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Three cyclocross racers represented Santa Cruz County at the top of the podium in the NorCal vs. SoCal State Cyclocross Championships in Bakersfield over the weekend. Santa Cruz’s Tobin Ortenblad and Lindsey Collins, as well as Bonny Doon’s Justin Robinson, each took home a win in the annual battle of California cyclocross.

NorCal won 310-233, according to Cycling Illustrated.

Ortenblad, 19, won the men’s Cat 1-4 race in 1 hour, 2 minutes, 28 seconds. He was followed by Santa Cruz’s Aaron Bradford, who took second place five seconds later, and Westlake Village’s Eric Bostrom, who took third place in 1:03:02. Ortenblad will represent Santa Cruz and with the under-23 American team in the cyclocross worlds next month.

Collins won the women’s masters open division 35-99 age race in 28:03. Robin Kaminsky took second in the same time, and Sacramento’s Linda Elgart took third in 29:35.

Robinson won the men’s Cat 1-5 masters division 35-99 age race in 44:13. He was followed by Burbank’s David McNeal in second place [44:23], and Turlock’s Craig Chaney in third place [also in 44:23].

Santa Cruz also saw its Chance Tiner take second [31:55] in the men’s open junior division 15-18 age race behind San Diego’s Quinten Kirby [31:51] and its Katie Melena take third [44:47] in the women’s Cat 1-3 division race behind winner Amanda Navman [43:13] and runner-up Elicia Hildebrand [44:23] of Atascadero. Melena is currently trying to raise funds to race in the masters cyclocross worlds next month.

Results included in this report are from USA Cycling’s website.

Santa Cruz’s Katie Melena and Tobin Ortenblad made the top 20 in two consecutive days of elite races, respectively, at the Cyclocross Los Angeles Cross After Dark Weekend to lead a small contingent of Santa Cruz County riders.

Melena [Bicycle Bluebook/HRS/Rock Lobster Cyclocross] took 17th in the women’s UCI elite race Saturday — finishing in 42 minutes, 55.780 seconds — and she took 14th in Sunday’s elite women’s race, finishing in 46:47.463.

Truckee’s Katerina Nash [unattached] won the Saturday race in 38:46.358 and Sunday’s race in 41:21.417.

Ortenblad [California Giant Berry Farms/Specialized] on Saturday placed 18th in the men’s elite race, finishing in 1:01:03.152. Other riders from Santa Cruz who made the top 25 of the men’s elite race were Aaron Bradford [unattached], who took 21st place [1:02:06.062], and Scott Chapin [Bicycle Bluebook/HRS/Rock Lobster], who took 25th [1:03:02.371].

Vermont’s James Driscoll [Cannondale Cyclocrossworld] won in 56:57.326.

Sunday, Ortenblad took 17th in the men’s elite race, finishing in 1:05:10.499. Bradford was 21st [1:05:36.310] and Chapin finished one lap for 25th.

Massachusetts’ Timothy Johnson [Cannondale Cyclocrossworld] won in 57:18.411.

Results included in this report are from the USA Cycling results page.

Watsonville’s Andy Jacques-Maynes won the men’s elite Cat 1/2/3/4 race and two other riders from Santa Cruz County also earned wins in the Central Coast Cyclocross Series race No. 5 at Manzanita Park in Prunedale on Sunday.

Jacques-Maynes [Cal Giant/Specialized] finished nine laps in 1 hour, 54 seconds for the win. He was followed by Santa Cruz’s Scott Chapin [Bicycleblue book/HRS/Rocklobster] in second place in 1:01:03 and Santa Cruz’s Aaron Bradford [Bicycleblue book/HRS/Rocklobster] in third in 1:03:12.

Bonny Doon’s Justin Robinson was successful in the master men’s 35-plus A Cat 1/2/3/4 division, winning with seven laps in 49:30. Robinson [Cal Giant] was followed by Aptos’ Todd Hoefer, who was second in 49:33, and LaFayette’s Gannon Myall, who was third in 50:15.

Santa Cruz’s Chance Tiner [SCJC] also won the junior men’s 15-18 age division, going uncontested for five laps in 44:45.

Results included in this report are from the CCCX website. The next CCCX race, which doubles as the district championships, is scheduled for Dec. 29-30 also at Manzanita Park.

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