Sunday, November 29, 2009

Jingle Cross Rock 2009

Our 3rd pilgrimage to Iowa City over Thanksgiving weekend for UCI Jingle Cross was a successful one. Jordan finished on the podium in all 3 of his races, 2 1st places, and a 3rd.

They added Friday night racing this year, under the lights. Jordan raced Cat 2/3, starting in the back row behind over 60 racers. It was an absolute mudfest, with many riders having to abandon due to broken bikes. Jordan worked his way through the field, changing bikes at 3 different times. At one point, he was in 2nd place, eventually finishing 3rd.

Jordan raced the Junior category Saturday and Sunday, winning both days. His white skinsuits were muddy brown at the end of each race. Jordan took the opportunity Sunday to practice bike changes every half lap. It is a critical skill to master in inclement conditions, where bikes fail if you don't switch often to have them cleaned.

Defying the Muddy Conditions in White

Saturday Juniors Podium (L-R, Lionel Rocheleau - 2nd, Jordan Cullen - 1st, Vance Fletcher - 3rd)

Sunday Juniors Podium - (L-R, Tyler Rushing - 3rd, Jordan Cullen - 1st, Nils Boberg - 2nd)

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