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The Santa Cruz County Interscholastic Disc Golf League had it’s fourth match of the season last Sunday with 19 students attending. Teams were present from Soquel, San Lorenzo Valley, Scotts Valley and Santa Cruz High Schools.

San Lorenzo had the lowest team scores with several new players adding to their improved performance. Santa Cruz high was second followed by Soquel and Scotts Valley.

Individual player scores had Scott Edwards of Scotts Valley High shooting the hot round of a one under 53 with Robin Johnston, who has had the best scores of the season so far in second with a one over 55. Soquel’s Thomas Tomaselli and Robert Biagiotto from SLV tied for third with two over par 56s. Erica Tinetti from Santa Cruz high shot a stellar 10 over 64 to put her team in second for the day.

The Black Mouse course in Felton is known for it’s many trees and dogleg fairways which challenge the students throwing ability and disc selection.

The League will resume after the Easter break on April 14th at Aptos High School’s disc golf course for match 5 out of eight. The League finals will be at Shaffer Park disc golf course on Sunday, May 5th.

– From Mark Karlskind, league director

Santa Cruz teen snowboarder Marissa Hushaw‘s second annual Grind Out Hunger Rail Jam is scheduled for China Peak on Feb. 9, 2013.

This year’s event — a half-day competition with shwag for participants that benefits the nonprofit Grind Out Hunger — is set to begin at noon. Registration is from 9-11 a.m. and costs $15 the day of, or you can pre-register over here.

Last year, Hushaw’s event raised enough money for  3,600 meals. For more information about Grind Out Hunger and its mission, please visit its official site.

 

Santa Cruz surfers Nic H’dez and Sam Coffey each scored two wins in the National Scholastic Surfing Association’s Northwest Conference doubleheader at Steamer Lane and Pleasure Point over the weekend.

H’dez, 16, won the men’s division of the second conference event of the season on Saturday at Pleasure Point, with fellow Santa Cruzan Wyatt Barabee coming in second and Pacifica’s Kadin Panesi coming in third. And H’dez won the men’s division of the third conference event of the season Sunday at the Lane. In that contest, Panesi took second and Brogie Panesi, also of Pacifica, took third.

Coffey won the boys divisions both days, edging runner-up Zane Booth, of Santa Barbara, and third-place finisher Burkley Eggers, of El Granada. Sunday, Coffey earned his second win, with Eggers again taking second place, and Soquel’s Sean Winterburn taking third.

In other divisions the first day, Huntington Beach’s Kirk Weissinger of Huntington Beach won the open juniors and Erik Weissinger, also of Huntington Beach, took the win in the open mini groms.

Due to extreme tidal conditions, women’s, girls and longboard competitions were postponed.

In other divisions the second day, Santa Cruz’s Ben Coffey won the open juniors, Santa Cruz’s AJ Menna won the open mini groms, Santa Cruz’s Ashley Held won the open women’s and Santa Cruz’s Autumn hays won the girls.

Results included in this report are from the NSSA website.

The next conference event is scheduled for March 16 at the Hook.

Watsonville resident Natalia Grossman, 11, won the female youth-C division in the American Bouldering Series Regional Championship for Northern California at City Beach Rock Club in Fremont on Sunday.

Grossman dominated her division, climbing to the win and 100 points in the USA Climbing-sanctioned event. Jenny Jiang of Reno, Nevada, was second for the Sierra Climbing Team [90 points] and Kathryn Garcia of Portola Valley was third for the Planet Granite team [80 points].

Grossman climbs for Zero Gravity under Scott Jenerik. This marks her third-straight win in ABS action.

Results included in this report are from the USA Climbing website.

The Bike Dojo’s Project B.I.K.E (Believe in Kids’ Exercise) is kicking off the holiday season by giving away 20 bikes to children in need.  Bike Dojo is hosting the celebration event Saturday, December 15, from 12-2 p.m. — Karen Kefauver

Bike Dojo will be the hub of activity with kids showing off their new bikes and helmets They can enjoy special treats and cookies from Pacific Cookie Company, pizza from Woodstock Pizza and goodie bags from New Leaf Community Markets.

“We are excited to help make this holiday season special for children.  We can’t wait to see the smiles on their faces when they get their bike,” said Rob Mylls, Bike Dojo owner.

So far this year Project B.I.K.E has donated over 75 bikes with their charity partner Beach Flats, a program of Community Bridges.  Bike Church, CASA and UCSC Co-op have also received bikes as part of Project B.I.K.E’s outreach.

At the beginning of the year Mayor Don Lane did a proclamation naming it Project Bike Day and Bike Dojo plans on continuing the great tradition of giving away bikes to children in need.

“It has been an extraordinary year and we have loved giving away bikes and contributing to the community and local charities,” Mylls said.  “We have built great partnerships and want to thank our sponsors for helping us make a difference.  We are looking forward to keeping up a great tradition of getting kids riding.”

Project B.I.K.E sponsors include:  Spokesman Bicycles, New Leaf, Woodstock Pizza, William Ow Properties, By Marisa and Good Times.

For more information call Kim Mylls at 602-432-4940.

1101 Pacific Ave, Suite G, Santa Cruz
Entrance behind Pacific Ave. in the
farmers market parking lot off of Cedar and Cathcart

831.713.5475

info@thebikedojo.com

Santa Cruz Sentinel:

Though Santa Cruz County won’t be in the lineup, Amgen Tour of California 2013 will be a great race!

Originally posted on Bicycle Santa Cruz:

For the First Time Ever, Race will Travel from South to North, Starting in Escondido

Here’s the press release — Karen Kefauver

 LOS ANGELES (November 27, 2012) – Twelve cities have been named official Host City partners for the 2013 Amgen Tour of California by AEG, presenter of the race, helping to make up the route which will take riders on a South to North course for the first time in the eight-year race history. Considered America’s largest and most prestigious professional road cycling stage race, the eighth consecutive edition of the Amgen Tour of California will travel approximately 750 miles from May 12-19, 2013.

 

“Taking the Amgen Tour of California from South to North is something we always knew we wanted to do, and we are thrilled with the way things have come together for 2013,” said Kristin Bachochin, executive director of the Amgen Tour of…

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Runners flood a bridge in Istanbul, Turkey, on Nov. 11, 2012, during the 34h Eurasia Marathon. (Antoinette Casselberry/Contributed)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

As Antoinette Casselberry approached the end of her most recent marathon, organizers had already started to pack up and runners crossing the finish line were being given a paper that said ” no finish.”

“I thought there was going to be a battle with bloodshed,” Casselberry wrote in an email following the race, which was in Istanbul, Turkey, on Nov. 11. “People from all over the world finished after the road shut-down time looking for the medals and paper. The race promoters refused to be understanding and cooperative.”

Casselberry waited more than an hour — no food, water, or support services available — with some of the other runners until, finally, the longtime Bonny Doon resident got what she wanted: Proof.

A promoter returned with shirts and medals, and wrote down the remaining runners’ times by hand.

Mission accomplished.

Casselberry, who has been dedicated to the goal of running a marathon on every continent for years, could mark Asia off her list after having also finished 26.2-mile races in the United States [North America], Ireland [Europe], Australia, Antarctica and Madagascar [Africa] and Easter Island [South America] — sometimes going to creative lengths in order to create a marathon where there wasn’t one.

Although the 34th Eurasia Marathon website still shows a “DNF” after her name, Casselberry said she finished in about 5 hours, 50 minutes. And while the race was a tough one — few bathroom facilities were provided, and course workers only had water, sugar cubes, and apples on hand — she said she thoroughly enjoyed her trip to Turkey.

So what’s next? Casselberry, a Santa Cruz Track Club member, has already set a new goal of running a marathon in every state. She estimates she is 35-40 percent of attaining it after having completed The X-Country Marathon in the Everglades in Florida last weekend, where she finished in 6:58:45 for 22nd among women.

Three Questions with Antoinette Casselberry

Q: What was the best experience you had in fulfilling this goal?

A: My best experience with this goal is that I have met incredible people along the way and we have become life-long friends. One cannot help but learn incredible amounts about other people, places and ways of life.

Q: Which was your favorite marathon?

A: All of my marathons abroad were quite memorable. Antarctica was the most beautiful and the most difficult. I made really good friends on Easter Island. Istanbul touched my heart, tantalized my taste buds, and was a soulful experience.

Q: What kind of support have you had from family and friends?

A: If it was not for the support of family, friends, and my doctors at Santa Cruz Dental Group, none of this would have been possible. My bosses have been very patient and understanding of my goals.

The 14th Annual Event Offers FREE breakfast for cyclists. That’s one of my favorite parts. Here’s a list of breakfast sites. — Karen Kefauver
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Ecology Action announced the 14th annual Santa Cruz County Fall Bike to Work/Bike to School Day will take place Thursday, October 4.
“It’s time to enjoy the beautiful fall weather and ride your bike to work or school,” said Nick Mucha, Ecology Action program specialist. “Fall Bike to Work and School Day continues to provide a fun, safe and inviting event to encourage Santa Cruz residents to ride their bikes to work, to school, to shop, to go out to eat or go to the beach.”
Started in 1988, the Bike to Work/School program is the largest sustainable transportation program in Santa Cruz County. To date over 83,400 participants have bike commuted to school or work through this program.
On Bike to Work Day, there will be 15 public breakfast sites from Watsonville to Santa Cruz, as well as locations in Felton and Scotts Valley, where bike commuters can receive free breakfast, basic bike maintenance, acupuncture and massages. The event will also include 44 schools that will celebrate Bike to School Day and reward theirs students who walk or bike to school. In 2011, over 7,000 people rode their bikes for Bike to Work/School Day, the largest turnout since the inception of Bike Week in 1987.
The fall Bike to Work Day activities provide businesses, commuters and public agencies the opportunity to engage in active, healthy, cost-saving and pollution reducing transportation. Transportation is a leading cause of greenhouse gas emissions and riding a bike provides a direct, healthy and cheap way to reduce your carbon footprint.
About Bike to Work/School Day
Bike to Work/School Day is coordinated by Ecology Action and is funded by numerous local businesses, public agencies and community groups. Major funding is provided by the Santa Cruz County Regional Transportation Commission, City of Santa Cruz, Monterey Bay Unified Air Pollution Control District, The Bicycle Trip, City of Watsonville, Fox Racing Shox, Odwalla, Whole Foods, Santa Cruz Sentinel, Jamba Juice and UCSC TAPS.
Learn more: www.bike2work.com
About Ecology Action
Ecology Action, a California-based non-profit founded in 1970, is passionately driven to empower individuals, businesses and communities to take actions today that achieve environmental and economic sustainability. Ecology Action delivers marketing and engagement services statewide to serve consumers, businesses, public utilities, government agencies and community partners through numerous programs, some of which include Energy Upgrade CaliforniaRightLightsLodgingSavers,CasinoGreenEarth Day Santa Cruz and Bike-to-Work.

Roxanne Harrison of Trips for Kids Santa Cruz  wants to share two upcoming fall events to help get kids outside and on bicycles. Both look worthwhile. — Karen Kefauver

The first event is the second annual Monterey Bay Youth Outdoor Day at the Santa Cruz County Fairgrounds on Saturday, September 22, 10 a.m.- 4 p.m.

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Date: September 22, 2012
Time: 10:00 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Location: Santa Cruz County Fairgrounds
2601 East Lake Ave.
Watsonville, CA 95076

The second event is Take a Kid Mountain Biking Day in Toro Park, Monterey on Saturday, October 6,  10 a.m. – 2 p.m. This is a great event sponsored by MORCA and IMBA designed to expose kids to mountain biking.

Our hope is to bring some of veteran kid riders and hopefully attract some new kids to come along for this event.Image

The Monterey Off Road Cycling Association (MORCA) a chapter of the International Mountain Bicycling Association (IMBA) is hosting Take a Kid Mountain Biking Day.

When: Saturday October 6th, 2012, 10am to 2pm

Where: Toro Park near the Quail Meadows day use area.
Click here for park information.

Cost: The event is free but there is an $8 entrance fee to Toro Park if you drive in.

What to expect:
On site registration will start at 10am and continue throughout the event.

All participants must sign a waiver and helmets are required (NO EXCEPTIONS!!!).

Activities include basic bike safety, a skills course, trail rides for all ages, prizes and a barbeque.

This local event is part of a nationwide celebration known as “Take-A-Kid-Mountain-Biking Day,” supported by IMBA. The event purpose is to provide a means for kids and their families to enjoy local trails together. The Monterey County Parks Department will allow bikes on certain Toro Park trails that are usually closed so beginners can enjoy a safe ride. Local bike shops have donated products along with contributions from IMBA and Cliffbar.

Participants will need to bring their own bikes and helmets (MORCA has a few extra kids’ helmets to loan and some demo bikes will be available on a first come first served basis). Bike gloves are recommended, but not required. Parents are encouraged to ride with their children.

This is a great opportunity to pass your passion for pedaling on to kids.

For questions or more information, email: tkmbd@morcamtb.org

Cyclists for Cultural Exchange (CCE) will choose one design to use for the 2013 Strawberry Fields Forever Ride bicycling jersey. An eye-catching design that reflects the CCE mission to promote peace, understanding and friendship among peoples around the world through our common interests in cycling.

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Three elements are required in the design:

The name, “Cyclists for Cultural Exchange”
The event title, “Strawberry Fields Forever XXIV”
The CCE logo

Past bicycling jersey designs for Strawberry Fields Forever Bike Ride

Submit up to 3 designs by email to JERSEY DESIGN by the deadline of 1 November 2012 to be considered.

Designs must be in vector art format. If you have a good idea but can’t produce vector art, consider teaming up with someone who can.

CCE will consider using a second place design for the 2014 event and  a runner-up award of $500.

info about the 2013 event  will be posted around New Year’s.

— Karen Kefauver

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