IOWA CITY, Iowa – After a quick transition from the glitz of Las Vegas to the heart of the Corn Belt in Iowa, Team Maxxis – Shimano geared up once again for Volkswagen Jingle Cross, featuring the second World Cup of the 2016-17 season, Telenet UCI Cyclo-Cross World Cup held on Saturday the 24th at the Johnson City Fairgrounds.
The day prior to the World Cup, Danny Summerhill and Travis Livermon competed in the Jingle Cross C2 race while Crystal Anthony opted to sit out to rest for the World Cup the next day.
The team had a good night despite sticky, muddy course conditions. Summerhill finished in third place in a tight battle for the podium in a race won by Marcel Meisen (Steylaerts-Verona). Livermon was close behind, taking fifth place. He rode most of the race solo in sixth, but on the last lap four riders joined him, which made the charge for the line tough.
“The mud was super heavy, making us have to do pit stops twice a lap,” Livermon said. “The conditions also made for a fair bit of running.”
On the day of the World Cup, Anthony racked up another good result for her palmares, finishing 20th amongst the biggest names in the sport, but always looking to improve, Anthony said she wanted more after it was all done and dusted. Decorated cross rider Katie Compton took the overall win after four laps of racing under swelteringly hot conditions.
Livermon had another good World Cup showing claiming 36th place, but, like Anthony, said he was hoping for better legs after Cross Vegas. Suffering from a tired body, Summerhill finished in 44th place. Current world champion Wout van Aert notched another win at Jingle Cross, continuing his streak of being undefeated in the US for two years.
“It’s been a tough trip. Even though everything has gone smooth, and the bikes and equipment have been awesome, it’s a hard week of racing and travel,” Livermon said. “Maybe Danny and I could have had a better World Cup if we sat out Fridaynight, but I still think it was a good call to race. We are here to race and there was one, so we went for it.”
Next weekend, October starts off with KMC CrossFest in Thompson, Connecticut. This year, the race is on a larger stage than seen in previous years. Taking cues from both Belgium’s Circuit Zolder and the beloved Sea Otter race held on the Laguna Seca raceway, KMC is expanding significantly with a move to the Thompson Motor Speedway for 2016.