Santa Cruz native Cody Townsend was selected in mid-January to captain Team Americas, which will face Team Europe, for the 2013 Swatch Skiers Cup in Zermatt, Switzerland.
The competition, scheduled to be held Feb. 10-15, pits some of the best big mountain, free skiers and slopestyle athletes against each other. This will be the third annual Skiers Cup and first held in Europe.
Townsend will lead teammates KC Deane, Rory Bushfield, Charley Ager, Logan Imlach, Timy Dutton and Josh Daiek, with an eighth rider to be announced.
Together, they face the Team Europe skiers: Captain Kaj Zackrisson, Markus Elder, Paddy Graham, Richard Permin, Sverre Liliequist, Nicolas Vuignier, Fabio Studer, as well as an eighth to be announced.
For more information, check out the official site.
Ben Lomond resident Nick Sherrell settled for second place in Brazen Racing’s Coyote Hills Half Marathon at the Coyote Hills Regional Park in Fremont on Sunday.
Sherrell, 19, finished the 13.1-mile race in 1 hour, 22 minutes, 2 seconds, about five minutes back of winner Brad Parker of San Jose [1:17:22]. Brian Callejas of Fremont rounded out the top three [1:24:59].
Justine Owen of Kensington won the women’s race [1:31:16].
The next Brazen Racing event is the Bay Breeze event, which includes a half marathon, 10-kilometer race, and 5-kilometer race. The event is scheduled for Feb. 8 at Quarry Lakes.
Nikia Brautovich speeds down the final stretch in the Rotary Mission 10-Miler on January 26, 2013. (Nick Brautovich/Contributed)
Aptos resident Nikia Brautovich won the Rotary Mission Ten 10-miler on Saturday, crossing the finish line of the footrace in San Juan Bautista in 1 hour, 3 minutes, 39 seconds for first place among women and 22nd place overall.
Brautovich was followed by Stephanie Kato in second place [1:04:13] and Amy Johnston in third place [1:05:15].
Michael Ramirez won the men’s title in 56:24.
Results included in this report are from the Rotary Mission Ten 10-miler website.
Skip Hanson and John Kane of Crossfit Santa Cruz Central earned top-three finishes in the NorCal masters competition — the largest crossfit competition outside of the Crossfit Games for those 40 and older — over the weekend in Richmond.
Kane secured a second-place finish in the 55-59 division, and Hanson secured a third-place finish in the 45-49 division after two days of competition.
The masters competition, like the Crossfit Games, consists of combination workout challenges in ranked rounds. Four workouts were held the first day and two workouts were held the second day, with only the top five highest ranking individuals making the final workout.
Other Santa Cruz County competitors from CSCC that earned top 10 finishes included Kim Saxton, Kelly Greco, Marshall Delk, Debbie Baker, Bill Licker and Scott Taylor.
Results included in this report are from Gary Hirthler of Crossfit Santa Cruz Central.
I just saw this video of some serious ripping by Surfing America groms in Santa Cruz over the weekend. Apparently, while most eyes were glued to the Maverick’s break up near Half Moon Bay, some junior surfers were taking advantage of this local spot.
The sole grom with Santa Cruz ties to win a division in the fourth Surfing America Prime event of the season was John Mel, a Santa Cruz native who now lives in Newport Beach. He took the boys under-14 division ahead of runner-up Noah Hill of Marina Del Ray and third-place finisher Ryland Rubens of Pacific Beach at Steamer Lane, where the contest ran from Jan. 20-21, according to a Surfing America Facebook post. The event was the only Surfing America stop scheduled for the Santa Cruz area.
And in case you missed it, Mel’s father Peter won the Mavericks Invitational big wave surf contest Sunday.
Surfing America Prime Steamer Lane 2013 from Surfing America on Vimeo.
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.
Kaden Harrah and Joey Ullian take a break for a photo in the parking lot of last weekend’s race, where they both earned top-10 finishes. (Athena Knight/Contributed)
Valencia Elementary School students Joey Ullian and Kaden Harrah placed in the top 10 of their respective divisions in the 37th annual CMC Golden State Nationals, a 408MX dirt bike competition, in San Jose on Sunday.
Ullian, 8, placed third in the 65 division, and Harrah, 10, placed sixth in the 85 division.
“These boys have been training for about six months with Tucker Swanson and have competed in about three races,” Athena Knight wrote to the Sentinel. “Both boys love to dirt bike and have dreams of going pro.”
The event was postponed from Jan. 6 due to weather.
Results included in this report are from Knight. Official results are not available.
Santa Cruz teen Tobin Ortenblad [California Giant Berry Farms-Specialized] was selected this week to represent the USA at the UCI Cyclo-cross World Championships in Louisville, Ky., on Feb. 2-3.
Ortenblad, who trained and competed in the European circuit in late December for the second year in a row, was the sole competitor from Santa Cruz County selected to any of the USA teams. He will compete on the Under-23 men’s division.
Also on the 23U team:
Zach McDonald (Bainbridge Island, Wash./Team Rapha-FOCUS)
Andrew Dillman (Fairdale, Ky./Bob’s Red Mill Cyclocross)
Skyler Trujillo (Fort Collins, Colo./Boo-Enve)
Joshua Johnson (Fort Wayne, Ind./Indianapolis Cycling Club)
This is the first time all the World Championship events will be held in the states.
For full rosters, visit USACycling.com.
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
Santa Cruz teen snowboarder Marissa Hushaw‘s second annual Grind Out Hunger Rail Jam is scheduled for China Peak on Feb. 9, 2013.
This year’s event — a half-day competition with shwag for participants that benefits the nonprofit Grind Out Hunger — is set to begin at noon. Registration is from 9-11 a.m. and costs $15 the day of, or you can pre-register over here.
Last year, Hushaw’s event raised enough money for 3,600 meals. For more information about Grind Out Hunger and its mission, please visit its official site.