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Felton resident Tom Foxx won the men’s Cat 1 18-and-under cross country mountain bike race at the second Central Coast event of the season at Fort Ord in Monterey over the weekend.

Foxx, who finished 5 1/2 laps in 1 hour, 47 minutes, 32 seconds, was followed by SCC teammates Chance Tiner [second place, 1:47:34] and Soren Anderson [third place, 1:51:47].

Other winners from Santa Cruz County were as follows: Santa Cruz’s John Hauer [X-Fusion Muscle Milk/Specialized] won the Cat 1 men’s 19-34 age division race, going 5 1/2 laps in 1:40:59; Felton’s Aaron Kereluk [IBIS Adult Care] won the pro/expert single speed race, going 5 1/2 laps in 1:52:23; Santa Cruz’s Katie Melena [Bicycle Bluebook] won the expert women’s 35-plus age division race, going 5 1/2 laps in 2:03:48; Felton’s Stella Carey [Quadzilla] won the pro women’s division as the only entrant, going 5 1/2 laps in 2:10:59; Santa Cruz’s Andrew Parker [unattached] won the Clydesdale division race, going 4 1/2 laps in 1:49:45; Scotts Valley’s Hanna Fleming [SCMCT] won the women’s Cat 3 18-and-under division race, going 2 1/2 laps in 1:07:53; and Aptos’ Kathleen Bortolussi [SCC] won the women’s single speed race, going 2 1/2 laps in 1:05:18.

Results included in this report are from the CCCX website.

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

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.

Make this the year you will master your mountain bike handling skills. This is a great workshop for all levels – I have attended twice! Check out the 2013 Trek Dirt Series Mountain Bike Camp Calendar. Registration for all camps will open on February 1, 2013. And these camps sell out FAST! New this year: a co-ed workshop is being held in Santa Cruz.  — Karen Kefauver

ImageHere are dates for Santa Cruz. Click here for full list of dates and locations. 

[27-28] Santa Cruz, CA

[4-5] Santa Cruz, CA (co-ed)
[11-12] Los Gatos, CA
[25-26] Whistler, BC

About the Trek Dirt Series

If you’re looking to learn new skills, increase your confidence on the bike, or simply enjoy the sport like never before, our mountain bike camps are for you.

Based in Whistler and traveling throughout Western Canada and the US, we offer personalized instruction, professional programming, and an incredibly skilled, enthusiastic, and supportive coaching staff.

In the past eleven years we’ve taught over 7500 participants – cross-country and downhill, beginner through advanced. Our 2012 schedule includes sixteen women’s only camps and two co-ed weekends.

Scotts Valley mountain biker Felipe Walker won the Central Coast Downhill Series “Super-D” junior 18-and-under race at Toro Park in Salinas on Sunday.

Walker [Monster Energy/Scotts Valley Cyclesport] sped down the course in 4 minutes, 57.68 seconds for the win. He was followed by Matten Erbentraut of Navato [Matin Bikes] in 4:58.91 and Todd Renwick of Soulsbyville [CCCX] in 5:04.93.

Walk was one of two winning junior riders from Scotts Valley. The other was Ryan Simonovich [Santa Cruz Mountain Cycling], who won the boys 14-16 age division in 5:26.66.

Also from Santa Cruz County, Aptos had two winners. Devin Kjaer [Yeti/Fox/Family Cycling Center] won both the junior boys Cat 3 18-and-under race in 5:04.39 and the junior boys 13-and-under race in 5:13.55, and Bob Barwick [Family Cycling Center] won the single speed division in 5:13.92.

And from the City of Santa Cruz, Elli Freibrun [Spokesman] won the women’s Cat 2 division in 5:57.87, Michael Ryan [Bike Station Aptos] won the men’s Cat 3 45-54 age division in 5:22.13, James Bradley [unattached] won the men’s Cat 2 45-54 age division, and Bjorn Temple [Family Cycling Center] won the man’s Cat 2 19-34 age division in 4:59.46.

The downhill series finale is scheduled for Dec. 9.

Results included in this report are from the CCCX website.

Watsonville’s Andy Jacques-Maynes won the men’s elite Cat 1/2/3/4 race and two other riders from Santa Cruz County also earned wins in the Central Coast Cyclocross Series race No. 5 at Manzanita Park in Prunedale on Sunday.

Jacques-Maynes [Cal Giant/Specialized] finished nine laps in 1 hour, 54 seconds for the win. He was followed by Santa Cruz’s Scott Chapin [Bicycleblue book/HRS/Rocklobster] in second place in 1:01:03 and Santa Cruz’s Aaron Bradford [Bicycleblue book/HRS/Rocklobster] in third in 1:03:12.

Bonny Doon’s Justin Robinson was successful in the master men’s 35-plus A Cat 1/2/3/4 division, winning with seven laps in 49:30. Robinson [Cal Giant] was followed by Aptos’ Todd Hoefer, who was second in 49:33, and LaFayette’s Gannon Myall, who was third in 50:15.

Santa Cruz’s Chance Tiner [SCJC] also won the junior men’s 15-18 age division, going uncontested for five laps in 44:45.

Results included in this report are from the CCCX website. The next CCCX race, which doubles as the district championships, is scheduled for Dec. 29-30 also at Manzanita Park.

Watsonville resident and pro cyclist Andy Jacques-Maynes failed to defend his title after he crashed in the men’s solo class of the 18th annual 24 Hours of Moab, an endurance mountain bike race, in Utah on Oct. 6-7.

Jacques-Maynes was battling back pain early on, and then “tore up” his knees and wrenched his back in a crash at 7 p.m. Oct. 6, according to his Twitter feed. He also posted there that he finally called it quits about 1 a.m. Oct. 7.

“I feel like I quit the race or DNF’d, but in reality I rode 220km off road. That’s not exactly slacking… Just not what I wanted.” Jacques-Maynes tweeted afterwards.

Josh Tostado of Breckenridge, Colo., eventually won the race, completing 223.65 miles over 15 laps in 11 hours, 49 minutes, 34 seconds.

Results included in this report are from the 24 Hours of Moab results page.

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 <;

Santa Cruz resident Brendan Lehman won the men’s Cat 1 division for ages 19-34 in the Central Coast’s cross country mountain bike series finale at Fort Ord near Monterey on Sunday.

Lehman sped through five laps in 1 hour, 51 minutes, 52 seconds to secure the victory for Team Bagel Dog. He was followed by San Jose’s Chris Sota [Quadzilla] in 2:02:58 for second place and Monterey’s Brett Butler [SB Racing] in 2:09:08 for third.

Other division winners from Santa Cruz County were as follows:

Davenport’s Dan Palmer [Thirsty Bear] won the men’s Cat 1 45-54 race, going five laps in 1:54:59; Scotts Valley’s Scott Martin [Bicycle Trip] won the men’s Cat 2 55-plus race, going four laps in 1:40:12; Soquel’s Chris Baker [Bicycle Trip/Semantec] won the Clydesdale race, going four laps in 1:45:41; and Ben Lomond’s John Ryan [unattached] won the men’s Cat 3 35-44 race, going three laps in 1:14:25.

In divisions were there were only one entrant, both Aptos’ Anya Thrash [unattached] and Santa Cruz’s Julie Bates [Team Roaring Mouse] took the win. Thrash rode in the women’s Cat 3 19-34 division and Bates rode in the women’s Cat 1 45-plus division.

A large contingent of Santa Cruz County riders also won 2012 Central Coast series titles:

Pro Women: Santa Cruz’s Loren Gregg [Loeka], 150 points

Women’s Cat 1 34-and-under: Aptos’ Rita Borelli [TSA],  150 points

Women’s Cat 1 35-44: Santa Cruz’s Nicole Goebel [Quadzilla], 100 points

Men’s Cat 2 35-44: Felton’s Kim Midstokke [Midstock Construction/Spokesman], 250 points

Men’s Cat 2 45-54: Ben Lomond’s Gerry Hatcher [Scotts Valley Cycle Sports], 250 points

Men’s Cat 2 55-plus: Scotts Valley’s Scott Martin [Bicycle Trip],  250 points

Cat 2 Single Speed: Santa Cruz’s Barnaby Lee [Fox/SCCCC], 361 points

Men’s Cat 3 35-44: Scotts Valley’s Jackson Currie [unattached], 239 points

Men’s Cat 3 55-plus: Aptos’ Dan Russ [unattached], 250 points

Women’s Cat 3 19-34: Aptos’ Anya Thrash [unattached], 247 points

Results and standings included in this write-up are from the Central Coast website, which also has many photos from last weekend’s event.

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Aptos native and pro mountain biker Tyler McCaul said in a press release that he learned how to do whips by watching video of Vancouver’s Thomas Vanderham, so imagine how he must have felt beating Vanderham in the Crankworx-Whistler Official Whip-Off World Championships final last week.

A whip is a stylistic aerial-based move where the rider flips out the back of his bike to one side in an effort to get “the bike flat, sideways and dragged out,” according to a press release.

McCaul [Fox] dominated the competition, which was held on the fourth day of the Crankworx’s event Aug. 10-19 in Whistler, B.C., beating out Vanderham, who was second, as well as MVP Brendan Fairclough and Cam Zink, who garnered honorable mention.

“So apparently I’m Whip Off World Champ now!!! So damn pumped!! Thanks everyone for the kind words! Such a fun event @crankworx #whipsdontlie,” McCaul tweeted via Twitter afterward.

McCaul’s brother Cam also had a top-three finish in Whistler, taking third in the slopestyle final. Belgium’s Thomas Genon [UMF Velo Team] won with 90.20 points after three runs, while Sweden’s Martin Soderstrom [Spcialized] was second with 86.80 points and McCaul came in with 82.80 points.

Results included in this report are from the Crankworx website.

For more photos, check out the Crankworx Flickr stream [Warning: Contains some adult content].

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