Santa Cruz resident Katie Melena placed fourth in the women’s 35-39 age division of the UCI Masters Cyclo-cross World Championships in Louisville, Ky., on Friday.

Melena [Bicycle Bluebook/HRS/Rock Lobster] completed four laps in 43 minutes, 3 seconds to take fourth behind Krystal Boni [USA, Rapid Racing], who won in 40:18; Melissa Baker [USA, GS Boulder/Studio 1 Dental/Orga], who finished runner-up in 41:14; and Jane Burlew [USA< Asheville Cyclocross], who took third in 41:49.

Aptos’ Ron Riley [Bike Station Aptos] also competed. He placed ninth in the men’s 70-plus age division, finishing two of three laps Thursday. James Wagner [USA, Bike Masters- WA] won, going three laps in 42:52.

Results included in this report are from the UCI Masters Cyclo-cross World Championships website.

Santa Cruz’s Tobin Ortenblad, 19, finished last in the Under-23 elite race in the UCI Cyclo-cross World Championships in Louisville, Ky., on Saturday.

Ortenblad suffered a mechanical issue during the second lap that pushed him to the back of the course before he was eventually pulled, according a post on his Facebook account. Ortenblad finished in 39th place with no time for Team USA.

The Netherlands’ Mike Teunissen, 21, won in 48 minutes, 40 seconds.

This was the first time all the Cyclo-cross World Championships races were held in the U.S. Ortenblad also said via Facebook that he had never before heard such loud cheers for someone at the back of a race.

Results included in this report are from the UCI website.

Promotional image (Candice Covello/Contributed)

Promotional image (Candice Covello/Contributed)

Did someone say free chocolate? That might have been Epicenter Cycling, which is hosting its inaugural Ladies Night at 6-9 p.m. Feb. 28.

The shop, located at 1730 Mission Street in Santa Cruz, will have free chocolate, wine, bike maintenance clinics and bike fittings as part of the event, as well as marked down cycling clothing for the event.

“It is a celebration of woman cyclist, as well as an invitation for ladies new to cycling to get connected in the cycling community,” Candice Covello of Epicenter wrote in an email.

For more information, visit www.epicentercycling.com

SWATCH

Santa Cruz native Cody Townsend was selected in mid-January to captain Team Americas, which will face Team Europe, for the 2013 Swatch Skiers Cup in Zermatt, Switzerland.

The competition, scheduled to be held Feb. 10-15, pits some of the best big mountain, free skiers and slopestyle athletes against each other. This will be the third annual Skiers Cup and first held in Europe.

Townsend will lead teammates KC Deane, Rory Bushfield, Charley Ager, Logan Imlach, Timy Dutton and Josh Daiek, with an eighth rider to be announced.

Together, they face the Team Europe skiers: Captain Kaj Zackrisson, Markus Elder, Paddy Graham, Richard Permin, Sverre Liliequist, Nicolas Vuignier, Fabio Studer, as well as an eighth to be announced.

For more information, check out the official site.

Ben Lomond resident Nick Sherrell settled for second place in Brazen Racing’s Coyote Hills Half Marathon at the Coyote Hills Regional Park in Fremont on Sunday.

Sherrell, 19, finished the 13.1-mile race in 1 hour, 22 minutes, 2 seconds, about five minutes back of winner Brad Parker of San Jose [1:17:22]. Brian Callejas of Fremont rounded out the top three [1:24:59].

Justine Owen of Kensington won the women’s race [1:31:16].

The next Brazen Racing event is the Bay Breeze event, which includes a half marathon, 10-kilometer race, and 5-kilometer race. The event is scheduled for Feb. 8 at Quarry Lakes.

Nikia Brautovich speeds down the final stretch in the Rotary Mission Ten 10-Miler on January 26, 2013. (Nick Brautovich/Contributed)

Nikia Brautovich speeds down the final stretch in the Rotary Mission 10-Miler on January 26, 2013. (Nick Brautovich/Contributed)

Aptos resident Nikia Brautovich won the Rotary Mission Ten 10-miler on Saturday, crossing the finish line of the footrace in San Juan Bautista in 1 hour, 3 minutes, 39 seconds for first place among women and 22nd place overall.

Brautovich was followed by Stephanie Kato in second place [1:04:13] and Amy Johnston in third place [1:05:15].

Michael Ramirez won the men’s title in 56:24.

Results included in this report are from the Rotary Mission Ten 10-miler website.

Skip Hanson and John Kane of Crossfit Santa Cruz Central earned top-three finishes in the NorCal masters competition — the largest crossfit competition outside of the Crossfit Games for those 40 and older — over the weekend in Richmond.

Kane secured a second-place finish in the 55-59 division, and Hanson secured a third-place finish in the 45-49 division after two days of competition.

The masters competition, like the Crossfit Games, consists of combination workout challenges in ranked rounds. Four workouts were held the first day and two workouts were held the second day, with only the top five highest ranking individuals  making the final workout.

Other Santa Cruz County competitors from CSCC that earned top 10 finishes included Kim Saxton, Kelly Greco, Marshall Delk, Debbie Baker, Bill Licker and Scott Taylor.

Results included in this report are from Gary Hirthler of Crossfit Santa Cruz Central.

I just saw this video of some serious ripping by Surfing America groms in Santa Cruz over the weekend. Apparently, while most eyes were glued to the Maverick’s break up near Half Moon Bay, some junior surfers were taking advantage of this local spot.

The sole grom with Santa Cruz ties to win a division in the fourth Surfing America Prime event of the season was John Mel, a Santa Cruz native who now lives in Newport Beach. He took the boys under-14 division ahead of runner-up Noah Hill of Marina Del Ray and third-place finisher Ryland Rubens of Pacific Beach at Steamer Lane, where the contest ran from Jan. 20-21, according to a Surfing America Facebook post. The event was the only Surfing America stop scheduled for the Santa Cruz area.

And in case you missed it, Mel’s father Peter won the Mavericks Invitational big wave surf contest Sunday.

Enjoy!

Surfing America Prime Steamer Lane 2013 from Surfing America on Vimeo.

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