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Trying to understand Cyclocross/ MTB UCI athlete results

OK so the title of my post is quite strange, but I don’t really know how to summarise this issue I have, and I’m new to watching Cyclocross. 

I’ve watched Mountain Biking for many years, and recently some of the worlds best women have started racing in Cyclocross after the MTB season comes to an end. It seems it’s not only some of the worlds best MTB women but also those that finish the MTB season ranked lower than 45. 

What I cant seem to understand is how a woman who finishes the MTB season with ranking of lower than 45 can so thoroughly beat (at Cyclocross) the other MTB women who finished the MTB season ranked in the top 5. 

Is is this Normal? On the surface, to me it seems inexplicable. If someone can win UCI Elite races (+-2 hours of clImbing) beating another woman by more than 30-40 places, how is it possible (and it’s more than one woman) how can they be so thoroughly beaten (at Cyclocross) by an athlete that didn’t even finish in the top 45 in the MTB rankings? 

To me, they are two totally different class riders.

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