The Big Picture | CXNATS Elite Races

Sunday’s elite races were run in some of the most challenging conditions ever seen on a U.S. course. A course that would have been very difficult under any conditions. The rain stopped overnight but enough moisture hung in the air to keep the mud in a tacky peanut buttery state. There was lots and lots of running. Below is a gallery of photos from the men’s and women’s elite races.

Steve Buttleman, bugler at over 60,000 horse races and two bike races
Steve Buttleman, bugler at over 60,000 horse races and two bike races.
Katie Keough on the start line.
Katie Keough on the start line.
Ellen Noble takes the hole shot.
Ellen Noble takes the hole shot.
Sammy Runnels on the run-up before the off-camber
Sammy Runnels on the run-up before the off-camber
Rebecca Fahringer on the descent after the limestone stairs.
Rebecca Fahringer on the descent after the limestone stairs.
Katie Keough on the adverse camber run-up.
Katie Keough on the adverse camber run-up.
There's one day every year that you don't bet against Katie Compton.
Anything can happen in a ‘cross race. But there’s one day every year that you don’t bet against Katie Compton.
Dan from Grimpeur Bros gets a smile out of Sunny Gilbert
Dan from Grimpeur Bros gets a smile out of Sunny Gilbert
Fif-F’n-teen
Curtis White on the start line
Curtis White on the start line
Dropping into the keyhole section.
Dropping into the keyhole section.
Anthony Clark on the long slippery descent
Anthony Clark on the long slippery descent
Sam O'Keefe remounts
Sam O’Keefe remounts
Jeremy Powers on the descent after the Limestone Stairs
Jeremy Powers on the descent after the Limestone Stairs
Stephen Hyde makes the pass at the bottom of the steep descent.
Stephen Hyde makes the pass at the bottom of the steep descent.
Jack Kisseberth on the limestone stairs.
Jack Kisseberth on the limestone stairs.
White and Hyde. Hyde and White.
White and Hyde. Hyde and White.
Hyde waited at the finish to hug his teammate Curtis White.
Hyde waited at the finish to hug his teammate Curtis White.
The media scrum around Gage Hecht.
The media scrum around Gage Hecht.
Podium socks.
Podium socks.
Three in a row.
Three in a row.
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