The COVID-19 pandemic has created many challenges for sporting events of all kinds this year. Cycling is no exception. Our athletes, sponsors, spectators, and guests’ safety and well-being have always been our highest priority.
With only two months before Jingle Cross, it has become apparent that Jingle Cross can not be held safely in early October. Therefore, Jingle Cross, Inc has decided to postpone the 2020 edition of the Jingle Cross Cycling Festival until 2021.
Jingle Cross has a wonderful partnership with both the City of Iowa City and USACycling. Together, we have enjoyed great success nationally and internationally. We also appreciate the challenges USA Cycling faced organizing the Cyclocross National Championships, scheduled to occur in Chicago for 2020. The City of Iowa City and USA Cycling have reached an agreement to relocate US CX Nationals to Iowa City. The venue they have selected is the same location as Jingle Cross, the Johnson County Fairgrounds in Iowa City. The contract for Nationals is between the City and USA Cycling and is a USACycling event. Jingle Cross assisted with logistics discussions regarding our course and venue, lending support to both parties as a consultant focusing on race operations.
The pandemic situation is being closely monitored with collaboration between organizers, local and state health officials, and health care providers. This is a very fluid situation that changes daily and will only go forward if it’s safe to do so. If US CX Nationals can proceed in Iowa City this December, it will be done utilizing proper mitigation requirements, with the utmost concern for the safety of all athletes, spectators, and guests. For more information, please visit USACycling’s home webpage.
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