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by Elisabeth Reinkordt
IOWA CITY, IOWA – The wind picked up on Sunday, but temperatures rose into the 50s – there would be no snow from Santa at this year’s Jingle Cross.
Defending British national champion Helen Wyman (Kona) took the first spot at the line once again on Sunday, and next to her were French riders Caroline Mani (Raleigh Clement) and Julie Krasniak (Rapha-Focus). Krasniak, who crashed out on the first lap of Saturday’s race and visited the emergency room with an injured knee, looked fresh and ready despite the bandage. At the whistle, it was Wyman who jumped to the front of the race for the holeshot, and though she was briefly overtaken by Jade Wilcoxson (Team Optum), she quickly commandeered the front end of the race.
Wilcoxson and Mani held second and third position as Wyman rode away, but they were soon joined by Krasniak. Krasniak was not content to stay with this group, and she wasted no time making her attack and chasing after Wyman. Two technical features separated the ranks on Sunday’s course – one muddy off-camber berm with a U-shaped dip down the hill and a much steeper climb up Mt. Krumpet. As Krasniak and Wyman increased their leads, Wilcoxson was joined by teammates Amanda Miller and Carmen Small (Team Optum). Mani was overtaken by the three Optum riders, as some rode and some ran up the steep hill. She stayed in the mix as the teammates shifted position, with Wilcoxson fading and Miller moving to the front of the group. Miller jumped ahead of the group, but was followed closely by Mani, Small, and Wilcoxson.
On her last climb up Mt. Krumpet, Wyman was greeted by a full-crowd rendition of “God Save the Queen,” followed by chants of “USA, USA,” for French rider Krasniak and local heroine Amanda Miller.
Reflecting on the weekend of racing after her third win in as many days, Wyman thanked race director John Meehan for “a great race on a great course with great spectators.” Laughing, she added that it was “totally amazing to come up that hill to the whole crowd singing.” With her two biggest goals – Koppenberg and the European championships – done, she’s headed back to Europe for the second half of her season before coming back to Louisville in February.
The three bright green Cannondale jerseys commanding the front row of the men’s race on Sunday included Friday’s winner Jamey Driscoll, Saturday’s winner Tim Johnson, and Saturday’s second place finisher Ryan Trebon. Would Trebon claim the top step on Day Three, or would someone be able to break their team’s dominance of the front pack?
Off the start, it was a surprise holeshot by Bryan Fawley (Dallas Bike Works) and Matt Shriver (Trek Cyclocross Collective) that wowed the crowd. Fawley and Shriver commanded the front of the pack through the Yule Log Jam and off-camber mud, up over the flyover and to the base of Mt. Krumpet before being jumped by Johnson, Trebon, Driscoll, and Chris Jones (Rapha-Focus). Also in the mix were Ben Berden (Raleigh Clement) and Brian Matter (Geargrinder).
While Fawley and Shriver dropped off the pace, the remainder of this rather large group stayed together, with small attacks proving unfruitful in changing the dynamics of the race. The third, fourth and fifth laps saw Johnson, Jones and Trebon all taking the lead spot descending Mt. Krumpet. As the animated crowd on the hill awaited the leaders on the next lap, Driscoll led the charge, with Johnson, Berden and Jones right behind him. But Trebon was nowhere to be seen, having decided to drop out of the race at the start/finish. Observers noted terse body language between Trebon and teammate Johnson, but no official word on a reason for dropping out.
With just three laps remaining, Johnson finally made an attack that stuck, exploding off the front of the group and leaving teammate Driscoll in second. Berden was not far behind him, and he was being chased steadily by Jones. With one to go, it looked like Jones might be able to catch Berden and claim the third step on the podium, but the Belgian rider held him off, adding another third place finish to his Jingle Cross weekend.[Gallery not found]
Elite Women’s Results:
|2||KRASNIAK Julie||Raffa Focus||FRA||43:59|
|3||MILLER Amanda||Team Optum p/b Kelly Benefit St||USA||44:07|
|4||MCNELLIS SMALL Carmen||Team Optum p/b Kelly Benefit St||USA||44:13|
|5||MANI Caroline||Raleigh Clement||FRA||44:22|
|6||WILCOXSON Jade||Team Optum p/b Kelly Benefit St||USA||44:40|
|7||McFADDEN Courtenay||Cliff Bar Bicycle Center Red Li||USA||44:58|
|8||ANTHONY Crystal||Cannondale Cyclocrossworld||USA||45:29|
|9||CAREY Amanda||Volkswagon Boise||USA||45:40|
|10||BRUNO ROY Maureen||Bob Redmill Cyclocross Team||USA||45:51|
|11||STRIGEL Abby||Trek Cyclocross Collective||USA||46:32|
|12||BLATT Rebecca||Van Dessel Sports||USA||46:53|
|13||SMILEY Marne||Bob Redmill Cyclocross Team||USA||47:06|
|17||MARKEY Amber||My Wife Inc||USA||48:47|
|18||BROCKET Karen||Ethos Racing||USA||49:06|
|19||SIEBENLIST Sierra||Matthews Bicycle||USA||49:53|
|20||SO Elizabeth||Les Petites Victoires||USA||50:10|
|21||WILLIAMS Robin||Iowa City Cycling Club / Mercy||USA||- 2 LAPS|
|DNF||OSBORNE Corrie||Team Extreme||USA|
Elite Men’s Results:
|1||JOHNSON Timothy||Cannondale Cyclocrossworld||USA||1:01:07|
|2||DRISCOLL James||Cannondale Cyclocrossworld||USA||1:01:29|
|3||BERDEN Ben||Raleigh Clement||BEL||1:01:49|
|4||JONES Christopher||Raffa Focus||USA||1:01:56|
|5||MATTER Brian||RACC Geargrinder||USA||1:02:31|
|6||KRUGHOFF Allen||Raleigh Clement||USA||1:02:54|
|8||SHRIVER Matt||Trek Cyclocross Collective||USA||1:03:47|
|9||LASLEY Jacob||Team Soundpony||USA||1:04:00|
|10||NEFF Isaac||Trek Cyclocross Collective||USA||1:04:02|
|11||DICKENS Chase *||American Classic Professional C||USA||1:04:16|
|13||MALONEY Joseph||KS Energy Services / Team Wisco||USA||1:04:52|
|14||KAISER Cody *||California Giant Cycling||USA||1:05:02|
|16||KLUCK Jeff||Powerade - Independent Fabricat||USA||1:05:40|
|17||SHERER Mike||The Pony Shop||USA||1:05:52|
|18||SAVERY Mark||Midwest Cycling Group||USA||1:05:54|
|20||ETHERIDGE Craig||Raleigh Clement||USA||1:05:59|
|21||McCONNELL Kevin||Iowa City Cycling Club||USA||1:06:14|
|23||BURKE Tom||Midwest Cycling Group||USA||1:06:31|
|24||MARION Robert||American Classic Professional C||USA||1:06:43|
|26||THOMPSON Eric||Plan C p/b Challenge Tires||USA||1:07:17|
|27||FAWLEY Bryan||Dallas Bike Works||USA||-1 LAP|
|28||COE Andrew||Ethos Racing||USA||-1 LAP|
|29||FOWLER Dallas||KUHL||USA||-1 LAP|
|30||ALLEN Matthew||Behind Bars / LGR||USA||-2 LAPS|
|31||LEMIEUX Pat||St. Paul Bicycle Racing Club||USA||-2 LAPS|
|32||BRAUN Travis||Magnus||USA||-2 LAPS|
|33||GANTZER Jeremiah||Double I Cycling Experience||USA||-2 LAPS|
|34||STREET Bill||KUHL||USA||-2 LAPS|
|35||THOMPSON John||St. Paul Bicycle Racing Club /||USA||-5 LAPS|
|DNF||TREBON Ryan||Cannondale Cyclocrossworld||USA|