Expanded Junior Racing Highlights Jingle Cross 2019

Jingle Cross, September 13-15, will again bring world-class cyclo-cross racing to North America. Known for its challenging course, fun atmosphere, professional and amateur racing along with incredible local hospitality, Jingle Cross delivers three days of excitement. Continuing its support of the next generation of riders, the Scheels Junior Devo Cup will return for its second year and will take place on Saturday, just before the UCI World Cup. With the attention of thousands of fans and spectators, it will be the most significant event in North American Juniors cyclo-cross of the year.

Continuing the Scheels Devo Cups’s successful format from last year, awards will be given to the top riders of each division and points will be calculated to determine the best team across all Junior categories. In addition to the Scheels Junior Devo Cup, girls age 17-18 with a UCI license are also eligible to race the UCI Elite Women’s C1 and C2 events on Friday and Sunday. Per UCI rules, boys age 17-18 are not eligible to race the UCI Elite Men’s C1 and C2 races as those events are for 19+. Therefore, there is an additional UCI 17-18 age race for Junior men on Friday and Sunday. 

“I like cyclo-cross because of the mud and the barriers and seeing how different the courses are,” said Aubri Graven, 14, of Spin Devo Junior Cycling Team. “Last year we almost won [The Scheels Devo Cup] with a points tie even though we had three fewer riders, so I am determined to help make sure we win this year. Also, I love the Jingle Cross course and watching the pros.”

Jingle Cross will also be a key event in USA Cycling’s Cyclo-cross development program. Coming off of four Talent ID camps, top Junior athletes will focus their early domestic season race efforts on the JingleCross/Iowa World Cup weekend. The event will provide an opportunity for up-and-coming Junior riders to race against the best in the world.

“Junior and amateur categories have always been at the heart of the Jingle Cross weekend,” said Promoter and Race Director John Meehan. “The Scheels Devo Cup was a tremendous success, and we are excited for it to return bigger and better for 2019. The new UCI events on Friday and Sunday will bring the top Junior riders in the world to Iowa City and provide a platform to showcase the next generation of cyclo-cross stars.”

Registration for the 2019 edition of Jingle Cross is now open. Register today! 

A non-profit organization, Jingle Cross benefits the University of Iowa Stead Family Children’s Hospital and is world renowned for its challenging course, fun atmosphere, amateur racing and local hospitality. Awarded best Cyclo-cross World Cup of the 2017/18 season, Jingle Cross aims to again be the keystone event in the Telenet UCI Cyclo-cross World Cup.