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Santa Cruz’s Jacob Albrecht, who races as an independent rider, won the boys varsity race in the NorCal High School Mountain Bike League’s second South Conference event of the season at Fort Ord near Monterey over the weekend.

Albrecht, the defending NorCal champion completed five laps on the five-mile course in 1 hour, 23 minutes, 14 seconds, according to preliminary results posted on the league’s website. He was followed by fellow Santa Cruzan Chance Tiner [Independent], who finished in 1:25:27. Felton’s Tom Foxx also placed in the top five of the varsity race, taking fourth in 1:26:21, the same time as third-place finisher Alex Chamberlin [Monte Vista High School].

Other winners from Santa Cruz County were as follows: Kyle Petersen [Kirby Santa Cruz], who went 15 miles in 1:10:46 in the sophomore boys race for Division 2; Maddie Ortenblad [Independent], who went 15 miles in 1:23:48 in the JV girls race; Steffen Andersen [Santa Cruz COMP], who went 20 miles in 1:08:22 in the boys JV race for Division 2; and Emily Forsberg [Santa Cruz COMP], who went 10 miles in 1:00:37 in the girls frosh race.

All results in this report are from the league’s website, which only had preliminary results at the time of publication. No team results were available.

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.

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.

Santa Cruz resident Tobin Ortenblad won the elite men’s division of the Central Coast Cyclocross Series’s fourth race of the season at Cal State-Monterey Bay over the weekend.

Ortenblad, who rides for Cal Giant-Specialized, completed nine laps in 1 hour, 1 minute, 22 seconds to win the elite men’s Cat 1/2/3/4 division. He was followed by fellow Santa Cruzan Scott Chapin [Bicycleblue book/HRS/Rocklobster], who finished in 1:03:12 for second place, and San Francisco’s Bush Walton [Mash SF], who took third in 1:03:36.

Three other Santa Cruz residents also won their divisions: Brock Dickie [Buy-cell.com] in the master men’s 35-plus Cat A race, going seven laps in 50:01; Haley Cutter [Caletti] in the women’s B Cat 2/3/4 race, going five laps in 43:32; and Chance Tiner [SCJC] in the men’s junior 15-18 age race, going five laps in 44:30.

For photos of the event, check out the CCCX website.

The fifth race of the season is scheduled for Oct. 14 at Manzanita Park in Prunedale.

Santa Cruz resident Scott Chapin, who rides for Bicycleblue book/HRS/Rocklobster, won the elite men’s Cat 1/2/3/4 division race of the third Central Coast Cyclocross Series event of the season at Cal State-Monterey Bay on Sept. 22.

Chapin completed seven laps in 1 hour, 51 seconds — beating the next closest finisher by more than two minutes. San Francisco’s Rainier Schaefer [Mash SF] was second in 1:02:54 and Andrew Juiliano [Bicycleblue book/HRS/Rocklobster] was third in 1:03:07.

Santa Cruz County winners in other divisions were as follows: Santa Cruz’s Natasha Perry won the women’s 35-plus open race, finishing four laps in 42:21; Santa Cruz’s Chance Tiner [SCJC] won the junior men’s 15-18 age race, finishing four laps in 41:37; and Ben Lomond’s John Ryan [unattached] won the master men’s 35-plus C race, finishing four laps in 39:58.

Perry has now won three straight races.

The next series race will also be held at CSUMB, on Oct. 7.

Results included in this report are from the CCCX website’s results page. It also has some pretty cool photos up.

Santa Cruz High student and Santa Cruz Composite rider Jacob Albrecht pulled away from the boys varsity pack on the final climb of the Laguna Seca Grand Prix, dubbed “Hurl Hill,” and held on for the win on Sunday.

The race, at the Laguna Seca Recreational Area in Monterey, was the third NorCal High School Mountain Biking League event and the one with the toughest hills this season.

Albrecht finished the approximately 25-mile trek in 1 hour, 32 minutes, 57 seconds. He was followed by Marin Catholic’s Tyler Smith [1:33:04, second] and Salinas’ Bryan Duke [1:33:14, third].

Independent rider and Pacific Collegiate School student Tobin Ortenblad, the defending state high school mountain biking champion, placed fourth [1:33:23], and the Branson Bulls’ Eliel Anttila rounded out the top five [1:36:02].

Albrecht’s victory boosted his points in the standings; although, he’s still in second behind Duke, who won the first two races of the season. The margin between them narrowed, with Albrecht having 1,604 points to Duke’s 1,631.

Albrecht wasn’t the only mountain biker from Santa Cruz County to bring home a win. Tom Fox [SCC] won the sophomore boys’ 15-mile Division 2 race and Aptos High’s Steffen Andersen won the frosh boys’ 10-mile Division 2 race.

Fox’s win came with a decent lead over runner-up and teammate Chance Tiner. He crossed the finish line in 1:02:15 to Tiner’s 1:03:10. Andersen, though, eked his out, edging Santa Cruz Mountains Composite rider Joe Van Pykeren by two seconds, 41:04-41:06.

The girls varsity race was won by Josie Nordrum of Redwood High [1:24:15]. She leads the girls standings with 1,621 points.

In the team standings, Redwood High is leading in Division 1 with 11,533 points. The Georgiana Bruce Kirby team is the sole Santa Cruz County squad in Division 1 and is currently in 12th place out of 14 teams with 8,744 points. In Division 2, the Spartans High School Mountain Bike Composite leads with 6,071 points and the top Santa Cruz County squad is the SCC, in eighth of 32 teams with 4,532 points.

The next NCHSMBL event is scheduled for April 15 at the Boggs Mountain Demonstration Forest in Cobb.

– Christina Gullickson, on Twitter at CGullTweets

Handful of SC County riders capture wins in non-varsity races

Santa Cruz’s Tobin Ortenblad, the defending state high school mountain biking champion, placed second in his return to the NorCal High School Mountain Biking League after sitting out the first race to rest up from the cyclocross season, in which he represented the United States at worlds in Belgium.

The independent rider who attends Pacific Collegiate School finished the Central Coast Classic boys varsity race in 1 hour, 35 minutes, 5 seconds in what was a race to the finish line in Monterey on Sunday.

Bryan Duke, who won the NorCal opener last month, crossed the finish line in 1:35:02 to secure another victory for Salinas.

Third-place finisher Taylor Smith of Marin Catholic finished in 1:35:06, Tamalpais High’s Skyler Taylor was fourth in 1:35:32, and Santa Cruz Cycling Composite’s Jacob Albrecht rounded out the top five in 1:36:57.

In non-varsity races, a handful of Santa Cruz County riders, including Maddie Ortenblad — Tobin Ortenblad’s younger sister — Chance Tiner and Steffen Andersen also found success.

Tiner [Santa Cruz Cycling Composite] won the Division 2 sophomore boys race in 1:03:33 with a two-second lead over teammate Tom Foxx.

Andersen, of Aptos High, won the Division 2 frosh boys race in 43:59 for a seven-second lead over the next closest competitor.

Maddie Ortenblad, who rides as an independent, won the girls frosh race in 50:28 with a 25-second lead over the next closest competitor.

The next NorCal HSMBL race is the Laguna Seca Grand Prix in Monterey, scheduled for April 1 (no joke).

Results included in this report came from the NorCal HSMBL website. Early results are always preliminary. If you see what you think is a mistake, the league encourages you to contact pgoes-at-speakeasy-dot-net.

Neither team results nor standings were available as of the morning of March 21 but will likely be posted in the NorCal HSMBL results area in the coming days.

– Christina Gullickson, on Twitter at CGullTweets

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