Andy Jacques-Maynes rides up a hill in the first stage of the San Dimas Stage Race. He finished the entire event a champion, with green and yellow jerseys. (Annette McCusker/Contributed)

 

There was only one way Corralitos resident and UC Santa Cruz alum Andy Jacques-Maynes could describe how he felt after winning the San Dimas Stage Race‘s General Classification: Shocked.

“So what can I say?” Jacques-Maynes, who rides with Kenda/5 Hour Energy’s pro cycling team, posted to Twitter. “It’s amazing to have won the San Dimas Stage Race in very trying conditions this weekend. I’m a little shell-shocked…”

Andy Jacques Maynes, the overall winner, celebrates on the podium after Stage 3. (Bill McCusker/Contributed)

Much of the stage races were held in rain, wind, and cold, but Jacques-Maynes pushed through the difficult weather. Friday, he placed 12th in the first stage, a 3.7-mile time trial through the San Gabriel Mountains. He finished in 13 minutes, 54.74 seconds — 44.59 back of winner and teammate Phil Gaimon — according to results posted on the SDSR website.

Saturday, he followed with a second-place finish in the second stage, which organizers describe as “a rolling to hilly circuit” in Frank G Bonelli Regional Park. He crossed the finish line in the same time [3:32:19] as winner Joseph Schmalz of Elbows Racing, according to the SDRS site. That finish put Jacques-Maynes at the top of the standings and in position to capture the General Classification.

He clinched the win Sunday with a sixth-place finish in the third and final stage race, which was held on a 1.21-mile grand prix course through San Dimas’ historical downtown area, in the same time [1:29:29] as winner Eric Young of Bissell Pro Cycling, according to results on VeloNews.

“It was a very intense build up to the crit, and the race itself was quite stressful (rainy and slick),” Jacques-Maynes tweeted later. “Pretty stunned, hasn’t sunk in yet.”

Ben Jacques-Maynes in action in the first stage. (Annette McCusker/Contributed)

Jacques-Maynes’ twin brother Ben, who rides for Bissell, also competed.

He placed 16th in the time trial [47.88 off the lead], fourth in the second stage race [:03 off the lead], and 18th in the third stage race [in the same time as the winner]. This was just his second race back from injury. He suffered a broken collarbone during last year’s Tour of California.

— Christina Gullickson, on Twitter at CGullTweets