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Born: September 22, 1978
Hometown: Berkeley, California
Residence: San Jose, California
Height: 6'1"
Weight: 160 lbs
Turned pro: 2002

A versatile athlete with wealth of experience, Nevada's Ben Jacques-Maynes has the all-around talent to hold his own against North America's top sprinters, time trialists, and climbers.

Starting the 2006 season as Nevada's team leader at the Amgen Tour of California, Ben gambled on an early breakaway in stage 2, which finished just a few miles from his home in San Jose, and climbed comfortably over San Marcos Pass with an elite group in stage 5.

Over the rest of the spring, Ben established himself as one of the strongest and most consistent racers on the domestic scene, rising as high as 8th in the National Racing Calendar standings and finishing 6th in three stages of the Ford Tour de Georgia in April.

After a knee strain sidelined him for much of June, Ben returned to the national circuit in July, making the winning breakaway in four stages of Superweek in Wisconsin.

After turning pro with Sierra Nevada in 2002, Ben broke through with his first major stage race win at the 2004 Nature Valley Grand Prix in Minnesota.

The following year, Ben scored Nevada’s first National Racing Calendar win in the opening time trial of the Fitchburg-Longsjo Classic on June 30.

Early in his career, Ben's greatest results came on the cyclocross circuit, where he won the U.S. title in the Under-23 division in 2000 and the U.S. collegiate title in 2002. He also snared a collegiate national title on the road, winning the criterium championship in 2003.

Ben credits a trip to Holland for the 2000 World Cyclocross Championships for giving him "the impetus to train harder, dedicate my time, and rise into a national or even international level competitor."

As the sole remaining member of the first incarnation of the Sierra Nevada Pro Cycling Team, Ben also serves as Nevada's in-house brewing expert.

Ben holds a dual degree from the University of California at Santa Cruz in Economics and Environmental Studies. He grew up racing with his twin brother and former Sierra Nevada teammate, Andy, who retired from pro cycling following the 2003 season. Ben and his wife Goldi's first child, Chase, was born on September 16, 2005.


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