The Big Picture: Jingle Cross World Cup

The Iowa City Jingle Cross World Cup course is legit. Muddy conditions, big climbs, fast descents, technical off-camber sections … Johnson County could be plopped down in the middle of Belgium and not be out of place. The number of exciting features on the course meant the crowd was spread out over the entire venue, so if it looked like the crowds weren’t huge on television, it was only because there was too much good stuff to see. Along those same lines, Iowans know how to have a good time. That was some fun good-natured spectating.

It was great to have the European riders in the U.S. to get a glimpse of how far we’ve come with American cyclocross. Hopefully next year, we get even bigger international fields … especially on the women’s side.

Speaking of U.S. riders, it was awesome seeing Katie Compton back on the top step. I knew she’d be back and to do it in the U.S. in front of a home team crowd was the best. If you missed the earlier post, here’s a quick interview with Katie.

Also, amazing to see the continued growth of Stephen Hyde. He keeps moving up the ladder and made a big jump yesterday with a top 10 finish in a World Cup event. Some words and video from Stephen are here:

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And finally, it’s been great having Ethan Glading along to capture the action. Here’s his gallery from yesterday’s World Cup action.

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Sanne Cant, Caroline Mani and Eva Lechner front and center on the start line. © 2016 Ethan Glading
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The pack is off for lap one. For a few hundred meters at least, the course is dry and dusty.  © 2016 Ethan Glading
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The crowd starts to fill in as the riders descend off Mt. Krumpit. Final numbers were not available at the end of the races but the crowd was estimated at 10,000.  © 2016 Ethan Glading
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Katie Antonneau passes Ellen Van Loy near the end of lap one. Antonneau finished on the podium in 3rd place. Van Loy struggled badly with the hot humid conditions but still managed a 14th place finish.  © 2016 Ethan Glading
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Ellen Noble on the stair fly-over. Noble ended up in 5th place.  © 2016 Ethan Glading
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Jena Greaser on the suitcases up the stair fly-over. Greaser finished in 23rd place.  © 2016 Ethan Glading
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Katie Compton descends off Mt Krumpit.  © 2016 Ethan Glading
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Eventual 2nd place finisher Caroline Mani descends off Mt. Krumpit.  © 2016 Ethan Glading
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Amanda Nauman descends off Mt. Krumpit.  © 2016 Ethan Glading
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Emily Kachorek tackles the short climb of Mt. Krumpit. The berg was tackled two and half times per lap on the World Cup course.  © 2016 Ethan Glading
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Italian champion Eva Lechner.  © 2016 Ethan Glading
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Countenay McFadden atop Mt. Krumpit. McFadden finished 12th.  © 2016 Ethan Glading
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Katie Compton wins 18 seconds ahead of Caroline Mani.  © 2016 Ethan Glading
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Loes Sels cools off after the finish.  © 2016 Ethan Glading
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The women’s podium of Katie Antonneau, Caroline Mani and Katie Compton.  © 2016 Ethan Glading
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Katie Compton stands atop the podium as the national anthem is played.  © 2016 Ethan Glading
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Wout Van Aert looking focused on the start line.  © 2016 Ethan Glading
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The race for the hole shot.  © 2016 Ethan Glading
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Daan Soete remounts as the riders make their way up the Mt. Krumpit run-up.  © 2016 Ethan Glading
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Stephen Hyde shoulders his bike up the run-up. Hyde rode well to grab a top-10 finish.  © 2016 Ethan Glading
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When you are left handed you try to sit to your neighbor’s left at the dinner table.  © 2016 Ethan Glading
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Kevin Pauwels on the descent off Mt. Krumpit. Pauwels finished in 2nd place.  © 2016 Ethan Glading
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A supporter sprays Jonathan Page with water.  © 2016 Ethan Glading
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Wout Van Aert on the Mt. Krumput run-up.  © 2016 Ethan Glading
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Michael Vanthourenout at the bottom of the back-side Mt. Krumpit descent.  © 2016 Ethan Glading
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Ian Field of Great Britain. Field finished in 11th place.  © 2016 Ethan Glading
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Thijs Van Amerongen descends off the back side of Mt. Krumpit.  © 2016 Ethan Glading
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Eventual 3rd place finisher Laurens Sweeck exits the sand pit.  © 2016 Ethan Glading
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Michael Van den Ham. The Canadian has been riding well in the early part of the season.  © 2016 Ethan Glading
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Anthony Clark. Clark rode well and narrowly missed a top-25 result.  © 2016 Ethan Glading
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Jeremy Powers hopping the barriers. Powers struggled mightily in the heat and appeared to still be feeling the effects of his crashes in Wisconsin.  © 2016 Ethan Glading
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Wout Van Aert begins the final lap of the race well off the front.  © 2016 Ethan Glading
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Van Aert makes it two out of two for the U.S. World Cups.  © 2016 Ethan Glading

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