The Friday before the the Cyclocross World Championships is about course recon and today the recon revealed mud, lots of mud, on the Valkenburg-Limburg course in the Netherlands. It’s hallowed ground, the home of the infamous Cauberg climb and five UCI World Road Race Championships. The big stars were out getting laps under their belts and getting very muddy. The photographer, Balint Hamvas, was there capturing it all. 

PELOTON / Images: Balint Hamvas

While rain continues today, Saturday should be dry for the Elite women, U23 Women and Junior Men, but the mud will already be there waiting for them. The Elite Men and U23 Men may get snow on Sunday with temperatures right around freezing. Stay tuned for more images this weekend from Balint Hamvas. To learn more about Balint Hamvas and check out his 2017/2018 Cyclocross Annual photo book go here: kickstarter.com/projects/cyclocross/2017-2018-cyclocross-album