Jingle Cross 2016 | UCI Cyclocross World Cup

Jingle Cross 2016, UCI Cyclocross World Cup, Cedar Rapids, Iowa City, Iowa, Hall Bicycle Company

Any of those cities listed above look out of place to you? Iowa City maybe? Well it shouldn’t.

This weekend marked the 13th annual Jingle Cross cyclocross race in Iowa City. Business as usual, right? Not quite. This year was very different, in a very big way. In addition to the standard amateur and semi-pro races, this year’s Jingle Cross was chosen to host one of only 10 UCI World Cup races. Yeah, I said WORLD. Riders from all over the globe flocked to the corn fields of the midwest to partake in the largest cyclocross event in North America. Here are some sights from the lens of my camera!

Jingle Cross 2016, UCI Cyclocross World Cup, Cedar Rapids, Iowa City, Iowa, Hall Bicycle Company

 

Day 1.

Friday consisted of the first bout of amateur racing. It also consisted of rain, rain, more rain, humidity, mud, and then way more mud. All the inclement weather made from a pretty amazing day of racing (when it comes to CX the worse the conditions, the better)!

Jingle Cross 2016, UCI Cyclocross World Cup, Cedar Rapids, Iowa City, Iowa, Hall Bicycle Company

Max with his game face locked and loaded. Ready to brave the rain and mud!

Jingle Cross 2016, UCI Cyclocross World Cup, Cedar Rapids, Iowa City, Iowa, Hall Bicycle Company

Jingle Cross 2016, UCI Cyclocross World Cup, Cedar Rapids, Iowa City, Iowa, Hall Bicycle Company

Jingle Cross 2016, UCI Cyclocross World Cup, Cedar Rapids, Iowa City, Iowa, Hall Bicycle Company

Jingle Cross 2016, UCI Cyclocross World Cup, Cedar Rapids, Iowa City, Iowa, Hall Bicycle Company

Jingle Cross 2016, UCI Cyclocross World Cup, Cedar Rapids, Iowa City, Iowa, Hall Bicycle Company

Jingle Cross 2016, UCI Cyclocross World Cup, Cedar Rapids, Iowa City, Iowa, Hall Bicycle Company

Jingle Cross 2016, UCI Cyclocross World Cup, Cedar Rapids, Iowa City, Iowa, Hall Bicycle Company

Mad Max crushing the finish line! Even in the brutal conditions, he took 7th place overall in his division!

Jingle Cross 2016, UCI Cyclocross World Cup, Cedar Rapids, Iowa City, Iowa, Hall Bicycle Company

Jingle Cross 2016, UCI Cyclocross World Cup, Cedar Rapids, Iowa City, Iowa, Hall Bicycle Company

As the day went on, the rain cleared and brought heat and humidity.

Jingle Cross 2016, UCI Cyclocross World Cup, Cedar Rapids, Iowa City, Iowa, Hall Bicycle Company

Jingle Cross 2016, UCI Cyclocross World Cup, Cedar Rapids, Iowa City, Iowa, Hall Bicycle Company

As the sun came out the mud started to morph from a soupy mess, into a tacky peanut buttery consistency. As the sticky mud came, mechanical mishaps were the name of the game.

Jingle Cross 2016, UCI Cyclocross World Cup, Cedar Rapids, Iowa City, Iowa, Hall Bicycle Company

Jingle Cross 2016, UCI Cyclocross World Cup, Cedar Rapids, Iowa City, Iowa, Hall Bicycle Company

Jingle Cross 2016, UCI Cyclocross World Cup, Cedar Rapids, Iowa City, Iowa, Hall Bicycle Company

Did I mention it was muddy?

Jingle Cross 2016, UCI Cyclocross World Cup, Cedar Rapids, Iowa City, Iowa, Hall Bicycle Company, Trek Bikes, Bike Iowa

Mr. Bike Iowa himself!

All in all Friday was a fantastic day of racing, only to be followed by two more great days!

 

Day 2.

Saturday brought the main event. The big dogs. The best of the best. World Cup racing.

Jingle Cross 2016, UCI Cyclocross World Cup, Cedar Rapids, Iowa City, Iowa, Hall Bicycle Company, Trek Bikes, Katie Compton

UCI women started it off. Fast out of the gate, Trek rider Katie Compton right out front!

Jingle Cross 2016, UCI Cyclocross World Cup, Cedar Rapids, Iowa City, Iowa, Hall Bicycle Company, Trek Bikes, Katie Compton

Jingle Cross 2016, UCI Cyclocross World Cup, Cedar Rapids, Iowa City, Iowa, Hall Bicycle Company

Jingle Cross 2016, UCI Cyclocross World Cup, Cedar Rapids, Iowa City, Iowa, Hall Bicycle Company, Trek Bikes, Katie Compton

Katie starting to take the lead!

Jingle Cross 2016, UCI Cyclocross World Cup, Cedar Rapids, Iowa City, Iowa, Hall Bicycle Company, Amanda Nauman

Pro rider Amanda Nauman digging deep into the pain cave! #PandaPower!

Jingle Cross 2016, UCI Cyclocross World Cup, Cedar Rapids, Iowa City, Iowa, Hall Bicycle Company, Trek Bikes, Katie Compton

Jingle Cross 2016, UCI Cyclocross World Cup, Cedar Rapids, Iowa City, Iowa, Hall Bicycle Company, Becca Fahringer

A brilliantly executed snot rocket by Becca Fahringer!

Jingle Cross 2016, UCI Cyclocross World Cup, Cedar Rapids, Iowa City, Iowa, Hall Bicycle Company, Trek Bikes, Katie Compton

Katie Compton takes first place and the over points lead!

Jingle Cross 2016 | UCI Cyclocross World Cup

Some left absolutely everything out on the course.Jingle Cross 2016, UCI Cyclocross World Cup, Cedar Rapids, Iowa City, Iowa, Hall Bicycle Company

Cyclocross, similarly to goldfish, is fun for all ages!

Jingle Cross 2016, UCI Cyclocross World Cup, Cedar Rapids, Iowa City, Iowa, Hall Bicycle Company

Now the UCI men, and man were they fast!!

 

Jingle Cross 2016, UCI Cyclocross World Cup, Cedar Rapids, Iowa City, Iowa, Hall Bicycle Company

Jingle Cross 2016, UCI Cyclocross World Cup, Cedar Rapids, Iowa City, Iowa, Hall Bicycle Company, Jeremy Powers

JPows!

Jingle Cross 2016, UCI Cyclocross World Cup, Cedar Rapids, Iowa City, Iowa, Hall Bicycle Company

Jingle Cross 2016, UCI Cyclocross World Cup, Cedar Rapids, Iowa City, Iowa, Hall Bicycle Company, Wout Van Aert

Fantastic race but the day belonged to Wout Van Aert. Back to back first place finishes (Iowa City & CrossVegas) and undefeated on US soil.

Jingle Cross 2016, UCI Cyclocross World Cup, Cedar Rapids, Iowa City, Iowa, Hall Bicycle Company

Iowa City showed the world that USA cyclocross is growing and is here to stay!

 

Day 3.

Sunday equaled another full day of amateur racing. Youth and Fat Bikes kick started the morning – right after some early morning wrenching.

Jingle Cross 2016, UCI Cyclocross World Cup, Cedar Rapids, Iowa City, Iowa, Hall Bicycle Company Jingle Cross 2016, UCI Cyclocross World Cup, Cedar Rapids, Iowa City, Iowa, Hall Bicycle Company

Jingle Cross 2016, UCI Cyclocross World Cup, Cedar Rapids, Iowa City, Iowa, Hall Bicycle Company

Jingle Cross 2016, UCI Cyclocross World Cup, Cedar Rapids, Iowa City, Iowa, Hall Bicycle Company

Massive single speed turnout!

Jingle Cross 2016, UCI Cyclocross World Cup, Cedar Rapids, Iowa City, Iowa, Hall Bicycle Company

Max rocking one lone gear for the day.

Jingle Cross 2016, UCI Cyclocross World Cup, Cedar Rapids, Iowa City, Iowa, Hall Bicycle Company

Jingle Cross 2016, UCI Cyclocross World Cup, Cedar Rapids, Iowa City, Iowa, Hall Bicycle Company

Jingle Cross 2016, UCI Cyclocross World Cup, Cedar Rapids, Iowa City, Iowa, Hall Bicycle Company

Jingle Cross 2016, UCI Cyclocross World Cup, Cedar Rapids, Iowa City, Iowa, Hall Bicycle Company

Doug!

Jingle Cross 2016, UCI Cyclocross World Cup, Cedar Rapids, Iowa City, Iowa, Hall Bicycle Company


Jingle Cross 2016, UCI Cyclocross World Cup, Cedar Rapids, Iowa City, Iowa, Hall Bicycle Company

A HUGE shoutout to these two guys – Chris & Max – for rockin’ our booth/tent space for the entire weekend!

All in all an absolutely unbelievable weekend of cyclocross – until next year, Jingle Cross!

 


Author | Kyle M Kyle is the Manager as well as Market Director at Hall Bicycle Company.
Kyle & Trail Dog Ziva

About the Author | Kyle M

Kyle is the Manager and Marketing Director at Hall Bicycle Company. He can be contacted at blog@hallbicycle.com or kylem@hallbicycle.com.

Thank you for reading!

 


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