This past weekend, Santa Cruz Factory Racing once again found itself loading up vans, sleeping in the woods, and battling for a spot on the podium. This time they stared down the 10th Annual Boggs 8-hour race; a mess of single track in Middleton, CA filled with bugs, dust, and exhausting climbs. With promises of six-packs for podium finishes, everyone stepped up to the challenge and were rewarded with medals around their necks and bottles in their hands.
Kyle Harder and Cory Cuisinot proved that, every once in a while, youth does trump experience, and came out of nowhere on their Highballs to take second in the Men's Two Person Single Speed category. Despite one-speed racing being a very new “thing” for the young riders, they threw down on Saturday, keeping each other pumped during transitions and matching each other's times on the roughly 10-mile course, all while drifting corners, charging hills, and boosting lips. “It [the race] made me want to cry a little,” explained Cory, as he downed a much-deserved Coors after the race. “It was fun though. It was a different kind of race than I was used to and overall a cool experience.” Kyle and Cory had company on the podium, with Joe Doty from Engineering and friend of the factory, Alex Donoghue, taking third in the Men's Two Person Single Speed category. The two gave it everything they had, but a series of mechanicals cost them a significant amount of time, keeping them out from the top two spots.
The Boggs 8-Hour, which is in its tenth year and hosts over 500 competitors, is a favorite among Santa Cruz Factory Racing. In addition to Kyle, Cory, Joe, and Scott, Don Palermini from marketing, his rippin' wife Stacy and a friend of the factory, took fifth in the Coed Three Person Team category, and Warranty master Willie Bullion and his shop mate Brian Garcia took 23rd in the Men's Two Person Team category.