Berden, Johnson and Trebon on the podium for Day 2 of Jingle Cross. © Elisabeth Reinkordt

Berden, Johnson and Trebon on the podium for Day 2 of Jingle Cross. © Elisabeth Reinkordt

by Elisabeth Reinkordt

IOWA CITY, IOWA – While temperatures were chilly overnight, no precipitation fell on the Jingle Cross Rock course, and though early racers dealt with mud and grass, course conditions were prime for Saturday’s elite races. Sunny, breezy, and unseasonably warm temperatures were on tap as 22 women took the start in the elite race.

Elite Women

Caroline Mani (Raleigh Clement) jumped fast off the start line, with Friday’s winner Helen Wyman (Kona) close behind. As the women wound through the course, it was at the summit of Mt. Krumpet — which featured a long, winding climb today — that Wyman made her attack. Not far behind Wyman was a wall of three riders from Team Optum – Jade Wilcoxson, Carmen Small, and local favorite Amanda Miller.

Mani was not content to be dropped from this group however, and gave hard chase. As Wilcoxson dropped off the pace of her teammates, she was overtaken by the Frenchwoman. And while Mani and Wilcoxson chased, they were unable to close the gap up to Wilcoxson’s two teammates.

As Wyman rode solidly in the lead, teammates Miller and Small were neck and neck through the course, and with one lap to go, the question remained what the two would do at the finish. In a show of teammate love, the two crossed the line holding hands in a high-five, with Miller edging out Small’s wheel for the second step of the podium. Wyman was greeted to the top step of the podium by “God Save the Queen,” going two for two at Jingle Cross.

Race dynamics were changed somewhat from Friday, as powerhouse riders Julie Krasniak (Rapha-Focus) and Teal Stetson-Lee (Luna) did not line up at the start. Krasniak, who was second on Friday, ran her knee into a stake in the first lap, and opted out of racing. Both are expected to return tomorrow.

Men’s Elite

After dropping out of Friday’s race early due to a hit to the knee, Tim Johnson (Cannondale) was back on the front line for Saturday’s contest. Johnson was joined on the front line by teammates Ryan Trebon and Jamey Driscoll, Ben Berden (Raleigh Clement), Chris Jones (Rapha-Focus), and Tristan Schouten (Optum). Jones sprinted off the line for the holeshot, but by the time the riders approached the pits the first time, Johnson had taken the lead, with Trebon, Driscoll, and Berden all right in the mix.

The group at the front increased to nine riders as the pace slowed, with Brian Matter (Geargrinder), Matt Shriver (Trek Cyclocross Collective), and Allen Krughoff (Raleigh Clement) joining in the mix. It was Krughoff who made an attack off the front of the group descending Mt. Krumpet, but his lead was cut short by a crash. The group of seven passed Krughoff, who was left to chase along with Matter and Shriver.

It was just over halfway through the race that Johnson used the climb up Mt. Krumpet to make his attack. As Johnson charged away from the pack, Jones, Trebon, Berden and Driscoll blew Schouten off the back of their chase group.

With two laps remaining, this group, too had separated, with Trebon and Berden riding in second and third, 45 seconds behind Johnson. Following them were Jones and Driscoll, with Schouten still dangling in sixth. With one lap to go, Trebon opened up a gap on Berden. Johnson, still comfortably in the lead, sailed into the win, flipping wheelies for the crowd. Trebon held on to his second place, with Berden finishing third.

Reflecting on his injury last night, Johnson was happy to have a much better day today. “I rode the trainer inside this morning, and things felt good,” he said. “Today’s course was great for me,” he added, “without the run-up, I could stay on the bike. And if the other racers were tired from last night, I was just a little fresher.”


Elite Women’s Results:

1WYMAN HelenKonaGBR43:40
2MILLER AmandaTeam Optum p/b Kelly Benefit StUSA44:08
3MCNELLIS SMALL CarmenTeam Optum p/b Kelly Benefit StUSA44:08
4MANI CarolineRaleigh ClementFRA44:37
5WILCOXSON JadeTeam Optum p/b Kelly Benefit StUSA45:05
6CAREY AmandaVolkswagon BoiseUSA45:17
7BRUNO ROY MaureenBob Redmill Cyclocross TeamUSA45:17
8McFADDEN CourtenayCliff Bar Bicycle Center Red LiUSA45:22
9CUTLER JessicaCyclocrossracing.comUSA46:48
10BLATT RebeccaVan Dessel SportsUSA47:08
11SONE LindaCycle-Smart Inc.USA47:16
12STRIGEL AbbyTrek Cyclocross CollectiveUSA47:16
13SMILEY MarneBob Redmill Cyclocross TeamUSA48:18
14COOGAN-CISEK CoreyCyclocrossracing.comUSA48:39
15GROSS RebeccaUSA49:27
16SIEBENLIST SierraMatthews BicycleUSA49:27
17MARKEY AmberMy Wife IncUSA49:40
18SO ElizabethLes Petites VictoiresUSA50:37
19FLECK JeanneVelo DeluthUSA50:42
20WILLIAMS RobinIowa City Cycling Club / MercyUSA52:12
21OSBORNE CorrieTeam ExtremeUSA52:39
22BROCKET KarenEthos RacingUSA- 1 LAPS

Elite Men’s Results:

1JOHNSON TimothyCannondale Cyclocrossworld
2TREBON RyanCannondale Cyclocrossworld
3BERDEN BenRaleigh Clement
4JONES ChristopherRaffa Focus
5DRISCOLL JamesCannondale Cyclocrossworld
6SCHOUTEN TristanOptum
7MATTER BrianRACC Geargrinder
8KRUGHOFF AllenRaleigh Clement
9SHRIVER MattTrek Cyclocross Collective
10NEFF IsaacTrek Cyclocross Collective
11CANDELARIO AlexanderOptum
12KAISER Cody *California Giant Cycling
13SHERER MikeThe Pony Shop
14REYES DavidBloomington Cycle Racing Team
15SAVERY MarkMidwest Cycling Group
17MALONEY JosephKS Energy Services / Team Wisco
18FAWLEY BryanDallas Bike Works
19BURKE TomMidwest Cycling Group
20LEMIEUX PatrickSt. Paul Bicycle Racing Club
22MARION RobertAmerican Classic Professional C
23HEMME MichaelSRAM Factory
24BRAUN TravisMagnus
25FAULKNER CraigCrossniacs
26HALEY Luke *Red Zone Cycling
27ALLEN MatthewBehind Bars / LGR
29MUMFORD PaulChicago Cuttin Crew
30COE AndrewEthos Racing
32VRAMBOUT OliverThe Bikery Du Nord
33GANTZER JeremiahDouble I Cycling Experience
34THOMPSON JohnSt. Paul Bicycle Racing Club /
DNFDICKENS Chase *American Classic Professional C
DNFLASLEY JacobTeam Soundpony
DNFETHERIDGE CraigRaleigh Clement
DNFKLUCK JeffPowerade - Independent Fabricat
DNFMcCONNELL KevinIowa City Cycling Club

See Day 1’s results, reports and photos here.