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IOWA CITY — Day one of the Jingle Cross bicycle competition at the Johnson County Fairgrounds was characterized by two things — storms and mud.

“I didn’t see it coming,” said Andy Luettgen, a 22-year-old racer from Atlanta.

Late night and early morning storms turned the Jingle Cross-World Cup track into goo and even took out much of the fencing and 1,500 parking spots for the events Friday.

Josh Schamberger, president of the Iowa City/Coralville Area Convention and Visitors Bureau, said that while the mud may make for good cyclocross racing, it isn’t ideal for cars — so visitors should now park on an old runway at the Iowa City Airport.

“It’s been a little challenging to say the least,” Schamberger said. “The plan is in place, it’s just more of a headache than anything else.”

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