Australian Natalie Redmond (Drops) slid and ran her way inside the Top 30 at the UCI Telnet Cyclo-Cross World Cup in Waterloo, Wisconsin.
Rainfall before the elite women’s race made for what would become a mudfest, with riders spending more time with the bike slung over their shoulders than in the saddle.
Forty-three riders from 12 nations lined up for the second round of the series, on what is one of the most treacherous courses in the World Cup.
Redmond who was well back on the start grid pushed her way up through on the first lap to sit as high as 22nd, before running across the finish line in 28th after her chain fell off due to the amount of mud on the chain ring.
The South Australian improved three places on her first round results in Iowa City last weekened.
The next round of the UCI Cyclo-Cross World Cup heads to Bern in Switzerland next month.
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