After a dry and dusty Lobster Cup last weekend, Mother Nature made sure to keep things exciting for racers at this weekend’s Surf City All Hallows ‘Cross event. A rare coincidence of rain and cyclocross racing in Santa Cruz County provided Factory Racing’s ‘crossers with the mired racecourse of their dreams. The team took full advantage of the conditions and toed the line in force, bringing home a win and multiple podium appearances.
The inclement weather drew a host of Factory racers looking for a true cyclocross experience. A total of twelve team members tackled the course in different categories throughout the day. Scott Chapin spent most of the morning grilling up bacon in the Santa Cruz tent and handing it up to racers as they passed by. All of the elements combined to make a memorable day for everyone who attended the race.
“This race is always hard and technical, but the mud put it over the top this year,” said Factory Racing’s Trenton South after navigating his way to 11th in the Open Men’s C category. “With the conditions and the hilly course, it couldn’t have been more different than the Lobster Cup last weekend.”
Kyle Harder braved the rain in his first ‘cross race of the season.
The Open Men’s B race faced the brunt of the storm when the heaviest downpour of the day started just before the whistle and didn’t let up until after the finish. Joey Stanwyck turned in a strong performance for the second week in a row, crossing the line in 14th and leading the way for Factory Racing.
Despite a course that didn’t play to her strengths, Amanda Schaper rallied her Stigmata to ninth place amongst the Women’s A’s. “It wasn’t the best race for me,” Amanda said, “It sure was slippery and fun though!”
Justin Robinson and Scott Chapin once again proved their technical skill by surfing the mud to bookend podium spots in the Men’s A category. Justin rode a strong tactical race to slip away from the competition in the final laps and take the win, while Scott held off all but one challenger to finish third.
The event was highlighted by a one-lap Halloween costume race, which drew one of the larger fields of the day and provided a spectacle for onlookers. Scott Chapin, Amanda Schaper, and Alex Wick dawned their costumes, slid their way around the course, and earned pies for their efforts.