Maddie Ortenblad and Rick Ortenblad had more than their last names and blood lines in common on Saturday. They also found themselves at the top of the podium in their respective divisions in the third Central Coast Cross County Mountain Biking series race at Fort Ord near Monterey.
Maddie Ortenblad [Ritte Development] won her race in the women’s Cat 3 18-and-under division, crossing the finish line after going three-plus laps on the 4.8-mile course in 1 hour, 23 minutes, 5 seconds, according to results posted Sunday night. She topped Capitola’s J.J. Anderson [Georgiana Bruce Kirby], who finished two-plus laps in 1:11:05 for second place, and Santa Cruz’s Geneva Burkhardt [GBK], who finished two-plus laps in 1:18:19 for third place.
Rick Ortenblad [unattached] completed three-plus laps in 1:15:35 to take control in the men’s Cat 3 55-and-over division. He finished with a solid lead over runner-up Dan Russ of Aptos [1:20:35] and third-place finisher Roy Night Engaze [Fun Sport Bike] of Modesto, who finished in 1:24:58.
Other Santa Cruz County standouts from Saturday’s race also included Santa Cruz’s Jose Reynado [SCC], who won the men’s Cat 3 19-34 age division in three laps at 1:09:19; Scotts Valley’s Scott Martin [Bicycle Trip], who won the men’s Cat 2 55-and-over age division in four-plus laps at 1:35:25; and Felton’s Kim Midstokke [Midstock Const/Spokesman], who won the men’s Cat 2 35-44 age division in four-plus laps at 1:27:399.
In divisions with two or fewer riders, area winners were as follows: Santa Cruz’s Loren Gregg [Loeka] in the Cat 1 women’s race completed five laps at 2:00:30, Aptos’ Rita Borelli [TSA] in the women’s Cat 1 34-and-under race completed five-plus laps in 1:55:29, Santa Cruz’s Nicole Goebel [Quadzilla] in the women’s Cat 1 35-44 age division race completed five-plus laps in 2:02:52 and Boulder Creek’s James Clark [Dragon Racing] in the Clydesdale division completed four-plus laps in 1:45:21.
The next CCCX cross country mountain bike race is scheduled for March 24 at Toro Park in Salinas.
– Christina Gullickson, on Twitter at CGullTweets.