After two days of Masters Worlds racing in Mol, Belgium, the Elites took to the sand for the 2017 Zilvermeercross.

With a two-week break between the Zeven/Flandriencross weekend and next weekend’s DVV Verzekeringen / IJsboerke Ladies Trofee race in Essen, several top pros have headed to warmer climes for some mid-season training.

The Women’s and Men’s fields still featured an impressive group of riders, including a number of Americans.

Elle Anderson (Cycling.be - Alphamotorhomes Ladies) ran and rode to an eighth-place finish. 2017 Zilvermeercross, Mol, Belgium. © B. Hazen / Cyclocross Magazine

Elle Anderson (Cycling.be – Alphamotorhomes Ladies) was one of the Elite Americans in Mol. 2017 Zilvermeercross, Mol, Belgium. © B. Hazen / Cyclocross Magazine

The Women’s race was won by Lucinda Brand (Team Sunweb), who was followed by Kim van de Steene (Tarteletto Isorex) and Loes Sels (Crelan-Charles). Katie Compton (KFC Racing p/b Trek/Knight Composites) finished fourth and Elle Anderson (Cycling.be – Alphamotorhomes Ladies) eighth. Corey Coogan Cisek (The Fix Studio) of Minnesota took 29th and Christine Vardaros finished 31st.

Lucinda Brand (Team Sunweb) took the win on Sunday in Mol. 2017 Zilvermeercross, Mol, Belgium. © B. Hazen / Cyclocross Magazine

Lucinda Brand (Team Sunweb) took the win on Sunday in Mol. 2017 Zilvermeercross, Mol, Belgium. © B. Hazen / Cyclocross Magazine

The Men’s race went to a Van der Poel, just not that Van der Poel. Mathieu’s older brother David got the win ahead of Corne van Kessel (Telenet Fidea Lions). Van der Poel’s Beobank-Corendon teammate Tom Meeusen took third.

Sunday's race was more or less a day at the beach for David van der Poel (Beobank-Corendon). 2017 Zilvermeercross, Mol, Belgium. © B. Hazen / Cyclocross Magazine

Sunday’s race was more or less a day at the beach for David van der Poel (Beobank-Corendon). 2017 Zilvermeercross, Mol, Belgium. © B. Hazen / Cyclocross Magazine

Full results from both races are below the photo gallery.

Photographer Bart Hazen provided a gallery of photos from the two Elite races.

Bart Hazen Photo Gallery: 2017 Zilvermeercross in Mol, Belgium

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Lucina Brand had her lines through the sand dialed in. 2017 Zilvermeercross, Mol, Belgium. © B. Hazen / Cyclocross Magazine

Lucina Brand had her lines through the sand dialed in. 2017 Zilvermeercross, Mol, Belgium. © B. Hazen / Cyclocross Magazine

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