2012 Jingle Cross to award equal prize money to elite men & women


Meredith Miller and Teal Stetson-Lee sprint in the final meters of the 2011 Jingle Cross Rock. Photo: Jeff Corcoran
Meredith Miller and Teal Stetson-Lee sprint in the final meters of the 2011 Jingle Cross Rock. Photo: Jeff Corcoran

Executive race director John Meehan of the UCI Carousel Volkswagen Jingle Cross Rock presented by Scheels has announced the top 15 elite women will be awarded the same prize money as the top 15 elite men over the course of the entire three-day Jingle Cross weekend.

The Jingle Cross is scheduled from Friday, November 16, through Sunday, November 18, in Iowa City, Iowa, with UCI C2 races on Friday and Saturday and C1 races on Sunday. While the men will be racing for the C1 money in their C1 finale on Sunday, the top 15 women will be racing for the men’s C1 prize money, but will do so during their C2 race on Friday night, increasing the standard women’s C2 prize money from $1,319 to $7,512 that evening alone. The Jingle Cross Rock is part of the USA Cycling Professional Cyclo-cross Calendar.

“Friday Night is truly Ladies Night at the Jingle Cross,” said Meehan. “In celebration of the great women in all of sports, we will literally put the spotlight on the ladies and they will be the marquis event on November 16, 2012! Thanks to our title sponsor, Carousel Volkswagen, and other great sponsors who have been with us for many years, we have built the Jingle Cross into the premier spectator cyclo-cross race in North America.”

Friday’s Jingle Cross tends to bring the biggest party atmosphere with the nighttime, stadium-style illumination provided by Musco Lighting. Saturday and Sunday will be in the daytime with the women’s C2 race also matching the men’s C2 prize money (over $2,000 each). On Sunday, the women will be racing for highly sought after C1 points, and the prize money will been increased here as well to the men’s C2 payout.

Overall, these award increases will ensure that the top 15 men and women will be awarded the same total prize over the course of the three days. This brings the total prize money between all events to nearly $28,000, the largest total cyclo-cross payout in North America. Meanwhile, 100 percent of all proceeds generated by rider registrations, donations, and sponsor support are donated to the University of Iowa Children’s Hospital. The Jingle Cross operates as a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization.

For the spectators and amateur riders, the Jingle Cross is the ideal venue, with plenty of unique Christmas-themed venue elements and 41 races over the entire three days. Mt. Krumpit is a favorite party spot for the spectators as 90 percent of the race course can be seen from the summit. Sunday’s C1 event will be broadcast live online by Flocast.com. Rider registration and other information can be found at the race website, www.JingleCrossRock.com. For more information, contact Race Director John Meehan at 206 947-7793 or email at john@jinglecrossrock.com.

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