Factory Racing at Wild Wood

June 23 — 2015

Weaving through the redwoods with the Pacific Ocean crashing to the west, Santa Cruz Factory Racing took on the Wild Wood Enduro on June 13th and 14th. The two day multi-stage race set in lush Mendocino, CA, tested the riders’ stamina and pressed their skills to a new level. Kyle Harder, Santa Cruz Bicycle’s parts pusher and team rider, loved the venue. As he siad, “The weather was great. There was fog in the morning and sun in the afternoon; it was real nice for racing.”

Hosted by Mendocino Bike Sprite, the event is the second race in the California Enduro Series; offering both bragging rights and points for the overall title. “The promoters did a killer job; they thought of everything,” said team captain Scott Chapin. “You didn’t have to think about anything. You just had to race.” The course boasted over 45 miles of off-camber turns, low trees, and fast descents. With only one day to practice, the riders were challenged to adapt quickly.

“Every stage had at least one decent climb and the trails were pretty tight,” Kyle explained. “Going in to the second day blind, I didn’t feel as prepared, but I had a lot of fun either way.”

Team riders pushed it and finished strong. Scott Chapin took 7th in Pro Men, despite a brief love affair between his shoulder and a tree. Chris Seymour, who has raced almost every weekend for the last few months, dug deep and finished 10th in Expert Men 18-29, followed by Kyle Harder in 12th. Team sponsor, team butcher, and overall nice guy, Chris LaVeque joined the Santa Cruz boys for the race. With his standout performance in Keysville, Chris decided to up the ante and raced Sport Men 30-39, finishing 23rd.

As always, thanks to El Salchichero, Verve Coffee Roasters, and Capo Cycling Apparel for their support. 

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