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.
Ortenblad, 19, took bronze in the Cat 1/2/3 Under-23 division at the national championships in Madison, Wisc., last week, crossing the finish line in 46 minutes, 53 seconds. Yannick Eckmann of Boulder won that race in 44:42.
Aptos' Ron Riley, 78, was the sole rider from the area to win. The defending world masters champion for his age group, Riley won the men's masters division for ages 75-79 in 46:33.
Also from Santa Cruz, Aaron Bradford took silver in the men's single speed division [45:25], where Adam Craig of Bend, Ore., won in 43:14. Bonny Doon's Justin Robinson also earned silver, winning the men's masters Cat 1/2/3 35-39 age division in 46:23.
Katie Melena took third in the women's masters 35-39 age division in 39:28.
Valencia Elementary School students Joey
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.
Santa Cruz teen snowboarder Marissa Hushaw's second annual Grind Out Hunger Rail Jam is scheduled for China Peak on Feb. 9.
This year's event -- a half-day competition with gear 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.