The UCI has approved a schedule change for the Telenet UCI Cyclo-Cross World Cup in Iowa City.

Held at the Johnson County Fairgrounds in Iowa City, the World Cup races originally scheduled for 3:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 16 will now take place on Sunday, Sept. 17, starting at 2 p.m. The change is taking place after the Big Ten Network unexpectedly announced a 2:30 p.m. start of the Sept. 16 Iowa vs. North Texas home football game instead of the previously anticipated 11 a.m. start time. 

“With the football game starting at 2:30 p.m. and our World Cup originally planned for 3:30 p.m., infrastructure resources and other city safety services would be hindered by two major events running at the exact same time,” said race director John Meehan. “We’ve been working closely with the UCI to come up with this solution.”

The World Cup races, featuring the best athletes from around the world, are part of a three-day cyclocross festival in Iowa City, with the annual Jingle Cross amateur and professional races taking place over the extended three-day weekend beginning on Friday, Sept. 15. With the World Cup races now taking place on Sunday, amateur races will fill in the newly opened time on Saturday. 

“Although the order of events has shifted, the overall content of the three-day weekend will not change,” Meehan said. “The Jingle Cross Festival will be even bigger and better this year with several new and exciting additions to our traditional lineup, making the weekend even more fun for athletes and spectators.”

One of the new events on the amateur schedule is a cyclocross relay race. Teams of four can register to participate, and each team member will complete one lap of the course in a relay-style race. A one lap World Cup Course time trial will also be added. 

Other new events and activities will be announced in the coming weeks. A complete race schedule will be announced soon. Registration opens at 8 a.m. CST on Tuesday, June 20.

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