Saturday, January 7, 2012


Northern California Cyclocross Show The Rest Of America Who Is Boss Of Cross With Giant Saturday Of Race Domination At USA Cycling National Championships In Madison Wisconsin!

Myrah, Coats, Myall, Ortenblad, Kaiser, and Robinson
all make podium appearances in a complete & total show of force and power for the NCNCA region of Cyclocross racing.

Northern California cycling legend, USA Olympian & San Jose resident
Don Myrah(Ibis/ put out one incredible ride for the Gold Medal in the Masters 45-49 division.  Myrah rode solo for almost the entire race, while a thrilling chase went on behind him, and won his second
Masters Gold Medal in as many years on Saturday! 
Congratulations Don!

California Giant Berry Farms racer Alan Coats showed skill, strength, and pure determination in his ride for the Bronze Medal in the Masters men 45-49 division.  Coats was always near the front of the action, on a course that was brutal to say the least.  Just look at the mud and mess Coats is powering through in the photo below.  This was a epic day of racing, and Coats proved himself to be one of the best Masters racers in the recent history of USA Cyclocross with another National medal to add to his large collection from past Masters Championship events

Gannon Myall(California Giant Berry) has had a dream season in the Masters division.  Myall, pictured below, put together some dominating rides during the NCNCA Cyclocross season and had multiple wins on the year.  Myall backed those rides up with an outstanding 4th place finish on Saturday to join Myrah & Coats on the podium in the Masters Men 45-49 division.

In a field that boasted 75 of the top Masters 45-49 Cyclocross racers in America, Northern California placed 3 riders in the top 5 showing the freakish depth of the 45+ Cross racing Nor-Cal has to offer.  This was one of the big stories of Cyclocross Nationals 2012, Northern California owning the Men's 45-49 division.  The National podium looked like one of our local series races.... Amazing!
Congratulations Don, Alan, & Gannon!

Tobin Ortenblad(California Giant Berry Farms), pictured below, rose to the occasion of the USA Junior Cyclocross Championships and claimed the Silver Medal in very difficult conditions on Saturday.  Ortenblad continued the tradition of outstanding Juniors rising to the top of the National talent pool in Cyclocross.  Ortenblad has compiled an outstanding Cyclocross season, and he tops his year off with the Silver Medal at USA Nationals. 
Congratulations Tobin!

Ortenblad fights for the hole shot in a stacked group of Junior racers at the USA Cycling National Championships.  Over 50 Junior racers from across America contested the Championship event and Ortenblad was 2nd overall!

Ortenblad responds to the pressure of the big race and rides to the Silver Medal at Nationals.  The Santa Cruz resident is the real deal,
and in the end he let his riding do his talking...

California Giant Berry Farms star racer Cody Kaiser, shown below, added another National Cross Medal to his collection with a super great Silver Medal in the ultra fast U23 division.  Kaiser grabbed the hole shot and threw down some serious power on course during the 50+ minute contest.  The conditions were tremendously demanding, and Kaiser excelled while
others failed, to earn the Silver Medal. 
Congratulations Cody!

Kaiser is a true champion of Cross, and Nor-Cal is proud to watch this man develop from the USA Junior Champion in Cyclocross, to now one of the very best in the U23 group.

Justin Robinson(California Giant Berry Farms), pictured below showed tremendous grit and determination to ride to another podium at USA Cyclocross Nationals in the 35-39 division.  Robinson has a multiple year streak going on of making the podium at the USA Championships in the Masters division, and 2012 the streak continued. 
Congratulations Justin!

Robinson on the podium again at Nationals! 

Alan Coats, pictured below, was one of five California Giant Berry Farms Cyclocross team members to make the podium at Nationals on Saturday!  The awards announcer must be dreaming of strawberries tonight in his sleep after the fantastic Saturday Watsonville's Cal. Giant had in Wisconsin.

Kaiser, photo below, on his way to Silver in the U23 race.