Drew Perkins with the City of Santa Cruz reports that the next Pogonip workday will be Sunday, December 2nd. You don’t have to have experience. Just know how to shovel dirt, rake leaves and follow directions. That’s what I did and you can read about it here when I made my debut at trail work recently. Here’s the story from my monthly Spin City cycling column. Keep reading for details on the next trail work day on Sunday, December 2. To make a donation to the trail, click here: https://www.wepay.com/donations/147116
— Karen Kefauver
“This trail will connect U-Con to Golf Club Drive and is designed to be a sustainable, beginner friendly, and fun way to get from downtown Santa Cruz to Henry Cowell, the upper UCSC Campus, and Wilder Ranch State Park. We had a great workday last Saturday with almost 30 volunteers and we have now logged over 2,000 volunteer hours for this project, awesome!” said Drew Perkins, the trail work organizer.
Meet at the bottom of the U-Con singletrack at 9 a.m. and working three to four hours. We will work rain or shine, but high winds may cancel due to safety concerns.
We will have a pizza lunch afterwards sponsored by Caletti Cycles. We will have very tasty coffee to get us started provided by Verve Coffee Roasters.
Please bring sturdy shoes, long pants, gloves, and water. Tools will be provided.
To make sure there are enough tools and pizza, sign up in advance at www.trailworkers.com.
Once the tsunami warning was lifted for the Hawaii Islands following an earthquake in Canada on Sunday, Santa Cruz resident Kathy Frank and Scotts Valley resident Roger Kern went out and won their respective divisions in the Xterra World Championships, the crown jewel of off-road triathlon.
Frank dominated the women’s 65-69 age division in Kapalua, Maui. She finished the 1.5-kilometer open-water swim in 46 minutes, 2 seconds, the 30k mountain bike portion in 3:34:00, and the 10k trail run in 1:47:10. She led each portion for what was her second world title and a total of 6:07:12.
Kern won the men’s 70-74 age division as the only competitor, crossing the finish line in 5:30:38. He completed the swim in 48:19, the bike in 3:08:3, and the run in 1:33:34 for his first world title.
Information included in this report is according to Xterra press releases. For full results, please see its results page. To check out its Facebook photo gallery, go here.
Cyclists for Cultural Exchange (CCE) will choose one design to use for the 2013 Strawberry Fields Forever Ride bicycling jersey. An eye-catching design that reflects the CCE mission to promote peace, understanding and friendship among peoples around the world through our common interests in cycling.
Three elements are required in the design:
The name, “Cyclists for Cultural Exchange”
The event title, “Strawberry Fields Forever XXIV”
The CCE logo
Past bicycling jersey designs for Strawberry Fields Forever Bike Ride
Submit up to 3 designs by email to JERSEY DESIGN by the deadline of 1 November 2012 to be considered.
Designs must be in vector art format. If you have a good idea but can’t produce vector art, consider teaming up with someone who can.
CCE will consider using a second place design for the 2014 event and a runner-up award of $500.
info about the 2013 event will be posted around New Year’s.
— Karen Kefauver
Nearly 600 runners came out for the 44th annual Race Thru the Redwoods 10-kilometer at Henry Cowell State Park in Felton on Sunday (even more were there for the kids race).
This is a video of the event. Enjoy!
Santa Cruz’s Nic H’dez finished runner-up to Taylor Clark in the boys 18-and-under division of Surfing America‘s West Coast 2012-2013 season opener at the Del Mar Jetties in Camp Pendleton over the weekend.
H’dez won his first heat and finished second in both the quarterfinals and semis en route to the final heat, where he earned 12.67 points based on his best two waves. Clark won with a score of 14.34. Patrice Curren was third [10.87] and Colin Moran filled out the top four [8.27].
John Mel, a native Santa Cruzan and the son of defending Big Wave World Tour champion Pete Mel, also competed in the event, but was eliminated in both the semifinals of the boys 16-and-under division and the boys 14-and-under division.
The next Surfing America event is scheduled for Oct. 6 at Church Beach at San Onofre State Beach.
Results included in this report are from the Surfing America website.
Watsonville resident and pro cyclist Ben Jacques-Maynes, a UC Santa Cruz alum, placed 18th in the second stage of the Tour of Utah on Wednesday.
Jacques-Maynes [Bissell Pro Cycling] finish 50 seconds back from winner Christian Vande Velde [Garmin-Sharp-Barracuda], who finished the team time trial in 22:35. Bissell is now in seventh place in the overall standings.
Jacques-Maynes, who earned the King of the Mountain jersey in the first stage, is now 5:18 back in the general classification in spot No. 58.
The event continues today. Results included in this report are from the Tour of Utah website.
Jenna Belton and teammate Kirsten Mead pose for a photo op after winning their national title in U16 beach volleyball. (Mary Wood/Contributed)
Aptos resident Jenna Belton and Palo Alto’s Kirsten Mead combined forces and went on a nine-match winning streak to take the 16-and-under open title in the USA Beach Volleyball Junior Tour Championship at Bradford Beach in Milwaukee over the weekend.
They kept momentum going off a recent victory in a California Beach Volleyball Association tournament in Santa Barabara, where they qualified for the Cal Cup Championship scheduled for Manhatten Beach later this summer.
They defeated the duo of Amber Davis and Julia Lewkowski in the final at Bradford Beach for the win. Scores were unavailable.
Santa Cruz resident Paul Matthews was one of two county residents to place in the top 25 of the Ironman 70.3 Vineman triathlon in Sonoma County on July 15, coming in third overall.
Matthews completed the race in 3 hours, 47 minutes, 55 seconds to finish behind winner Greg Bennet of Boulder, Colo., [3:45:39] and runner-up Joe Gambles, also of Boulder [3:46:14].
Matthews, 29, finished the 1.2-mile swim in 21:54, the 56-mile bike in 2:07:09, and the 13.1-mile run in 1:15:54.
Fellow Santa Cruz resident and pro triathlete Eric Clarkson placed 23rd [4:13:27]. He finished the swim in 23:35, the bike in 2:20:41 and the run in 1:25:25.
The event was a qualifier for the Ironman World Championships, which will be held in Las Vegas in September.
Results included in this report are from RaceResults360.com.
Ben Lomond resident Gerry Hatcher [Scotts Valley Cycle Sport] completed six laps in the men’s Cat 1 45-54 age division race in 2 hours, 9 seconds for the win in Central Coast Cyclocross’s Cross Country mountain biking event No. 8 in Fort Ord on Saturday.
Hatcher was 1:45 ahead of the next closest finisher, Scott Zavack of Los Gatos [2:01:54]. Third-place finisher Steve Wade [Quadzilla] clocked in at 2:03:27. Zavack rides for Buycell.com.
Other racers from Santa Cruz County who won were as follows: Felton’s Kim Midstokke [Midstock Construction/Spokesman] in the men’s Cat 2 35-44 age division, going five laps in 1:43:00; Scotts Valley’s Scott Martin [Bicycle Trip] in the men’s Cat 2 55-plus age division, going five laps in 1:51:39; Santa Cruz’s Mike Martin [Team Santa Cruz] in the Cat 2 single-speed division, going five laps in 1:52:33; Ben Lomond’s Graham Dittman [unattached] in the men’s Cat 3 19-34 age division, going four laps in 1:25:09; and Scotts Valley’s Jackson Currie [unattached] in the men’s Cat 3 35-44 age division, going four laps in 1:29:13.
Santa Cruz’s Janel Lodge [Family Cycling Center] was also a winner after going the women’s Cat 2 45-plus division alone, completing five laps in 2:10:19.
Results included in this report are from the CCCX website. The season cross country finale and state championships are scheduled for Sept. 2.
Santa Cruz resident and pro surfer Nat Young placed second in his heat to advance from the Nike U.S. Open of Surfing’s Round of 96 this morning in Huntington Beach.
Young earned a two-wave heat score of 12.27 to make the Round of 48, where he will face Josh Kerr, Willian Cardoso and Mitchel Coleborn.
Young’s heat in the Round of 96 was won by 2009 champ Brett Simpson, who earned 13.67 points, and both Jano Belo [9.60] and Heath Joske [5.27] were eliminated.
Results included in this report are from the US Open of Surfing website. The event streams live here.
Another Santa Cruz native, Raven Tershy, who won X Games gold in 2011, will also compete this week in the event’s skate portion of the event. To keep track of when he’s up, you can sign up for an athlete heat alert.