Muddy conditions brought cyclocross world champs to the front of the UCI Nove Mesto Short Track women’s race.

The return of the UCI Mountain Bike World Cup XCC and XCO racing looked more like cyclocross with sloppy conditions and pile-ups in hairpin corners.

Both the women’s and men’s races were thrilling, with a surprise Mexican winner in Jose Gerardo in the men’s race, and former cyclocross world champs Evie Richards and Pauline Ferrand Prevot emerging from the slop to sprint for the victory in the women’s race.

Have a watch of the highlights from the Czech Republic, thanks to Red Bull TV:

The full UCI Mountain Bike World Cup season takes place this week in Nove Mesto. There will be two XCC (short track) and two XCO (cross country) races, without an overall World Cup winner.

The full replay is here.

Full results are here.