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Riding the Santa Cruz Fun, I Mean Mountains

In the Santa Cruz Twisties

So when Specialized said they wanted to introduce us to a new road bike, nearly the only detail they revealed ahead of time was that we'd be riding in the mountains north of Santa Cruz. The riding there includes long climbs, disused roads with surfaces as scarred as a shark attack victim’s skin, and descents as unpredictable as the moods of the stock market. Generally speaking, it’s not a place you take someone riding a borrowed bike.