Cyclocross riders compete during the first day of Jinglecross at the Johnson County fairgrounds on Friday, Sept. 15, 2017. The three day cyclocross event will host events Friday night, masters ones on Saturday under the lights, and the UCI Telenet Cyclocross World Cup to close out the weekend on Sept. 17. Joseph Cress/The Daily Iowan)
By Christopher Borro, The Daily Iowan
The Cyclo-Cross World Cup will dazzle local denizens for the third-consecutive year.
The Switzerland-based Union Cycliste Internationale announced on Feb. 2 that the 2018-19 Cyclo-Cross World Cup will be held at the Johnson County Fairgrounds from Sept. 28-30. It will be paired with Jingle Cross, a local cyclo-cross festival in its 15th year.
The cyclist union is the global governing body of all professional biking events, including Jingle Cross, the Tour de France, and Olympic cycling.
Cyclo-cross differs from regular cycling tournaments because of the variety of obstacles participants have to contend with. Courses often include steep hills, sand, mud, and other hindrances that require cyclists to quickly dismount and carry their bikes back to the paved pathways of the course.
Cyclists will climb the infamous hill at the Johnson County Fairgrounds, known as “Mt. Krumpit,” three times per lap.