500 volunteers needed for cyclocross, in the second year Iowa City hosts the world cup

Belgian cyclist Quinten Hermans runs up Mount Krumpit at the UCI Telnet Cyclo-Cross World Cup/Jingle Cross at the Johnson County Fairgrounds in Iowa City on Saturday, Sept. 24, 2016. Quentin finished seventh at Jingle Cross and is ranked sixth in UCI cyclocross. (Rebecca F. Miller/The Gazette)
Belgian cyclist Quinten Hermans runs up Mount Krumpit at the UCI Telnet Cyclo-Cross World Cup/Jingle Cross at the Johnson County Fairgrounds in Iowa City on Saturday, Sept. 24, 2016. Quentin finished seventh at Jingle Cross and is ranked sixth in UCI cyclocross. (Rebecca F. Miller/The Gazette)

IOWA CITY — Planners says 500 volunteers are needed to put on a cyclocross world cup event next month in Iowa City.

This is the second year Iowa City is hosting the Telenet UCI Cyclo-Cross World Cup, a racing circuit that mostly travels around Europe. The event draws racers from around the world and is televised internationally.

The races are scheduled for Sept. 17 as part of the three-day Jingle Cross Cyclocross Festival from Sept. 15 to 17 at the Johnson County Fairgrounds.

Last September, some 10,000 spectators attended the World Cup races and 16,000 spectators attended events during the Jingle Cross weekend. Another 3,200 cyclists competed in races, and an estimated 8.8 million people watched the broadcast of the race, according to organizers.

Organizers are seeking volunteers for numerous duties before and during the event, such as crossing guards, course setup, packet pickup, parking attendants, merchandise sales and more.

Information about volunteer opportunities and registration are available by selecting “volunteer” at unitedwayjwc.org, the website of the United Way of Johnson and Washington counties.

Jingle Cross and World Cup volunteer needs can be found by looking for the green “click here” box.

l Comments: (319) 339-3177; brian.morelli@thegazette.com

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