04 | JAN
13, 2005) - Although the domestic road season is over, the Kodak Gallery/Sierra
Nevada Professional Cycling Team has kept its September momentum rolling
into October, with Dominique Perras and Glen Mitchell taking part in the
Jayco Herald Sun Tour in Australia and Ben Jacques-Maynes taking a break
from baby duties to race a little bit of cyclocross.
Riding for a composite team assembled specifically for the 54th edition
of the seven-day race held in Australia's Victoria province, Perras is
currently the overall leader after the fifth stage, in which he and former
Tour de France Green Jersey winner Baden Cooke (Francaise des Jeux) went
clear of a large lead group with 50km to go and held a 36 second advantage
at the finish.
Although a course marshal's error may have cost a chase group containing
several contenders, Perras told Cyclingnews.com, "It was bad luck
for those guys to go the wrong way, but I've had my bad luck in the past."
With the final standings likely to be decided in tomorrow's 11km time
trial to the summit of Mt. Dandenong, things are looking good for Kodak
Gallery/Sierra Nevada's Canadian climbing specialist, who holds a 31-second
lead over Australian Josh Collingwood.
Back in California, Kodak Gallery/Sierra Nevada's Ben Jacques-Maynes made
his first foray into cyclocross racing since the birth of his son, Chase,
on September 16. Racing in a local 'cross series at Fort Ord near Monterey,
Jacques-Maynes took his first win as a Dad by 2:31 over Steve Reaney (Cal
Photos © Casey B. Gibson
Despite the win, Jacques-Maynes is planning a low-key cyclocross campaign
"for fun and as traning for the next road season."