Jingle Cross Rock 2013
on November 18, 2013
November 15th – 17th, 2013
Iowa City, Iowa
Photo: Wil Matthews
The Cannondale p/b CyclocrossWorld.com squad assembled in Iowa City, Iowa this weekend for the Jingle Cross Rock UCI C2 and C1 races. Tim Johnson chalked up another win in Sunday’s C1 event while young Curtis White finished 12th and 7th in Saturday’s and Sunday’s races and Kaitie Antonneau finished 5th in Sunday’s Women’s event. Ryan Trebon fought illness all weekend and while he tried to race on Sunday, he was unable to finish.
Kaitie Antonneau missed the Friday and Saturday races due to collegiate obligations but rode to a solid 5th place finish in Sunday’s C1 race.
“I had a decent start and settled into the second group,” she said after the race. “I felt stronger than the rest of the group on the run-up, so I really tried to apply the pressure there every lap.
Antonneau was eventually able to escape from the group with a few laps remaining and soon found herself with a hard-charging Catherine Pendrel (Luna Pro Cycling) in a fight for 4th place.
“I tried to take advantage of the areas I was stronger with her, but she was just faster on the descents and technical areas and I had to settle for 5th place.
Curtis White continued to build on his elite racing experience, learning valuable lessons during his race to 12th place in Saturday’s C2 event.
“I’m still learning where to spend my energy during these races,” said White. “I burned too many matches early in the race Saturday, and when I came to the last few laps, I had no snap left.”
“During the pre-ride on Sunday I figured out where my strengths were and where my competitors’ weaknesses were, and I committed to using those areas to move up throughout the race,” said White. “When Tim [Johnson] and Logan Owen (Cal Giant Berry Farms – Specialized) attacked early in the race I stayed within myself and hung back, and that was the right choice,” added White. “I’m starting to learn my limits; I’m learning more every race.”
Johnson fought a hard battle to finish in 4th place in Saturday’s C2 event. After the race, Johnson said, “I felt like I was riding well, but the pace Powers set on the last lap absolutely destroyed me.”
Johnson returned to the Jingle Cross Rock venue on and won the C1 event in convincing fashion, nearly one minute ahead of Saturday’s winner and Sunday’s 2nd place finisher, Jeremy Powers (Rapha-Focus).
Johnson and first-year elite, Logan Owen set a blistering pace from the start of Sunday’s race and quickly established a gap over the rest of the field. After two laps, Owen was forced to pit and he lost contact with Johnson. Owen would never make contact with Johnson again and Johnson continued on to take the solo victory in dominant fashion.
“After some time at home last week and some much needed rest, I knew I was going to be ready for this weekend,” said Johnson. “I’ve had success at this race in the past and I am happy to win here again.”