“At Jingle Cross in 2016, I experienced real USA cyclo-cross racing for the first time,” said 2017 World Champion, Wout Van Aert. "There are so many enthusiastic fans, children and people racing. The course is another big draw. It is one of the heaviest and best-designed courses of the season. I look forward to coming back in 2018, staying in the center of Iowa City and training in such a nice area.”
In addition to the World Cup races, there will be a full schedule of amateur races, a gravel ride, product expo, local vendors along with activities for the entire family. Packed with events, Jingle Cross delivers three days of action and excitement.
“It is an honor for the UCI to again choose Jingle Cross as one of the rounds for the Telenet UCI Cyclo-cross World Cup,” said Promoter and Race Director John Meehan. “Over the past 15 years, Jingle Cross has grown into one of the premier cyclo-cross events in the world and it's terrific to have the best riders compete here in Iowa City. It is excellent for the cycling community and the continued growth of cyclo-cross in North America."
Based in the heart of the Mid-West, Iowa City has embraced Jingle Cross with fans and local businesses coming out to support the event in large numbers. Away from the race-course Iowa City provides everything from boutique stores to craft breweries, museums and farm-to-table restaurants. Also, the town prides itself on being bicycle friendly with great riding and beautiful scenery.
"Iowa City is honored to have the opportunity to host the 2018 Telenet UCI Cyclo-Cross World Cup as part of the Jingle Cross weekend, said Iowa City Manager Geoff Fruin. “Cycling is very much part of our city's identity and we could not be more excited to again have the opportunity to showcase the world's top cyclo-cross athletes in our community. We will continue to build upon the past successes of our Jingle Cross events and give the riders, support teams, sponsors and spectators the absolute best experience possible during their September 2018 stay in Iowa City. We plan to leave no doubt after this event that Iowa City is the top North American destination for cyclo-cross competitions."
Registration for amateur races will open July 1, 2018. For more information on Iowa City and travel accommodations please visit jinglecross.com.
Photo by: Jeff Corcoran