WD-40 BIKE Announces Sponsorship of the Santa Cruz Syndicate

Mar 19, 2018
by WD-40BIKE  
Photo Sven Martin


WD-40 BIKE chosen as the official lubrication and cleaning product by the Santa Cruz Syndicate downhill race team.

The 2018 UCI Downhill World Cup season sees the Santa Cruz Syndicate and WD-40 BIKE working together to deliver an entirely new level in maintenance and lubricant performance.

The Croatian island of Lošinj plays host to the first round of the series and is an all new venue on the circuit. Competitors are faced with a suite of variables — new terrain on an unfamiliar course with a threat of uncertain weather. So how do you prepare for the unknown?

Photo by Sven Martin

bigquotesWe’ll be ready for anything,” says Syndicate race mechanic Doug Hatfield. “From dry and dusty to wet and muddy, conditions can change in an instant during a World Cup weekend but that doesn’t phase us. We make sure the team bikes are thoroughly cleaned and methodically prepped after each training and qualification run. Nothing is left to chance, right up to race day.”

Photo Sven Martin

Doug has been wrenching on the UCI World Cup circuit since 2001 and has experienced every kind of condition imaginable. He is the principal mechanic for fast young American DH talent, Luca Shaw.

Photo Kathy Sessler

“One of the biggest advantages of being on the Syndicate is the shared knowledge amongst the team” says Luca. “The mechanics and racers all help each other be prepared for whatever the mountain throws our way. Sometimes our approach can seem a little bit strange to others, but we’re all encouraged to be ourselves and find whatever works best for us, no matter how weird that may be!”

Photo by Sven Martin
Steve Peat Luca Shaw Loris Vergier and Greg Minnaar walk the Leogang UCI World Cup DH course Photo Kathy Sessler

Luca races alongside teammates Vergier of France and the winningest DH racer of all time, Greg Minnaar of South Africa.

The Syndicate celebrates on the podium at Val Di Sole Italy Photo Syndicate

Together, their personalities reflect everything the Syndicate stands for — a trio of focused athletes who know how to have as much fun off the race track as on it. We share their attitude and are proud to be helping the guys prepare for their biggest moments of the year. Together we’ll build a new legacy as one of the most effective race products in downhill mountain biking history.

For all the action in Croatia, follow the Syndicate on Instagram!

A whole new line of bike-specific products is ready to ride. Developed for the whole bicycle, WD-40 BIKE® has been meticulously tested to provide superior cleaning, lubrication and protection.



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