Watch: Slippery descent causes muddy chaos in US Cyclocross Championships

Riders forced to slide down on their backsides

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When you enter a cyclocross race, you have to accept that you're going to come across a fair bit of mud and some tricky terrain, but competitors in the US Cyclocross National Championships have got even more than they bargained for.

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Plenty of rain and numerous separate races have turned the course in Hartford, Connecticut into something of a quagmire, with one descent in particular causing problems.

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Riders in a number of a age group races found themselves descending on their backsides, with an unlucky few even having to clamber back up the slope to recover bikes that they'd failed to hold on to on the way down.

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Thankfully for the riders (but not for the spectators) race organisers have now changed the course to remove the slip n slide section, so it should affect the elite races that will take place at the weekend.

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Henry Robertshaw began his time at Cycling Weekly working with the tech team, writing reviews, buying guides and appearing in videos advising on how to dress for the seasons. He later moved over to the news team, where his work focused on the professional peloton as well as legislation and provision for cycling. He's since moved his career in a new direction, with a role at the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.