“Very fast. Very difficult. Very muddy.”
Photographer’s notes: This is the fun of the post-race photos. The mud-drenched riders, jerseys that can barely identify the riders. And then the support crew racing about, trying to get something cleaner so the riders are warmer and sponsors names can be seen.
Nobody had an easy day. Rain had been soaking the course for days and then added still more on race day. Once off the asphalt, mud was deep and constant. The descents were insanely precarious, riders often opting to keep one foot free of the pedals in case they fall, or one their balance.
As the day went on, the weather got far worse.
This is Hijiri Oda, Junior National Cyclocross Champion from Japan.