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Wyman wins Jingle Cross opener

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Women’s podium (L to R) Elle Anderson (Elle Anderson Racing) 2nd, Helen Wyman (Kona) 1st, Emma White (Cannondale) 3rd

Women’s podium (L to R) Elle Anderson (Elle Anderson Racing) 2nd, Helen Wyman (Kona) 1st, Emma White (Cannondale) 3rd
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Elle Anderson (Kona) seemed to be narrowing Wyman’s lead with one lap to go

Elle Anderson (Kona) seemed to be narrowing Wyman’s lead with one lap to go
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Helen Wyman (Kona) wins her first UCI race of the 2016 season

Helen Wyman (Kona) wins her first UCI race of the 2016 season
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Mechanics cleaning off bikes

Mechanics cleaning off bikes
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Helen Wyman (Kona) has a large lead with one lap to go

Helen Wyman (Kona) has a large lead with one lap to go
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Helen Wyman (Kona) takes a clean machine with two laps remaining

Helen Wyman (Kona) takes a clean machine with two laps remaining
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The mud was as thick as it could get. Many derailleurs were broken today

The mud was as thick as it could get. Many derailleurs were broken today
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Hannah Rae Finchamp (Cliff Pro Team) on one of the two flyovers

Hannah Rae Finchamp (Cliff Pro Team) on one of the two flyovers
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Sunny Gilbert (Michelob Ultra) riding in fourth place halfway through the race

Sunny Gilbert (Michelob Ultra) riding in fourth place halfway through the race
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Emma White (Cannondale) was taking a new bike every half lap

Emma White (Cannondale) was taking a new bike every half lap
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Elle Anderson (Elle Anderson Racing) approaching the flyovers while riding in third place

Elle Anderson (Elle Anderson Racing) approaching the flyovers while riding in third place
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Emma White (Cannondale) descending a flyover in second place

Emma White (Cannondale) descending a flyover in second place
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Helen Wyman (Kona) takes the start and goes wire to wire

Helen Wyman (Kona) takes the start and goes wire to wire
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The Elite Women’s front row

The Elite Women’s front row
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Elle Anderson (Elle Anderson Racing) and Helen Wyman (Kona) are two of the pre-race favorites

Elle Anderson (Elle Anderson Racing) and Helen Wyman (Kona) are two of the pre-race favorites
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Hannah Rae Finchamp (Cliff Pro Team) at the start

Hannah Rae Finchamp (Cliff Pro Team) at the start
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Emma White and her Cannondale teammates warm up in their tent

Emma White and her Cannondale teammates warm up in their tent
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Helen Wyman (Kona) took victory at the Jingle Cross opener in Iowa City on Friday night. The Briton won the women's C2 race ahead of Elle Anderson (Elle Anderson Racing) and Emma White (Cannondale).

Downpours all week in Iowa created some of the most challenging conditions the racers have ever faced. The thick mud wreaked havoc with the bikes, and the pits were forced to have clean machines ready every half lap of the race. Sections of the course that are normally rideable turned into very long stretches of running. Women without support in the pits were forced to abandon.

Wyman took the hole-shot and then rode wire to wire. While her bike handling is always solid, she particularly looked good tonight when on foot. Anderson turned in some of the fastest lap times of the night as she slowing reeled in the massive lead that Wyman had develop. In the end she had cut the gap to 16 seconds and settled for second place.

White started brilliantly in second place but had a small mid-race letdown and finished in third place.

Wyman had warmed up when the racecourse was configured for Saturday’s World Cup and was surprised when she suddenly faced a new hill on the Friday course. When she saw it she remarked to herself “Oh, Damn” as the hill “went on for ages”.

Wyman’s race was not without challenges. Twice she suffered dropped chain issues due to the thick mud, but she was able to make on course repairs to keep going.

Elle Anderson weighed in on the race, “It was a really, really challenging race. I just feel that the mud was about as sticky as it gets. It was definitely a shock to the system to see how much running there was per lap.”

Anderson added, “It’s really funny. There hasn’t been mud in my life since last February. It was a reawaking and all that muscle memory of how to ride in the mud…it all came back pretty fast.”

The Elite Women who have UCI points will compete in the Inaugural Jingle Cross World Cup on Saturday. Wyman is hoping for similar conditions to tonight. She remarked, “I think it would be absolutely fantastic. This, to me, is an amazing race”

Full Results

#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Helen Wyman (GBr) Kona Factory Team0:43:29
2Elle Anderson (USA) Elle Anderson Racing0:00:16
3Emma White (USA) Cannondale p/b Cyclocrossworld.0:02:02
4Sunny Gilbert (USA) Van Dessel0:03:24
5Ruby West (Can) Cannondale Cyclocrossworld.com0:03:58
6Hannah Finchamp (USA) LUNA Pro Team0:04:32
7Sofia Gomez Villafane (Arg) TenSpeed Hero0:05:42
8Caitlyn Vestal (USA) Feedback Sports Racing0:06:22
9Rebecca Gross (USA) KHS Bicycles0:06:57
10Danielle Arman (USA) Tenspeed Hero0:08:27
11Megan Barr (USA) Angry Catfish Bicycle + Coffee0:09:03
12Corey Coogan Cisek (USA) The Fix Studio0:09:07
13Rebecca Blatt (USA) Van Dessel0:10:25
14Turner Ramsay (USA) KMS Cycling - Killington Mounta0:10:38
15Alijah Beatty (USA) Northstar Development0:11:07
16Heidi Wood (USA) 333fab CX Factory Team0:11:24
17Rachel Rubino (USA) Fearless Femme Racing0:11:57
18Jennifer Nowlin (USA) The Fix Studio0:13:31
19Ashley Zoerner (USA) Alpha Bicycle Company Vista Sub0:14:31
20Vanessa Curtis (USA) University of Iowa Heart and Va0:14:59
21Anya Malarski (USA) JetCycling/Power Fix- 1Lap
22Katie Isermann (USA) PSIMET Racing
23Abbey Mcgill (Can) Juventus Cycling Club- 2Laps
24Diedre Ribbens (USA) Orion Racing p/b K'UL Chocolate
25Christine Thornburg (USA) Psimet Racing
DNFChristel Ferrier (Can) SAS-Macogep-Acquisio p/pMazda
DNFNicole Mertz (USA) NoCoast Racing powered by Intel
DNFSydney Guagliardo (USA) Psimet
DNFJessica Whiton (USA) xxx racing-athletico
DNFMeghan Korol (USA) Team Handmade

 

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