Record rains made for record mud for Jingle Cross Day 1. Troy Wells attacks the muddy climb. © Jaredy Roy

Record rains made for record mud for Jingle Cross Day 1. Troy Wells attacks the muddy climb. © Jaredy Roy

by Jared Roy

(IOWA CITY, IA) – The email from the race organizer I received on Tuesday said Iowa had received record rains, and judging by Friday night’s course conditions on Day 1 of the 2009 UCI Carousel Volkswagen Jingle Cross Rock, he wasn’t lying.

Mt Krumpet is the toughest part of the course, and on Day 1 it featured prominently in the race’s final outcome. The course scaled the mountain with via a very muddy run-up, and upon reaching the top, the riders with descending skills or courage were able to make the race.

The muddy, treacherous downhill took many victims throughout the evening’s races. Derailleurs were sheared off left and right and the pits were chaos.

The women’s race went off at 6:30 and the men’s at 7:30 and were run under the lights. The women’s race was dominated by Meredith Miller of the California Giant Strawberry team. She used her strong road skills to open up a gap early and held on to take a convincing win. The race for second was reminiscent of last weekend’s men’s race in Southampton with three teammates battling for the podium, only this time the team and gender were different with three Planet Bike teammates battling it out for the final two podium spots. On the last lap young Kaitie Antonneau got away and took the silver with Kristin Wentworth following in third and Linda Sone in fourth.

The Men’s race started with the Wells brothers Troy (Clif Bar) and Todd (Specialized) along with Seattle’s Ryan Iddings (Lapierre) taking early flyers. The attacks were short-lived though, as soon Todd Wells, using his superior descending skills, was gone. Nobody could match his speed on the muddy downhill. Troy Wells took chase but couldn’t close the 30 second gap to his older brother, and was hampered by a flat tire. The race for third turned into a battle with Iddings, Marco Lalonde (Planet Bike) and David Hackworthy (Bianchi / Grand Performance) all together until one lap to go. But it was Iddings’ determination that got him the third place, despite an ill-timed mechanical with two laps to go. Lalonde followed in fourth with Hackworthy in fifth. The pits were busy tonight with riders switching bikes almost every lap.

See our coverage of Jingle Cross Rock from Saturday and Sunday.

Full Results:

Elite Men

The 2009 Jingle Cross Men's Podium: 1) Todd Wells 2) Troy Wells 3) Ryan Iddings. © Jared Roy

The 2009 Jingle Cross Men's Podium: 1) Todd Wells 2) Troy Wells 3) Ryan Iddings. © Jared Roy


RankNameNat.Age*ResultPtsPts
1Todd WELLSUSA3554:483030
2Troy WELLSUSA2656:162020
3Ryan IDDINGSUSA2656:291515
4Marko LALONDEUSA2856:341212
5David HACKWORTHUSA2156:501010
6Jake WELLSUSA3258:3088
7Kirt FITZPATRICKUSA3258:5266
8Mitch HOKEUSA2259:0044
9Brian MATTERUSA3259:0722
10Brady KAPPIUSUSA231:00:3811
11Ben POPPERUSA281:02:05
12Kevin MCCONNELLUSA291:02:36
13Jesse RIENTSUSA331:03:07
14Kevin KLUGUSA391:03:09
15Duane DICKEYUSA411:03:50
16Chris HURSTUSA201:04:02
17Shadd SMITHUSA39
18Michael HEMMEUSA31
19David QUISTUSA39
20Mathew ALLENUSA29
21Logan VONBOKELUSA21
22Jacob HELMBRECHTUSA34
23Teodoro RAMOSUSA34
24Travis MCMASTERUSA37
25Bill STREETUSA25

Elite Women:

2009 Jingle Cross Women's Podium. 1) Miller 2)Antonneau 3) Wentworth © Jared Roy

2009 Jingle Cross Women's Podium. 1) Miller 2)Antonneau 3) Wentworth © Jared Roy


RankNameNat.Age*ResultPtsPts
1Meredith MILLERUSA3743:212020
2Kaitlin ANTONNEAUUSA1843:581515
3Kristin WENTWORTHUSA3143:581212
4Linda SONEUSA3843:581010
5Kari STUDLEYUSA3044:0688
6Rebecca MUCHUSA2444:1855
7Marne SMILEYUSA2844:3044
8Corey COOGANUSA3344:3933
9Lisa CURRYUSA2944:4522
10Holly KLUGUSA3944:5011
11Robin WILLIAMSUSA3144:57
12Kris WALKERUSA4944:57
13Elizabeth WELLIVERUSA31
14Kathryn STEUDELUSA25
15Patti KAUFMANNUSA52