Justin Robinson Double-Podiums at Surf City CX

November 04 — 2015

There are few greater feats in Central Coast cross racing than one rider taking first in two separate categories at the Surf City Cyclo-X series.  And even fewer who can pull it off with style and grace, unless you happen to be Santa Cruz Factory Racing’s Justin Robinson.

The veteran shredder ate up the course and the competition at Surf City’s Muertos Cross this past weekend at the Santa Cruz County Fairgrounds. The second race in the four race series, Sunday’s track featured lots of pedaling, uphill barriers, pig pens, and enough descent to let racers open up and show off a little style.

Robinson, a household name in the Monterey Bay cyclo-cross scene, took his usual position as leader of  the pack Sunday, finishing first in both Elite Men and Masters Men A 35 +. With his bright orange Santa Cruz Bicycles Stigmata, he forced other racers to stay at his blistering pace and follow his mountain bike inspired lines.


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Don’t know what is worse for a racer, Scott Chapin in the lead or Justin Robinson on your tail.

“It always feels good to win twice and it seems like I can do it once a season,” Robinson explained after the race. “It feels great doing it again, especially when there are so many good riders out there.”

Robinson’s teammate, Scott Chapin, was right there with him in the Elite Men’s race and finished second. The two have become increasingly comfortable working together on the course.

“Justin dropped his chain on the first lap, but I was able to catch up with the leader and hold him at a steady pace so Justin could catch up,” Chapin explained. “Once he was caught up, I tried to stay with him, but I just didn’t have the legs today.”


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Another podium for Santa Cruz Factory Racing’s Justin Robinson and Scott Chapin. Robinson took first in Elite Men and Chapin finished second.

If last weekend’s race at Harbor High was a measure of competitors’ technical abilities, Sunday’s race tested their lungs and stamina with a longer course, plenty of sunny, exposed track, and tons of places to turn on the pedal power.

“It was hot out there,” commented Zach Wick, who finished 20th in Elite Men. “I didn’t eat enough and I totally bonked, but I had a blast either way!”


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The run-ups at the Muertos Cross were no joke, but Zach Wick still managed to crush them.

While the course was largely absent of roots and barriers, slick asphalt and gravel made staying rubber side down difficult.

Chris Seymour, who placed 30th in Elite Men, and Kyle Harder, who place 16th in B Men, both suffered crashes.

Seymour ripped open his left hand early in the race, but grimaced through the pain and blood to make it to the finish. Harder, who slid out on one of the track’s asphalt corners, also finished the race despite some road rash and a ruined pair of bibs.

Aaron Cole was also out racing and cheering Sunday. Cole, who has steadily become a more adept cross racer, finished 8th in C Men.


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Kyle Harder with a cheeky smile. 

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