There really aren’t that many UCI cyclocross races here in the midwest. At least within short-ish driving distance from my house. But, this weekend there are two. Both super races. Both rider’s promoters. I don’t quite get it.
Jingle Cross is in Iowa City Friday, Saturday and Sunday. I’ve won the race and finished on the podium a couple more times. Now it is one of the biggest cyclocross races in the country. The courses are all super hard with Mt. Krumpet in the mix each day.
Then there is Ruts and Guts. You’ll notice the clickable banner above. I’ve done this race a ton too, never won, but been on the podium. This race has been going on for years now and Tanner does an excellent job at making it a super weekend.
I just looked and Jingle Cross has over 1700 entries for the 3 days and Ruts and Guts just over 200 for 2 days. It doesn’t seem right.
I sure wish one of these races was last weekend. Or next, or something. I know these guys can’t be happy with the scheduling, but that is the way it turned out. I have no idea why that is, but it isn’t good for riders caught in the middle. Or the races themselves.
Jinglecross will most likely be slick. It snowed there and now it looks like rain today, then clearing. But the area tends to hold water. Ruts and Guts is most likely the opposite. Dry and fast riding.
Right now I’m leaning towards heading up to Iowa. The “running” up Mt. Krumpet might be too much for me, but there is no better way to test it than doing it. Plus, I need to try to ride a muddy race. Keith Walberg has been hired to film the race and make a video, so we’ll be staying together. Catherine is in Seattle now, but just might make it back for a little muddy racing.
I wish I could be two places at once. Most guys around here feel the same way. It’s too bad the powers that make these decisions can’t understand this when they make the schedule. Scheduling conflicts suck for everyone involved.