Saturday, December 15, 2007

Wintry, Muddy Nationals is Underway - Jacques-Maynes, Coates win Masters titles

Cold and muddy (read: epic) cross conditions met the riders for the first two days of the 2007 US National Cyclocross Championships in Kansas City, KS and today's racing produced two Nor-Cal-based champions. Cal Giant's Andy Jacques-Maynes stamped his authority on his new age group by taking the Men's 30-34 title one day after his wife, Josie, took the runner-up spot in the W30-34 race. Both riders are also hoping to factor in the Elite mudbath scheduled for tomorrow afternoon.

Photo c/o Velonews

Morgan-Stanley rider James Coates (a.k.a. Mr. December) - has once again shown his mastery of the muck with his 3rd (by my math) Stars and Stripes jersey by taking a narrow victory over his Nor-Cal rival Gannon Myall in the M40-44 event. Many other Nor-Cal riders factored in the races over the first two days of racing, for more details check out CyclingNews and Velonews coverage of the events. The KC Cross Nationals website has timely postings of ALL results here.

For tomorrow's Elite race, look for Tim Johnson, Jonathan Page, Ryan Trebon, and Todd Wells to show their prowess in the goopy stuff. And for the women's event, 2006 champ Katie Compton will do her best to repeat, but may have her hands full with Georgia Gould's exceptional skills in the mud. It's looking to be a battle royale...I can't wait to hear about it.

Post Natz editorial note: I am SOOO gonna pay for mentioning Rachel Lloyd in the above paragraph next time she sees me...shoulda known those conditions would be right up her alley...sorry Rachel - you f**king rock!

24 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

way to go norcal!!!!!!!
i am surprised olaf vandersnoot did not go and dominate the action?

12/15/07, 6:22 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

way to go norcal!!!!!!

12/15/07, 6:24 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

hummm..........AJM masters race?
not to take anything away from that but an elite contender doing a masters race?

12/16/07, 1:16 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i agree

that is such a sandbagging move

he was 6th in the elite race on sunday

and he races masters?

that is the ultimate sandbagging

i race in the B division and will stay there if that guy is sandbagging in the masters race

12/16/07, 8:08 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What a bunch of haters!!

How is he sandbagging if he is racing the highest level for his age group? That's besides the fact that he only won by 3 seconds. I'm sure any of the top five for the m 30-34 race could do well at an elite race.

For the most part Masters does not mean slower. Maybe if you sacked up and moved up a class you would find that out.

12/16/07, 10:12 PM  
Blogger funkdaddy said...

You guys are weak.

Is it possible to sandbag a Masters Natz race? All non-professional riders of the requisite age group are eligible to race. It is top tier age group racing.

One thing that some of you can't get into your thick skulls is that Masters racing isn't some 2nd-tier event, both on the local and national level. The riders winning Masters events would easily contend near the top of the elite races...

It does make me feel old knowing that the J-M twins have officially reached Masters age.

And BTW, you might be confusing Andy for Ben - Ben races full-time professionally, Andy works full-time for Specialized, and on top of that, he made a spectacular comeback from a horrific crash this season.

12/16/07, 10:32 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

enough about his crash, he has milked that for all he can

and no funke he does not work at specialized and has not for a long time

before you throw down the word funke please know your facts

but you are right, the master guys actually go faster then most A riders locally

and andy is eligible for the masters race
so lets be thankful he won or the other sandbagger from colorado would have won, or the next dude who was from PA or the next dude from oregon

im my humble single speed opinion all the norcal folks who raced in those conditions diserve a lot of ups

but funke please do not throw down the word when your facts are not straight

most of all it was a great weekend for norcals racers and we should all rejoice and be merry and thankful for the awesome rides our local studs delivered

i love funke forever

12/16/07, 10:50 PM  
Blogger funkdaddy said...

Ok then scratch the last paragraph from my rant...still doesn't change a damn thing...

Since you obviously know so much about Andy perhaps you can enlighten us as to why you're so bitter about it?

There is a long list of fast guys that opt to try to win Masters Nationals, look at the results pages...don't fault those riders because they are fast...

...and don't be bitter because you're slow.

12/16/07, 11:14 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Me loves Funke! He is so going to dominate next years nationals!
He is so right. It is so great Andy won, and it proves he is one of the fastes 30+ year old farts in the USA.
Funke is so right that everyone should only be happy. The nationals is the USA's biggest cross race and norcal had some incredible rides.
Andy is just one of many who has come back from a bad injury and good job to him and the others who fight back.
I like Rachael L with her silver medal in the womens race, she rocks the house.

12/16/07, 11:24 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

wow, "enough about the crash, he's milked that for all he can." that's pretty unnecessarily harsh, don't you think? i hope karma passes you over on that one, buddy, or you're in for a bad ride.

12/17/07, 10:03 AM  
Blogger Benjaminiac said...

let me just say that my bro hasn't milked anything out of his injury, besides a burning desire to stomp on the bike and come back better then ever.

i thought he was crazy when he said he wanted to race a full cross season this year. but he came back flying after 3 MONTHS of rehab, pain suffering and an overall torturous experience.

only to break his collarbone again, rehab again, and come back again. and still stomp again. i am so proud of what he has percevered through to fin this weekend, i think his 6th place sunday was just confirmation that he was on great form and proved how tough the masters A racers are.

andy's comeback is one of those life changing experiences that you can point to for years, a defining moment where there was a "before the crash" and "after the crash." i hope you haters never have to go through anything near as horrible to understand the permanent effects and appreciate strength required. such things don't fade with your short attention span.

12/17/07, 12:57 PM  
Blogger Benjaminiac said...

signed: BJM

12/17/07, 12:58 PM  
Blogger Velo Bella said...

The woman who won the 30-34 race placed on the podium in the elite race.

Sarah Kerlin did the same thing a few years ago.

Steve Tilford and Ned Overend are still both full time professional athletes and they each also won their age groups.

I think that the best, racing the age groups, validates those races. If you win one, you have something to be truly proud of because all of the best in that group showed up.

Cyclocross is the only cycling discpline where the masters, juniors, collegiate and elite all race together at Nationals. Its pretty cool to still have that.

12/17/07, 1:19 PM  
Anonymous Brij said...

Wow,

Whenver I log on to this page I'm simulataneously psyched to see how well local racers have fared and saddened by the level of discourse. Seems like folks can't stop with the hate and cowardly anonymous posts. Oh well.

More importantly: Congrats to Andy J-M, Josie, Justin, Coats, Ganon, Todd, Norm, Frank, Jordi,y todos. You all represented incredibly.

Best,
Brij Lunine

12/17/07, 1:25 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

andy is pure class and badass...

and i hate blogs.

-Mack Chew

12/17/07, 3:54 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I want to see Barry Wicks and Ryan Treborn race Masters division.

12/17/07, 7:25 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It just goes to show sandbagging goes on at all levels, even the highest level.
And it also goes to show that fat and slow people are the most know it all's of all.
Everyone has a opinon and everyone is entitled to giving their opinion.
so go Chew on that.
Also so many other folks have had bad crashes and where is the drama around their ordeals? Drama creates more drama and so on.

12/17/07, 7:39 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

30+ masters is a weird class, because it is never offered at any other race besides nationals... EVERYONE in the 30-34 age group is an elite racer, they all race 1/2 or Men's A at their respective local races. And 80% were also signed up to do the Elite race the next day.

Big props to all the NorCal riders representing in some very un-California weather. Talk about being out of your element, and they all stepped up and proved we've got a killer CX scene.

12/17/07, 8:15 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I agree with the last post.
If you look at it, most of the dudes and chicks in the master groups who are contenders race A division also. It just so happens that thanks to AJM and his beautiful wife, and all the other folks who dominated, NorCal was the dominating force.

Way to go everyone who raced in Kansas.

All of NorCal is thankful for your effort, some just show it in funny ways.

12/17/07, 8:52 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

let love rule!

12/17/07, 11:05 PM  
Blogger Rye said...

AJM earned that race, the top 30-34yo guys in the nation were out there, including Justin and Josh. It was the most exciting race of the weekend in my opinion. He had a real battle with that guy from Co. and Andy rode like the champ he is.

It's Ryan and Berry's decision to only race in the big show; they could do age group if they chose to.

12/25/07, 1:26 PM  
Anonymous Snatchnasty said...

It should maybe be pointed out that Berrie and Treeboner are like 18 years old or so. At least NOT 30+.

Another thing, Ya think maybe the sponsors that are footing the bill REAAAALLY like having a national champion?? hummmmm

Retards.

12/25/07, 3:53 PM  
Blogger funkdaddy said...

I haven't looked at the rulebook recently, but my understanding from years past is that riders who race for a Pro team (in any discipline incl Road and MTB) are ineligible to race age group. Travis Brown was disqualified from winning 30-34 natz (in '03 I think) for this very reason.

Hence Trebon and Wicks would not be eligible even if they were 30+.

12/25/07, 11:57 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

funke's right UCI has eligiblity criteria that includes not having raced on a 'pro' team.


Oh and BJM...I was just up and right of AJM at Memorial Day in the corner....total props to Andy..to get up from that crash and smack down seriously every chance he got is rad!

matt mcnamara

12/30/07, 12:55 AM  

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