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Sponsor Spotlight: Subaru

By | 2016, Cyclocross, Sponsor



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Founded in 1968, Subaru of America, Inc. (SOA) is the U.S. Sales and Marketing subsidiary of Fuji Heavy Industries (FHI) of Japan and is responsible for the distribution, marketing, sales and service of Subaru vehicles in the United States.

Over the last 20 years, Subaru has sponsored cycling teams and events on the road and in the dirt.  Within the Northwest, Subaru has sponsored the UCI Subaru Cyclo Cup, Subaru StarCrossed, and most recently, the entire MFG Cyclocross 2016 season.

Why we like Subaru

  • Subaru is likely the most iconic vehicle in the Northwest.
  • Subaru prioritizes traction and balance into their all wheel drive system, much like some bicycle companies strive to do with rider weight distribution
  • The 2017 Subaru line-up features 24 vehicles under $30,000
  • The all new 2017 Impreza starts at $18,395!

5 Things You Should Know About Subaru

  • All vehicles except BRZ come standard with Subaru’s Symmetrical All Wheel Drive.
  • Subaru’s Boxer Engine design prioritizes efficiency, a low center of gravity, and a low profile.
  • The WRX STI Limited produces 305 hp at 6000 rpm and 290 lb-ft of torque at 4000 rpm.
  • Show your love for your Subaru with a custom Badge of Ownership
  • You can find your local Subaru retailer here

Sponsor Spotlight: Snoqualmie Ice Cream

By | 2016, Cyclocross, Sponsor



MFG SPONSOR:  Snoqualmie Ice Cream

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Snoqualmie Ice Cream is a locally-owned ice cream company in Snohomish, WA producing a vast array of handmade ice cream.  Snoqualmie was founded in 1997 and is owned by Barry and Shahnaz Bettinger.

Why we like Snoqualmie Ice Cream

  • This local company sponsors a local cycling team, and also is a new sponsor for MFG.
  • Snoqualmie provided ice cream coupons throughout the cross season for free pints!
  • Snoqualmie is committed to sustainability as they manufacturer with solar panels, compressor waste heat recovery, LED sensor lighting and energy efficient equipment

5 Things You Should Know About Snoqualmie Ice Cream

Sponsor Spotlight: Kona Bicycles

By | 2016, Cyclocross, Sponsor


MFG SPONSOR:  Kona Bicycles

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Kona Bicycles is a locally-owned bicycle company in Bellingham, WA producing a comprehensive line-up of mountain, road, cyclocross, city, and kids bicycles.  Kona was founded in 1988 and to this day is still owned by the same founders.

Why we like Kona Bicycles

  • The Jake the Snake cross bike paved the way for the modern cyclocross bicycle and has been ridden by many local professional racers
  • We are proud to be associated with a locally-owned major bicycle company
  • The diversity and relevance of Kona’s line-up is nicely showcased in bikes like the Ute and the Coco
  • Kona has been extremely supportive of women’s cyclocross racing with the sponsorship of Helen Wyman

5 Things You Should Know About Kona

  • Jake the Snake turned 20 this model year!
  • The Hei Hei Race Supreme is World Cup tested by Kona’s factory rider Spencer Paxson.
  • Kona provides a no charge demo fleet of bicycles at 2017 MFG races
  • Spencer Paxson is leading a course preview at Woodland Park GP at 8am
  • Kona dedicates a section of their Kona World Cog website to a Retailer of the Week


Sponsor Spotlight: Full Speed Ahead & FS Neutral Support

By | 2016, Cyclocross, Sponsor


MFG Sponsor: Full Speed Ahead


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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.

Sponsor Spotlight: Deschutes Brewery

By | 2016, Cyclocross, Sponsor

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What Deschutes does

Deschutes Brewery, located in Central Oregon along the banks of the wild and scenic Deschutes River, has brewed a family of handcrafted ales since 1988. Starting out as a small brewpub in the heart of downtown Bend, Deschutes’ first beers were Black Butte Porter, Bachelor Bitter and Cascade Golden Ale.  For 2016, Deschutes offers EIGHT year-round offerings:

  • Black Butte Porter
  • Mirror Pond Pale Ale
  • Inversion IPA
  • Obsidian Stout
  • Chainbreaker White IPA
  • Deschutes River Ale
  • Big Rig Pub Ale
  • Down N Dirty IPA

Why we like Deschutes

When you visit Bend, Oregon, it seems super likely that you’d stop by the brew pub to have a meal and a drink. If you do, be sure to sample the Ultimate Pub Fries and the House-Baked Pretzel to get things started. The atmosphere is uniquely Bend at the Public House:  laid back, friendly, with most patrons having a lower heart than yours.

Deschutes has been extremely generous to MFG and to StarCrossed, and to cyclocross in general. Even after being a major sponsor and host to a national caliber event like CX Nats in 2009 and in 2010, Deschutes still dedicates time, effort, and money to other cyclocross events on the regional and local level.

At MFG this year, Deschutes is generously given to select age-appropriate categories during The Treatment.

Deschutes clearly loves cyclocross and has been so supportive of MFG.

Five things you should know about Deschutes

  1. Black Butte Porter, Bachelor Bitter, and Cascade Golden Ale were the OG three beers back in 1988.
  2. Red Chair NWPA is a more subtle, less-hoppy pale, which is available seasonally.
  3. Black Butte XXVIII (Special Reserve) is 11.6% ABV!
  4. Deschutes Brewery reach is now US-wide.   Plans are in the works for a Roanoke, VA facility.
  5. Deschutes mobile beer tavern is named Woody and can be found here.

Sponsor Spotlight: Outdoor Research

By | 2016, Cyclocross, Sponsor


MFG Sponsor: Outdoor Research


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Location: Seattle, WA

Outdoor Research was established in 1981 by a Ron Gregg.  You can see a video about OR here.

Why we like Outdoor Research:

When you take a glance at Outdoor Research’s Core Values, it’s clear why we like this company so much.   Outdoor Research values:

1.  A Culture of Respect

2.  Innovation that Works

3.  Improve Every Day

4.  Beauty In Function

5.  The Power of the Journey

Five things you should know about Outdoor Research:

  1. OR has a retail store on 1st Avenue South.
  2. The Floodlight Jacket is fully waterproof and down insulated.
  3. OR offers an Infinite Guarantee on all of their products.
  4. The OR Razoredge is the official jackets of MFG Staff.
  5. MFG Staff and Series Winners are fully outfitted by Outdoor Research.


Sponsor Spotlight: Portland Design Works

By | 2016, Cyclocross, Sponsor

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MFG Sponsor: Portland Design Works


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Portland Design Works creates simple and elegant components made for urban cycling.   PDW is based in Portland, Oregon and produces over 50 products for every day riding and commuting.  Portland Design Works has been in business since 2008, and guarantees their products for life.

Why we like PDW:
Portland Design works has taken pedestrian products like fenders, bottle cages, and lights and created an elegant and beautiful aesthetic around these items.   Additionally, PDW components are priced competitively and appropriately.

Five things you should know about Portland Design Works:
-Portland Design Works guarantees all products for life
-The Full Metal Fender now comes in black.
-The Lars Rover 810 provides burn time anywhere from 1.5 hours to 20 hours per charge cycle.
-Portland put a bird on it with this cage.
-The Takeout basket comes in a LTD cargo bag edition.

Sponsor Spotlight: The Cycling House

By | 2016, Cyclocross, Sponsor

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Location: Tucson, AZ

The Cycling House was born out of cold Montana winters being training-prohibitive in the InterWest region.   The goal was to find a venue where the weather was great, the rain was non-existent, and the terrain was plentiful: namely, Tucson, Arizona.

The Cycling House takes a comprehensive approach to the concept of a training vacation by incorporating elements such as health, nutrition, and equipment along side great rides, amazing food, and first-class accommodations.

The Cycling House includes the following during each trip to their Tucson location:

  • 5 Nights/6 Days Accommodations (double occ.)
  • Airport Transfers to/from Tucson Airport (TUS)
  • 3 Chef Prepared Meals/Day
  • Bicycle Mechanic Support
  • Bike Build & Break Down
  • Ride Nutrition
  • All Shuttle to/from Rides

Add-on’s include:

  • Bike Rental
  • Massage Therapy

Why we like The Cycling House:

As if it wasn’t enough to provide amazing food and first-class accommodations, The Cycling House offers Power Tap demos, Garmin demos, brand-name nutrition, and high end bike rentals at a very affordable price.    What’s more, The Cycling House is dialed down to details such as all-natural shampoos, conditions, and soaps.   It’s the little details that count, right?

The Cycling House has been a proud sponsor of MFG Cyclocross for eight years now, and last year their week-long stay at the house was the first and most desired prize among the MFG category winners.    Ask Kempton Baker for details on his stay!

Five things you should know about The Cycling House:

  1. For 2017, there are TEN camps from which to choose.
  2. The Cycling House has one of the most organized trip matrices in the business!
  3. Trips start under $2000 for 6 days.
  4. Custom Camps are available.
  5. TCH president Owen G. raced for the Seattle-based Broadmark Capital Cycling Team, now Hagens Berman.

Sponsor Spotlight: Vermarc Sportswear

By | 2016, Cyclocross, Sponsor


(Photo: Geoffrey Crofoot)

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Why we like Vermarc:

We have personally used Vermarc clothing since 2006.   The quality of sewing and fabric technology is second to none.   Vermarc offers 3 clothing collections for teams looking to do custom team wear:  ES.L (Essential Line), SP.L (Sport Line), and PR.R (Pro Racing Research)

Five things you should know about Vermarc:

  • You can purchase a variety of euro pro replica clothing directly from Vermarc USA here
  • The Pro Racing Research (PRR) line from Vermarc is the same exact clothing worn by the Telenet Fidea Lions cyclocross team.
  • Local cycling clubs can produce custom team wear with Vermarc USA here
  • If you like beer and cycling, Vermarc USA is running a special on beer themed jerseys here
  • Vermarc USA is run by the legendary Mr. Worthy of Boulder, CO.

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Sponsor Spotlight: Zing Bars

By | 2016, Cyclocross, Sponsor

Zing Bars was created by four nutritionists from Bastyr University who were seeking to recommend a energy bar for patients. When the search for the perfect bar did not yield a satisfactory product, Zing Bars was created. Today, Zing Bars come in 12 varieties, with an optimal balance of protein, carbohydrates, and fiber.

Why we like Zing:

First and foremost, we like Zing Bars for their flavor. They taste decidedly better than most energy bars, and the texture feels fresh, chewable, and digestible. We also appreciate that Zing Bars come in a real variety of flavors.

Five things you should know about Zing:

  • The newest flavors of Zing are Lemon Cashew Crunch and Dark Chocolate Mocha
  • The protein profile for all 12 Zing Bars are specific and strategic:  Brown Rice Protein, Pea Protein, or Whey Protein
  • All 12 flavors of Zing Bars are certified gluten-free
  • You can purchase Zing Bars directly from Zing here
  • Treatment winners receive Zing Bars

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