By David Mable

In mud that seemed to get deeper with every lap—wheels and feet churning it into thick peanut butter—Katerina Nash (Luna Pro Team) and Jamey Driscoll (Raleigh/Clement) each kept the pedals turning strongly to take wins on day three at Jingle Cross in Iowa City, Iowa.

Elite Women

Katie Compton drives the pace early at a muddy day three of Jingle Cross. © Ken Sherman /  kkimages.us

Katie Compton drives the pace early at a muddy day three of Jingle Cross. © Ken Sherman / kkimages.us

Giving the credit of her second win of the weekend to her crew, Nash took a clean bike twice on every lap and powered away from the chasing front-runners Katie Compton (Trek Factory Racing), Caroline Mani (Raleigh/Clement) and Kaitlin Antonneau (Cannondale/pb Cyclocross World).

It was an excellent weekend of racing. I really like the courses here; tough, hilly and this year it was super muddy,” said Nash after the race. “But every thing was smooth, and I had a good ride. The mud was even thicker than yesterday — I ended up pitting twice each lap. It was really important to have a good crew and I was just thankful to have my Luna Team here this weekend!”

Katerina Nash mastered the mud at day three of Jingle Cross. © Ken Sherman /  kkimages.us

Katerina Nash mastered the mud at day three of Jingle Cross. © Ken Sherman / kkimages.us

Behind Nash, Compton and Mani battled yet again, going back and forth on every lap. In the end, Mani pulled away, riding the climb up Mt. Krumpit, taking second place in as many days. Compton rolled in ahead of Antonneau for third.

Elite Men

Logan Owen has an unfortunte run-in with the course tape at the beginning of the race. © corcoransphotos.com

Logan Owen has an unfortunte run-in with the course tape at the beginning of the race. © corcoransphotos.com

In the men’s race, Stephen Hyde (Cannondale/pb Cyclocrossworld.com) attacked early and hard, taking only Logan Owen (California Berry Farms/Specialized) with him. Setting up for a corner, however, Owen got caught in the course tape which catapulted him into the air, taking him out of the race.

Hyde powered on alone, pulling away from the chase group, eventually putting more than 20 seconds on Jonathan Page (Fuji Racing), Troy Wells (Clif Bar Racing) and Driscoll.

Jamey Driscoll stretches his gap on Jonthan Page by clearing Mt. Krumpitl.  © Ken Sherman /  kkimages.us

Jamey Driscoll stretches his gap on Jonthan Page by clearing Mt. Krumpitl. © Ken Sherman / kkimages.us

Driscoll stayed on the gas, like his female teammate, Mani, riding up Mt. Krumpit, much to the delight of the crowds. Hyde’s gap remained just over 20 seconds even as the bell rang for the final lap. It was then that his tank ran dry. He fought to maintain his pace, but faded quickly and was caught and passed by the steady Driscoll.

“I felt much better today than yesterday,” said Driscoll. “I really liked the conditions more, slick everywhere. A lot more playing around in the mud. Stephen Hyde was up there, and the gap didn’t change much, but I’ve won a lot of races by just keeping on. He faded big-time, I think. I don’t think I was much faster on my last lap, but he just faded and I kept on it. I’m super happy to come away with a win a great course and some super challenging conditions.”

Troy Wells is about to be passed by Jonathan Page on a slippery descent. © Ken Sherman /  kkimages.us

Troy Wells is about to be passed by Jonathan Page on a slippery descent. © Ken Sherman / kkimages.us

Hyde was able to hang on for second while behind him Page won the battle for the final step of the podium.

Jingle Cross Day Three Elite Men's Results

RankNameNat.Age*Result
1James DRISCOLLUSA291:02:56
2Stephen HYDEUSA281:03:19
3Jonathan PAGEUSA391:03:45
4Troy WELLSUSA311:05:03
5Todd WELLSUSA401:05:18
6Dan TIMMERMANUSA351:05:37
7Kerry WERNERUSA241:05:38
8Tobin ORTENBLADUSA211:06:25
9Allen KRUGHOFFUSA311:06:45
10Brian MATTERUSA371:07:14
11Adam CRAIGUSA341:07:27
12Cody KAISERUSA231:08:02
13Casey HILDEBRANDTUSA211:08:14
14Benjamin SONNTAGGER351:09:08
15Isaac NEFFUSA291:09:54
16Robert MARIONUSA331:10:19
17Brannan FIXUSA181:11:06
18Spencer WHITTIERUSA291:11:16
19Tristan SCHOUTENUSA331:11:32
20Jake WELLSUSA371:11:57
21Carl DECKERUSA401:12:07
22Kolben PREBLEUSA22
23Andrew LOAIZAUSA28
24Braden KAPPIUSUSA28
25Travis BRAUNUSA30
26Mathew ALLENUSA34
27Connor DILGERUSA21
28Abe GOORSKEYUSA32
29Jim GENTESUSA58
30John THOMPSONUSA57

Jingle Cross Day Three Elite Women's Results

RankNameNat.Age*Result
1Katerina NASHCZE3847:19:00
2Caroline MANIFRA2847:43:00
3Katherine COMPTONUSA3748:18:00
4Kaitlin ANTONNEAUUSA2349:04:00
5Courtenay MCFADDENUSA3050:09:00
6Rachel LLOYDUSA4050:23:00
7Elle ANDERSONUSA2750:36:00
8Meredith MILLERUSA4251:09:00
9Sunny GILBERTUSA3651:10:00
10Amanda MILLERUSA2951:32:00
11Rebecca FahringerUSA2652:48:00
12Crystal ANTHONYUSA3553:48:00
13Ally STACHERUSA2854:07:00
14Cassandra MAXIMENKOUSA3254:13:00
15Megan CHINBURGUSA3654:45:00
16Tricia FLEISCHERUSA3654:50:00
17Laurel RATHBUNUSA1955:11:00
18Emma SWARTZUSA1855:11:00
19Carol Jeane SANSOMEUSA4055:46:00
20Corey COOGAN CISEKUSA3857:20:00
21Jennifer NOWLINUSA4058:09:00
22Caitlyn VESTALUSA3059:00:00
23Hannah FINCHAMPUSA20
24Ashley ZOERNERUSA16
25Gina ESTEPUSA42
26Sydney BROWNUSA46
27Kristal BONIUSA41
28Therese RHODESAUS27
29Anya MALARSKIUSA16
30Amanda SCHAAPUSA32
31Claire SHURTZUSA27