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Friday, 22 August 2014 09:23
The Jingle Cross has seen its share of the most amazing Professional Bike Racers, Olympians, National Champions, Continental Champions, and World Cup winners over the years. Check out our history and see how the Jingle Cross came to be THE biggest Holiday cyclocross event in the World!
MEGAN ELLIOT, FUTURE WIFE OF CHRIS HORNER, WINS FIRST JINGLE CROSS IN LADIES OPEN RACE
The first Jingle Cross Rock was held in December of 2004 on Ashton field, home of the University of Iowa Cross Collegiate country race course on the western edge of Iowa City. Numbers were small in those days with only 66 registered riders for the single day event but the quality was strong as Shadd Smith and Megan Elliot took the wins in the open races in the first Jingle Cross Rock.
Cycling Legends Enter the Picture
In 2005, the race was held over Thanksgiving weekend for the first time and Discovery Channel pro rider and 2 time US. Olympian Jason McCartney battled it out in a strong men's open race with multi-time
JASON MCCARTNEY CLEARS THE BARRIERS IN 2005
US. National Champion Steve Tilford. Tilford proved his cyclocross skills and rode away from McCartney and defending champion Shadd Smith and took the win. Midwest local favorite Linda Sone won the women's race. Over doubling in size since the previous year, we had outgrown the race course on Ashton field and it was time to move on and move up. And the growth was phenomenal..
A new venue was in store for riders in the 2006 event. Tour de France star and U.S Olympian Chris Horner made his debut at the Jingle Cross in 2006 taking a win on the first day but splitting the podium with Doug Swanson on the second in the newly expanded 2 day event. Catherine Walberg claimed victory on both days of the women's elite open races. This was also the first year the Jingle Cross was held on the Johnson County Fairgrounds,
CHRIS HORNER DARES TO ENTER THE GRINCH'S LAIR IN 2006
introducing the cyclocross world to the challenging slopes of Mt. Krumpit and the treacherous Grinch's Lair.
In 2007, The Jingle Cross became a UCI sanctioned event. West coast women's superstars Wendy Williams and Sue Butler split the victories for the women and Chris Horner returned for his second of 3 appearances at the Jingle Cross. But another US Olympian by the name of Todd Wells came for the first time and stole the show...and the wins on both days of the event. The crowd sizes were growing to some pretty large sizes and Wells returned in 2008.
WELLS AND WELLS, INC TAKE ON KRUMPIT AND THE CROWD IN 2008
But Todd didn't come alone as he brought his brother Troy. Todd and Troy each took a day in the race that will be more remembered for the Sunday muddy downhill Luge run thanks to an evening snowfall turned the dry and mild day 1 into a mud bath on day 2. Devon Haskell took the dry day for the women and Iowa native Amanda Miller showed her descending prowess down the Krumpit Luge Run blowing away the competition and claiming victory as the top mudder in Day 2.
Friday Night Lights
In 2009, Musco lighting from Oskaloosa, Iowa joined forces with the Jingle Cross and gave the cyclocross world the most impressive night time race ever imagined as the Jingle Cross expanded to 3 days, or should we say 2 days and 1 night. Friday nights nighttime spectacular
THE HUGE LIGHTING RIG AT MUSCO TURNS NIGHT INTO DAY!
was an impressive feat of technology and the Jingle Cross had make a mark on the cyclocross world that still has everyone talking from coast to coast. The word was out now as the world descended on Iowa City all over the globe. Todd Wells continued his dominance sweeping all 3 UCI Men's races. And for the first time, we met Meredth Miller who also brought her broom for the sweep of the Ladies UCI races.
MT. KRUMPIT LIT UP THANKS TO MUSCO LIGHTING IN 2009!
UCI Grants Jingle Cross C1 Status
Jamey Driscoll emerges on the slopes of Mt. Krumpit to win 2 of 3 days including Sunday's coveted C1 while 2 time US. National Champion Ryan Trebon took the victory in Saturday's race. Meredith Miller returned on Friday to take her 4th Jingle Cross UCI win in a row but Amanda Miller returned to claim victory taking in the final two days. The crowds were still growing and the highlight of this year's event might have been the introduction of the crazy costumes (or lack of the coverage for them) seen at the now ever growing Grinch's Single Speed Speedo Spectacular fun ride. The party was a blast.
HUGE CROWDS IN 2011 AWAITING AT THE TOP OF MT. KRUMPIT
Todd Wells returned in 2011 in the Stars and Stripes Jersey of the US National Champion and this was the first time we had a reigning US Champion on the slopes of Mt. Krumpit. Wells took one of 3 days while Jamey Driscoll took another. Three time US National Champion Tim Johnson came in to take the biggest win of the weekend on Sunday's
POST RACE INTERVIEW WITH MEREDITH MILLER AND TEAL STETSON-LEE IN 2011
C1 during his first trip to the Jingle Cross. Meredith Miller and Teal Stetson-Lee teamed up to claim the victories for the ladies.
The 2012 Jingle Cross
DRISCOLL CRUISES TO ANOTHER NIGHT TIME WIN IN 2012
TIM JOHNSON TAKES THE C1 IN 2012
was an epic year as we became the only UCI event to offer equal prize money to both men and women for all finishers in the pro events in ALL places. Newly crowned European and 7 time UK National Champion Helen Wyman crossed the Atlantic Pond and raced in Iowa for the first time. Former US National Champions Tim Johnson and Ryan Trebon joined by teammate Jamey Driscoll thrilled the crowd with a team sweep of all 3 days in a stacked field with National and International stars from top to bottom. Johnson took two of the 3 days while Driscoll,
EUROPEAN CHAMPION HELEN WYMAN IN UK NATIONAL CHAMPION KIT ROLLS TO A SWEEP OF ALL 3 DAYS AT THE 2012 JINGLE CROSS
establishing himself as a dominant force (if not a night owl) on the slopes Mt. Krumpit taking his 3rd Musco Friday night in a row. World Cup winner Ben Berden from Belgium was probably the most consistent men's rider taking the 3rd spot on the podium each day. But the story of the weekend was Helen Wyman showing her unmatched strength and claiming all 3 days of the Ladies UCI events. The crowd became enamored with the Brit as they alnd paid tribute to her sweep by singing "God Save the Queen" on her final ascent up the slopes of Mt. Krumpit cheering her on to the finish line as the newly ordained Queen of the Jingle Cross.
2014 is just weeks away...who will take the honors this time? Stay tuned as the Jingle Cross is ready to Rock!
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Friday, 22 August 2014 09:23
We race for our children! From the beginning, The Jingle Cross Rock has been a charity event for the University of Iowa Children's Hospital. Thanks to great sponsors like Carousel Volkswagen, the Jingle Cross continues to flourish as THE premier cyclocross event in North America while maintaining charitable mission with 100% of ALL profits donated to the University of Iowa Children's Hospital.
We have donated tens of thousands of dollars to the University of Iowa Children's Hospital over the years and continue to make our kids our number one priority. The University of Iowa Children's Hospital provides state of the art care and treatment for our children with a great team of doctors, nurses, and other pediatric care providers.
THREE TIME US NATIONAL CHAMPION TIM JOHNSON WITH A SPECIAL GUEST FROM U OF IOWA CHILDREN'S HOSPITAL
Its an exciting time for the University of Iowa as construction has begun for the brand new Children's Hospital right across the street from Kinnick Stadium. Slated for completion in a just a few short years, this new pediatric facility will help children for many future generations.
THANKS CAROUSEL VOLKSWAGEN!!!
Huge THANKS goes out to Pat Lind of Carousel Volkswagen and all the great people at Carousel Volkswagen and within the Volkswagen community around the world who have been with us for so many years as Title Sponsor of the Jingle Cross. Our success is a direct result of the generous and amazing support from Carousel Volkswagen and the Volkswagen Corporation. Please stop by Carousel Volkswagen or your local Volkswagen dealer and specifically thank them for supporting the Jingle Cross and the University of Iowa Children's Hospital.
Many thanks also go to Cory Tweeden and our friends at Scheels as our presenting sponsor who have been with us since the beginning as well. Scheels is the largest sporting goods store in the Midwest and we have one very close to the Jingle Cross venue over in the Coral Ridge Mall. Please also stop by and see Scheels for all your biking needs as well as all the Iowa Hawkeye stuff you could ever imagine.
Finally, words can not express our Thanks to the amazing family of people at Musco Lighting including Jerome and Robyn who truly Make Events Happen! The Friday night cross race under the incredible illumination from Musco Lighting makes the 3 day Jingle Cross weekend the most incredible nighttime Holiday party in North America. Musco has taken time from their very busy world wide schedule (Olympics, X-Games, Monoco Indy race, etc) to the slopes of Mt. Krumpit and the Jingle Cross every year since 2009 helping us raise money for the University of Iowa Children's Hospital.