The chance to ride the World Cup course was an incentive to race Saturday’s UCI C2 Elite Men’s race for a handful of Europeans as well as many domestic racers chasing UCI points.
Mount Krumpit was rocking again on a warm, sunny, albeit windy afternoon in Iowa City. Thankfully racers had a tailwind down the long dusty stretch between the starting grid and finish line, which was a good thing, as the six-minute laps meant they would roll down that road ten times. That also meant the same number of rides up Mount Krumpit, the steep dirt ascent into the crowds, music and beer garden.
On the opening lap, Niels Vandeputte started to distance himself from the rest of the 45-rider field as they ascended the rutted climb. Kerry Werner was the first and only one to bridge up to his wheel.
Once the pair had a gap, they traded leads as they continued to ride away from the chasing riders.
Gosse ven der Meer was closest to the pair, but eventually would fall behind by two minutes. Sam Noel and Brian Matter also gave chase, but both Vandeputte and Werner would prove too fast for anyone to close the gap.
With a couple of laps to go, the front duo slowed, neither wanting to tow the other around the Johnson County Fairgrounds.
With one lap to go, they rolled comfortably through the finish line and across the dry, though typically muddy, Holy Hell Hole. Once past that, and Pit 1, Vandeputte exploded from behind Werner, flying over the first flyover, with Werner chasing hard. Vandeputte took his momentum up Mt. Krumpit, with the encouragement of the screaming crowds, quickly had several bike lengths lead on the American.
With three-quarters of the course to complete, Vanderputte kept up the pressure, Werner fading further back as the lap wore on. By the finish line straight-away, he had enough time to offer hi-fives to the crowd and still finish 14 seconds ahead of Werner.
Werner had no threat from the rear and took the time to hi-five the excited crowd.
Van der Meer rolled across the line nearly two minutes later, and from then on, riders from the disintegrated field made their way to the finish at 15-30 second increments.
All that awaits the UCI World Cup Tour of America is the final race in Iowa City on Sunday, before heading to begin its European slate of races. Some of the top racers should be well-rested after skipping Friday and Saturday’s races. Stay tuned for full coverage.
Full results below.
2021 Jingle Cross Day 2 Results: UCI C2 Elite Men
|1||10||Niels VANDEPUTTE||ALPECIN - FENIX||1:01:20||5:54|
|2||1||Kerry WERNER||Kona Maxxis Shimano CX Team||1:01:33||6:08|
|3||11||Gosse VEN DER MEER||Bombtrack Bicycles p/b Hunt Whe||1:03:26||6:30|
|4||7||Sam NOEL||Competitive Edge Racing||1:03:59||6:29|
|5||37||Brian MATTER||Linear Sport Racing||1:04:28||6:32|
|6||51||Jules VAN KEMPEN||Alpha Bicycle Co.- Groove Silve||1:04:41||6:22|
|7||46||Andrew GINIAT||The Pony Shop p/b KPMG||1:04:41||6:23|
|8||18||Jonathan ANDERSON||J moneyz factory racing||1:04:43||6:25|
|9||24||Jacob LEBLANC||Competitive Edge Racing||1:05:05||6:35|
|10||58||Kaler MARSHALL||Visit Walla Walla||1:05:09||6:16|
|11||35||Lucas STIERWALT||Aether Racing||1:05:11||6:38|
|12||28||Dillon MCNEILL||Trek Cyclocross Collective||1:05:28||6:35|
|13||40||Joseph SCHMALZ||Steve Tilford Foundation Racing||1:05:44||6:36|
|14||41||Nicholas LANDO||Competitive Edge Racing||1:05:57||6:49|
|15||57||Casey HILDEBRANDT||Donkey Label||1:06:02||6:41|
|16||38||Ian LOPEZ DE SAN ROMAN||Bear National Cyclocross Team /||1:06:11||6:39|
|17||22||Isaac NEFF||Neff Cycle Service||1:06:22||6:25|
|18||17||Michael LARSON||Red Kite Fund||1:06:24||7:15|
|19||42||Vin HLUDZINSKI||Boulder Junior Cycling||1:06:26||6:36|
|20||52||Ian MCDONALD||KCCX Elite Cyclocross Team||1:06:49||7:05|
|21||44||Ross ELLWOOD||Alpha Bicycle Co. - Groove Suba||1:07:11||6:54|
|@1Lap||43||Dylan ZAKRAJSEK||KCCX Elite Cyclocross Team||6:46|
|@1Lap||29||Terol PURSELL||Forever Endurance||6:52|
|@1Lap||31||Rory JACK||The Pony Shop p/b KPMG||6:57|
|@1Lap||36||Jack TANNER||Forever Endurance||6:46|
|@2Lap||48||Matthew RILEY||Linear Sport / Trek||6:57|
|@2Lap||21||Nick CARTER||NorthStar Development||7:03|
|@2Lap||27||Luke ARENS||Adapt Cycling||6:56|
|@2Lap||26||Luke FEUERHELM||KCCX Elite Cyclocross Team||6:56|
|@3Lap||23||Frederick JUNGE||Broom Wagon Works||7:04|
|@3Lap||32||Peter SWINAND||The Pony Shop p/b KPMG||7:01|
|@3Lap||53||Jacob PETERSON||Max Mortgage - C3 Bike Shop||6:57|
|@3Lap||33||Finnegan OCONNOR||Competitive Edge Racing||6:52|
|@3Lap||45||Jeremy BLOYD-PESHKIN||The Pony Shop p/b KPMG||7:08|
|@3Lap||20||Josh BAUER||Angry Catfish - Endura||6:53|
|@4Lap||55||Owen BRENNEMAN||CXHAIRS DEVO : TREK BIKES||7:06|
|@6Lap||39||Seamus OCONNOR-WALKER||Donkey Label||6:49|
|@8Lap||83||Donald MORGAN||Pentabike Racing||8:36|
|DNF||56||Mark MYLES||Be Real Sports||6:47|
|DNF||54||Kyle JOHNSON||Giant Bicycles/ HiFi Sound Elit||7:15|
|DNF||8||Yannick MAYER||SRAM Germany Schweinfurt||7:04|
|DNF||30||Dakota OLSEN||Move Up Elite||7:19|
|DNF||49||Michael SANDERS||Wahoo Fitness||7:30|
|DNS||25||Mathieu BELANGER BARRETTE||BarreTendre|
|DNS||2||Curtis WHITE||Cannondale p/b Cyclocrossworld.|
|DNS||3||Michael VAN DEN HAM||Easton Giant CX|
|DNS||4||Davide TONEATTI||ITALIAN CYCLING FEDERATION|
|DNS||5||Lance HAIDET||L39ION of Los Angeles|
|DNS||6||Lorenzo MASCIARELLI||ITALIAN CYCLING FEDERATION|
|DNS||9||Felipe Timoteo NYSTROM SPENCER||Costa Rica|
|DNS||16||Ivan GALLEGO||Missoula Bicycle Works - Team S|
|DNS||19||Nicholas F TABARES||ASU Devo Pro CX|
|DNS||47||Jacob OLANDER||USA Cycling Olympic Development|