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