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Santa Cruz’s Jacob Albrecht, who races as an independent rider, won the boys varsity race in the NorCal High School Mountain Bike League’s second South Conference event of the season at Fort Ord near Monterey over the weekend.

Albrecht, the defending NorCal champion completed five laps on the five-mile course in 1 hour, 23 minutes, 14 seconds, according to preliminary results posted on the league’s website. He was followed by fellow Santa Cruzan Chance Tiner [Independent], who finished in 1:25:27. Felton’s Tom Foxx also placed in the top five of the varsity race, taking fourth in 1:26:21, the same time as third-place finisher Alex Chamberlin [Monte Vista High School].

Other winners from Santa Cruz County were as follows: Kyle Petersen [Kirby Santa Cruz], who went 15 miles in 1:10:46 in the sophomore boys race for Division 2; Maddie Ortenblad [Independent], who went 15 miles in 1:23:48 in the JV girls race; Steffen Andersen [Santa Cruz COMP], who went 20 miles in 1:08:22 in the boys JV race for Division 2; and Emily Forsberg [Santa Cruz COMP], who went 10 miles in 1:00:37 in the girls frosh race.

All results in this report are from the league’s website, which only had preliminary results at the time of publication. No team results were available.

Five Santa Cruz County cyclocross riders were named series champions over the weekend.

Scott Chapin, of Santa Cruz, closed out the 2012 Central Coast Cyclocross season by winning the elite men’s Cat 1/2/3/4 division series. He accumulated 236 points through seven races (with the lowest two scores thrown out). San Francisco’s Andrew Juiliano took second [205] and Los Gatos’ Julian Gomez-Villafane took third [204].

Both Chapin and Juiliano ride for Bicycleblue book/HRS/Rocklobster, while Gomez-Villafane rides for Ibis/

Also from the county, Bonny Doon’s Justin Robinson [Cal Giant], who won Sunday’s season finale races in both the elite and master men’s 35-plus A-divisions at Fort Ord, took the master men’s overall title with 250 points; Santa Cruz’s Natasha Perry [Bicycleblue book/HRS/Rocklobster] won the master women’s 35-plus all-division title with 245 points; Santa Cruz’s Chance Tiner [SCJC], who also won his race Sunday, took the junior men’s 15-18 age division title with 245 points; and Santa Cruz’s Geneva Burkhardt [Georgiana Bruce Kirby-Santa Cruz] took the junior women’s division title, winning with 226 points.

Race results and series standings included in this report are from the CCCX website.

Roxanne Harrison of Trips for Kids Santa Cruz  wants to share two upcoming fall events to help get kids outside and on bicycles. Both look worthwhile. — Karen Kefauver

The first event is the second annual Monterey Bay Youth Outdoor Day at the Santa Cruz County Fairgrounds on Saturday, September 22, 10 a.m.- 4 p.m.


Date: September 22, 2012
Time: 10:00 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Location: Santa Cruz County Fairgrounds
2601 East Lake Ave.
Watsonville, CA 95076

The second event is Take a Kid Mountain Biking Day in Toro Park, Monterey on Saturday, October 6,  10 a.m. – 2 p.m. This is a great event sponsored by MORCA and IMBA designed to expose kids to mountain biking.

Our hope is to bring some of veteran kid riders and hopefully attract some new kids to come along for this event.Image

The Monterey Off Road Cycling Association (MORCA) a chapter of the International Mountain Bicycling Association (IMBA) is hosting Take a Kid Mountain Biking Day.

When: Saturday October 6th, 2012, 10am to 2pm

Where: Toro Park near the Quail Meadows day use area.
Click here for park information.

Cost: The event is free but there is an $8 entrance fee to Toro Park if you drive in.

What to expect:
On site registration will start at 10am and continue throughout the event.

All participants must sign a waiver and helmets are required (NO EXCEPTIONS!!!).

Activities include basic bike safety, a skills course, trail rides for all ages, prizes and a barbeque.

This local event is part of a nationwide celebration known as “Take-A-Kid-Mountain-Biking Day,” supported by IMBA. The event purpose is to provide a means for kids and their families to enjoy local trails together. The Monterey County Parks Department will allow bikes on certain Toro Park trails that are usually closed so beginners can enjoy a safe ride. Local bike shops have donated products along with contributions from IMBA and Cliffbar.

Participants will need to bring their own bikes and helmets (MORCA has a few extra kids’ helmets to loan and some demo bikes will be available on a first come first served basis). Bike gloves are recommended, but not required. Parents are encouraged to ride with their children.

This is a great opportunity to pass your passion for pedaling on to kids.

For questions or more information, email:

Organizers of the 23rd Annual Sea Otter Classic are announced the Sea Otter Classic 2013 event dates. Slated for April 18-21, 2013, the event will take place again at Laguna Seca Recreation Area. Organizers will offer 11 different cycling disciplines for professional and amateur athletes. Sea Otter also presents the largest consumer expo in cycling, hosting more than 350 exhibitors featuring nearly 600 active outdoor and cycling brands.


A four-day “Celebration of Cycling,” Sea Otter Classic is regarded as the world’s largest cycling festival, and features both race and recreational events in mountain biking and road biking, among others.  The events draws nearly 10,000 professional and amateur athletes and 50,000 fans. The 23rd Annual Sea Otter Classic takes place April 18-21, 2013 at the Laguna Seca Recreation Area, Monterey, California. For more information, or call (800) 218-8411.

— Karen Kefauver 
2013 Sea Otter Classic calendar listings

4/20 2013 Sea Otter Cyclocross: Laguna Seca Recreation Area, Monterey.
‘Cross racers will experience the thrill of starting and finishing on the
Laguna Seca Raceway while thousands of fans cheer them on. The course will
snake through the Sea Otter Expo and Laguna Seca Lakebed area, and will
include off-camber and “kitty litter” sections, a high-speed barrier section
located near the Sierra Nevada Beer Garden, and other yet-to-determined
obstacles. For more info, go to <;

4/18-21 2013 Sea Otter Classic: Laguna Seca Recreation Area, Monterey. Road
events: Road racing, Criterium, and Circuit races on Laguna Seca Raceway.
For more info, go to <;

4/18-21 2013 Sea Otter Classic: Laguna Seca Recreation Area, Monterey.
Mountain Bike events: Cross country, dual slalom, short track, and downhill.
For more info, go to <;

4/20 2013 Sea Otter Classic: Laguna Seca Recreation Area, Monterey.
This year’s offerings include a Gran Fondo around Salinas Valley-Carmel
Valley, mountain bike routes. For more info, go to <;

4/18-21 2013 Bike Play Zone, Kids’ Races, and BMX Demos. The traditional Sea
Otter Egg Hunt for the youngest participants will be held on Friday,
Saturday, and Sunday, April 19-21. For more info, go to <;

4/18-21 2013 The Sea Otter Classic hosts the largest consumer bike expo in
North America. More than 300 vendors with new products, free samples, and
great bargains. The four-day, action-packed festival includes an
international food court, entertainment, bike demos, stunt shows, and
carnival activities for children. For more info, go to <;

Aptos resident Steve Clifton won the men’s masters 45-plus Cat 5 race in the Central Coast Circuit Race series finale in Monterey on Sunday.

Clifton [Team Santa Cruz/Santa Cruz County Cycling Club] was followed by San Jose’s Jeff Andruss in second place and Morgan Hill’s Darren Ellenburg in third.

The sole other winner from Santa Cruz County was Michelle Heaton, who was the only entrant in the women’s masters 35-plus Cat 1/2/3/4 division. Heaton [HC3 Coaching] also won the overall series title with 192 points.

Kimberly Sperling [Red Racing], also of Santa Cruz, did not compete in the finale, but won the women’s Cat 1/2/3 series title with 144 points — 53 points ahead of the series runner-up.

For final overall series standings, go here.

Oakland resident Caitlin Smith won the Dirt Inspires Trail Half Marathon with a sizable lead and Michelle Kern was the top finisher from Santa Cruz County at Nisene Marks State Park in Aptos on Sunday.

Smith finished the hilly women’s race in 1 hour, 34 minutes, 57.4 seconds, while runner-up Janelle Stevens of Mission, Kan., crossed the finish line in 1:46:22.2. Kern, a Soquel resident, rounded out the top three in 1:50:18.

In the Dirt Inspires 4-miler, the leaderboard was packed with Santa Cruz County runners: Santa Cruz’s Hallie Carl won in 29:56, Capitola’s Jessica Caldeira was second in 30:08.6 and Watsonville’s Meredith Hawkins placed third in 30:08.6.

In the Dirt Inspires 8-miler, San Francisco’s Sara Tanza won [1:03:46.6], Pleasanton’s Carrie Rassmussen was second [1:08:30.6], and Santa Cruz’s Emily Coonerty placed third [1:11:40.6].

A small selection of men braved the event. Monterey’s William Fleming won the  men’s division of the 8-miler in 1:50:32.3 out of two entrants, and Mountain View’s Stephen Boesch won the 4-miler in 28:33.1, also out of two entrants.

The results included in this report are from

Santa Cruz resident John Hauer [X-Fusion] won the men’s pro division of the Central Coast downhill mountain biking race at Toro Park in Monterey on Saturday.

Hauer sped down in 2 minutes, 48.42 seconds for the win, with Concord’s Ian Massey [Point 1/WTB] taking second in 2:49.32 and Santa Cruz’s Jeff Kendall-Weed [IBIS Cycles] taking third in 2:49.56.

Other division winners from Santa Cruz County were as follows: Santa Cruz’s James Bradley [unattached] won the men’s Cat 2 45-54 age division in 3:29.21, Santa Cruz’s Elli Freiburn [Spokesman] won the women’s Cat 2 division race in 3:49.24,   and Aptos’ Devin Kjaer [Family Cycling Center] was a double-winner in the junior boys 13-and-under division in 3:15.97 and the junior boys 18-and-under Cat 3 division in 3:17.20. He was the only entrant in the under-18 division.

Results included in this report are from the CCCX website, which has lots of photos of the event.

Saturday’s event was the seventh of the eight-race season. The season finale is scheduled for Aug. 25.

–Christina Gullickson, on Twitter @CGullTweets

Capitola resident Dan Perry and Santa Cruz resident Kimberly Sperling won their respective divisions in the Central Coast Circuit Races’ fourth event of the season at Fort Ord near Monterey on Saturday.

Perry [Team Bicycle Trip/Semantec] won the men’s Cat 4 race. He was followed by Fresno’s Zach Eurich [VOS Racing] in second place and San Luis Obispo’s Gary Willey [SLO Nexus Cycling Club] in third.

Sperling [Red Racing] won the women’s Cat 1/2/3 race ahead of runner-up Joan Meiners of Logan, Utah, and third-place finisher Ginger Snell of Seaside.

The fifth and second-to-last circuit race on the Central Coast slate is scheduled for July 8, also at Fort Ord.

Results in this report are from

For photos of the event, check out the CCCX site.

— Christina Gullickson, on Twitter @CGullTweets

Monterey residents Christopher Calzetta and Carmella Cuva were the men’s and women’s winners, respectively, of the Forest of Nisene Marks Marathon in Aptos on Saturday.

Calzetta completed the hilly state parks course in 2 hours, 55 minutes, 23 seconds. Benjamin Walker of Santa Margarita finished runner-up in 3:10:17 and Salinas’ Sean Curry was third in 3:24:38.

The top male finisher from Santa Cruz County was Santa Cruz’s own Joey Cassidy, who crossed the finish line in 3:27:50.

Cuva, who was 14th overall, upset defending women’s champ Judy Shanley of Monterey. Cuva crossed the finish line in 4:02:08, while Shanley followed in 4:04:51. San Jose’s Katharine Flexer placed third [4:21:30].

Danielle Glagola was the only female runner from Santa Cruz County. She finished 47th overall and seventh among women [5:14:15].

Watsonville’s Michael Young won the 5-kilometer race run in conjunction with the marathon. He finished in 17:06, ahead of runner-up Eric Yepez of Watsonville [18:13] and third-place finisher Greg Hales of Santa Cruz [18:38]. Watsonville’s Margaret Fahl was the fastest woman, crossing the finish line in 20:46, and Prunedale’s Kathy Nitayangkul was second [22:19] while Aptos’ Rachel Lewis was third [23:12].

Santa Cruz’s Stefano Profumo won the half marathon in 1:25:27. Christopher Ratliff, also of Santa Cruz, placed second in 1:26:09 and Barry Farrara placed third in 1:27:34. Arroyo Grande’s Jessica Dahlberg was the top finisher among women and seventh overall [1:33:50]. Capitola’s Katharine Garkey was second [1:35:12] and San Luis Obispo’s Carin Serba was third [1:36:09] among women.

Proceeds from the races benefit the Santa Cruz Host Lions, an organization which helps the seeing-impaired in the community.

Earlier results posted on this blog, regretfully, were incorrect and have been removed.

This post includes results posted on the Santa Cruz Track Club’s website.

— Christina Gullickson on Twitter @CGullTweets

Three Outrigger Santa Cruz crews walked away from the Memorial Day Ho’e Wa’a canoe race in Monterey with wins on Saturday, according to results posted on the Northern California Outrigger Canoe Association website.

The OSC men’s team won its open division, crossing the finish line of the 9-mile race in 1 hour, 19 minutes, 50 seconds — almost a full minute ahead of runner-up Tamalpais Outrigger Canoe Club Blue [1:20:52]. Hui Wa’a Canoe and Kayak was third [1:22:43] in what was the mostly highly contested race of the event with 11 entrants.

The OSC masters women’s team also pulled off a win in its division, crossing the finish line in 1:22.24. Northern California Outrigger Canoe was second [1:22.58] and another OSC team was third [1:26.09].

And finally, the OSC’s senior masters women’s team also pulled off a win in its division, beating the only other entrant by about 11 and a half minutes. OSC finished in 1:26.34 and Ohana Wa’a finished in 1:38 even.

— Christina Gullickson, on Twitter @CGullTweets

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