Hey looky there America’s finest cyclocross team is seen off of their bikes heckling America’s finest collection of cyclocross races in the dark at Jingle Cross Rocks America’s finest Dr Seuse themed cyclocross race in Iowa City, IA November, 2011.
Jingle Cross '11 Friday night cyclocross from Keith Walberg on Vimeo.
You will find the heckling at 1:58, just look for the pink jackets. Or if you are either too lazy or don't have the 4:17 to watch the entire thing I've provided a screen grab below.
Lots of strange thoughts can pass through your mind while attempting to turn yourself out during the most popular Dr Seuss/ Christmas themed cyclocross race this nation or any other has to offer.
- There is nothing more exciting than racing under the lights at night.
- There is nothing more terrifying than racing under the lights at night. Is that a shadow or a giant hole in the ground?
- Fly-overs are awesome, even those with really narrow steps.
- I finally got to knowingly race with Cory, women’s 2-3 and men’s 3 were unfairly lumped together Friday night.
Kicking ass in the rain and mud!
- Pink kits are the bomb! Do I even need to explain why?
- Sleeping on the right side of the bed at the hotel just feels strange.
- No matter how many gloves I bring, I never have the ones I need.
- Why does the hotel elevator voice in the Marriott in Iowa City have an English accent?
- Why is it that despite however many pieces of clothing I put on after a cold race I’ll never get warm?
My work is done!
- I’ve got a serious case of bike envy. (Ridley, Van Dussel, Speedvagen…)
- Speaking of Speedvagen, my boots rock.
- I wish I had some baller ass carbon wheels.
- Pip knows everyone, I always run into people asking me how she is.
- It’s cool to know the race announcer knows you by name, city, team and cat when you walk past him in the hotel bar. Super nice guy, sounds way different without the microphone and amplification. “There goes 773, Chris Thomas in pink, racing out of Kansas City, MO, riding for the Black Sheep Cartel.” I’m sure it’s the pink factor.
- The St. Louis crew is way cool, even if one races for Big Shark.
- I love the liberal use of the c word.
- They are not afraid to give Bill Marshall the shit he deserves.
- They are fine looking ladies.
- They can ride a ‘cross bike like nobody’s business.
- Wookie bush.
- They are not afraid to hate on those who are in need of hating upon.
- Looking forward to going to Chicago with them for NYE racing.
Suzanne Johnson kicking ass!
- What is the attraction for old people to hang out at Hardee’s? And why we’re the Iowa City hipsters hanging out at the McDonalds next door?
- You can shove a room key into a door all day long but it will only open your door, I was on the wrong floor.
- Courses marked with Christmas lights is just cool.
- Playing Christmas music on course is oddly soothing, nothing like a little Nat King Cole playing while your turning yourself inside out.
- The bikini / speedo race was completely ridiculous, completely different this year and took an unusual turn this year.
Things got dirty!
- My race Saturday (Men’s Masters 35+ was one of my best this season. Friday nights men’s 3 race was one of my worst, DFL!
- The crowds were much smaller this year, Mt Krumpet wasn’t as wild as usual.
- My car looks like a bike shop has exploded inside of it.
- I’m glad I went, I almost stayed home, thanks Cory for talking me into going.
So here goes, my thoughts on three days in Iowa.
Jingle Cross Rocks
- Hand-ups a plenty. Beer of course, Pringles, Spray Cheese, sardines, summer sausage, wine, cookies, animal crackers actually, more beer.
- Climbing Mt. Krumpet over and over again in ankle deep mud, with you bike over your shoulder and pedals digging in your back.
- Racing in and out of fair ground buildings, really fun.
Climbing Mt Krumpet with a tandem.
- Tandem bike with girls in bikini’s!
- Seeing people race and not caring how well they did.
- Racing bikes down hotel hallways, Friday Night 3rd Floor World Championships.
- Stopping up hotel room showers with mud when you try to wash you, your kit, shoes and a bike, well not the bike it wouldn’t fit. (I feel so sorry for the housekeeping staff, we really trashed those rooms and hallways, dirt and mud everywhere.)
- Realizing you entered a race way beyond your skill level seconds after the start.
- Having to stop to remove mud from your bike because the wheels will no longer spin.
- Over 1000 entries, huge fields.
- Deliberately flaunting USA cycling and UCI rules and regulations about hand-ups and glass bottles.
- Watching the KCCX / Verge kids school riders twice their age in the elite race.
- Finding good Mexican food just down the street from the race venue.
- Starting a race with an 18 lb. bike and finishing with a 30 lb. bike.
Too much mud!
- Watching the pros make the hardest thing you have ever done look alarmingly easy.
- ‘Cross team kits are the best looking kits in cycling.
- Finishing a race soaked in a disgusting mix of beer, cheese, and mud.
- Getting a standing ovation after eating it in the mud while descending Mt Krumpet.
- Driving five hours to race for 45 minutes.
- Christmas themed race, hell yeah!
- It’s not so much the mud that gums up the works it’s the grass that binds the mud together.
- Cyclocross people are the best people in cycling!
- Sandbaggers exist everywhere.
- Finding mud on you even after taking a shower, how the mud got in my ears I’ll never know.
- They change the course every day, you’ll never race the same race twice.
- Watching KU loose to Mizzou in a room full of KU fans, priceless.
- Getting a bit of recognition by the course announcer. “…There goes 113, Christopher Thomas of Black Sheep Cartel, racing out of Kansas City…”
- Mud, oh god, the mud. Thick, deep, wet, slick…
Hand-ups come in all shapes and sizes.
- F*#@ing awesome, it’s a must if you like cyclocross. DO IT!!
- Iowa and Missouri are really bleak this time of year.
- Marriott actually has a catalog in each room selling the same mattress, bedding, and shower accessories. Just incase you want your home to look like a hotel room.
- Always hoping that the officials will screw up and place you higher in the results, aka “pulling a Chasm” getting placed 5th after getting lapped twice.
- Race above your level so you can experience the full experience of Mt Krumpet. The mens and women’s 4 don’t make full use of the entire course.
- People dig the pink kit!
- I wish I had a pit bike, dealing with the mud is crazy.
- It’s faster to go to a car wash in town rather than wait in line to wash your bike at the venue.