Factory Racing Tears Through CCCX Toro Park

October 21 — 2015

Teamwork was the tactic Sunday, as Santa Cruz Factory Racing made quick work of the field at the sixth round of the Central Coast Cyclo-Cross series, October 18 at Toro Park in Salinas, CA.

With temps in the 70s and the salty Central Coast breeze rolling through the Salinas Valley fields, the day was ripe and ready for racing. The course, a mix of grass, fire road, and single track was fast, letting athletes really crank. The main descent, a little less than half-way through the race, challenged the riders' handling skills on Toro’s mix of gravel and sand, while the uphills kept them gasping. Competitors got a break from technical riding and man-made obstacles Sunday, but a daunting run-up before the first descent forced every rider to dismount and grunt their way up a 100-foot hillside.

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A monster run-up quickly sapped the racers' energy early in each lap

In the Elite Men, teammates Scott Chapin and Justin Robinson left the crowd behind and pulled away, riding unchallenged for the majority of the race. Chapin finished first with Robinson nipping at his heels in second.

“I’m really glad I had a 52 tooth chain ring on. It definitely came in handy,” said Chapin. “It was a fun course; I only almost killed myself one time, so that’s good.”

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Scott Chapin and Justin Robinson were the dynamic duo over the weekend, with Chapin finishing first and Robinson second in Elite Men

Partners in crime, Chapin and Robinson drafted off each other, taking turns to rest and recover for the next push.

“It’s great racing with someone,” commented Robinson. “It’s always good having another big guy to push the wind and who you can trust. I know he’s a good rider and I can just follow his lines; it’s unspoken.”

Although Robinson had the benefit of a teammate in Elite Men, he was alone in Masters Men 35+ A, yet still finished first.

“It was a really fast course. There weren’t a lot of technical sections, but it had plenty of pedaling,” added Robinson.

The two weren’t the only ones sporting the Santa Cruz Factory Racing colors Sunday. Chris Seymour and his singlespeed Stigmata were on hand and destined for the podium. Seymour finished first in Single Speed B.

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Chris Symour had his game face on and took first in Single Speed B

“The course was real high speed and super hard on a single speed. I just kept spinning out,” said Seymour.

Aaron Cole, who is quickly becoming a regular on the CCCX course rallied C Men and finished 7th.  Amanda Schaper, still recovering from a major injury, was also out on the course and made her presence known with high speeds and wide smiles. Schaper finished 7th in Elite Women.

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Amanda Schaper was all smiles Sunday

First-timer James Shields also hopped on a cross bike for the weekend’s festivities and finished 15th in B Men, baggy shorts and all. 

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