Sentinel Staff Report

Article Launched: 01/30/2006 3:00:00 AM PST

Sentinel Staff Report The hardiest of cyclocross racers turned out at the Santa Cruz County Fairgrounds in Watsonville on Sunday for the Santa Cruz County Cyclocross Championships, the championships are the third and final race in the SCCCC series.

Saturday night's rains helped make the course interesting as the 116 contestants and several relay teams slogged their bikes through oozing mud Sunday.

It took balance and determination like that found in Felton rider Pat Schott, who won the single speed race. And by the end, it was clear this was no beauty pageant. Just ask Melanie Dominguez of Santa Cruz, at right, who built up a thick layer on her hind side while also competing in the single speed division.

The mud just added to the excitement, however, as did having the race on the same day the World Championships of Cyclocross were being held in the Netherlands. At least one rider paid hommage to the two Americans who made rare top-10 finishes, Jonathan Page (10th) of New Hampshire in the men's Elite and Ann Knapp (9th) of Washington in the women's Elite by riding with a Dutch flag attached to his bike. In the SCCCC race, Stella Carey of Santa Cruz won the 60-minute women's Elite division race. Simon Vickers of Santa Cruz won the 60-minute men'ssws Elite division race.

In the Masters 35+ A division, Larry Hibbard of Santa Cruz secured his third-straight win and claimed the series title. Michael Landry of Santa Cruz also secured a sweep in the Juniors 14-18.

Find full results in Tuesday's Sentinel.