What better way to start off the 2018 cyclocross calendar year than with a with a proper mudder at the Sven Nys Cycling Center in Baal? After last year’s icy conditions, a healthy amount of mud was likely a welcome relief for riders as they toed the line for the IJsboerke Ladies Trofee GP Sven Nys.

Katie Compton and the other riders got a muddy start to 2018. 2018 GP Sven Nys Baal. © B. Hazen / Cyclocross Magazine

Katie Compton and the other riders got a muddy start to 2018. 2018 GP Sven Nys Baal. © B. Hazen / Cyclocross Magazine

Katie Compton (KFC Racing p/b Trek/Knight Composites) stormed back from a rough start that included a textbook a** over tea kettle crash to take her first European win since Kermiscross in October. In the process, she outdueled young guns Annemarie Worst (ERA-Circus) and Maud Kaptheijns (Crelan-Charles).

Cycling.be video highlights are below. We will keep our eyes out for a full replay of Compton’s win.

Also, for a closer look at the muddy action, check out this amateur video of the racing from behind the barriers.