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Ben Berden was no stranger to the quick ascent with loose dirt, also keeping up with the leaders for most of the race. © Andrew Reimann

Ben Berden was no stranger to the quick ascent with loose dirt, also keeping up with the leaders for most of the race. © Andrew Reimann

(Iowa City, IO) – Day One of Jingle Cross was partly about keeping a good technique, and partly about heat management for the riders taking the course. Just how cold was it? Allen Krughoff posted a picture on Instagram of him keeping his face warm as his breath fogs up his glasses. He reported sub-20 degree temperatures after the sun went down.

Krughoff had a good start, but an unfortunate crash on the second lap caused him to chase for the rest of the race, and he eventually took ninth. Ahead of the Noosa rider, Ben Berden (Raleigh-Clement) took the win during the night race, followed by teammate Jamey Driscoll. Berden’s season, with his second place last week behind Danny Summerhill at Derby City, can hardly be accused of having a rough season, but the Belgian rider must be relieved to finally be standing at the top of the podium.

In third place, Brian Matter (KS Energy Services) crossed the finish line eight seconds back. Matter, who beat the Raleigh-Clement duo several weeks ago in the Gateway Cross Cup, also scored big in the mountain bike last weekend in Michigan’s notorious Ice Man race.

Happy to keep the podium streak alive @jinglecx!

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In the Women’s Elite race, Katerina Nash (Luna Pro) grabbed another win, which brings her streak to five in a row after weekends in Cincinnati and Louisville. Courtenay Mcfadden (GE-American Classic) finished ten seconds back in second place, with Meredith Miller (Noosa) rounding out the podium.

Jingle Cross Day One, Women's Elite Race

RankNameNat.Age*Result
1Katerina NASHCZE3746:10:00
2Courtenay MCFADDENUSA2946:20:00
3Meredith MILLERUSA4146:38:00
4Caroline MANIFRA2747:04:00
5Maghalie ROCHETTECAN2147:30:00
6Erica ZAVETAUSA2547:44:00
7Crystal ANTHONYUSA3448:02:00
8Amanda MILLERUSA2848:07:00
9Laurel RATHBUNUSA1848:12:00
10Amanda NAUMANUSA2548:38:00
11Abby STRIGELUSA3149:04:00
12Chloe WOODRUFFUSA2749:15:00
13Laura WINBERRYUSA3049:20:00
14Amanda RILEY-CAREYUSA3649:20:00
15Brittany MCCONNELLUSA3249:26:00
16Samantha SCHNEIDERUSA2450:05:00
17Katherine SHIELDSUSA2150:20:00
18Mical DYCKCAN3250:21:00
19Marsa DANIELUSA3650:37:00
20Caroline DEZENDORFUSA2551:15:00
21Ellen SHERRILLUSA3551:48:00
22Katherine KELTERUSA2152:07:00
23Jennifer NOWLINUSA3952:16:00
24Rebecca GROSSUSA3452:45:00
25Corey COOGAN CISEKUSA3752:59:00
26Tina BRUBAKERUSA4653:37:00
27Katie ISERMANNUSA33
28Ksenia LEPIKHINAUSA17
29Lindsay ZUCCOUSA46

Jingle Cross Day One, Men's Elite Race

RankNameNat.Age*Result
1Ben BERDENBEL391:02:39
2James DRISCOLLUSA281:02:41
3Brian MATTERUSA361:02:49
4Kerry WERNERUSA231:02:54
5Adam CRAIGUSA331:03:44
6Andrew DILLMANUSA201:04:11
7Michael VAN DEN HAMCAN221:04:14
8Tobin ORTENBLADUSA201:04:54
9Allen KRUGHOFFUSA301:04:55
10Yannick ECKMANNUSA211:04:59
11Craig ETHERIDGEUSA341:05:26
12Robert MARIONUSA321:05:54
13Ian HAUPTUSA181:06:06
14Justin LINDINEUSA301:06:23
15Carl DECKERUSA391:06:36
16Joseph MALONEYUSA241:06:39
17Skyler MACKEYUSA191:07:00
18Alexander MARTINUSA241:07:01
19Dominic TALERICOUSA311:07:41
20Nicholas LEMKEUSA311:07:50
21Braden KAPPIUSUSA271:08:03
22Travis BRAUNUSA291:08:05
23Joshua JOHNSONUSA221:08:06
24Lewis GAFFNEYUSA221:08:15
25Nate KULLBOMUSA321:08:26
26Ryan TRAVELSTEADUSA311:08:26
27Samuel BRAMELUSA211:09:25
28Kevin MCCONNELLUSA33
29Josh BAUERUSA24
30Mathew ALLENUSA33
31JP BROCKETUSA41
32Max JUDELSONUSA27
33Dallas FOWLERUSA27
34Bryan FOSLERUSA27
35Kyle RUSSUSA28
36Travis MONROEUSA20
37Jay STROTHMANUSA28
38Jason SIEGLEUSA35
39Zachary CARLSONUSA19
40Lucas SEIBELUSA25
41Kailin WATERMANUSA35
42Gerald DRUMMONDUSA21
43Craig WOHLSCHLAEGERUSA41
44Zach BENDERUSA20
45Brian STABYUSA43
46Vance FLETCHERUSA21