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Ben Jacques-Maynes rides in the Tour of Utah en route to winning the King of the Mountain title.
Dave Richards/Contributed

UC Santa Cruz alum finishes 37th overall

Ben Jacques-Maynes made dominating mountain breakaways his mission in some of the most extreme ranges in the United States during the Tour of Utah this past week. The Watsonville resident’s hard work paid off as — for the first time in his professional cycling career — he was crowned the stage race’s overall King of the Mountain on Sunday.

Jacques-Maynes, a UC Santa Cruz alum who rides for Bissell Pro Cycling, won the King of the Mountain title with 38 points, but he didn’t know it until after he crossed the finish line of the sixth and final stage of the event, when people started patting him on the back with their congratulations.

“At that point, it was just a relief,” Jacques-Maynes said in a phone interview Monday after the conclusion of the TOU, which included 37,136 feet of climbing Aug. 7-12. “To have it pay off was a great feeling.”

Ben Jacques-Maynes rides in the Tour of Utah en route to winning the King of the Mountain title.
Dave Richards/Contributed

Although Jacques-Maynes earned the King of the Mountain jersey as early as the first stage, he said he really got back in the running for the title when he reclaimed the jersey in the fifth stage Saturday. Still, he wasn’t sure he would win the title with Timmy Duggan, the reigning US road race champion, ahead of him at the finish line Sunday.

King of the Mountain standings are based on points that riders accumulate by reaching checkpoints for climbs. Lucas Euser was second and Duggan was third [both with 31 points].

Jacques-Maynes, who spent a week and half acclimating in Park City before the competition, said the congratulations he received from his piers meant the most to him.

“I’m extremely happy,” he said. “…These are some of the biggest mountains available to climb in the country. It’s a big honor — a big deal.”

Jacques-Maynes placed 37th in the general classification. He was 20 minutes, 13 seconds back of winner Johan Tschopp [BMC Racing Team].

Jacques-Maynes flew back to the Bay Area and said he plans to rest up for about a week and a half before heading to the USA Pro Cycling Challenge in Colorado, which is another high-altitude event.

UC Santa Cruz’s cycling team had two riders — Nicholas Newcomb and Christine Weir — qualify for the upcoming collegiate road nationals, according to its Twitter feed, after last weekend’s Western Collegiate Cycling Conference races at the University of Nevada-Reno.

Newcomb was the runner-up in the individual time trial over the weekend — which landed him on a rusted-pipe podium (I’m not kidding, I’m pretty sure I see some rust there) — and he placed 13th in the criterium to boost his points in the season-long “A” omnium. He finished the regular season in ninth place overall with 470 points.

Men’s conference champion Mackenzie Champlin of UCLA had 770 points.

Weir placed fifth in the road race and sixth in the women’s criterium to finish the regular season in sixth place in the women’s “A” omnium with 520 points.

Women’s conference champion Danielle Haulman of UC Davis had 1,079 points.

UCSC finished ninth out of 20 teams in the conference omnium with 520 points, according to the WCCC site, and it is ranked No. 7 in the conference according to national rankings, which are calculated slightly differently.

The Collegiate Road National Championships will be held May 4-6 in Ogden, Utah.

— Christina Gullickson, on Twitter @CGullTweets

Ben Jacques-Maynes in the Tour of the Battenkill men's pro UCI race on April 15, 2012. (©2012 By Dave Kraus/All Rights Reserved.)

Watsonville resident and UC Santa Cruz alum Ben Jacques-Maynes rode to a seventh-place finish for Bissell Pro Cycling and helped lift his team to third at the Tour of the Battenkill in Cambridge, N.Y., on Sunday.

Ben Jacques-Maynes pedals during the Tour of Battenkill men's pro race in New York state April 15, 2012. (©2012 By Dave Kraus/All Rights Reserved.)

Jacques-Maynes crossed the finish line of the Pro Invitational in 4 hours, 56 minutes, 19 seconds — just 25 seconds back of Francisco Mancebo [Competitive Cyclist Racing Team, who won in 4:55:54]. Jacques-Maynes’ time matched the fourth- through eighth-place finishers, according to results on

The Competitive Cyclist Racing Team won the team title and Team Optum Presented by Kelly Benefit Strategies placed second.

Bissell remains in the top spot of national rankings by USA Cycling.

Jacques-Maynes is ranked No. 8 in the individual standings and his twin brother, Andy Jacques-Maynes, who rides for Kenda/5-Hour Energy, is ranked 11th.

— Christina Gullickson, on Twitter @CGullTweets

The Santa Cruz Classic Criterium, also known as the “Beach Hill Crit,” happens Sunday, April 15 in downtown Santa Cruz. Racing starts at 8 a.m. and continues through the afternoon with racers competing in a lung-busting, leg-churning race that includes an infamous hairpin turn on Beach Hill, the site of numerous past crashes. Details: – — Karen Kefauver

Scotts Valley’s Jennifer Reither, a pro cyclist with Vanderkitten, won her division in the Central Coast Cyclocross Series’ second road race of the season in Monterey on Sunday, and teammate Courtney Dimpel placed second.

Reither took control in the women’s Cat 1/2/3 division, Capitola’s Dimpel followed, and Hillsborough’s Tracy Hogan [Third Pillar] placed third.

Also from Santa Cruz County, Santa Cruz’s Steve Heaton [HC3 Coaching] and Michele Heaton [HC3 Coaching] continued to dominate. Steve Heaton won the master men’s Cat 1/2/3/4 45-99 age division race and Michele Heaton won the master women’s Cat 1/2/3/4 35-99 age division race.

The next CCCX road race is scheduled for June 3.


— Christina Gullickson, on Twitter at CGullTweets

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