Syndicate Sea Otter Week in Review
Santa Cruz Syndicate Sea Otter Wrap Up
04.27.12 The Santa Cruz Syndicate was just missing Steve Peat for our Sea Otter appearance because Steve was putting on his race, Peatys Steel City Downhill, which he handily won. In his place we had the next oldest guy on the circuit, Cedric Gracia, standing in for him. It turned out well for the boys on their Fox/Shimano equipped Santa Cruz TRCs as CG was on fire in the dual slalom placing third, while Greg Minnaar charged hard and came 6th. Josh Bryceland was railing the turns on his Maxxis High Rollers on the carbon Enve rims and finished in 10th place.
The weather was sunny and hot, and the expo and pit areas were teeming with thousands of people. With lots of new things to see and people to greet, the riders were kept very busy! On Thursday Shimano held a media launch of the new Saint and Zee lines.
On Friday the boys went on a ride with Gary Erickson and Bryan Cole from Clif Bar to film a video recognizing Clifs 20th anniversary! Autograph signings at Fox kept them busy and in between this was downhill practice.
Josh summarizes the week well, The downhill practice pretty much was just a whip off on the first set of jumps. I had a great time riding with Greg and CG and we did some radical trains! Next up was slalom!! I was really looking forward to this event and after qualifying 9th I was really excited for the main! Unfortunately the 2nd round came up and CG knocked me out of the running with two solid runs. I ended up 10th but I had a great time and lost about half my bodyweight in sweat. so hot!!
Sunday was downhill and I rode the same bike for downhill as I had for slalom. My new pimped out Blur TRC what a machine!! I just cant get enough of this bike!!!
I misjudged the start and they ended up giving me a time penalty so I was nowhere in the results, but like I said, it was a really productive week! I did a fun signing over at the FOXHEAD stand with all the boys and also at the FOX booth. I had some good chats with the sponsors and saw all my California amigos that I dont get to see all that often!
For the downhill Greg and CG chose to ride their Santa Cruz carbon V-10s. As CG said, It was a downhill so I rode my downhill bike! CG finished 8th and was the first DH bike and Greg was 10th on the second DH bike in the top ten.
On Monday we went for some FOX factory tours. This was very interesting to see the production facilities. At lunchtime the riders had a meet and greet luncheon at the Santa Cruz factory. The afternoon concluded with a FOX headquarters factory tour and FOX engineer, Gary Yakota, gave us a demonstration of how they use data acquisition from the riders testing from the track to the lab. Very interesting!!
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Santa Cruz Syndicate Manager