Santa Cruz Factory Racing Takes on Keyesville Classic

March 30 — 2015 | Santa Cruz, CA

Factory Racers take top spots in three categories

Race Report by Patrick Rosso:

Despite oppressive heat, snapped derailleur hangers, and little sleep, the Santa Cruz Factory Racing Team had outstanding results at the 27th Annual Keyesville Classic March 28 and 29.

Team Captain Scott Chapin stole the show, winning the All Mountain Stage Race in the Pro Men's category after placing second in the Short Track, fourth in the Super D, and eighth in the Cross Country. His aqua blue Santa Cruz Highball was in good company on the podium, with Joe Doty winning the All Mountain Stage Race in the Pro Men's Single Speed category  and Chris Laveque, a first time racer and the owner of team sponsor El Salchicero, taking the title in the All Mountain Stage Race in the Beginner Men’s category. 

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Scott Chapin en route to the Pro Men's overall win


Sam Markling, Kyle Bowman, and Chris Seymour also joined the competition on the race course. Markling took sixth in the Pro Men's Super D followed by Bowman in eighth. Markling and Seymour rounded out the weekend with impressive efforts on the Short Track and Cross Country course. 

Overcoming a series of mechanicals, Kyle Harder powered through the weekend and a few beers, racing the Short Track and Super D courses on a borrowed pump track bike and the Cross Country course on a repaired Bronson. 

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Topping off the weekend's grueling races, Santa Cruz Factory Racing brought the party, hosting a whip off and providing much needed shade and frosty beverages at the awards ceremony. Powered by artisan meats and select brews, the team made the exhausting six hour trip back to Santa Cruz in time for a bit of sleep before going back to work making the same bikes they raced on. 

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Chapin wins the belt!

Santa Cruz Factory Racing Team is not a new phenomenon at Santa Cruz Bicycles, but has recently been gaining support and new members. “Santa Cruz Factory Racing has been going on for a long time,” explained Chapin, who works in the warehouse. “But I’m really excited about this year because we have a lot more people who are interested.”

 

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