Central Coast Cyclo•Cross, Manzanita Park
14 October 2012
Andy Jacques-Maynes (California Giant/Specialized) secured another victory at CCCX after he was put through his paces by a battling Scott Chapin (Bicycle Bluebook/HRS/Rock Lobster). For the Elite Women, Karen Brems (Team Rambuski Law) emerged from a self-described slump to take the win in commanding fashion.
The small field for Elite Women was again competitive; among the racers lining up at the start line with Brems were Kerry Bonar, Ellen Sherrill (Bicycle Bluebook/HRS/Rock Lobster), and Stella Carey (Bicycle Bluebook/HRS/Rock Lobster).
Once the race got underway, Brems, Bonar, and Sherrill were quickly amongst the leaders. After leading up front with Sherrill, it was Brems that gained a small gap by the third lap. From there, the Team Rambuski Law racer put in a solid effort, gradually increasing her lead each circuit of the course.
“My strength is the hill,” said Brems, “I like not have a group that big so I just attacked really hard on [the] hill [at the end of] second lap. By the time I got to the top, I had a gap so then I kept going. [I] just went as hard as I could for two or three laps. Then, I could see they weren’t gaining so I focused on being smooth and going hard up the hill.”
Brems had seen a mixture of results in her past few races but this was a return to her A-game. “My strength is when I’m pedaling, uphill or straight sections,” continued Brems, “I was feeling in a little bit of a slump, I think, for the last couple of weeks. I felt good last week but then I had a flat so couldn’t take advantage it. I am just starting to feel better now. I’ve raced this course so many times it feels like home coming back here.”
Behind Brems, Bonar caught up to Sherrill and they separated themselves from the rest of the field. The pair remained close to each other until half-way through the final lap. Bonar took advantage of Sherrill’s mishap whilst clipping back into her peddles after the barriers. Despite being in close contention throughout the race, Bonar raced home for a comfortable second place and Sherrill secured third.
At the beginning of the race for Elite Men, gritting his teeth on the uphill start signaled the determination in Scott Chapin (Bicycle Bluebook/HRS/Rock Lobster). He put in a furious pace for the hole shot and stayed out front until the end of the first lap. Jacques-Maynes powered up the hill, and the end of that lap, to join Chapin at the front.
In past races this season, Jacques-Maynes would have gone on to gap the field and race away for the win. This time, Chapin stuck with the Cal Giant racer and contested for the lead throughout. As the raced progressed, Chapin and Jacques-Maynes put on an exhibition of speed as they built a big lead over Aaron Bradford (Bicycle Bluebook/HRS/Rock Lobster) racing in third place.
“I missed the last couple of Central Coast races [and] I didn’t have a call up so I had a little bit of traffic,” reported Jacques-Maynes, “I’ve done that enough times where I know you just [have to] be patient, let guys go through their corners, take you passes where you can, and not try to force it. [I] caught Scotty [Chapin] at the first time up the hill. [I] jumped right in front of him because I just wanted…to deal with my mistakes on the corners.”
Early in the race Bradford was taking control of third place and trying to catch Chapin and Jacques-Maynes. Bradford admitted the leader’s pace was too much and settled into his race from there.
“I lead it for most of the the laps,” continued Jacques-Maynes, “At two to go I let [Chapin] by. At the bell, we were just attacking each other back and forth. I managed to squeak it out by maybe 10 seconds, just barely. It was so hard.”
“So far all the races have been ‘I go as hard as I can early on and nobody can hold the pace then I can settle in’,” said Jacques-Maynes, “This time, [Chapin] held on. He was pushing me the whole way. We [had] a huge gap back to third place because we were just punching each other back and forth. It was a really hard-fought race and my hats off to [Chapin], he’s really going well right now.”
Chapin’s stout effort prevented Jacques-Maynes from fully asserting his will on the race until the final lap. Mid-way through the final circuit, Jacques-Maynes was able to finally get away from Chapin and come home for his fourth win in as many starts. Chapin earned his second place finish. Third place went to Aaron Bradford.
1. Karen Brems (Team Rambuski LAw)
2. Kerry Bonar
3. Ellen Sherrill (Bicycle Bluebook/HRS/Rock Lobster)
4. Josie Jacques-Maynes (California Giant/Specialized)
5. Katie Jay Melena (Bicycle Bluebook/HRS/Rock Lobster)
1. Andy Jacques-Maynes (California H+Giant/Specilaized)
2. Scott Chapin (Bicycle Bluebook/HRS/Rock Lobster)
3. Aaron Bradford (Bicycle Bluebook/HRS/Rock Lobster)
4. Justin Robinson (California Giant/Specialized)
5. Julian Gomez-Villafane (ibis/Buy-cell.com)
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