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Spanning nearly 60 years in age, five cyclocross racers from Santa Cruz County medaled in their respective divisions at the USA Cycling Cyclo-Cross Nationals in Madison, Wis., from Jan. 9-13.

Aptos’ Ron Riley [Bike Station Aptos] was the sole rider from the area to win a race — although he did it as the only entrant — at the ripe young age of 78. Riley, who is the defending world masters champion for his age group,  won the men’s masters division for those 75-79 years old. He completed the race in 46 minutes, 33 seconds.

Also from Santa Cruz, Aaron Bradford [Bicycle Bluebook/HRS/Rock Lobster Cyclocross] took silver in the men’s single speed division [45:25], where Adam Craig of Bend, Ore., [Giant Factory Off-Road] won in 43:14. Bonny Doon’s Justin Robinson [California Giant Berry Farms/Specialized/California Giant Cycling] also earned silver, winning the men’s masters Cat 1/2/3 35-39 age division in 46:23. Russell Stevenson of Boulder, Colo., won in 46:06.

Santa Cruz’s Tobin Ortenblad [California Giant Berry Farms/Specialized/California Giant Cycling], who is 19, and Katie Melena [Bicycle Bluebook/HRS/Rock Lobster Cyclocross] also medaled in their races.

Ortenblad took bronze in the Cat 1/2/3 Under-23 division, crossing the finish line in 46:53. Yannick Eckmann of Boulder won that race in 44:42. Melena took third in the women’s masters 35-39 age division, crossing the finish line in 39:28. Corey Coogan Cisek won in 37:47.

Results included in this report are from USA

It has not been a good week for Watsonville cyclist Andy Jacques-Maynes. Four days after being hit and run by a car during a training ride, Jacques-Maynes was dropped by his team, 5-Hour Energy/Kenda, for the 2013 season — without so much as a phone call, according to his Twitter feed.

Jacques-Maynes’ name was left off the 5-Hour Energy/Kenda roster for 2013 as USA Cycling announced 15 road racing teams for the year and their rosters. According to, the 5-Hour Energy/Kenda team and the Competitive Cyclist team have merged, which led to downsizing.

“That’s how you find out, sometimes,” Jacques-Maynes tweeted, following with, “Seems that cycling owes me nothing, after I’ve given cycling everything I have. Unrequited love.”

On Sunday, Jacques-Maynes, a UC Santa Cruz alum, suffered non-displaced fractures of the scapula and clavicle when he was hit and run during a training ride, according to his brother Ben Jacques-Maynes’ Twitter feed. Andy Jacques-Maynes  was riding on Holohan Road near Highway 152 in Watsonville when he was hit by what he thinks was a 2004 or 2005 Chevy Impala SS at about 10:25 a.m. Sunday, according to his Twitter feed, where he has put the call out for his followers to be on the lookout for the vehicle.

Andy Jacques-Maynes will wear a sling for the next six weeks. His plans after that are unknown.

Ben Jacques-Maynes, also a professional cyclist, will compete for Jamis Hagens Berman in 2013. 

Andy and Ben Jacques-Maynes, twin brothers from Watsonville and pro cyclists, placed in the top 15 of the Cascade Cycling Classic in Bend, Ore., over the weekend.

Andy Jacques-Maynes finished 14th overall with his best finish of the stage race coming in the criterium Friday, when he placed fourth in the same time as winner Carlos Alzate Escobar [1 hour, 13 minutes, 49 seconds]. Escobar rides for Team Exergy, and Andy Jacques-Maynes rides for Kenda/5-Hour Energy.

Andy Jacques-Maynes, who now lives in Corralitos, had three top-10 finishes over six events.

Ben Jacques-Maynes placed 15th overall with his best finish of the stage race coming in the time trial Tuesday, when he placed 10th in 5:09.84. Winner Chad Haga of Fort Collins, Colo., finished in 5:02.64. Haga rides for Optum, and Ben Jacques-Maynes rides for Bissell Pro Cycling.

The overall stage race winner was Francisco Mancebo from Watkinsville, Georgia.

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— Christina Gullickson, on Twitter @CGullTweets

Santa Cruz resident and pro cyclist Devon Gorry placed 20th in the women’s pro Cat 1/2 division of the Exergy Twilight Crit in Boise, Idaho, on Saturday.

Gorry crossed the finish line in 57 minutes, according to results on, while winner Kristin McGrath of Boise [Exergy Twenty12] won in 45 minutes flat.

Gorry rides for Now and Novartis for MS.

— Christina Gullickson, on Twitter @CGullTweets

Cyclists spin through the streets of Watsonville during the first race of the Watsonville Criterium on Saturday at the corner of Rogers and Cerrito Streets. Bill Lovejoy/Sentinel

Watsonville teen is the top local finisher in pro field

San Francisco resident Rand Miller, a pro cyclist with the Cal Giant Berry Farms/Specialized team, wasn’t about to let the win go two years in a row. After finishing second to Steve Reaney in 2011, Miller pedaled to victory in the men’s pro Cat 1/2 division of the 34th annual Watsonville Criterium on Saturday.

Miller was followed by Oakland’s John Wilk [Webcor/Alto Velo], and San Francisco’s Rainier Schaefer [Team Mike’s Bikes] in third place. The top Santa Cruz County finisher was teen Matt Schaupp, of Watsonville, who finished fourth. Schaupp, 17, rides for the Ritte Elite U23 Development Team.

Other Santa Cruz County riders to make the top five of their divisions were as follows: Santa Cruz’s Morgan Raines [unattached] was second in the men’s masters Cat 4 35-and-over age division and Santa Cruz’s Kimberly Sperling [RED Racing] was third in the women’s Cat 1/2/3/4 division.

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— Christina Gullickson, on Twitter @CGullTweets

Corralitos resident and pro cyclist Andy Jacques-Maynes placed fourth in the San Rafael Twilight Criterium on Saturday.

The Kenda/5-Hour Energy team rider crossed the finish line behind winner Eric Riggs of Antelope [Team Mike’s Bikes], runner-up Jared Barrilleaux of Petaluma [Cal Giant/Specialized] and third-place finisher James LaBerge of Napa [Team Mike’s Bikes] in the men’s Pro/Cat 1/2 race.

Jacques-Maynes’ twin brother Ben Jacques-Maynes, a Watsonville resident and fellow UC Santa Cruz alum, placed 17th for Bissell Pro Cycling.

Scotts Valley’s Rob Evans was the only other cyclist from Santa Cruz County to break into the top 25. He was 24th for McGuire Cycling Team.

In other divisions, the sole other county rider with a top-five finish was Santa Cruz’s Steven Sperling, who placed third [men’s Cat 3].

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— Christina Gullickson, on Twitter @CGullTweets

Watsonville resident and UC Santa Cruz alum Ben Jacques-Maynes placed eighth at the USA Cycling Pro Road Race Nationals on Monday.

Jacques-Maynes, who rides for Bissell Pro Cycling, was part of a breakaway pack that trailed eventual winner Timmy Duggan by about 30 seconds for the final three laps through downtown Greenville, S.C.

Duggan [Liquigas-Cannondale] won the race in 4 hours, 17 minutes, 40 seconds.

Jacques-Maynes crossed the finish line in 4:18:09 and his twin brother from Corralitos, Andy Jacques-Maynes [Kenda 5-Hour Energy Cycling Team], placed 19th in 4:20:20.

— Christina Gullickson, on Twitter @CGullTweets

Nevada City’s Christine Weir, a UC Santa Cruz team cyclist, crashed during the criterium at the 2012 USA Cycling Collegiate Road Nationals in Ogden, Utah, on Saturday. Then, she got back up, and finished her race, placing 44th.

Crash and all, Weir crossed the finish line in 1 hour, 1 minute, 32 seconds — 2:03 off winner Eileen Mazzochette of Stanford.

Hard weekend at #collnats Christine went down in the crit but still pulled off a top half in the road race all bandaged up!

— UCSC Cycling (@UCSCCycling) May 7, 2012

Earlier in the competition, Weir placed 32nd in the road race [3:03:58], which Heather Fischer of the University of Colorado-Boulder won [2:54:47].

Weir’s teammate Nicholas Newcomb was also representing the Slugs at nationals. The Nalisco native placed 38th in the road race [3:08:57], which was won by Josh Yeaton of the University of Colorado-Boulder [3:04:12].

In the criterium, Newcomb finished 83rd [1:14:39]. Yeaton won, finishing in 1:14:14.

— Christina Gullickson, on Twitter @CGullTweets

Corralitos resident and professional cyclist Andy Jacques-Maynes rode his way to two fifth-place finishes in the road race portions of the Joe Martin Stage Race in Fayetteville, Ark., over the weekend.

He finished four seconds back of winner and teammate Shawn Milne on Friday, and then finished in the same time as winner Eric Marcotte of Elbowz Racing on Saturday. Jacques-Maynes, who is a UC Santa Cruz alum, and Milne ride for the Kenda/5 Hour Energy team, powered by Geargrind.

Jacques-Maynes also had a sixth-place finish in the criterium, crossing the finish line in the same time as winner, Eric Young of Bissell Pro Cycling and was 21st in Thursday’s time trial. He was 13th in the stage race.

Jacques-Maynes’ twin brother Ben, who lives in Watsonville, also competed in the stage race, finishing 20th overall. His best finish was ninth in the individual time trial 13 seconds back of winner Francisco Mancebo [Competitive Cyclist Racing Team].

Ben Jacques-Maynes was also 16th in the criterium Sunday, crossing the finish line in the same time as teammate Young, and in the road races, he placed 54th and 15th on Friday and Saturday, respectively.

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— Christina Gullickson, on Twitter @CGullTweets

Santa Cruz resident and NOW and Novartis for MS pro cyclist Devon Gorry won the women’s Cat 1/2 division of the Wente Vineyards Classic Road Race in Livermore on Saturday.

Gorry and teammate Elizabeth Newell of Oakland went 1-2, earning 173.80 and 187.49 points, respectively.

Other Santa Cruz County cyclists who finished in the top 10 included Watsonville’s Chris Cerruti, who placed seventh, and Santa Cruz’s Joe Platin, who placed eighth, in the masters men’s Cat 1/2/3 55-99 age division. Also, Scotts Valley’s Scott Martin placed fourth and Aptos’ Bob Montague placed ninth in the men’s masters 55-99 age division.

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— Christina Gullickson, on Twitter @CGullTweets

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