A Matter Of Survival On The Queen Stage

While a few were battling at the front for glory on the Queen Stage of the Amgen Tour of California, for most, it was a matter of surviving the tough and hard stage to not be time cut and be able to fight one more day. With words from Sergio Hernandez (Jelly Belly) and Andy Jacques-Maynes (BISSELL)

Anatomy Of A Break

Stage 3 at the Amgen Tour of California played out as expected, the early break was reeled in by the charging peloton, ramping up the speed for the final bunch sprint. But there’s a lot more to it than that, let’s take a closer look at the tactics of the breakaway, with insights from Christian Meier (UnitedHealthcare) and Andy Jacques-Maynes (BISSELL).

Cancado Surprises At Sea Otter Circuit Race

23 laps of non-stop aggression. The attacks kept on coming in the fourth and final stage of the men’s Sea Otter Classic Stage Race with BISSELL the main aggressor. In the end however, Brazilian Raul Cancado (Passion Bikes) was able to win the stage out of a splintering break. Andy Jacques-Maynes (BISSELL) was second and…

Mission Accomplished For BISSELL At MERCO

“Absolutely” mission accomplished for BISSELL said MERCO Credit Union Cycling Classic GC winner Ben Jacques-Maynes. “We had great outings all four days here, our hill climbers had a great outing on Thursday. The time trial crew performed spectacularly, just the entire really on the time trial, we got really good leadout practice in the crit…

Radio Ban: The Flip Side

Time to look at the flip side of the race radio ban and answer the very important question: With the race radio ban in effect, what can be done to keep the Directeur Sportif from getting bored in the car? Brooke Miller (TIBCO/To The Top), Andy Jacques-Maynes (BISSELL), Kristin Sanders (Team VBF), Will Routley (Jelly…

Fly V Delivers Redlands to Day

For the second weekend in a row, the Fly V Australia team defended the yellow jersey of Ben Day against all to win the overall at the Redlands Bicycle Classic, the traditional NRC opener. Alejandro Borrajo (Jamis/Sutter Home) sprinted to win the final stage, the Sunset Road Race. Updated with photos

BISSELL and HTC-Columbia fastest at Merco TTT

HTC-Columbia and BISSELL set the fastest time in the only scheduled Elite Team Time Trial in the USA today in Merced California. For the first time in its long history, the Merco Cycling Classic started with a 4-rider TTT on a  20-mile (32.2km) out-and-back course with the team time set by the third rider crossing…

On Tap: USGP #1 – Planet Bike Cup cross

New to the US Gran Prix of Cyclocross in 2009, the Planet Bike Cup kicks off the Series today and tomorrow at one of the most popular venues of the Wisconsin Cycling Association Series: Angell Park Speedway in Sun Prairie, Wisconsin. Cyclocross races have been held at Angell Park Speedway since 2003 and this year’s…

Andy Jacques-Maynes

Interview: Andy Jacques-Maynes (part 2)

In the first part of the interview, Bissell’s Andy Jacques-Maynes talked about his return to the pro ranks after years of a 9-5 job, a horrendous racing accident in 2007 and his return to full-time, albeit amateur, racing in 2008. The conclusion of our conversation covers many topics from the 2008  cross season,  to his…

Interview: Andy Jacques-Maynes (part 1)

The name Jacques-Maynes is well known to the North American cycling scene with  30-year old Ben Jacques-Maynes being a force to be reckoned with, but twin brother Andy took a different road to the pro ranks. Andy followed on the weekend warrior working a ‘desk’ job as a product manager with Specialized and racing with…