News Archive: November, 2009

  • The Faces of Cross

    Matt Clark tooks some muddy, tired and inspired portraits at Woodland Park GP. Check out the Faces of Cross!

  • It’s a Wrap

    Thank you to everyone who came out to the MFG Series End Party last night at Pyramid Alehouse. Great turn-out and good times. We raised over $500 to support Washington Junior and U-23 riders attending CX Worlds later this winter.  Kevin Raymond won the “Champions Competition” earning the first trip to the prize table. He walked away with a five-day stay at The Cycling House. David Yamamoto, our 17-18 Boys Champ, took the gamble with mystery cash envelope and walked away with $200. Holly Davis, our Cat 3 Women Champ, was stoked her Black Diamond Skis were still available at her turn. All in all the Series Champs had smiles on their  faces and great prizes in their mitts.

    Big thanks to all our sponsors: Raleigh, Beyond Clothing, Black Diamond, Brouwer’s, Cascade Bicycle Studio, The Cycling House, FSA, Herriott Sports Performance, Izilla Toys, Lazer, Mavic, Nuun, Rapha, Stanley, uBRDO, VN Signs and Thule.

    MFG Cyclocross is put to bed for 2009. Planning for 2010 starts on December 1st. See you next year.

  • MFG Cyclocross Champions

    Congratulations to our Series Champions and Runner-Ups. Hope to see you all at the prize table on Wednesday at the Series End Party at Pyramid Brewery.

    Cat 1/2 Men
    Ryan Iddings, Lapierre
    Rich Mcclung, Hagens Berman

    Cat 1/2 Women
    Jenni Gaertner, Riverstone Women’s Racing
    Kristi Berg, Redline Bicycles

    Cat 1/2 Master Men 35+
    Todd Gallaher, Thumbprint Racing
    Todd Morse Tucker, Bicycle Centers/Collision One

    Cat 1/2 Master Men 45+
    Rick Heckenlaible, Cucina Fresca
    Doug Graver, Ragnarök Racing

    Cat 3 Men
    Kris Lepine, Counterbalance Bicycles
    James Whitesides, Ubrdo Team Project

    Cat 3 Master Men 35+
    Randy Salamon, Recycled Cycles
    Jeff Woerner, Ijm.Org

    Cat 3 Master Men 45+
    Martin Senkyrik, Second Ascent
    Mike Donnelly

    Cat 4 Men
    Bill Craven, Starbucks Cycling
    Brian Koder, The Valley Athletic Club

    Cat 4 Master Men 35+
    Rob Born, Blue Rooster/Sports Med
    Mark Mirante, Starbucks Cycling

    Cat 4 Master Men 45+
    Kevin Raymond, Bikesale.Com
    Joseph Kilbourne, ‘Cross Purpose

    Single Speed Men
    Jason Williams, Cucina Fresca
    Seth Davis, Alki Rubicon

    Cat 3 Women
    Holly Davis, Alki Rubicon
    Karen Todd, Different Bikes

    Cat 4 Women
    Amanda Schmidt, Blue Rooster/Sports Med
    Kristen Bell

    Master Women
    Jitka Cole, *$
    Cynthia Freed, Cucina Fresca

    Single Speed Women
    Jodi Connally, Blue Rooster/Sports Med
    Alex Wolf

    Jr Boys 10 -12
    Brayden Buchanan, Rad Racing Nw
    Jarrett Aregger, Asc Racing/Redline

    Jr Boys 13-14
    Kody Raymond, Old Town Bicycles
    Caden Tongue, Bicycles West Racing

    Jr Boys 15-16
    Tanner Patnode, Rad Racing Nw
    Marcus Tongue, Bicycles West Racing

    Jr Boys 17-18
    1. David Yamamoto
    2t. Joe Prettyman, Bbc
    2t. Watson-Norris Gabriel, Rad Racing Nw
    2t. Ben Corwin, Rad Racing Nw

    Jr Girls 10-12
    Claire Mchale, 20/20 Fuel
    Sarah Bluhm

    Jr Girls 13-14
    Fiona Bennitt, Team Zoom
    Anna Beshlianm, 20/20 Fuel

    • Posted November 17, 2009 by Zac
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  • Sponsor Spotlight: Raleigh Bicycles


    Maybe your Grandpops rode a Raleigh back in the day, or your parents still have matching 3-speeds in their garage.    Whatever the case may be, the bicycle brand Raleigh is arguably the most recognized bicycle brand in the world.

    When you do a bit of research, and visit the Raleigh Bicycle USA website , one of the first images you’ll see is of local Seattle legend Brian “I prefer Sally” Fornes.    For those of you who raced the MFG series this year, you probably ran into Sally here, or maybe here, or maybe even here.      Regardless of where you saw Sally this year, one thing is for certain:   Sally, the Marketing Honch at Raleigh USA has been the single-handedly the biggest and most vocal supporter of MFG.

    As the Presenting Sponsor of MFG, Raleigh–in conjunction with Robert T and Recycled Cycles help–provided a fleet of the new RX 1.0 cross rigs for the entire series available for demo, free of charge.   When you take a close look at the RX specs, here is what stands out to us:

    • Full SRAM Rival Group:   This group is light, works very well, and has a really good weight/cost ratio
    • Uses a lightweight Easton carbon CX fork
    • Features a BB30 bottom bracket for weight reduction, BB stiffness, and lower Q-factor
    • Integrates fender eyelets on the frame, and the fork spec’d (EC 70X) also has fender eyelets; this bike is a full-on race bike, but has the versatility of a commuter.
    • Offered in a very clean, simply, and race-specific paint scheme

    In addition to the RX 1.0, Raleigh has done a series of limited edition CX single speed frames, giving a nod to different CX events.    Some of our favorites include the Raleigh “R” bike, the SSCXWC bike in brown, and the SSCXWC in white.

    But beyond bikes, and models, and fancy, paint, one of the things we love most about Raleigh is that they get out, in the field, and support local cycling.  A HUGE thanks to Sally for the Raleigh Love this year, and when you see him on the streets, or riding Raleigh carbon team road rigs, make sure to say “whats up!” and thanks.

  • Woodland Park in the books!


    Wow…..what a day yesterday. We were so pleased with the series finale yesterday at Woodland Park. Thank you to friends, family, and racers who made the 1st Annual Woodland Park GP history. If you enjoyed the day yesterday, or had friends, neighbors, or co-workers who came out and loved using the park, you can let the Parks Department know by emailing them:

    Huge thanks to all the teams who came out to the event yesterday, and for all the help from:

    • Alki/Rubicon had over 20 folks helping out throughout the day.   Huge shout to Alki for getting the J-O-B done.
    • Sally and crew were camped out per usual
    • The 40 NW Lumberjacks who made the course safer during race #1!
    • Eric and Chris from Thule stepped up HUGE with 1st place prizes
    • Liana and Scott showed up with a sewing machine and were making hats
    • Tyler and Nuun showed up for major hydration
    • Homer showed up with the limo

    Also, we received many great compliments on MFG Year #1, and folks were asking if we would be back in 2010. In short: absolutely. Our TENTATIVE schedule for 2010 is as follows:

    Sunday 9/12 – MFG#1 Kick-Off Cross

    Sunday 9/19 – MFG #2  Rad Racing GP

    Sunday 10/3 – MFG #3 Starbucks GP

    Sunday 10/10 – MFG #4 King County CX

    Sunday 10/24 – MFG #5

    Sunday 11/7 – MFG #6

    Sunday 11/14 – MFG #7

    Hope to see you at our Series End Party this Wednesday at Pyramid.