Archives for the day of: December 18, 2012

Royal Gorge at Donner Summit just outside of Lake Tahoe is open for the winter ski season, according to a press release.

Royal Gorge, which touts 19 trails and more than 20 kilometers of terrain for cross country skiing, is now operated by Sugar Bowl Resort and is open to the general public seven days a week 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m.

“Trail passes will also be available for purchase at the Van Norden trailhead. All-day lift tickets will cost $27. Skiers can receive a $10 discount on a Royal Gorge trail pass on Saturday, and every day throughout the season, by purchasing a $19 CORE pass,” according to a press release.

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Andy Jacques-Maynes hit by car while riding

Watsonville resident and pro cyclist Ben Jacques-Maynes, a UC Santa Cruz alum, won the Surf City Cyclocross Series finale at the Santa Cruz County Fairgrounds to take the overall elite title on Sunday.

Jacques-Maynes finished eight laps in 56 minutes, 23.5 seconds for the win. He was followed by Santa Cruz’s Tobin Ortenblad [56:49.5] and Cody Kaiser [57:41.5].

Jacques-Maynes twin brother Andy Jacques-Maynes did not compete after he was hit-and-run by a car during a pre-race ride. He suffered a broken clavicle and a broken scapula, according to Ben Jacques-Maynes’ Twitter feed.

Andy Jacques-Maynes said on Twitter — along with much profanity — that he will be in a sling with “no activity” orders for six weeks.

Ben Jacques-Maynes took the overall Surf City title with 160 points, 55 of those coming Sunday. Keith Hillier placed second [145] and Santa Cruz resident Aaron Bradford took third [143].

Ortenblad took 12th [107] after competing in only two of the three races, Kaiser took 23rd [50] after only competing in Sunday’s race, and Andy Jacques-Maynes took 13th [97] with points from the first two races.

Race details are from the Surf City Cyclocross website, which also has full results for all divisions.

Santa Cruz native John Mel, who now lives in Newport Beach, was runner-up to Eithan Osborne in the Surfing America Prime West series stop at T Street in San Clemente on Dec. 8-9.

Mel won both his first-round heat and semifinal heat to advance to the boys 14-and-under final, where he scored a two-wave point total of 14.34. Osborne scored an even 15 for the win.

In earlier heats, Mel — son of pro big wave surfer Pete Mel — dominated. He scored 13.44 points in his first heat, where Nick Marshall was second with 9.60. And Mel scored 11.86 points in the semis, where Zach McCormick was second with 9.97.

Mel also competed in the boys 16U division, where he again won his first heat, but he was eliminated in the quarterfinals.

Nic H’dez, another Santa Cruz native, had a similar story, winning his first heat in the boys 18U division, but suffering elimination in the quarters.

In the boys 14U standings, Mel is in 13th place, and in the boys 18U standings, H’dez is in second.

The next Surfing America Prime West series stop is scheduled for Santa Cruz on Jan. 20-12 [a Sunday and Monday] at Steamer Lane.

Results in this report are from the Surfing America website.

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