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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.

Spanning nearly 60 years in age, five cyclocross racers from Santa Cruz County medaled in their respective divisions at the USA Cycling Cyclo-Cross Nationals in Madison, Wis., from Jan. 9-13.

Aptos’ Ron Riley [Bike Station Aptos] was the sole rider from the area to win a race — although he did it as the only entrant — at the ripe young age of 78. Riley, who is the defending world masters champion for his age group,  won the men’s masters division for those 75-79 years old. He completed the race in 46 minutes, 33 seconds.

Also from Santa Cruz, Aaron Bradford [Bicycle Bluebook/HRS/Rock Lobster Cyclocross] took silver in the men’s single speed division [45:25], where Adam Craig of Bend, Ore., [Giant Factory Off-Road] won in 43:14. Bonny Doon’s Justin Robinson [California Giant Berry Farms/Specialized/California Giant Cycling] also earned silver, winning the men’s masters Cat 1/2/3 35-39 age division in 46:23. Russell Stevenson of Boulder, Colo., won in 46:06.

Santa Cruz’s Tobin Ortenblad [California Giant Berry Farms/Specialized/California Giant Cycling], who is 19, and Katie Melena [Bicycle Bluebook/HRS/Rock Lobster Cyclocross] also medaled in their races.

Ortenblad took bronze in the Cat 1/2/3 Under-23 division, crossing the finish line in 46:53. Yannick Eckmann of Boulder won that race in 44:42. Melena took third in the women’s masters 35-39 age division, crossing the finish line in 39:28. Corey Coogan Cisek won in 37:47.

Results included in this report are from USA Cycling.com

Five Santa Cruz County cyclocross riders were named series champions over the weekend.

Scott Chapin, of Santa Cruz, closed out the 2012 Central Coast Cyclocross season by winning the elite men’s Cat 1/2/3/4 division series. He accumulated 236 points through seven races (with the lowest two scores thrown out). San Francisco’s Andrew Juiliano took second [205] and Los Gatos’ Julian Gomez-Villafane took third [204].

Both Chapin and Juiliano ride for Bicycleblue book/HRS/Rocklobster, while Gomez-Villafane rides for Ibis/Buy-cell.com.

Also from the county, Bonny Doon’s Justin Robinson [Cal Giant], who won Sunday’s season finale races in both the elite and master men’s 35-plus A-divisions at Fort Ord, took the master men’s overall title with 250 points; Santa Cruz’s Natasha Perry [Bicycleblue book/HRS/Rocklobster] won the master women’s 35-plus all-division title with 245 points; Santa Cruz’s Chance Tiner [SCJC], who also won his race Sunday, took the junior men’s 15-18 age division title with 245 points; and Santa Cruz’s Geneva Burkhardt [Georgiana Bruce Kirby-Santa Cruz] took the junior women’s division title, winning with 226 points.

Race results and series standings included in this report are from the CCCX website.

Watsonville cyclist Andy Jacques-Maynes won the muddy elite division of the Central Coast Cyclocross Series race No. 6 at Manzanita Park in Prunedale as a storm moved through the area on Sunday.

Jacques-Maynes [Cal Giant/Specialized] finished eight laps in the elite men’s Cat 1/2/3/4 race in 51 minutes, 58 seconds. Millbrae’s Keith Hillier took second [Marc.Pro-strava] in 53:39, and Julian Gomez-Villafane [Ibis Buy-cell.com] took third in 54:02.

Also from Santa Cruz County, Bonny Doon’s Justin Robinson [Cal Giant] won the master men’s 35-plus “A” Cat 1/2/3/4 division, going seven laps in 45:42.; Santa Cruz’s Natasha Perry [Bicycle blue book/HRS/Rocklobster] won the master women’s 35-plus “all” division, going six laps in 53:14; Soquel’s Miles Wadsworth [Family Cycling Center] won the master men’s 45-plus “B” 2/3/4 division, going seven laps in 52:46; and Santa Cruz’s Chance Tiner [SCJC] won the junior men’s 15-18 division as the only entrant, going five laps in 40:46.

The next series race, which doubles as the USA Cycling/Northern California Nevada Cycling Association District Championships, is scheduled for Dec. 30 at Manzanita Park.

Information in this report is from the CCCX website. Photos of the mud and action can be found here.

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.

After dominating the elite men’s division to open the 2012 Central Coast Cyclocross Series at the beginning of the month, Watsonville resident Andy Jacques-Maynes earned his second straight win at Fort Ord on Saturday.

Jacques-Maynes, who hasn’t lost a CCCX race since Oct. 22, 2011 stretched his winning streak to four with a 50 second lead over Yannick Eckman.

Jacques-Maynes [Cal Giant/Specialized] completed 10 laps in 1 hour, 2 minutes, 51 seconds. Eckman [Cal Giant/Specialized], of Boulder, Colo., clocked in at 1:3:41.

“Thanks to @iamspecialized @calgiantcycling for a great time CXing yesterday at CCCX. I’m happy to take the win for the team.” Jacques-Maynes tweeted Sunday.

Santa Cruz’s Scott Chapin [Bicycleblue Book/HRS/Rocklobster] rounded out the top three in 1:04:15.

Three other Santa Cruz County residents also won their divisions for the second week in a row: Bonny Doon’s Justin Robinson [Cal Giant] repeated in the master men’s 35-plus A Cat 1/2/3/4 division, completing eight laps in 52:02; Santa Cruz’s Natasha Perry [Bicycleblue Book/HRS/Rocklobster] accomplished the same feat in the master women’s 35-plus division, completing five laps in 39:11; and Ben Lomond’s John Ryan [unattached] accomplished the same feat in the master men’s 35-plus C division, completing six laps in 46:22.

For the first time this season, Santa Cruz’s John Haver [X-Fusion] won the B men’s Cat 3/4 division, finishing seven laps in 45:48.

The third CCCX event is scheduled for Sept. 22 at CSU Monterey Bay.

Results included in this report are from the CCCX website.

Watsonville resident and pro cyclist Andy Jacques-Maynes, who competes in cyclocross for CalGiant/Specialized, won the 2012 Central Coast Cyclocross Series season opener at Fort Ord near Monterey on Saturday.

Jacques-Maynes conquered the elite men’s division, completing 10 laps in 1 hour, 3 minutes, 27 seconds for the victory, with Santa Cruz’s Scott Chapin [Bicycleblue book/HRS/Rocklobster] taking second in 1:05:13 and Millbrae’s Keith Hillier [Team Rambuski Law] rounding out the top three in 1:05:51.

Three other cyclists from Santa Cruz County also won their divisions: Bonny Doon’s Justin Robinson [Cal Giant] finished eight laps in 53:00 in the master men’s 35-plus A division, Santa Cruz’s Natasha Perry [Bicycle blue book/HRS/Rocklobster] finished five laps in 39:10 in the master women’s 35-plus age division and Santa Cruz’s Elli Freiburn [Spokesman] finished five laps in 41:29 in the women’s B Cat 2/3/4 division.

Results in this report are from the CCCX results page. For photos of the event, go here.

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