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Video: Chaos as mud and slope get better of cyclo-cross riders

Mad scenes at Women's U23 race at Pan-American Championships in Cincinatti on Sunday...

Chaos hit Sunday’s Pan-American Continental Cyclocross Championships in Cincinnati on Sunday when riders on the opening lap of the first race found it near-impossible to get through one section of the course that they hadn’t had a chance to preview.

The scenes at the Under 23 women’s race were caught on camera by Geoff Kabush, who posted the video to Facebook which shows riders unable to get any traction as they went through a muddy section of the course, the camber causing them to slide downhill to the barriers on the left.

PanAm CX Champs course is no joke. U23 women first lap carnage! #CincyCX

Posted by Geoff Kabush on Sunday, 1 November 2015

In a comment to the video, one of the riders, Ellen Noble, confirmed that the section of the course in question hadn’t been included on the warm-up lap.

She explained: “In our defence we didn't know this would be a feature until we got to it. Absolute carnage while the mud was still slick!!!”

Another commenter, JoAnn Santos, said: “Most of those girls didn't even know that was added.

“We watched as they were putting it in while the girls were being called to staging. Really not sure what the point was,” she added.

Simon joined as news editor in 2009 and is now the site’s community editor, acting as a link between the team producing the content and our readers. A law and languages graduate, published translator and former retail analyst, he has reported on issues as diverse as cycling-related court cases, anti-doping investigations, the latest developments in the bike industry and the sport’s biggest races. Now back in London full-time after 15 years living in Oxford and Cambridge, he loves cycling along the Thames but misses having his former riding buddy, Elodie the miniature schnauzer, in the basket in front of him.

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mike the bike | 8 years ago

That's why I don't watch women's racing - they all scream like schoolgirls in a playground.

mikroos | 8 years ago

You mean: mud scenes?  15

oceandweller | 8 years ago

Average Saturday night round here...

LarryDavidJr | 8 years ago
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Just let a bit of air out, you'll be fine next time round .... 

Leviathan | 8 years ago

Shocking, shameful... vertical videos, please stop them.

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