Jingle Cross: Casey’s General Stores C1 Saturday
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Jingle Cross: Casey’s General Stores C1 Saturday

Saturday - November 15, 2014 - Iowa City, IA

Dear Iowa, bootcut jeans? Still? Really? Is it because you guys ride Harleys and work in fields and whatnot? Like what I'm trying to say is this, do you wear bootcut jeans because you wear so many boots?

RACE BIBLE
Location
Johnson CountyFairgrounds, Iowa City
Course Distance
3.4 km
Race Length (Men)
60 min
Race Length (Women)
40 min
IA Roughly Chronological Tally of Observations Made While in the American Heartland
  1. Dear Iowa, bootcut jeans? Still? Really? Is it because you guys ride Harleys and work in fields and whatnot? Like what I’m trying to say is this, do you wear bootcut jeans because you wear so many boots?
  2. The Amana Colonies sooooooooounds a loooooot more interesting than it is, in real life.
  3. At the Coralville Marriott Convention Center there is a 20 foot (exposed) walkway that runs between the parking garage and the actual hotel. Clearly this should be a tunnel or one of those skyway-jammers, right? Come on Marriott get it together, its fucking cold out here and snow is blowing around.
  4. Also, once inside the actual hotel the 2nd floor smells like the EXACT moment high fructose corn syrup-style Maple Syrup hits a Jimmy Dean sausage patty on a super heavy and very oval diner dinner plate. Or (apparently) a lot like like this one candle that Keiran’s mom uses that smells like cheap maple syrup.
  5. Braddy Kappius races with battery operated gloves. On his hands.
  6. Overheard on The Hill on Friday night: “What happens on The Hill stays on The Hill. I mean we’re practically in different area codes, am I right Bob?”
  7. At the start of the Men’s race on Saturday somebody (Tobin!, you dawg) said “In the presence of Driscoll (Jamey Driscoll, obvs.), men become boys.”
  8. After the Men’s race on Saturday we went to the Starbucks in downtown Iowa City, it was Buy One Get One Day, and it was p-a-c-k-e-d in there. While I waited, these five drinks were called in rapid fire succession before mine (this is a true story): “Monica, your Venti Peppermint Mocha is ready. Zoe, your Grande Caramel No Whip Half-Caf Mochaccino is ready. Amanda, your Venti Sugar-Free Four-Pump Pumpkin Spice Latte is ready. Angela, your Venti Two Pump Vanilla Two Pump Mocha Non-Fat No Whip Mocha is ready. Taylor, your Grande Extra-Hot Peppermint Mocha is on the bar. And Logan, your Venti Non Fat No Whip Pumpkin Peppermint Mocha is ready.” OMFG, is this Starbs next to like, a college? LOLZ! #WCW
IIAn Insider's Guide to Iowa
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Ira Ryan is an Iowa City native, two-time Trans-Iowa winner, one-time Oregon Outback "Winner", longtime participant and builder for the @#$&* Continental, recognized/accomplished/decorated framebuilder and Co-Founder of Breadwinner Bicycles. Ira most recently finished 18th in the As race at the Cross Crusade race at Barton Park in Boring, OR.

Places to Eat

 

  1. The Hamburg Inn is a strange institution in Iowa City. The food isn’t fancy but it fills your need for classic diner style food, and some of the people who you see there have been sitting in the same booth or seat everyday for decades. It is a time capsule.
  2. New Pioneer Co-op. There is no Whole Foods in Iowa City because the Co-op (as it’s called locally) has such a loyal following. Fresh organic food and a great deli and bakery. There is one in downtown Iowa City and one on the “strip” in Coralville.
  3. The Atlas bar and grill was started by a good friend and long time bike racer, Jack Piper. Good food and located right downtown in Iowa City.
  4. Trumpet Blossom is the best place for veggie and vegan foodies and my friend G. Steve Pickle says their the best in Iowa City.

 

Rides

 

  1. Sugarbottom and the Oxford Loop. This ride is great and gives you a taste of everything that riding road bikes in Iowa City has to offer. Head north out of town and hit some steep hills and twisty roads before crossing the reservoir and continuing west towards Oxford. Miles of rollers bring you back into the east side of Iowa City.
  2. Sugarbottom Mountain Bike Area. A section of woods and trails set next to the local reservoir with some ok dirt. Lots of trail in a small area so you end up looping back single track to make the most of every acre.
  3. Eden’s Loop is south of town and very flat. This was mostly a summer ride when the winds were out of the south and the group rides would get up over 50 riders. We always called these winds “Mez winds” since it was flat and fast and Gomez was never a climber. You learn how to ride in an echelon and be smart in the wind on rides like these. With a big group and a tailwind, the sprints into town would have plenty of punch with long lead outs.
  4. Wapsi Ave. and B-Roads. If you like gravel (and eventually you will in Iowa), head northeast toward Solon and wind your way south along the Cedar River towards Morse and then hit Wapsi Ave on the way south. It eventually turns into dirt and is either a great idea or the worst idea in the rain. Take a right on Lower West Branch rd and roll back into the west side of Iowa City.

 

Other Features & Stuff

 

  1. Getting stoned on the steps of the Old Capital building and riding bikes around town until 2 am. Rides would always get rowdy and eventually someone would crash but we would cover a lot of ground from I.C. to Corralville and a lot of it was on dirt paths and little side streets.
  2. Spent a lot of time riding through the Oakland Cemetery past the Black Angel. The cemetery is also right next to Hickory Hill park which has good trails for running and riding bikes at night.
“Thanks for giving me a chance to go down memory lane.”Ira
IIICasey's General Stores C1 Saturday: Women's Race
2014 UCI CAROUSEL VOLKSWAGEN JINGLE CROSS PRESENTED BY SCHEELS
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We found this couple like this, in this position, this photograph was NOT STAGED.
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Even dogs wear coveralls in Iowa.
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If Manual for Speed was an eighty-five year old farmer from Iowa City we would describe Caroline Mani this way" "That French gal is a real firecracker."
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STEVE BLICK! STEVE BLICK! STEVE BLICK! STEVE BLICK! STEVE BLICK! STEVE BLICK! STEVE BLICK! STEVE BLICK! STEVE BLICK! STEVE BLICK! STEVE BLICK! STEVE BLICK! STEVE BLICK! STEVE BLICK! STEVE BLICK! STEVE BLICK! STEVE BLICK! STEVE BLICK! STEVE BLICK! STEVE BLICK! STEVE BLICK! STEVE BLICK! STEVE BLICK! STEVE BLICK! STEVE BLICK! STEVE BLICK! STEVE BLICK! STEVE BLICK! STEVE BLICK! STEVE BLICK! STEVE BLICK! STEVE BLICK! STEVE BLICK! STEVE BLICK! STEVE BLICK! STEVE BLICK! STEVE BLICK! STEVE BLICK! STEVE BLICK! STEVE BLICK! STEVE BLICK! STEVE BLICK! STEVE BLICK! STEVE BLICK! STEVE BLICK! STEVE BLICK! STEVE BLICK! STEVE BLICK! STEVE BLICK! STEVE BLICK! STEVE BLICK! STEVE BLICK! STEVE BLICK! STEVE BLICK! STEVE BLICK! STEVE BLICK! STEVE BLICK!
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IVCasey's General Stores C1 Saturday: Men's Race
2014 UCI CAROUSEL VOLKSWAGEN JINGLE CROSS PRESENTED BY SCHEELS
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Tobin Orteneblad! Tobin Orteneblad! Tobin Orteneblad! Tobin Orteneblad! Tobin Orteneblad! Tobin Orteneblad! Tobin Orteneblad! Tobin Orteneblad! Tobin Orteneblad! Tobin Orteneblad! Tobin Orteneblad! Tobin Orteneblad! Tobin Orteneblad! Tobin Orteneblad! Tobin Orteneblad! Tobin Orteneblad! Tobin Orteneblad! Tobin Orteneblad! Tobin Orteneblad! Tobin Orteneblad! Tobin Orteneblad! Tobin Orteneblad! Tobin Orteneblad! Tobin Orteneblad! You little cuddler you. Is it snowing?
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Even Belgians, no wait—especially Belgians—have an UNfair Advantage.
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By the end of the race, MFS and this photographer were budz. We started talking because after this photograph of him was taken, he was like "Your flash. It's too bright!" Then he smiled. And we were like. "We like it harsh, harsh is our thing." And he was like "Okay yeah, everyone must have their own thing that is theirs." I think he's Russian or something. Later in the race, we did a little impromptu chimp sesh over by the barriers.
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Allen, can we just call you Turbo SC from now on?
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Okay yeah, it's definitely snowing.
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Just to be clear. This is a downhill off camber corner. In the snow. Hey Brady, have a good race bro.
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Coveralls at Jingle Cross, fig. 198
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Coveralls at Jingle Cross, fig. 273
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Coveralls at Jingle Cross, fig. 345
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Even the dogs in Iowa wear camouflage coveralls!
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This ever growing pile of empty beer bottles is on its way to filling a cardboard box the size of '60s Volkswagon Bug. It's a CX-Tournament, so yeah, that's not that impressive right? But umm, it's 11 degrees and people are drinking bottles (and cans, #holler) of beer.
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What's this? Just some Unfair Advantage in the front on the climb.
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Hey Craig.
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This German lives in Durango, Colorado. His name is Ben and I know for a fact that he likes to eat Build-Your-Own omelettes.
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Will somebody just please submit this photograph to the Jingle Cross Web Development team ooooor what.
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How many of you have used the word "steeplechase" to describe cyclocross racing to your partner's parents and/or strangers in a grocery store line? Be honest!
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A pile of signature-seeking grommets, Steve Blick and my new friend Rob from Des Moines, who probably went to school with my girlfriend Keiran (see yesterday's blog entry) because they both went to Lincoln and the both used to drink at the Alpine Room.
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Nanuck Of the North!
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Nancooked of the North!
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Dear Jeremy, good luck in Europe!!!!!!
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