George Hincapie, Tim Johnson Join JaMac as Celebrity Guests in Clif - Jingle Cross Gravel Grinder and Fondo

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.

Bell Named Official Helmet of the Jingle Cross

Bell Helmets has been named Official Sponsor of the 2017 Telenet UCI Cyclo-cross World Cup Jingle Cross/Iowa City and the Official Helmet of the Jingle Cross.

Bell’s partnership with the Telenet UCI Cyclo-Cross World Cup and Jingle Cross races in Iowa City was a natural for the company, said Bell Brand Manager James H. Hibbard.

“With a heavy sports marketing investment in cyclo-cross athletes who have made Jingle Cross a priority, and more generally as a brand that has supported cyclo-cross for a number of years, it only made sense for Bell to partner with Jingle Cross,” Hibbard said. “We’re all excited not only for the event’s UCI World Cup status, but also to be supporting the continued growth and interest in elite cyclo-cross racing in America.”

Telenet UCI Cyclo-Cross World Cup

The Telenet UCI Cyclo-Cross World Cup returns to Iowa City as part of the 3 day Jingle Cross Cyclo-Cross Festival. The World Cup has only been awarded to North America 5 times... and Iowa City counts for 2 of those for this year's honor. Last year, the World Cup was awarded to Iowa City for the first time thanks to the 13 year efforts of Jingle Cross team of amazing volunteers. Joined by the local Iowa City-Coralville Convention and Visitor's Bureau (nicknamed the CVB), Jingle Cross and the CVB joined forces to bring a world class event to the Johnson County Fairgrounds putting Iowa City on the map for tens of millions of sports fans. 

Details of Beers and Gears Celebration Announced

In addition to three days of cyclo-cross racing, the Jingle Cross Cyclo-Cross Festival and Telenet UCI Cyclo-Cross World Cup this year will include a Beers & Gears celebration featuring several Deschutes Brewery craft beers, including some that only are available at the Jingle Cross in Iowa City or the Deschutes brewpub in Oregon.

Beers & Gears will take place Friday, Sept. 15, through Sunday, Sept. 17, at the Johnson County Fairgrounds south of Iowa City. Cyclo-cross races also begin Friday, Sept. 15, and continue until the Telenet UCI women’s and men’s World Cup races on Sunday, Sept. 17.