There was a lot of racing over the weekend in the States and Europe. By far, the most exciting race we saw in Europe was the women’s race in Essen.

While many look forward to seeing the world’s best cyclocross racers battle on the sloppiest, heaviest courses in Europe, often it’s the faster, pack-filled events, whether its the 1996 World Championships or this weekend’s IJsboerke Ladies Trophy race in Essen that deliver the most late-race viewer excitement.

The final, dramatic photo finish isn’t the only reason it’s a must-watch. The chase group featuring Kaitie Antonneau rejoining the leaders, and the all-out battle for the lead with countless lead changes made for a memorable race.

If you missed the live video from Trek over the weekend, enjoy the official race highlights from above. See the full Essen women’s results and report here.

Can’t get enough?

See the final sprint from several angles here:

and the full Essen women’s race below: