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Soon in Iowa City, cyclists will ride through mud, sand, and grass, pick up their bike and run, and possibly even hurdle during one of the most prestigious international events — the Cyclocross World Cup.

Named as one of the host cities by the Union Cycliste Internationale, Iowa City will host the cup Sept. 24 at the Johnson County Fairgrounds. Las Vegas, Iowa City will be the only two cities in the U.S. to host the Telenet UCI Cyclocross World Cup event.

Cyclocross, a sport enjoyed mostly in Europe, is a form of bicycle racing that consists of many laps on a short course. These courses usually feature many obstacles, usually off road.

The World Cup is the highest level in cyclocross racing, and people from all over the world will compete.

Iowa City’s race, the Volkswagen Jingle Cross, is the largest in the nation, and it will be held on one of the highest-ranked courses in the world, which is why Switzerland-based Union Cycliste Internationale chose it for the cup.

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