Muddy Mayhem at Cyclocross World Champs

Van Aert (L) literally ran away from Van Der Poel early in the race and never looked back.​

On a weekend that will be remembered as much for mud and cold as who the eventual winners were, it was the Belgian duo of Wout Van Aert and Sanne Cant taking home rainbow jerseys in the men's and women's elite races at the UCI cyclocross world championships in Valkenburg, the Netherlands. Each victory was a repeat of last year's outcome, with Cant now a two-time defending champion, and Van Aert upping his world's win streak to three.

Muddy Mayhem at Cyclocross World Champs

Compton (R) stayed close -- and often ahead -- of Cant until the waning laps of the race.​

In the women's race American Katie Compton and Dutchwoman Lucinda Brand completed the podium. Fellow Belgian Michael Vanthourenhout took silver in the men's affair, with pre-race favorite and reigning World Cup overall winner Mathieu Van Der Poel slotting a disappointing third. Full results for both races are available here.

Press play to see how both races went down - and just how nasty the mud really was. Can you say running races…

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