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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.

In an effort to reach out to farmworkers, youth, homeless and anyone else who may be in need of a used bicycle, the Watsonville Bike Shack will host a Big Bike Sale on Saturday, October 13,  from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m.  Keep reading for details. — Karen Kefauver

The event will also feature a “Tianguis Graits” (free market) where farmworkers and homeless can take home up to six items of clothing, household items, etc. free of charge. A turquoise Fuji road bike will be raffled off: $5 per ticket. All of the proceeds from this event support the Bike Shack program.

The Watsonville Bike Shack is 100% community driven and sustained.

About the Watsonville Bike Shack

Bike Shack’s normal operating hours are Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., and Fridays at the Farmers’ Market. We also offer service hours to youth who want to learn more about bike maintenance and repair, and to work in exchange for a bike, or get credit for high school graduation or community hours towards probation. At the Bike Shack, youth learn useful skills, focusing their energy on something creative and productive, and get mentoring from lead mechanics who share similar life stories.

Event Details
Who: The Watsonville Bike Shack

What: Big Bike Sale

When: Saturday, October 13 12- 6 p.m.

Where: at Warehouse located behind the Ramos Furniture Store at 555 Main St.

Contact: Lorenzo Holguin, Phone: 831-206-2955 Email:



The 14th Annual Event Offers FREE breakfast for cyclists. That’s one of my favorite parts. Here’s a list of breakfast sites. — Karen Kefauver
Ecology Action announced the 14th annual Santa Cruz County Fall Bike to Work/Bike to School Day will take place Thursday, October 4.
“It’s time to enjoy the beautiful fall weather and ride your bike to work or school,” said Nick Mucha, Ecology Action program specialist. “Fall Bike to Work and School Day continues to provide a fun, safe and inviting event to encourage Santa Cruz residents to ride their bikes to work, to school, to shop, to go out to eat or go to the beach.”
Started in 1988, the Bike to Work/School program is the largest sustainable transportation program in Santa Cruz County. To date over 83,400 participants have bike commuted to school or work through this program.
On Bike to Work Day, there will be 15 public breakfast sites from Watsonville to Santa Cruz, as well as locations in Felton and Scotts Valley, where bike commuters can receive free breakfast, basic bike maintenance, acupuncture and massages. The event will also include 44 schools that will celebrate Bike to School Day and reward theirs students who walk or bike to school. In 2011, over 7,000 people rode their bikes for Bike to Work/School Day, the largest turnout since the inception of Bike Week in 1987.
The fall Bike to Work Day activities provide businesses, commuters and public agencies the opportunity to engage in active, healthy, cost-saving and pollution reducing transportation. Transportation is a leading cause of greenhouse gas emissions and riding a bike provides a direct, healthy and cheap way to reduce your carbon footprint.
About Bike to Work/School Day
Bike to Work/School Day is coordinated by Ecology Action and is funded by numerous local businesses, public agencies and community groups. Major funding is provided by the Santa Cruz County Regional Transportation Commission, City of Santa Cruz, Monterey Bay Unified Air Pollution Control District, The Bicycle Trip, City of Watsonville, Fox Racing Shox, Odwalla, Whole Foods, Santa Cruz Sentinel, Jamba Juice and UCSC TAPS.
Learn more:
About Ecology Action
Ecology Action, a California-based non-profit founded in 1970, is passionately driven to empower individuals, businesses and communities to take actions today that achieve environmental and economic sustainability. Ecology Action delivers marketing and engagement services statewide to serve consumers, businesses, public utilities, government agencies and community partners through numerous programs, some of which include Energy Upgrade CaliforniaRightLightsLodgingSavers,CasinoGreenEarth Day Santa Cruz and Bike-to-Work.

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The 12th annual Surf City AIDS Ride on Sunday, October 7, is a community event designed to raise funds to support the mission and work of the Santa Cruz AIDS Project.
Participants can choose from a 12, 30, 60 or 100 mile ride. The ride takes you from country roads to ocean views to strawberry fields.

Register today to join this family friendly ride for a great local cause.


— Karen Kefauver

Andy and Ben Jacques-Maynes, twin brothers from Watsonville and pro cyclists, placed in the top 15 of the Cascade Cycling Classic in Bend, Ore., over the weekend.

Andy Jacques-Maynes finished 14th overall with his best finish of the stage race coming in the criterium Friday, when he placed fourth in the same time as winner Carlos Alzate Escobar [1 hour, 13 minutes, 49 seconds]. Escobar rides for Team Exergy, and Andy Jacques-Maynes rides for Kenda/5-Hour Energy.

Andy Jacques-Maynes, who now lives in Corralitos, had three top-10 finishes over six events.

Ben Jacques-Maynes placed 15th overall with his best finish of the stage race coming in the time trial Tuesday, when he placed 10th in 5:09.84. Winner Chad Haga of Fort Collins, Colo., finished in 5:02.64. Haga rides for Optum, and Ben Jacques-Maynes rides for Bissell Pro Cycling.

The overall stage race winner was Francisco Mancebo from Watkinsville, Georgia.

Results in this report are from

— Christina Gullickson, on Twitter @CGullTweets

Two junior racers from Santa Cruz County earned silver, and a handful of other mountain bikers secured top-10 finishes, at the 2012 USA Cycling MTB Cross Country Nationals in Sun Valley, Idaho, on June 5-8.

On the opening day of racing Thursday, Capitola’s Steffen Andersen finished runner-up in the junior men’s Cat 3 15-18 age division, crossing the finish line of the cross country race in 1:51:03. Daniel Riley of Park City, Utah, won in 1:46:16.

And on the closing day Sunday, Santa Cruz’s Tobin Ortenblad [Ritte Elite U23 Development Team] finished runner-up to another Park City product, Keegan Swenson, in short track cross country action. Ortenblad crossed the finish line of the junior men’s Cat 1 15-18 age division race in 31:42.7, and Swenson clocked in at 31:19.4.

Ortenblad also earned a sixth-place finish in Sunday’s junior men’s 18-and-under Super-D for what was his second top-10 finish at nationals following a DNF on Friday. He had a time of 23:06.6. Swenson also won that race, crossing the finish line in 21:57.1.

Ortenblad wasn’t the only Santa Cruz County product to secure two top-10 finishes. Soquel’s Jacob Albrecht [Whole Athlete] also managed the feat with two sixth-place finishes. One was in the junior men’s Cat 1 15-18 age division race, and the other was in the junior men’s Cat 1 17-18 age division race Friday, where he finished in 1:20:56. Swenson [Cannondale Factory Racing] again won, taking that race in 1:17:08.

Several other county racer earned top-10 finishes. They were as follows:

  • Santa Cruz’s Loren Gregg placed seventh in the women’s under-23 cross country race[1:44:05]. Fairfax’s Lauren Catlin [Durango Devo] won in 1:32:48.
  • Capitola’s Richard Latorraca [unattached] placed 10th in the master men’s 60-64 cross country race, which was won by Montana Velo’s Randy Beckner of Helena, Mont., in 1:52:50.
  • Aptos’ Ron Riley [Bike Station Aptos] placed seventh in the master men’s 77-and-over cross country race [3:12:40]. Sun Valley’s Hans Muehlegger [Durance-Colnago] won in 2:10:39.

Results included in this report are from

— Christina Gullickson, on Twitter @CGullTweets

Childhood obesity has more than tripled in the past 30 years, according to the Center for Disease Control. In 2008, more than one third of children and adolescents were overweight or obese and that number is on the rise.

In an effort to get kids active, Bike Dojo is offering Mountain Bike Kids Camps this summer. Here’s a new fun way to get kids moving!

— By  Karen Kefauver

For five days, kids ages 7 to 14 can learn basic mountain bike skills in a fun, safe and encouraging environment. There are kids participating from beginner to advanced (and the camp is not designed for overweight/obese children, tho all fitness levels are welcome). There is one instructor per every five kids everyone will have an opportunity to receive individual attention. Bike Dojo has extra bikes and helmets if for kids without them. Camp sessions are offered in June, July and August.

“We want kids to be active and to be having so much fun they don’t realize they are also burning calories and getting fit,” says Bike Dojo owner Rob Mylls.  “We realize there are a lot of factors that cause childhood obesity, and not one thing is going to cure it, however we do know that exercise is a key factor.”


Childhood obesity has both immediate and long-term effects on health and well-being according to the Center for Disease Control and Bike Dojo wants to aid children getting healthy.

Bike Dojo believes that prevention is one key to ending childhood obesity and getting kids into physical activity is a starting point.

According to the Shimano Research Group, mountain biking isn’t only an adventure: It can also help you stay fit. Depending on the speed of your rides and the terrain you’re covering, you can burn 600 to 1,000 calories per hour. Over time, biking can increase muscle strength, improve cardiovascular health and help you build endurance that will carry over to other parts of your life.

Space is limited. To sign up visit or call 831-713-5475.

Aptos’ Becky Lavelle finishes as the sixth fastest woman; Santa Cruz’s Eric Clarkson breaks into the top 20

Santa Cruz resident and native New Zealander Bevan Docherty, a two-time Olympic medalist, placed third in the Escape from Alcatraz Triathlon in San Francisco over the weekend.

Docherty, who will again represent New Zealand in the London Games, crossed the finish line in 2 hours, 4 minutes, 32 seconds. Colorado’s Andy Potts won the race in 2:03:17 and Australia’s Courtney Atkinson placed second [2:03:53].

Docherty completed the 1.5-mile swim in 27:37, the 18-mile bike in 46:14 and the 8-mile run in 46:06. He finished the sand ladder in 1:51.

England’s Leanda Cave was the first finisher among women, coming in 17th overall [2:18:17].

Santa Cruz had one other triathlete in the top 20: Eric Clarkson placed 16th in 2:16:03.

The top female finisher from Santa Cruz County was Aptos’ Becky Lavelle, 38, who was sixth among women and 37th overall [2:27:09]. Lavelle finished the swim in 30:04, the bike in 54:24 and the run in 56:58. She did the sand ladder in 2:33.

Results in this report are from the Escape from Alcatraz website.

— Christina Gullickson, on Twitter @CGullTweets

The Museum of Art and History presents their “3rd Friday” event 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday, June 15. The second annual Race Through TIme is a city-wide scavenger hunt. Registration required. Keep reading for details. — Karen Kefauver 


The MAH’s Race Through Time is a thrilling around-the-town scavenger hunt that will get you whizzing through Santa Cruz history, while biking or walking down sunny streets with friends and competitors.

Organized by the Museum of Art & History, Race Through Time is back and better this year with a biking and walking component, daring new clues, awesome prizes, and surprise challenges along the way. Providing a new way to learn old stories, the rules for Race Through Time are simple:

Participating racers will form teams of 2 to 5, and together, work to solve a packet of 20 clues that reveal places in Santa Cruz that hold historical significance. Upon solving each clue and finding each corresponding location, racers will earn points towards their grand total of points— which can earn them a bundle of worthy prizes, including a MAH membership.

Extra points will be rewarded to the best-dressed team and teams who participate in surprise-challenges held at various locations. When the clock strikes 8 p.m., all racers must be back at the Museum, where they can cool down with an iced beer and other refreshing beverages and snacks.

Check out the video!

Register your team today at


What: 3rd Friday June: Race Through Time

When: Friday, June 15, 2012

Where: Museum of Art and HIstory, 705 Front Street & Beyond!

Price: $50 per team ($40 for teams with MAH member)

Contact Info:

Register online:

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

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