By my unofficial count, Wisconsin riders tallied 28 podium finishes over the weekend in the UCI Carousel Volkswagen Jingle Cross in Iowa, one of the top races on the national calendar.
Led by the three-peats of teens Skylar Schneider and Jordan Cullen, the Badger contingent showed great form and the promise to represent the home state well in the upcoming Midwest Regional Championships in December and USA Cycling National Championships in January.
Schneider, the 13-year-old from West Allis, swept all three women’s Cat. 4 races and Cullen, 16, from Hudson matched her victory total in the men’s Cat. 2 tests on a muddy course in Iowa City.
Their wins showed the strength of the junior racing programs led by local teams, particularly the ISCorp squad that claimed the top four spots in the boys 15-17 group on Sunday. Christopher Osborne, from Mequon, won that group on Saturday and finished second to teammate Garrett Roth on Sunday.
His older sister, Corrie, stepped up to race with the elite women and kept herself in the top 20 against some of the best racers in the region.
Their older role models also made the holiday weekend trip to Iowa worthwhile.
Tristan Schouten, the Cyclocrossracing.com / Blue Bicycles rider from Plymouth, picked up some valuable UCI points with a charge to third place on Saturday and added an eighth on Friday and a seventh on Sunday.
His elite companion, Brian Matter, (Team GEARGRINDER) also notched a trio of top 10 finishes, ending a month of success on the cyclo circuit.
The masters racers also gave themselves reason to celebrate an anaerobic Thanksgiving.
Dag Selander, of Hudson, won the masters 55-plus races on Saturday and Sunday and Greg Ferguson (Trek Midwest Team) was second on Saturday and third Sunday in the men’s 45-plus group.
The Jingle Cross drew nearly 1,400 riders and the three-day event continued to grow into one of the top cyclcocross events in the country.