One hundred miles of gravel, dirt road, pavement, and trail was gobbled up by Santa Cruz Factory Racing, at the Lost and Found Gravel Grinder over the weekend. Held May 30 in Lake Davis, CA, routes ranged from 30 to 100 miles and offered the perfect opportunity for team riders to stretch their legs and test their limits on the new Stigmata.
Katie Zaffke, the Juliana Bicycles brand manager and resident badass, took second in Women 34 and under for the 100-mile route, just seconds behind first place. “If I’d known we were fighting for it, I could have taken her,” said Katie. “I showed up five minutes before the start and five minutes into it, I was covered in dust. It was pretty awesome.”
Santa Cruz Factory Racing was well represented at the start line, with team members from almost every department racing.
“I just went out there to ride,” explained Joe Doty, from the Engineering Department, who placed 26th in Men 34 and under for the 100-mile route. “It was tough, but it was the type of bike ride that brought out a different crowd. It was great,” he added.
Scott Chapin, the team’s captain, led the charge Saturday, despite a leaky rear tire. Scott took 12th among Pro Men on the 100-mile route. “It’s always a little weird racing on a course you’ve never ridden before,” said Scott. “It’s always exciting; you don’t know what’s coming up.”
Geoff Casey and Brian Bernard from Marketing, Colin Lambing from Sales, and Chris Seymour from Production also joined their coworkers for the race.
Meanwhile, just down the highway, Bo MacArthur powered his V10 to 5th place in Pro Men at the Spring USA Cycling Regional Downhill Championship Sunday.
Held at the Northstar Bike Park in Truckee, CA, the race featured rocky descents and tight turns on the resort’s infamous Boondocks DH course.
“I felt good,” said Bo, who works in the Wheels Department. “I know the place really well and it was great to be able to kick-back and feel good on a course.”