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Iowa’s Mt. Krumpit and Jingle Cross – Andy Bokanev
Iowa's Mt. Krumpit and Jingle Cross - Andy Bokanev

Iowa’s Mt. Krumpit and Jingle Cross
Photos and words by Andy Bokanev

“And they told you Iowa was flat,” it was before noon and I’m pretty sure the beer the dude was holding was not his first. His geographically themed heckle was aimed at a random backmarker struggling his way up Mt. Krumpit with the “why I am doing this?” look painted all over his face. This was just one of many similar experiences this weekend at Jingle Cross hosted in Iowa City, Iowa.

The three day race kicked off under the lights on Friday evening in freezing conditions with the temperatures hovering in the mid teens. Saturday brought about more cold and snow just in time for the UCI C1 race. It continued snowing through the night so when everyone showed up for a the last day of racing the ground was completely covered in the white stuff eventually giving way to a thin layer of mud.

Some observations:

-Caroline Mani from not wearing any leg warmers. There is no amount of vaseline and embro in the world that would convince me to do the same.
-The race is extremely well organized featuring one of the best (if not THEE best) cyclocross course in the United States. If there is one race that deserves World Cup status, this is it
-Just like bottled water on hot and humid days there is a tariff on hot chocolate on extremely cold days. The going price for a cup of hot chocolate on Sunday was $6
-It not as cold when it’s snowing
-The course layout was different all three days which kept things interesting and challenging
-People in Iowa love pizza

So do not let the weather scare you, Jingle Cross is absolutely worth the travel.

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Nov 19, 2014 13 comments
ACRE Supply at the Trans Provence
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ACRE has a recap of this year’s Trans Provence with their rider Ty Hathaway – who coincidentally walked away as the top American finisher in the race. If you love photos of peeling singletrack carved into French mountains, this is a photo essay for you.

Head over to ACRE for the full scoop!

Nov 18, 2014 4 comments
We Wait All Year for This, Right?
The 2014 ATX CX Cup

“Cross is coming” “Cross is coming”.

All year, we wait for cross reason. Truthfully, it’s the only racing I actively seek out. Sure, if there’s a MTB race nearby, I’m not going to say no, but cross is the only form of racing I truly love.

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Nov 16, 2014 17 comments
It’s Cold and Muddy in Texas
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… and it’s finally feeling like cross season. Embrocation, thermal jerseys and good gloves. Ok, it was only in the mid 30’s yesterday but it still felt cold!

Nov 16, 2014 15 comments
Charge Bikes and the Velodux

What an interesting concept for a cross race. Charge Bikes recently attended the Red Bull Velodux cross race, an event that took place in Switzerland. This race ran through a town that’s probably older than the USA, up and down stairs, and through its back-alleys.

Nov 14, 2014 2 comments
Documented Chaos: 2014 SSCXWC Video

If you were there, then this will more than likely induce a Pavlovian-response and if you weren’t, it’ll make you wish you were. Here’s the first video I’ve seen from the 2014 SSCXWC!

Nov 3, 2014 3 comments
Mash SF at the 2014 Red Hook Crit Milano
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Mash has one of the most comprehensive photo galleries I’ve seen from this year’s Red Hook Crit Milano. The photos are spectacular. Head over to Mash to catch them all…

Nov 3, 2014 Comments are OFF
Team Cinelli Chrome is Disruptive by Nature

This is just a trailer, but it’s looking pretty good!

“7 riders, a year-long season, 10+ races, 2 wheels, 1 gear ratio, 1 passion, tons of friends, fun, laughts, beers toasted and hours training and chasing the dream all around the world!

#TeamCinelliChrome:
Neil Bezdek
Alfred Bobé Jr.
Giovanni Bocchi
Paolo Bravini
Alessandro Bruzza
Kelli Samuelson
Giorgio Vianini”

Nov 2, 2014 Comments are OFF