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September 15/06 9:02 am - Bessette & Jacques-Maynes Head 2006 'Cross Team

Posted by Editoress on 09/15/06

Bessette & Jacques-Maynes Head 'Cross Team

After two seasons of incredible results, Team has re-loaded for 2006 adding a new rider and new sponsors but kept the same old energy for winning cyclocross races across North America. Building on its East Coast domination of a year ago, Team has added West Coast 'cross stud Ben Jacques-Maynes for '06. Jacques-Maynes will join Lyne Bessette, Canadian National Champion and North America's top Elite female 'cross racer, to form a potent bicoastal duo.

"I'm very excited to race 'cross again," says Bessette, who retired from her successful road racing career over the summer. "It's going to be a little different because I didn't race all summer but I will be giving my best.'s Stu Thorne was always there since the beginning and I wanted to race for him again. His offer was the best for me. Stu's new bike and SRAM are two new big pieces on the team."

Jacques-Maynes concluded his best-ever road racing season with a stellar 7th place in September's USPRO Championships for the domestic Nevada squad. With strong performances throughout the road season, Jacques-Maynes, 27, established himself as one of the most consistent and respected riders in North America. After missing most of the 2005 'cross season due to the birth of his son, the San Jose, Cal resident is looking to make a big splash in his cyclocross return.

"After such a long road season, I am looking forward to refocusing on cyclocross this winter," says Jacques-Maynes. "I find 'cross refreshing, and I think I can do a great season this year with the team. I feel strong in the legs, and I have worked hard on my running to bring up my competitive level."


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