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(October 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.

Dominique Perras
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, "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.

Ben Jacques-Maynes
Photos © Casey B. Gibson

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 Giant Strawberry).

Despite the win, Jacques-Maynes is planning a low-key cyclocross campaign "for fun and as traning for the next road season."

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