In 2017, Giant Santa Monica, Black Sheep Cycling, West Side Eagle Cobra and a whole lot of good brands and great people are launching a team. But this not your standard cycling team. There may, of course, be the occasional number pinned on, but it’s not the primary focus. This is all about showcasing Santa Monica, Southern California and the guys and gals that make this piece of the world one of the most magical places of them all.
Our very own Zach Canning takes us out into the Malibu Hills to preview the area, the kit, and enlighten us all with what makes SoCal cyclists tick.
“We’ve swapped the hazy early morning stumbles home, to appreciate sunrises on Saturdays with friends.”
We won't lie to you, we're no longer late night party people. The strobe lights that put the wood in Hollywood, and that adorn the brand new Giant Santa Monica Shop Team, aren't what we actually do anymore. They are a memorial to that chapter of our lives that we've put on hiatus. We’ve swapped the hazy early morning stumbles home, to appreciate sunrises on Saturdays with friends. Sure this is Los Angeles, but there is more than meets the eye.
“Our rides and our kit are here for all”
In 2017, Giant Santa Monica, West Side Eagle Cobra and Black Sheep set out to create something that would help define Santa Monica cycling. A community that has always been dripping in culture and community, yet those who ride bikes have always been searching for something similar. The Giant Santa Monica Team is accessible to all who want to represent this beautiful piece of earth. Join myself, Jeff Mahin and Carly Paquette in some of our more adventurous rides with the occasional crit. Or just join us in store and on one of our regular weekly social rides. Or do none of the above and just be a supporter from afar. Our rides and our kit are here for all.
“As far as the fire department knows, we have no idea who was setting off smoke bombs at 5am.”
This was our first time shooting or even owning smoke bombs, so it was a treat to see them in action. Needless to say we had fun high in the hills in Malibu not more than a 15 minute drive from Giant Santa Monica – Black Sheep’s Authorised Dealer in Southern California. It added a fun spark to the 'standard' sunrise photoshoot. Which, as you can see, didn't end up being so vanilla after all. As far as the fire department knows, we have no idea who was setting off smoke bombs at 5am.
After a quick climb through Topanga Canyon, it was time to descend down into that silky and frigid fog blanket. Because that's the shit we secretly love. Don’t mind us getting freezing cold. If it looks good on camera, it’s all worth it.