Foot out and flat out was the name of the game this past weekend in Iowa City for the Jingle Cross UCI World Cup opener. In it's second year as a World Cup the race crew and fans put on an incredible event.
On Friday night the C1 level UCI race was a the spectacle as only Jingle Cross can be. Tons of fans lined the course. The music was pumping and the beer was flowing. Fans were treated to some intense racing action while the riders faced a fast, dry and bumpy course. After some light rain on Saturday evening, the course smoothed out a bit for the Sunday World Cup. "The Friday night Jingle Cross crowd is always insane." stated Jamey Driscoll. "Sunday was equally as good. It's great to have everyone stick around and cheer all weekend. It's super motivating."
Heading in to the weekend, U23 National Champion Lance Haidet was intending to race on Friday evening in the C1 race and again on Saturday in the C2 event because he was not selected to race in the Sunday World Cup. However, after his stellar performance on Friday evening he got the invite to race against the best in the World Cup. "I was really looking forward to the weekend and the Friday night race was awesome," said Lance. "The course was really fun and fast, the crowds were impressive. I was quite happy with how I felt on Friday and even more stoked to get the nod to race the World Cup!"
The Donnelly team was very proud to have both Jamey and Lance pinning on numbers for the World Cup on Sunday. Lance went on to say. "I was super excited to get the World Cup invite. It really was in a bit of shock when I got the call at such late notice, but I was definitely pumped! I mean, who wouldn’t be stoked to race against the best guys in the World?"
Both Jamey and Lance did not have the race they were hoping for on Sunday, but when you are not firing on all cylinders it is hard to compete against the best in the world.
"I was fighting something all weekend and when you don't have the snap in your legs the gaps open up and it's hard to bridge up." said Jamey. "I'll head home for the week, do some mid-week motor pacing and be ready to go in Wisconsin"
Next up for Lance is Cross Vegas on Wednesday, Sept 20 in Las Vegas. Jamey will be skipping the bright lights of Sin City and will be focusing on the next World Cup in Waterloo, WI.
Rider Tire Selection, Pressure and Course Conditions
Course conditions report from Head Mechanic James Sullivan:
"Friday's course was really rough, bumpy, and dry with a lot of different surface types. There were some slippery transitions from gravel to pavement or to dirt so riders wanted more grip in the front. Lots of hard bumps and some things to flat on had everyone bump up pressure, too.
Sunday's World Cup course was much different due to overnight rains that smoothed out some parts of the track. It only dried out enough to make it tacky and great conditions for file treads. There was a tricky grass descent off of Mt. Krumpit so Lance wanted the MXP and Jamey knew he would have to be a little careful on with double LAS but would be great every where else.
Tire Selection and Pressure
Front: MXP / 28 psi
Rear: MXP / 29 psi
Front: MXP / 27 psi
Rear: LAS / 28 psi
Front: LAS / 25 psi
Rear: LAS / 26 psi
Front: MXP / 25 psi
Rear: LAS / 26 psi
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