SANTA CRUZ, CA—The feedback from Surf City #2 at Harbor High School confirmed suspicions that course designer and race winner, Ben Jacques-Maynes (Jamis CX), is a full-blown masochist. The physically and technically demanding course brutalized competitors at All Hallows Cross, and even elicited some choice words from Ned Flanders, and the Oscar Meyer Wieners, during the costume race. The track utilized the elevation change at the venue and combined punchy climbs with loose squirrelly descents. Course tape wound between buildings and ball field, while riders struggled over a dusty run up. To cap it off a retaining wall hop up, and several loose drift downs on a steep hillside, destroyed the will of many.
Those who struck a balance between oxygen deprived tunnel vision, and a blatant disregard for self-preservation, found success on the blustery autumn afternoon.
CVG Goes Two for Two at Surf City
Carolina Gomez-Villafañe (Rambuski Law-Family Cycling Center) overcame a cold and her competitors to collect her third Elite victory in as many weeks. “I wasn’t feeling great at all—I’ve been sick and just didn’t have any power,” said CGV. Sans-power, Gomez-Villafane still paced the entire 50 minutes, moving to the front during the first lap. Karen Brems (Rambuski Law) latched onto her teammates wheel and the two riders separated themselves from the remainder of the field.
As race churned on, Gomez-Villafañe remained in the lead on the technical course. “I knew Karen [Brems] was waiting to make a move, so I tried to ride as smart as I could and keep that from happening.” With half a lap to go, Brems attacked, and Gomez-Villafañe countered, to maintain her lead position heading into the final descent.
“I saw her [Brems’] wheel out of the corner of my eye and was like, ‘There’s no way this is happening!’ so I pinned it on the flat then continued [pinning it] through all the tight technical corners and descent,” explained Gomez-Villafañe. “The gap was only three or five seconds at the bottom but it was enough to hold on through the barriers to the finish.”
Though Katie Jay Melena (Bicycle Blue Book/Rock Lobster) took the hole shot, she spent the middle of the race chasing. Janie Dalton (Missing Link) closed the gap on Melena, and the two pushed one another for the third podium spot. Despite yo-yoing off Dalton’s wheel, Melena made contact heading into the last corner as the two women sprinted for the finish. Dalton got the jump coming out of the final turn and got the nod for third place while Melena snagged fourth.
Courtney Dimple rounded out the Elite Women’s Podium in fifth place.
They’re Everywhere…The Podium Too
A dozen members of the Jacques-Maynes family frolicked around the wooded venue and let out raucous cheers every time their kin roared past. After Justin Abbot (Devil Mountain Cyclery) nabbed the hole shot, Ben Jacques-Maynes (Jamis CX) and Andy-Jacques-Maynes (Buy Cell.com-Ibis) assumed command at the head of the race.
Scott Chapin (Bicycle Blue Book-Rock Lobster) bridged to the lead group after he negotiated some early race traffic. Chapin explained, “I finally caught up to Ben [Jacques-Maynes] and Andy on the second lap and, was kind of torched from chasing, but I figured I’d try to sit in. That worked for a couple laps before they just started attacking each other which didn’t help me out at all. It was still an awesome course with some super sketchy sections.”
Chapin nabbed his third podium spot in two weeks and described the mid season changes that helped him find his form in 2013. He attributed the improvement to Dirty Girl Produce, lots of pasta, and his new aero helmet. “I’m going to keep doing this ‘healthy thing’ until I beat Ben and Andy,” Chapin said, “those freakazoids are going down.”
Sunday would not see the freakazoids fall as the brothers Jacques-Maynes rode away with the race. Once the duo dropped Chapin, they continued to attack one another until Ben-Jacques Maynes broke free. “At that point,” he explained, “I just kept attacking myself…I knew how Andy was feeling [referring to the recent birth of his daughter] and so I knew I couldn’t let up.”
After an hour of self-inflicted suffering on the course he himself created, Ben-Jacques Maynes rolled across the line wearing a pain face far more frightening than any ghoul in the costume race.
Kyle Murphy (MASH SF) and Sam Cerruti (Jamis CX) came from deep in the pack to nab fourth and fifth, respectively.
More photos from Garrett Lau of the Costume Race Here.
Women’s Final Results
- Carolina Gomez-Villafañe (Rambuski Law-Family Cycling Center)
- Karen Brems (Rambuski Law)
- Janie Dalton (Missing Link)
- Katie Jay Melena (Bicycle Blue Book-Rock Lobster)
- Courtney Dimple (Caletti Cycles)
Men’s Final Results
- Ben Jacques Maynes (Jamis CX)
- Andy Jacques Maynes (Buy Cell.com-Ibis)
- Scott Chapin (Bicycle Blue Book-Rock Lobster)
- Kyle Murphy (MASH SF)
- Sam Cerruti (Jamis CX)
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