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!
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)!
Max with his game face locked and loaded. Ready to brave the rain and mud!
Mad Max crushing the finish line! Even in the brutal conditions, he took 7th place overall in his division!
As the day went on, the rain cleared and brought heat and humidity.
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.
Did I mention it was muddy?
Mr. Bike Iowa himself!
All in all Friday was a fantastic day of racing, only to be followed by two more great days!
Saturday brought the main event. The big dogs. The best of the best. World Cup racing.
UCI women started it off. Fast out of the gate, Trek rider Katie Compton right out front!
Katie starting to take the lead!
Pro rider Amanda Nauman digging deep into the pain cave! #PandaPower!
A brilliantly executed snot rocket by Becca Fahringer!
Katie Compton takes first place and the over points lead!
Some left absolutely everything out on the course.
Cyclocross, similarly to goldfish, is fun for all ages!
Now the UCI men, and man were they fast!!
Fantastic race but the day belonged to Wout Van Aert. Back to back first place finishes (Iowa City & CrossVegas) and undefeated on US soil.
Iowa City showed the world that USA cyclocross is growing and is here to stay!
Sunday equaled another full day of amateur racing. Youth and Fat Bikes kick started the morning – right after some early morning wrenching.
Massive single speed turnout!
Max rocking one lone gear for the day.
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!
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