Keeping Seattle ‘Cross Fresh

Perhaps you’ve heard of our cyclocross series. Or maybe you witnessed the 1st annual Woodland Park Gran Prix, on that cold, rainy, but fun-filled day in November 2009.  But let’s talk about the core to what we do: MFG Cyclocross is about you-the-participant. We look forward to another great year of manufacturing fresh cross in Seattle.


  • Sponsor Spotlight: Garmin

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    MFG Sponsor:   Garmin


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    What Garmin does:

    As a leading worldwide provider of navigation, Garmin manufactures superior products for automotive, aviation, marine, outdoor and fitness markets that are an essential part of our customers’ lives. For 2013 Garmin has released exciting new product additions to their cycling line-up including the Edge 510 and 810 cycling computers, the Vector pedal-based power system, and the Virb HD camera.

    Why we like Garmin:

    We love GPS based cycling computers. They are simple to use and the Garmin products have superior durability. With Garmin’s cycling products “miles ridden” is not just a number on a LED screen but a compete adventure that can be reviewed over detailed satellite images and parsed down to the tens of meters to compare yourself to friends and rivals.

    Five things you should know about Garmin:

    1. Garmin is the sponsor of the Garmin Hole Shot Competition each week.
    2. Garmin’s Edge 500 is a favorite among the MFG staff.
    3. Garmin allows device users to track and log all their activities on Garmin Connect.
    4. Garmin offers eight cycling specific GPS units.
    5. Garmin is providing (6) 510 units for Series Winner prizes this season.


  • Sponsor Spotlight: Full Speed Ahead Neutral Support


    MFG Sponsor:   Full Speed Ahead Neutral Support


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    Full Speed ahead is a manufacturer of bicycle components made from aluminum and carbon for road, mountain, BMX, time trial, cyclocross, and triathlon use.   FSA is very well known for their K-Force road line of components as well as their wheel line-up.

    Why we like Full Speed Ahead

    We have all been there before:   You get to the race, you unload the car, and you’ve forgotten your shoes, your front wheel, your pedals, etc.   We are so fortunate this year to have  Neutral Support provided by Brys and his team from Full Speed Ahead at every MFG race.

    In addition to full maintenance and service support, Full Speed Ahead has been very active in the pits this year assisting riders with wheel changes.  We have personally witnessed many wheel changes provided by FSA NS this year.   So, in theory, Full Speed Ahead will trouble shoot that “creak” you’ve been chasing all week, adjust your brakes for the mud that ensues, and assist you in the pit so you don’t have an excuse to drop out of the race!   Who else does this for you?  There is a lot to love about Full Speed Ahead….

    Five things you should know about Full Speed Ahead:

    1. Full Speed Ahead was an early adopter, if not the innovator, of many component standards:  The compact gearing ratio, ISIS bottom bracket standard, BB30, the compact bar 75/125 standard.
    2. Full Speed Ahead offers a full line of cyclocross components in the SLK group:  brakes, crank, post, bar, stem, chain, and saddle.
    3. Full Speed Ahead has supported MFG Cyclocross from the beginning in 2009
    4. They are locally based in Mukilteo, WA.
    5. Brys and his crew are some of the nicest and most proficient and professional vendors in the industry.
  • Magnuson Park CX Race Report

    A few days of the rains that Seattle is known for relented and gave way to near summer conditions for Sunday’s Magnuson Park CX, the fourth stop in the MFG series. 1,018 racers took to a course that started out wet, with patches of mud, that had mostly firmed up for the elite races in the afternoon. The predominately flat course took up a swath of Seattle’s enormous Warren G Magnuson park and featured a few technical bits in fields along Lake Washington.


    Busy & beautiful day in team row at MFG Cyclocross.

    The men’s race found a quick selection in the first lap, with Zach McDonald (KCCX), and the Raleigh/FSA duo of Steve Fisher and series leader Adam McGrath pulling away from the main group. The race quickly fractured into small chase groups that fought hard, but could never shrink the gap to the leaders.

    Fisher and McGrath mostly sat on, letting McDonald lead through the course, and take the brunt of the head wind through a long paved uphill finish straight, though there were times—only after some conversation—where the Fisher and McGrath would take a turn at the front.


    McGrath, McDonald & Fisher (L to R) on the lead.

    Fisher and McDonald dispatched McGrath in the final laps as the the now duo worked their way through lapped traffic. That continued till the charge to the line, where Fisher was able to put some distance into McDonald and came away with the race win. McGrath was able to defend his series points lead with his third place finish.

    The women’s race was also a hard fought affair, with Andi Zolton (Nemisis Racing) and Couer d’Alene, Idaho’s Jenni Gaertner (Vertical Earth) taking early control. The duo battled it out, with Gaertner setting the pace for a majority of the forty minutes.

    Zolton leads Geartner through the “Tennis Court Mud”.

    The two women put on a good show for the spectators as they each took turns putting in digs in attempts to get a gap, but the two always stayed close. The race was decided at the line, with Gaertner taking the win by a wheel. Monica Lloyd, put in a strong ride and took the final podium spot, coming in some eighteen seconds behind Zolton and Gaertner. Zolton moved into the tie for the series lead with Kristen Kelsey who was absent Sunday.

    The MFG series takes bye week next Sunday, but returns on November 2nd for the SCCA/Starbucks Grand Prix at Marymoor Park where the Cat 1/2 Men will finish under the lights.

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