Sponsor Spotlight: Nuun

By | 2016, Cyclocross, Sponsor


MFG Sponsor: Nuun


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What Nuun does:

  • Nuun is a local Seattle company that pioneered the concept of an electrolyte tablet without all the sugars or plastic bottle waste. The company focuses on delivering optimal hydration for whatever activity you choose, leaving you to find energy from bars, or waffles!
  • Nuun is comprised of triathletes, runners, climbers, and cylcocross racers, so they are often out there racing with you.
  • The Nuun hydration tent is present at all MFG venues, with Nuun on tap to fill bottles and maintain proper hydration.

Why we like Nuun:

Nuun has been a MFG series sponsor from the start.   Perhaps more than any other vendor, Nuun has made a dedicated effort to staff a professional booth at nearly all MFG events, raced the days races, and help tear down at the end.   The crew at Nuun includes Tyler S. and Peter B. and has a very strong and positive presence at all MFG events.

Beyond the involvement of Tyler and Peter and MFG events, Nuun as a company is extremely involved in many outdoor events.  If you look at kits from racing teams around the Northwest, you’ll see the Nuun mark on the backside of many racers.   Call it branding, call it lifestyle:  one thing is for certain, Nuun is OUT in the field, doing great work.

Five things you should know about Nuun:

  1. The newly formulated Nuun Performance uses dextrose and cane sugar to aid in fluid recovery.
  2. Nuun Electrolytes are effervescent so that they dissolve quickly, and do not clump on the bottom of your bottle.
  3. Nuun Performance pouches come in Orange/Mango and Blueberry/Strawberry
  4. Four of Nuun Electrolyte flavors come caffeinated.
  5. Nuun sponsors elite running star Kara Goucher


Sponsor Spotlight: Coal Headwear

By | 2016, Cyclocross, Sponsor


MFG Sponsor:   Coal Headwear


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In 2002 Coal started as a labor of love in an apartment in Portland, Oregon. In Coal’s first year, they launched the brand with a vision for a quality headwear line inspired by friends and family—one that would be an outlet for our whole new take on the woolen, knit beanie. Coal was founded on the belief that headwear is more than an accessory.  It’s part of you, your identity, and your lifestyle.

Why we like Coal Headwear

Coal’s Fall 2017 collection of hats is extensive.   They offer hats, caps, and a variety of other styles.   We particularly like the Donner in the Deep Purple livery, as well as the Downhill knit hat in Canada colors.

Five things you should know about Coal Headwear:

  1. Their hats are available at Evo.
  2. They offer collections for Spring/Summer and Fall/Winter.
  3. They also offer scarfs and gloves.
  4. The hats have cool names.
  5. Randy Salomon likes The Preston.

Sponsor Spotlight: MIIR

By | 2016, Cyclocross, Sponsor


Photo: Sara Billups


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The concept and spirit of MIIR was founded by Bryan Pape, after breaking his femur in a ski accident.  Bryan’s vision at that sobering moment was to live a more generous life while thinking of others.   Today, that altruistic epicenter has led MIIR to bring distinct products to market including innovative bikes, bags, and hydration products.

Why we like MIIR

  • The form and function of all MIIR products are elegant and intuitive
  • MIIR gives 5% of revenue to trackable giving projects
  • MIIR offers a geared, disc-brake commuter for under $800
  • The draft list at the MIIR cafe is insane!

5 Things You Should Know About MIIR

  • MIIR is the official sponsor of MFG #1 at Lake Sammamish State Park
  • MIIR’s flagship store and cafe is located in Fremont, right off of Stone Way
  • Currently there are over 20 beers on draft at the MIIR cafe
  • You can host a party and reserve an event room at the MIIR Flagship
  • You’ll find MIIR employees Joshua Stinger and Ian Crane at the front of all MFG singlespeed races

Sponsor Spotlight: Brouwer’s Cafe

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Location: 400 North 35th Street in Fremont at Phinney Ave

Brouwer’s Cafe has been a MFG sponsor since the beginning, and has graciously given away Gift Certificates throughout the season.  This season Brouwer’s Cafe is the title sponsor of the Brouwer’s Cafe Hot Lap Competition.

Brouwer’s Cafe is rich in Belgian decor, food offerings, and of course, beer.   With 300 bottles on hand, nearly 75 beers on draft, and a leather-bound scotch novel, there is a drink worth having for just about anyone at Brouwers.

What’s more, Brouwer’s is managed by none-other-than Nat P., a regular Hodala! singlespeed tough guy who regularly finds himself creepin’ in the top 10 at all CX SS races.

Why we like Brouwer’s:

Really good food, insane beer draft and bottle list, and servers who are willing to make recommendations.   Oh, and clean lines changed on every keg on draft make for QUALITY.

Five things you should know about Brouwer’s Cafe:

  1. Service staff are intelligent and will make recommendations for drinks.
  2. Belgian passion with Manneken Pis in the front entry!
  3. Multiple frite sauces options including aioli, curry ketchup, and tartar.
  4. Over 60 Scotches available.
  5. The 10-person library room on the top floor.

Sponsor Spotlight: Subaru

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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

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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

Woodland Park GP Race Report

By | 2016, Cyclocross

The final installment of the 2016 MFG Cyclocross season was held at its traditional venue, Seattle’s Woodland Park. The park, which is smack dab in the middle of the city, always features a fun, technical course that weaves through variation portions of the park providing run ups, logs for hoping, and of course the HODALA! corner, an area of the park that is always beset by snow flurries—regardless of the weather. The venue crowd favorite, even if it doesn’t always fit ones’ skill set.

Woodland Park GP 2016 GWC-3791

The 10:20 races received “The Treatment”. Al Dimond took the win in the Beginner Men’s field, while Ben Carpenter and Kevin Durdle took second and third. Thomas Schulz (Olympia Orthopedic Associates, Mikael Christensen (Egencia) and Dan Scott (Mayhem Racing), held podium spots in the Cat 4 Men’s 45+ field. Audi Racing’s Christopher Wahl took the win in the Clydesdale race with Eric Evanson (Kirkland Bicycle) and Dan Arildson (Slalom Consulting). In the 60+ Men’s field it was Erik Brooks (Egenica), Kevin Raymond (Bike Sale), and Martin Rand (Audi) who took the podium steps.

Woodland Park GP 2016 GWC-3625

The women’s race one-two race was shaken up by the inclusion of Bellingham native Courtenay McFaddden who stopped by Woodland Park after a stint of east coast UCI racing. McFadden used the skills that brought her a podium spot on day two of the Derby Cup last weekend. Series leader Tricia Fleischer (Monument Wheel Works) fought hard, and worked her way through the tail end of the men’s race with the hopes of catching the charging McFadden, but McFadden would prove elusive. She took the win by a little under three minutes. Monica Lloyd finished third, a little over a minute behind Fleisher however, sealed the series overall, finishing the 2016 MFG series as one of the most dominant racers, in any category.

Woodland Park GP 2016 GWC-0679

The men’s field offered much closer racing, with Spencer Paxon (Kona Bicycles), Stephen Ettinger (Ridebiker Alliance p/b Focus Bikes) and Steve Fisher (Mcgovern Cycles – FSA CX) pushing the pace in the early laps. The trio wound and drifted their way through technical course, each one closely following the other. At the midway point Ettinger hit the deck exiting the apex of the HODALA! corner. The crash could have been disastrous for Ettinger, but the rider recovered almost as quickly as he went down, and easily made up for the bobble. It would be Fisher who eventually fell off the pace, leaving the Paxon and Ettinger to battle it out. The pair stayed close, but it was Paxon who hit the final straight first, giving him the jump on Ettinger. Joseph Maloney would finish third.

Woodland Park GP 2016 GWC-0314

Thus, closes out the 2016 MFG Cyclocross season. We’ll be back next year with more racing, more hand ups, and perhaps a different team will find their name emblazoned on the course barriers. See you next year.


2016 Series Champions

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Cat 1/2 Men
1 Steve Fisher – Mcgovern Cycles – FSA CX
2 Rory Jack – Recycled Cycles Racing
3 Stephen Ettinger – Ridebikeralliance P/B Focus Bikes

Cat 1/2 Women
1 Tricia Fleischer – Monument Wheelworks
2 Monica Lloyd – Olympia Orthoapedic Associates
3 Kenda Super – Hagens Berman Society Consulting

Cat 1/2 Men 35+
1 Steve Westover – Diamondback
2 Barney Gill – Mayhem Racing
3 Brian Bressler – Crosshare Racing

Cat 1/2 Men 45+
1 Craig Undem – Cycle U
2 David Stonich – Alki Rubicon
3 Chris Rodde – Taco Time

Men 55+
1 Kevin Johnson – Egencia
2 Rodney Brandon  – Taco Time Northwest
3 Roy Colven

Men 60+
1 Martin Rand
2 Barry Johnson
3 Woody Cox – Dyna Racing

Cat 1/2 Women 40+
1 Jodi Connolly – Black Sheep Velo
2 Jodi Duquette – Alki Rubicon
3 Cherish Sutull – Alki Rubicon

Clydesdale – 200 lbs +
1 Sage Vann – Dyna Racing
2 Erik Hokanson – LWV/Broadmark Capital
3 David Mcintosh

Single Speed Men
1 Brian Myers – Hodala!
2 Brad Nelson Team – Racepace
3 Joey Mullan – 333 Fab CX Factory Team

Single Speed Women
1 Lea Stralka – Black Sheep Velo
2 Anne-Marije Rook – NOMI Hand Up Squad
3 Hidi Cramer – PCP Racing

Cat 3 Men
1 Brian Debronsky – Egencia
2 Nick D Stroud
3 Zack Hewell – Cycle U

Cat 3 Women
1 Megan Fay – Tenspeed Hero
2 Hayden Gizinski – Northwest Women’s Cyclocross Project
3 Liz Nettles Team – Group Health

Cat 3 Men 35+
1 Greg Heath – Hodala!
2 Adam Worobec – SCCA/Starbucks Cycling
3 Sid Wray – Major Taylor Racing

Cat 3 Men 45+
1 Brian Wong – EV Pb Fortius
2 John Herzog – Hup United
3 Duncan Mcintosh – Hagens Berman Society Consulting

Cat 3/4 Women 40+
1 Andrea Leuschke – Black Sheep Velo
2 Cary P Lassen – Dyna Racing
3 Jane Matera –  Alki Rubicon

Cat 4 Men
1 Brandon Sprouse
2 Ricky Lyman
3 Ehrin Bulfin – Egencia

Cat 4 Women
1 Bryna Fahrner – Mayhem Racing
2 Wendy Leber Malice
3 Tracey Gramenz

Cat 4 Men 35+
1 Dan Warren – Major Taylor Racing
2 Thomas Horan  – Mcleod Construction/Snohomish Bike Racin
3 Wes Wahlin

Cat 4 Men 45+
1 Dan Scott – Mayhem
2 Russ Morgenson
3 Ron Sielinski – Therapeutic Associates

Jr Boys 2001/2002
1 Walker Busken – Rad Racing NW
2 Connor Gizinski – Cycle U
3 Tommy Shapiro

Jr Boys 2003/2004
1 Matthew Basaldua – Mt. Si
2 Parker Casazza – Cycle U
3 Jack Harris – Cycle U

Jr Boys 2005-2007
1 Kai Wallis – Rad Racing NW
2 Joe Spranger – Rad Racing NW
3 Nathan Sabol – Mcleod/Snohomish Bike Racing

Jr Girls 2001/2002
1 Juliann Vander Haegen – Rad Racing NW
2 Addison Leckrone
3 Ran Cin Sung – Major Taylor Project

Jr Girls 2003/2004
1 Poppy Knorr – Black Sheep Velo
2 Bronwynn Gar – Aouy – Rad Racing NW
3 AnnalIse Rosser – Rad Racing NW

Jr Girls 2005-2007
Place Name Team name
1 Ryan Connolly – Black Sheep Velo
2 Betsy Stonich – Alki Rubicon
3 Monica Ballas – Epoch Medical
3 Indigo Newby-House

Jr Boys – 2008/2009
1 Tomas McIntosh Hagens Berman Society Consulting
2 Will Stralka Black Sheep Velo
3 Truman Atkins Hodala!

Jr Girls – 2008/2009
1 Keaghlan Robinson – Rad Racing NW
2 Sophie Matera – Alki Rubicon
3 Fiona Ballas – Epoch Medical





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


Details on Woodland Park GP 20016

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Here are the details for Woodland Park GP, Sunday, November 13, 2016.

Directions & Parking:
From I-5 North/South take the NE 50th Street exit. Travel west on 50th to Woodland Park. Limited parking in gravel lot off of 50th just east of Hwy 99 overpass. More parking off of Greenlake Way N and W Greenlake Way N on east side of park. Please carpool. Parking is limited.

Race Registration:
All registrations are done online at A Webscorer account is required.

Discounted pricing ends at Midnight Saturday, November 12, 2016.

Register Here:

Race day registration can be done online on your own device or on devices provided by MFG Cyclocross at the Registration Area. If you plan to register on site with MFG Cyclocross provided devices please sign up for Webscorer account in advance to help expedite the process.

If you registered online and already have a bib number and timing chip no need to visit the on-site registration.


2016 Cyclocross Race Timing Chip Policy

For the 2016 cyclocross racing season, both MFG Cyclocross and Cross Revolution will be using the Dual Tag timing chip. This chip has been invented and manufactured by our finish line production partner Dave Wamsley of Center Event.

In past seasons, timing chips have been purchased, built, and provided to racers at no charge. For the 2016 season, all chips will be distributed for $5 and are guaranteed to work for 1 season. In future seasons, chips must be tested at the first race and if they don’t work, a new chip must be purchased.
Please note, this is not a rental charge. The chip is yours to keep. This cost is a direct pass through cost to Center Event for materials and labor.

Chips can be purchased at the first race of the season. Easiest if you bring a five dollar bill.

Timing Chips and Bib Numbers:

If you had and issue with being scored this season it is suggested you stop by Registration to confirm your bib and chip number are correct in the database.

Both chip and bib must be worn during races. Please make sure you use your MFG Cyclocross series number. Riders not wearing a timing chip or a bib number will be disqualified. Numbers are pinned on the jersey on the back of the left shoulder. Timing chips are to be mounted to the helmet.

Riders racing two categories will be assigned separate bib numbers and chips.

The Paper – Make sure to stop by Registration and get this week’s copy of “MFG Newspaper” now located in “The Green House of News”.

The Course:

Course map:

Some small modifications may be made to the course on race day.

Course Preview with Spensor Paxson, Kona Factory Racing at 8:00 AM at the Finish Line

Here and There Grill will be on site with a complete menu for breakfast & lunch.

Tripod Coffee will be serving.

Results will be posted at Customer Service and can be found on race day using The Webscorer app for smartphones is a great way to review results.

Results Review Protocol:

Results will be posted after each race, on-site, approximately 30 minutes after your race finishes and on If you believe your result is incorrect, please do ONE of the following

1. Go to our Customer Service tent at registration at the venue. Fill out a Results Review Form by 4:30 pm of race day
2. Send an email to by Monday at Noon PST and include your Name, Chip Number, Bib Number, Racing Category, and a brief explanation of your result.

We will review your result inquiry if one of these two steps are followed.

Junior Series Awards:
Where: Podium at MFG Truck at Woodland GP located near finish line.
When: Sunday, November 13th at 2:30 PM
Who: We will award the top three in the series to all Junior categories at Woodland Park GP.
Food: Root Beer Garden in effect! And cake too!

The 10:20 AM and 12:05 PM races will receive “The Treatment” this week. The Treatment will include excellent prizes and podium presentations for the top-3 finishers. All Podium Presentations will be done at the “MFG Truck” at the finish line.

We will also have random prizes for riders during this start time from Snoqualmie Ice Cream.

Cash prizes for Cat 1/2 Men and Women will be award three-deep at all races in the series.

Brouwers Hot Lap
The Brouwers Hot Lap competition is scored on the second lap for two categories at each race. The fastest second lap or “hot lap” will be awarded a Brouwers Cafe Gift Card. Winners should stop by Customer Service to pick up their Brouwers Gift Card.

This week’s categories are:

SS Men & SS Women

Winners of Brouwers Hot Laps at Magnuson Park Cross were:

Men 60+ – Martin Rand
Clydesdale – Erik Hokanson

If you did not get your Brouwers Cafe Gift Certificate at Race #5 stop by Customer Service this week to pick it up.

Social Media:
The official social media hashtag for MFG Cyclocross 2016 will be #mfgcross. We love to see your experiences at the races so please tag it up.

Team Competition Instagram Photo Contest theme for this week is “Selfie with Brian Worthy” or “Supporter Sign” or “Selfie with Brian Worthy with Supporter Sign”.

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Tent Setup:
Here are the details for tent set up this Sunday at Woodland Park GP:

1. View Course Map for location.
2. Tents must be loaded in by 8:00 am.
3. Tents will be placed in the parking spots (on both sides of the street) on the east portion of the drive loop around the picnic area at the park. Tents need to be place going north just after Crossing Two. Tents row will end south of Crossing Three.
4. Trailers can be placed with tents this week. Please park trailers parallel to the curb.
5. You can drop your tent off from your car but please do not park your car with your tent. When done unloading drive out the direction of the one-way road to park you car in lots around the park.
6. Tents will not be allowed in any other area.
7. Tent Setup in Seattle Parks:
• Tents with blank tops can be set up for no fee (example: a blue tent)
• Tents with club logos that do not promote a commercial licensed for-profit or not-profit organization can be set up for no fee (example: Soft Like Kitten’s tent).
• Tents with logos promoting a commercial licensed for-profit or not-profit organization must pay a $50 fee for a single tent and a $200 fee for two to three tents (examples: Team Group Health’s or Team Audi’s tent). Payment for these tents will be collected by Zac Daab on site day of race.