Subaru Cyclo Cup

Subaru Cyclo Cup Race Report – Day 2

By | 2015, Cyclocross, Subaru Cyclo Cup

Early weather reports called for a second day of rain, but it came and went early, allowing for a bit of sun, though not a whole lot of warmth; a different type of cross weather. There was no run up today, but the racers were routed to long climb paved climb that later transitioned to gravel; a longer version of yesterday’s climb. The day’s sun turned sections of the course that were slick yesterday into tacky mud and grass, which made for higher speeds, to the amazement of spectators.

Katerina Nash (Luna Pro Team) again went bell to bell with what seemed like an effortless ride. And once again, it was Raleigh Clement’s Caroline Mani who took up a solo chase, Elle Anderson (SRAM/Strava) also left to chase the leaders ahead of her with no help, she would eventually finish third. Behind her Washington native Courtenay McFadden (Rock Lobster/American Classics) and Canadian national champ Mical Dyck battled for fourth place, which seemed to be the most contested places for the day. At the front of the race Nash crossed the line 24 seconds ahead of Mani.

In the men’s race Logan Owen (California giant/Specialized) once again set the pace. Yesterday’s winner went out hard and soon reduced the men’s field to a group of three, which included Jonathan Page (Page/Fuji Racing) and Zach McDonald (Streamline Insurance). The trio took turns at the front, and seemed to take turns attacking each other, but no one was able to make a true separation. Half way through the hour and six minutes of racing McDonald suffered a mechanical taking him out of the group. A lap latter Owen had dispatched Page, and rode to the line alone. Page ran out of gas on the last lap, which allowed Jamey Driscoll to overtake the former national champ, making day two’s podium a traced image of day before.

In local news, Russell Stevenson (Trek CXC) took the win both days in the Men’s Open race, followed by Aaron Bradford who took second on Saturday and Sunday. Rad Racing found itself on the third step both days, with Calder Wood taking the third spot on Saturday, and Scott Funston with the honors on Sunday. These juniors have stepped up, this year and will soon be giving the big local names a run for their money.

Most of fast local women, opted for the Elite races this weekend leaving the Open field open for out-of-towners. On Saturday the podium was comprised of Ann Kennedy, Stephanie Uetrecht (Twin Six) and Julie Baird took first, second and third respectively. On day two it was Stephanie Uetrecht who landed on the tallest step, with Ann Kennedy taking second and Oregon’s Laura Trace (Team Oregon p/b Laurelwood Brewing Co) finishing third.

Next week we go back to good old MFG Cyclocross action when the series finale comes to its traditional home, Woodland Park. The lower bouts of the men’s overall podium are still up for grabs, with less than ten points separating fourth through second place. In the women’s race 333Fab CX’s Heidi Wood will be looking to upset Kristen Kelsey (Axiom HVAC/Cycle U), and Hagens Berman/Society Consulting’s Kenda Super will be hope to hang on to the final podium spot.

Subaru Cyclo Cup Race Report – Day 1

By | 2015, Cyclocross, Subaru Cyclo Cup

UCI level racing returned the Pacific Northwest on Saturday with day one of the Subaru Cyclo Cup, held at Ft. Steilacoom Park in Lakewood Washington. The venue has hosted many races over the years, including day two of last year’s Waves for Water Collaboration weekend. This year’s course differed in two key ways. The first was a steep muddy run up, instead of last year’s leg busting paved and gravel climb. The second was the inclusion of a sand pit located in the venue’s infield, which was brought in specifically for the event.

Throughout the day racers were deluged with rain, making some sections of the course slick and coating others in a thick mud, ideal cyclocross conditions to put it more bluntly. The conditions made for ideal spectating, especially at the run up, where the crowd’s cheers could be heard from a distance, and where dollars bills, and a few unopened cans of beer could be found for hand ups.

Logan Owen (California Giant/ Specialized) took control of the men’s race from the drop of the flag, hoping to do better than last year, when he came up empty handed on both days. This year the youngster quickly distanced himself from the pack of elite racers and worked himself comfortable lead. Raleigh Clement’s Jamey Driscoll mounted a chase, and for a majority of the race he was able to keep Owen within his sights. Jonathan Page (Page/Fuji) followed after Driscoll, but the elder statesman of American cyclocross was unable to catch Owen’s pursuer. After an hour and two minutes of racing, it was Owen who took the win, with Driscoll twenty-seven seconds in arrears. Page finished off the podium, coming in less than thirty seconds behind Driscoll.

“It was nice to get my first two UCI wins in a year, with my Tour of Utah win earlier this year, and then today in front of a home crowd, it’s exciting.” The twenty year old said.

In the women’s field it was Luna Pro Team’s Katarina Nash who took control of the women’s race. The field had come into the first run up bunched together, but from there the gaps the just went out, spreading the field along the course. Nash rode a clean race and that kept Caroline Mani (Raleigh/Clement) who, despite a lingering sickness, had set a solo chase. Behind her was the Canadian national champion Mical Dyck (Naked Factory Racing). However, Nash’s lead, was a dominant one, she would cross the line first with thirty seconds in hand. Mani found her way onto the second step, while Mical Dyck followed a minute behind in third.

Day two of Subaru Cyclo Cup again takes place at Ft. Steilacoom, with the women starting at 2:00 pm PST, and the men following at 3:00 pm PST. The course will feature some minor tweaks to keep things interesting. The forecast calls for morning rain, which should pass in time for the Elite races.

Volunteer Instructions – Subaru Cyclo Cup

By | 2015, Cyclocross, Subaru Cyclo Cup

Volunteers –

Thank you so much for helping Subaru Cyclo Cup! Your participation is important for making the races fun, safe and successful.

General Information:
During the races, we will have a Volunteer Tent setup near Registration. Here there will be a list with your assignment and a course map to direct you to the location. The tent will be WHITE and have a VOLUNTEER sign on it. There will also be a radio in the tent. If at any time you need help, pick up the radio and ask for “volunteer assistance” and we will get right with you. Please arrive a few minutes early for your position.

Task Specific Information:

Crossing Guard – The role of the Crossing Guards is to help pedestrians cross the safely course without interrupting the race. The course crossings will be controlled by gates made of course tape. The crossing guards will keep the gates closed until there is a gap between racers that will provide adequate time for the pedestrians to cross the course.

Course Breakdown (Sunday) – Following the finish of the Elite Men’s race (approximately 3:45) check in at the white and red MFG truck for assignment. Work will generally include removing stakes, course tape and other race controls. Bring a headlamp if you have one.

Subaru Cyclo Cup Brings Professional Racing to Fort Steilacoom Park

By | 2015, Cyclocross, Subaru Cyclo Cup

The Subaru Cyclo Cup offers bicycle racing fans and cycling enthusiast an opportunity to experience two days of professional cyclocross racing at Fort Steilacoom Park in Lakewood, WA on November 14th and 15th.

The Riders
Professional riders from all over the United States and Canada as well as Europe will descend upon Ft. Steilacoom on November 14th and 15th. Riders attending will be current and former medallist from national, continental and world championships including Katerina Nash (CZE), Caroline Mani (FRA), Elle Anderson (USA), Ryan Trebon (USA), Jonathan Paige (USA), Zach McDonald (USA), Ben Berden (BEL) and Jamie Driscoll (USA). The professional women and men hit the course at 2:00 and 3:00 pm both days.

The Course
The course at Ft. Steilacoom has been a staple to cyclocross in the Northwest since the 90’s. Ft. Steilacoom has hosted stops on the USGP, NACT, and the Redline Cup. What’s more, this course has been raced more times than nearly any other venue in the U.S. The rolling and wooded terrain creates opportunities for riders of multiple abilities: those who can climb, those who excel on technical descents, and those who can power away on the flats.

The Atmosphere
Throughout the weekend, Subaru will be on-site showcasing their line-up of vehicles. The Here and There Food Truck and Motofish Espresso will also be onsite serving hot food and beverage. Easy course access offers spectators a wide range of viewing points along the 3 km course.

Unfamiliar with cyclocross?
Cyclocross is roughly the equivalent of Steeplechase running for bicyclists. The typical ‘cross course consists of a 1 to 2 mile loop of varied terrain, including dirt, pavement, steep run-ups and off camber turns. Natural and artificial barriers are often used to force the riders to dismount and remount their bicycles at speed. The races are timed events which last between 30 and 60 minutes each, depending on the riders’ age and/or ability level.

Full details on each day of racing shown here.