Ben cruises to victory. Phil Mooney 10th in race by the bay.
Ben Jacques-Maynes soloed in for a fine victory in front of friends and family at the Bay Area Superprestige Race in San Francisco, CA. This was his second consecutive victory at Candlestick Park, with the bayside venue being used twice for the largest cyclocross series in NorCal.
Racers battled it out in beautiful weather on a loose, bumpy, and technical course adjacent to the San Francisco Bay. Narrow singletrack, loose gravel, large rocks, and a few steep technical run-ups challenged the riders all day. With such a narrow and technical course, initial positioning off the start was very important, and Ben nailed it. He earned a first row call up courtesy of his win three weeks ago and hit the singletrack in second wheel. The seasoned cross veteran quickly moved into the lead and never looked back.
“Today went almost as smoothly as possible,” said Ben after the race. “I was able to really dial in my equipment during the preride of the course. The file tread tire and wheel combination I ran today really hooked up in the gravel and made for a fast ride. I had a first row call up, was able to get a clean start, and just kept steady power for the rest of the race.” And power away he did, taking the lead very early in the race and distancing himself on the second lap after his trailing companion, Cody Kaiser, succumbed to a flat out on the course.
“It was a bummer to lose Cody to a mechanical so early in the race. He’s a great young racer and it’s fun to have his company when battling it out here. I’m sure there’s more to come”
Despite a small tangle up in the course tape after sliding out in a corner, Ben quickly regained his rhythm and never lost his command of first place. He was able to enjoy his final couple of laps and soloed in for the win with plenty of room to spare.
As Ben was powering away on the front, his teammates Phil and Sam were battling it out with the masses behind. They had lined up in the very last row and spent the race riding through riders that had started before them. Phil eventually broke clear of the traffic and was able to steadily pick off riders to finish in 10th place, earning him a crucial prime position to start the next race in the series.