Sentinel Staff Report
Article Launched: 09/28/2006 3:00:00 AM PDT

Pat Schott of Santa Cruz was a single-speed demon Sunday, winning the A category in the opening Central Coast Cyclocross series race of the season, at Manzanita Park in Prunedale. He finished 10 laps in 1 hour, 3 minutes, 21 seconds.

Santa Cruz racers also swept the winning spots in the elite races. Pro cyclocross racer Barry Wicks won the elite men's race [10 laps, 58:03] with Justin Robinson of Santa Cruz taking fifth [1:23 back]. Sarah Kerlin of Capitola won the elite women's race [six laps, 39:43], followed by Stella Carey of Soquel [:11 back].

Others who won their divisions included Alejandro Martinez of Santa Cruz in men's B [seven laps, 51:44], Mitch Bramlett of Scotts Valley in men's B 35+ [seven laps, 52:02], Kathleen London of Santa Cruz in women's B [six laps, 43:02], Melanie Michalak of Santa Cruz in women's C [four laps, 35:00] and Laney Aldridge of Santa Cruz in junior girls [four laps, 40:23].

UC Santa Cruz rider William Ferris won the season's final Swanton Time Trial, put on annually by the Santa Cruz County Cycling Club.

Ferris finished the course in 30:14 in foggy and cool conditions on Sept. 7, followed by Chris Isley of El Granada in 30:16 and Anastasio Flores of Santa Cruz in 30:28.

Another UCSC rider, Nils Tikkanen was one of the most consistent competitors in showing up and in placing, winning one race, taking second in two and third in two more. He was often pushed by Michael Hernandez of Aptos, who won all three Swanton races he entered.

The season was highlighted this year by the appearance of Ben Jacques-Maynes of San Jose, who broke his own course record during the Aug. 3 race. Jacques-Maynes, a former UCSC rider who now rides professionally for Kodak Gallery-Sierra Nevada, finished nearly a minute ahead of his old time, in 26:13.