MONTEREY, Calif. (VN) — A spectator came to the aid of Katie Compton when the Rabobank-Giant rider found herself in an allergic emergency after a bee sting during Saturday’s cross-country at the Sea Otter Classic.
Compton was sitting fourth in the seven-lap race and preparing to move up when she felt what she called “a sharp, stabbing pain.”
“It’s that unmistakable feel of a sting, but when you’re in the moment, you typically shake off those types of things, as simply being part of racing,” Compton said. “But then things started to change pretty quickly and before I knew it, my race was over, and I had much bigger concerns.”
Fortunately, a nearby spectator on the course had an EpiPen — used to inject epinephrine to counteract anaphylaxis — and helped inject Compton as her condition worsened.
A few hours later a stabilized, and fully recovered Compton was thankful for her encounter with the unidentified “good Samaritan” and said she would start carrying an EpiPen, as would her husband and team managers.
“Some things you just can’t predict, but that doesn’t mean you can’t be prepared nonetheless,” she said.