2 Top 10’s for Chesterman @ Jingle Cross Rock

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Jay Chesterman displayed fine form at the Jingle Cross Rock weekend cyclo-cross series held November 25th and 26th at the Johnson County Fairgrounds in Iowa City. He placed 6th on Saturday and 7th on Sunday against 48 and 60 rider Category 3/4 fields in balmy conditions for cyclo-cross (60 degrees).

Jay described both courses as traditional and requiring a lot of dismounting and running. Saturday’s race was rough, “I had trouble at the start and was hyperventilating. I was in the front group but dropped back towards the end.” He could ride the mud sections and didn’t have to dismount but had an unpleasant surprise on the last lap, “I threw up!” He kept his breakfast down and felt better during the next day’s race. “Sunday I felt good at the start and was breathing well and with the first group for the first half but I blew up on the big run up and lost a bunch of places.”

These races had a great turnout drawing well over 200 riders from several states. Pro Tour stud Chris Horner and the seemingly ageless Steve Tilford came to partake in the fun and to administer some hurt in the Elite races. Horner took 1st place on Saturday and 3rd on Sunday while Tilford took 3rd and 4th respectively. Doug Swanson of Plymouth, Minnesota was second to Horner on Saturday and won the Sunday finale. Impressive junior Bjorn Selander of Hudson, Wisconsin placed top 5 both days in the Elite category. Bjorn is the son of former euro pro Dag Selander.

Jay was impressed with the turnout and some individual performances he witnessed, “Both days had huge fields. Sunday had more competition in the B race as some guys downgraded from the Elite category. I can’t say I blame them after watching Horner and Swanson do the big climb. They were just flying up that thing and lapping riders half-way through the race.” The always affable Horner pulled over for a quick jersey autograph in the midst of one race for a persistent fan who had been begging him to stop at the top of the run-up on each lap.

Full results and more photos from the series can be seen at www.jinglecrossrock.com.
-Posted 12/5/06