The Big Picture: Jingle Cross Friday Night

Jingle Cross kicked off its triple header of UCI racing with a C2 night race in Iowa City. The big story of the day was the wet muddy conditions, the result of a day long deluge that had roads in the area flooded and the race venue chaotic. The sloppy Johnson County fairgrounds turf did not keep the partygoers off of Mt. Crumpit. An energetic crowd cheered on Helen Wyman and Marcel Meisen as they took the win on Night One of Jingle Cross.

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Here’s a quick course condition preview from David Sheek of the SDG-Muscle Monster team.

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Photo Gallery:

And here is Ethan Glading’s  gallery from Friday night.

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The riders “enjoy” a few seconds of mud-free racing. © 2016 Ethan Glading
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Emma White riding to a 3rd place finish. © 2016 Ethan Glading
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Sunny Gilbert rode with the leaders in the early laps of the race and looked like she was possibly on her way to podium finish. © 2016 Ethan Glading
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Sophia Gomez Villafane on the fly-over. Gomez Villafane will represent Argentina in Saturday’s World Cup. © 2016 Ethan Glading
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JinA rider shoulders her single-speed(!) bike up Mt. Krumpet. © 2016 Ethan Glading
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Elle Anderson at the base of Mt. Krumpet. Anderson would finish on the podium in second place. © 2016 Ethan Glading
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Helen Wyman wins Day 1 of Jingle Cross. © 2016 Ethan Glading
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Danny Summerhill chose to ride Friday’s late night race before the World Cup and ended up on the podium in third place. © 2016 Ethan Glading
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Gage Hecht exits the “Grinch’s Lair.” © 2016 Ethan Glading
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Jonathan Page in the “Grinch’s Lair.” Page won the Friday race in the 2015 edition and finished 4th this year. © 2016 Ethan Glading
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Eric Thompson enters the paddocks. The course was decorated in typical Jingle Cross style despite the daytime temps in the 90s. © 2016 Ethan Glading
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Antonin gets a new bike from his mechanic. Riders were changing bikes every half lap. © 2016 Ethan Glading
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The mechanics in the pits were kept busy busy all night running back and forth to the washers. © 2016 Ethan Glading
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Eventual second place finisher Curtis White makes a bike change. © 2016 Ethan Glading
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Marcel Miesen wins under the lights on Day 1 of Jingle Cross. © 2016 Ethan Glading

 

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