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.
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!”
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.
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.
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.”
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
Jingle Cross Day Three Elite Women's Results
|19||Carol Jeane SANSOME||USA||40||55:46:00|
|20||Corey COOGAN CISEK||USA||38||57:20:00|