Cycling fans will have the chance to meet and ride alongside famed racers George Hincapie and Tim Johnson at this year’s Clif-Jingle Cross Gravel Grinder and Road Fondo, courses that were designed by Iowa City’s own former professional cyclist and Olympian Jason McCartney.
Hincapie, Johnson, and McCartney will join riders on the 60km gravel grinder and 70km road fondo on Sunday, Sept. 17. An autograph session with all three athletes will follow the rides at the Johnson County Fairgrounds.
Race director John Meehan said the three will turn the gravel grinder and fondo into an all-star event.
“We are very excited to have George and Tim join Jason for this amazing weekend,” he said. “It will be quite a treat for our guests to ride with this group of cycling celebrities.”
Registration for the gravel grinder and fondo is $75 and includes a free admission ticket to the Telenet UCI Cyclo-Cross World Cup races on Sunday, Sept. 17; a Jingle Cross fondo T-shirt; a Clif water bottle; and World Cup cycling socks. Registration is available online at https://www.bikereg.com/jingle-cross-fondo-gravel.