“Mud, mud, mud ,and more mud,” described Stu Thorne, director of the Cannondale p/b Cyclocrossworld.com team of last weekend’s Jingle Cross event in Iowa City, Iowa. With Stephen Hyde knocking off still more podium results, as well as solid finishes from Kaitie Antonneau against the best in the country, the team is poised for the final months of the season.
“Jingle Cross was our first muddy weekend of cyclocross racing in the U.S. this year and it was great! All three days were full of mud, yet each day brought a slightly different type of muddy conditions. It was great to have the technical, muddy, and physically challenging courses to race on,” Antonneau described of her fourth place finish on Sunday. She continued, “The muddy conditions gave our riders and staff the chance to practice bike exchanges and to refresh how we operate in real cyclocross conditions. It made for great Europe prep.”
Stephen Hyde agreed, “I couldn’t have asked for a better Namur training day than what was had at Jingle Cross in Iowa this past weekend. I am looking forward to my first European trip with the team hitting both Namur and Zolder on this first go. We will be back for Nationals and Asheville and then straight back over for more WC and Worlds action! I can’t think of a better way to end the season than to be headed over the pond with such great people and support!”
The team turns to the Namur and Zolder World Cups in their next competitions.