The Santa Cruz htSQD sitting together on the grass

The Santa Cruz htSQD drinking shots of tequila together

Santa Cruz Bicycles - htSQD

The htSQD is a team of three individuals who if you cut them would bleed course tape but who in their own way subvert the spandex nerdiness that has stunk up the place since the 90s.  

Santa Cruz’s approach to XC in the past has been to support a loose-knit pack of long distance hard nuts. Think Boston Bruins in race-fit kit. But the htSQD, like the Syndicate, are our champagne-hunting, good-time having individuals with character. Racers who are champions on and off the bike

They’re also the only XC team sponsored by a record label.

Keegan Swenson
Keegan Swenson

Heavy metal enthusiast, new record holder on the White Rim Trail

Alexis Skarda
Alexis Skarda

Womens record holder on the White Rim Trail, CMU assistant coach, ProXCT winner

Tobin Ortenblad
Tobin Ortenblad

BMX'er turned cyclocross racer, enjoys drafting behind his dad's scooter while training at home

Steps to the Top

The Santa Cruz htSQD take on the 2021 Breck Epic mountain bike stage race in Breckenridge Colorado.

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