GARMIN)
COL 10 PANTANO, Jarlinson (IAM CYCLING) + 2:16

 
What I learned:
1. Do not let a breakaway get 2:40 on the first day.
2. Good guys get dropped too.
3. Toll roads are expensive.
4. Valverde.
5. You can survive on Cappuccino’s and chips.
6. You can go over the guardrail one day and win the stage the next
7. I REALLY need to learn how to drive a stick shift.
8. I REALLY need to learn how to speak catalan.
9. Google translate is a beautiful thing.
10. Tommy looks good in red.

 
Well that was a pretty insane week. This was the first time I’ve ever attempted to write or report on cycling. I really had to involve myself in the entire race, every stage, from start to finish. I was racing up climbs to get the perfect shot, acting like I didn’t know better when they would kick me out of the press area, calling my “inside source” to ask him what REALLY happened when so-and-so crashed and of course attempting to translate Volta Catalunya’s tweets. But seeing all the awesome feedback I received from you guys really made it worth while. I know I still have a lot to learn about cycling and blogging in general, but I feel myself improving each time I open the computer.
 
thank you for the love,

-Kourtney

Volta Catalunya 2015 – Stage 6

Stage 6 the break away succeeded in todays stage of Volta Catalunya. The attacks started from the very beginning with every rider sensing opportunity. The combination of the climb at the start and a strong crosswind enabled a group of 22 to break clear.

 

Steven Kruijswijk was the closest on GC at 4 minutes down so the breakaway was given a short leash. Sky did most of the pace making in the peloton and did not allow the gap to be over 2 minutes for most of the day. On the last climb, with 30 kilometers to go, Tom Danielson and Teejay Van Garderen attacked reducing the group to 12. The attacks continued throughout the final but no rider was able to get clear. The race ended with a sprint of the twelve riders and Russian rider Sergei Chernetski (Katusha) came out on top.

 

Sergei Chernetski, Team Katusha wins Stage 6 of the Volta Catalunya.

Sergei Chernetski, Team Katusha wins Stage 6 of the Volta Catalunya.

 

Richie Porte maintained the overall race lead with 5 seconds over Pozzovivo (Ag2r) and 7 seconds over Alberto Contador (Tinkoff-Saxo) who crashed in a roundabout with 3k to go but did not lose time.

 

Stage 7 Starting and finishing in Barcelona the riders will tackle a short 126km. They riders will go over the famous Montjuic climb and with an 8 lap 6.4km finishing circuit in the Montjuic park.

 

I have been looking forward to tomorrow’s stage in Barcelona all week long. So be on the look out for lots of photos and videos. I mean a circuit race around a castle. Not a whole lot better spectating then that. Really hoping it lives up to all the expectations in my head. Do you ever do that? Build something up so big that there’s no possible way it can be as awesome as you imagine. Yeah, me too. But any who, as always, I am open for suggestions. Tell me what YOU want to see.
 
With love,

-Courtney

Volta a Catalunya 2015 – Stage 2

Alejandro Valverde after winning Stage 2 of the Volta Cataluyna

Stage 2 of the Volta Catalunya sent the peloton 191.8 kilometres from Mataro to Olot. Olot has been included a number of times along the route of the Volta but never as a finishing town. Famous for great roads and mountainous terrain it is an ideal training destination. The constant pouring rain and cold temperates made for a difficult day for the riders. But things heated up from the start when breakaway of four riders got away. This group was made up of Sam Bewley (Orica-GreenEdge), Luis Mas Bonet (Caja Rural-Seguros RGA), Tom Stamsnijder (Giant-Alpecin) and Tsgabu Grmay (Lampre-Merida). CCC protected the leaders jersey well taking charge at the front of the peloton right from the beginning and never let the escapees have more than 4 minutes.
 
When the peloton approached the town of Besalu nerves in the peloton took over and the pace increased rapidly with each team fighting to be in the front for the technical and hilly last 25km. Etixx, Cannondale-Garmin, Sky, and Tinkoff-Saxo all took turns on the front splitting the peloton. On the last climb many attacks came. Contador, Porte, Danielson, and Poels all were aggressive but the strong headwind and shallow gradient did not allow anyone to go far. A reduced peloton finally made its way down to the round-about strew last 5km in which Alejandro Valverde emerged victorious.

IMG_4213Alejandro Valverde of Movistar. Photo by Michael Conti.[/caption]  Front group of Volta Cataluyna Stage 2

 

A very muddy TD.

A very muddy TD.

 

Stage 3 Girona to Girona looks to be one of the most challenging stages going up one of my favorite climbs Els’ Angles twice. This is where we will see the GC favorites for overall victory emerge.
 
 

Team Cannondale-Garmin road bikes.

Team Cannondale-Garmin road bikes.

 
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Team Cannondale-Garmin mechanic after Stage 2 Volta Catalunya

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Volta Catalunya 2015 – Stage 1

Stage 1 of Volta Catalunya started and finished in the coastal town of Calella. It proved to be a fast and very nervous stage as the difficult course meant that a sprint finish was not likely. No team was eager to control the race. After one hour of racing covering 50 kilometers, a breakaway of 6 riders went clear. This looked to be the move of the day but Orica-Greenedge missed the move and chased it back. During the second hour of racing a group of three was able to get away and stick. The peloton let this break gain almost 15 minutes before Sky, Movistar, Etixx, and Cannondale-Garmin began to chase. The wet twisty descents coupled with two big mountain passes allowed the break to hold it’s gap. Finally, Sky surged forward and split the peloton into pieces during the last last 3 km of the Cat 1 climb. After sitting in all day Tinkoff began to chase during the last 20 km and the gap to the 3 leaders started decreasing rapidly. But it was to little to late, at the finish the 3 riders had a 2:40 advantage. Macie Paterski (CCC) took the stage even after racing Milan-San Remo the day before placing an impressive 22nd. Pierre Roland (EuropCar) took 2nd and is a proven general classification rider finishing 4th in last years Giro d’Italia. While Bart DeClerc has been quietly climbing with the best since turning pro in 2011. It could be one of these two who could end up champion as in 2012 Michael Albasini pulled off a similar feat.

 

 

Maciej Paterki (CCC) winner of Volta Cataluyna Stage 1

Maciej Paterki (CCC) winner of Volta Cataluyna Stage 1

 

Stage 2 looks to be another a difficult course which should promote an aggressive race. Look for a sprinter who can climb (Luca Metzga of Giant fits this best) to stand on top of the podium in Olot. Stay tuned for a write up on tomorrows stage and don’t forget to subscribe

 

Volta Cataluyna Stage 1 Europcar Pierre Rolland

Volta Cataluyna Stage 1 Europcar Pierre Rolland

 

Highlights: Being able to get so close to the riders at the finish.

Lowlights: Getting so close to the riders at the finish and forgetting to switch by camera to “sport” mode. 😉

 

Kourtney Compton at Volta Cataluyna Stage 1

Kourtney Compton at Volta Cataluyna Stage 1

 

The peloton approaching the finish line 2:40 back from the leader.

The peloton approaching the finish line 2:40 back from the leader.

 

Tom Danielson finishes stage 1 of Volta Cataluyna.

Tom Danielson finishes stage 1 of Volta Cataluyna.