Factory Racing Rolls Deep in Bend

June 10 — 2015 | Bend, OR, USA

Through black eyes, blood, and beers Santa Cruz Factory Racing not only survived, but also thrived at the Bend Enduro.
Round one of the Oregon Enduro Series, the June 7 race in Bend, OR served up flowy trails, loose dirt, and oppressive heat. Rolling deep, the team of Santa Cruz Bicycle factory workers and paper pushers had racers in almost every category.

Stretching hips and boosting lips in Bend

An early departure Friday followed by a grueling, 12-hour drive had the team itching to stretch their legs on the 20- mile course in the shadow of central Oregon’s Mt. Bachelor.
With swoopy turns, tire-tearing lava rock, and non-stop dust, the course tested everyone, from pros to beginners. Saturday's practice saw its fair share of spills, but team racers and friends were rewarded with an awesome dinner, courtesy of Allan Cooke, Sports Marketing Manager for Santa Cruz Bicycles.

BBQ sauce is serious business

With it heating up early Sunday morning, riders were eager to go. But timing issues and delayed starts caused backups on stages, with the fifth and final stage not counting for anyone. Mechanicals and crashes plagued the team during the race. Almost every rider went down at some point, with the first stage, aka, “Funner,” taking down the best of them.

Capt. Scott Chapin always takes the fun line

When all the dust settled, Patrick Rosso took 3rd in Beginner Men Open and Aaron Cole took 17th. Kyle Bowman and Sam Markling had a fantastic showing in the Expert Men 19-39 category. Kyle finished 6th, Sam Markling 9th, and Cory Cuisinot in 16th, Chris Seymour in 23rd, and Kyle Harder in 35th.  Josh Janssen took 27th in Sport Men 19-39, followed by Steve Chae in 22nd in the Sport Men 40+ category.

Post-race hydration


Paige Anderson was the only female Santa Cruz Bicycle employee racing Sunday and killed it, with a 7th place finish in Expert Women.

Scott Chapin and Allan Cooke pushed it in the Pro Men category, taking 16th and 19th.

Although it was a tough weekend full of bumps and bruises, dehydration and sleep deprivation, the team knew how to end the weekend in style, with a quick trip to Ashland, OR for a little hospitality courtesy of the Markling family.


Ian Stowe crushes Tamarancho Dirt Classic

Ian Stowe swept the floor with the competition in the cross country race at the Tamarancho Dirt Classic, held Sunday, June 7th in Fairfax, CA. Aboard his Santa Cruz Highball, Ian, who most days can be found in the Wheels Department, took first in the Single Speed category. “I’m pretty stoked,” said Ian. “The course was tight and there were a lot of techy sections.”

“You could say I made Endor my Alderaan,” Ian added, referring to one of trails featured in the race. 

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