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Saladini leads. World Cup 4X, Maribor, Slovenia

May 19, 2007

Lisbon, Portugal

What can we say other than Steve Peat rules the

downhill in Lisbon, should be voted for mayor of the

town at the very least! Peaty wins the downhill in

Lisbon for the 6th year in a row, obliterating the

nearest competitor by 2.624 seconds, and that is

teammate, Nathan Rennie. If you could say this was a

great romp for the Santa Cruz Syndicate, you would be

correct. It was brilliant that Santa Cruz Bicycles

owner, Rob Roskopp was on site to witness the

brilliant moves of his team into first and second

place at this amazing downtown race!

The lead up into this event following the World Cup

race in Vigo, Spain, just last weekend was one of

relaxation and training. After Vigo, many of the top

racers went to the sleepy town of Lousa, Portugal, to

relax and train before heading south to Lisbon for the

annual Lisbon Downtown Race. Riding tourist bikes to

the riverside watering hole, Nathan Rennie and the

Syndicate staff enjoyed the day relaxing with the

Honda Team. The next day was spent shuttling downhill

runs on the awesome local track, with many of the

local mountain bike fans in awe of their heroes coming

t honor their home track.

On to Lisbon, where Friday was spent having a

leisurely day at the beachside town of Cascais,

Portugal.

It all happens on Saturday at the Lisbon Downtown

with practice, qualifier, and race all on the day.

With the ladies watching out their windows peeping

through their laundry, and dogs running amuck, Steve

Peat posted the fastest qualifying run at 1:42.29.

Greg Minnaar was second at 1:43.23 in second, back of

the ace of this course at 1:43.90. Santa Cruz

Syndicate rider Nathan Rennie had a solid run coming

in third with a 1;43.90. Peat said he really didn’t

think it felt like a great run, and Rennie said he

over braked in a lot of places and both concur that

you learn something each and every run on this course.

The final was a huge buildup as the qualifiers were

run in reverse order and the Syndicate riders were

stacked at the top. Filip Polc was in the hot-throne

as Rennie blasted in with a 1:42.282, unseating Polc.

Basking in the 6 minutes of glory until teammate Steve

Peat comes down the course, as the amazing tactician

maneuvered his way through the cobbles to blast into

first place, yet again, besting Rennie’s time by 2.624

seconds. Santa Cruz Syndicate is stoked to rule

Lisbon with a first and second place finish at this

prestigious downtown race!!

The master, Steve Peat says, “I smoked Nathan by

2.642983853 seconds on a one minute track! And I

dedicate this win to Rob and Lepa. The boys did good

cuz they had the three b’s leading up to this race

(beach, beer, bikes…).

Rennie says, “ I’m quite happy with my run, although I

crashed 3 times….hold on….no…that’s only the number of

seconds Steve beat me by! I’m 3000 euros happier and

it makes up for last week in Vigo!"

The boys head off to Ae Forest in Scotland next week

for the NPS British National, then Wheels of Speed in

Germany.

Thanks to our sponsors:

Santa Cruz Bicycles

SRAM

Rock Shox

Truvativ

Avid

Kenda

DT Swiss

WTB

Crankbrothers

Lizard Skins

Clif Bar

Troy Lee Designs

Chris King

Five Ten

Final top five:

1: Steve Peat: 1:39.658 SANTA CRUZ SYNDICATE

2: Nathan Rennie: 1:42. 282 SANTA CRUZ SYNDICATE

3: Filip Polc: 1:42.444

4: Samuel Hill: 1:42.543

5: Matti Lehikoinen 1:42.563

Kathy Sessler

Santa Cruz Syndicate

Team Manager

What can we say other than Steve Peat rules the

downhill in Lisbon, should be voted for mayor of the

town at the very least! Peaty wins the downhill in

Lisbon for the 6th year in a row, obliterating the

nearest competitor by 2.624 seconds, and that is

teammate, Nathan Rennie. If you could say this was a

great romp for the Santa Cruz Syndicate, you would be

correct. It was brilliant that Santa Cruz Bicycles

owner, Rob Roskopp was on site to witness the

brilliant moves of his team into first and second

place at this amazing downtown race!