Magnuson Park Cross p/b Nuun Race Report

By | 2018, Cyclocross

It was a cloudless 64-degree day with no wind and the terrain was dry. The wisest racers left their mud tires at home and mounted up file treads (“Oh darn, did I bring them?”). Eight hundred cyclocross competitors gathered at MFG’s race #4, held at Magnuson Park on the shores of Lake Washington near Seattle. This race course was mostly flat and fast, and featured one long but gentle gravel hill climb, with a grassy descent shortly before a bottom turn and the officials’ stage and finish line. Over the day, spectators watched the course grow even faster as elite talent rolled by, and then disappeared in a whoosh, bouncing across grass, dirt and gravel, and finally a paved section that passed the finish line,
where racers could unleash all their remaining energy into in all-out sprints.

This venue has its own distinctive look-and-feel, with a closed-off roadway running straight through all the teams’ and vendors’ tents. This layout breeds, almost enforces, social interaction, which is, after all, the main reason many racers come to cyclocross, isn’t that true? Threading through this little tent city made one feel like they were getting lost in a street bazaar. It really was a perfect circus where riders and visitors could walk along and touch or drool over a lineup of cool bikes, hung on racks. The calamity of people and bikes occasionally squeezed the roadway into a narrow alley. Racers could also sheepishly peek into team tents where recruiters were openly canvassing for new talent, and then pretend to ignore vendors showing off some of their latest bike tech products. And finally, all could smell and
consume from the various aromatics of peddled food items (not pedaled), for sale from the food trucks.

As mentioned, nearly 800 racers turned out, including 119 youth, large fields of women, and a brave group of 33 beginner women and 49 beginner men. Top finishers of the elite men were Spencer Paxson (Kona Bicycles), with Steve Fisher (Mcgovern Cycles / FSA CX) 42 seconds behind, and Derek Parsons (Cliff Bar) another 38 seconds behind. Fourth place was an exciting high-speed sprint finish tie between Garrett Sczechowski (Dyna Racing) and 14-year-old Adrian Magun (Apex Racing).

The women’s elite was won by Mindy McCutcheon (DNA Cotton Sox), who led by 19 seconds after the first lap, holding that gap evenly until the last lap, beating second-place Monica Lloyd (Olympia Orthopaedic Assoc) by 18 seconds. Trailing Monica’s wheel almost the entire race until the last lap was Stephanie Taplin (Indigenous Wheel Co.), who finished 36 seconds behind for third.

This race was sponsored by NUUN, who shared their cool hats with podium winners. Most competitors loved this race day, especially when that familiar digital lap counter at the finish line flashed its big letters, “YOU’RE ALL DONE!”

Photos by Geoffrey Crofoot

Full Details for Magnuson Park Cross

By | 2018, Cyclocross

Here are the details MFG Cyclocross – Magnuson Park Cross October 14, 2018.

Big thank you to NUUN Hydration our presenting sponsor of MFG Cyclocross – Magnuson Park Cross.

Directions & Parking:
Encouraged transportation modes that are low to no impact:

Riding to the venue via the Burke Gilman
• Car-pooling with team mates
• Taking the bus to the event
• From Interstate 5, you can exit at either N.E. 45th Street (Exit #169) or N.E. 65th Street (Exit #171).

From the N.E. 45th Street exit, go east on 45th, past the University of Washington, and down the 45th Street ramp. Continue east past University Village Shopping Center. Bear left and continue about 2 miles. You will pass Seattle Children’s Hospital and Sand Point Village/Princeton Avenue.

From the I-5 N.E. 65th Street exit, head east approximately four miles on 65th (stay on the arterial!) until you have crossed Sand Point Way N.E. into the N.E. 65th Street entrance to Warren G. Magnuson Park.

From State Route 520 (SR520)

• Take the Montlake Boulevard exit (north) and continue north about 1 mile.
• Bear to the right as Montlake Boulevard becomes NE 45th Street, continue past University Village Shopping Center.
• Continue east through the NE 45th/Union Bay Place intersection. As the street bears to the left and north, it then becomes Sand Point Way NE.
• Continue on Sand Point Way NE about 2 miles, you will pass Seattle Children’s Hospital and Sand Point Village/Princeton Avenue.

Registration for MFG Cyclocross #4:
Discounted pricing ends at Midnight Saturday, October 14, 2018.

Register Here:

https://www.webscorer.com/register?raceid=141651

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.

https://www.webscorer.com/secure/signin?&ReturnUrl=http://www.webscorer.com/profile

ON-SITE REGISTRATION IS CASH, CHECK, or Visa/MasterCard

2018 Cyclocross Race Timing Chip Policy

For the 2018 cyclocross racing season, MFG Cyclocross, Cross Revolution, NW CX Cup and Wednesday Night Worlds will be using the Dual Tag timing chip. If you already have a timing chip from a previous season please have it tested at registration at your first race. If you need a new chip it can be purchased for $5 at Registration and is 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 will be sold on site at each race.

Timing Chips and Bib Numbers:
If this is your first race of the series please stop by Registration to pick-up your bib number and purchase your timing chip.

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. Timing chips are to be mounted to the helmet.
Numbers are pinned on the jersey on the back of the LEFT shoulder.

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

The Course:

Course map: http://www.mfgcyclocross.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/2018-MFG_Magnuson_Course_Map-Kite-Hill.jpg

Some modifications will be made to the course on race day to improve flow and moderate effort.

Food and Coffee:
Here & There Grill will be on site with a full breakfast and lunch menu.

Tripod Coffee will be on site with coffee and espresso.

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

Results Review Protocol for MFG Cyclocross:

Results will be posted after each race, on-site, approximately 30 minutes after your race finishes and on Webscorer.com. 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 results@mfgcyclocross.com 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.

Prizes:
Race Day Prize:
In 2018 we will be doing prizes, awards and podium presentations for each and every category at all six races. Podium presentations will be done at Customer Service based on this schedule:

• 9:30 AM & 10:20 AM Races – 11:30 AM Podium Presentation
• 11:10 AM & 12:00 PM Races – 1:30 PM Podium Presentation
• 2:10 PM Races – 3:15 PM Podium Presentation
• 2:50 PM Races – 4:00 PM Podium Presentations

Elite Men and Women’s Payout:

The payout for Men and Women is equal and as follows:
Elite Men and Women, 1st Place: $80
Elite Men and Women, 2nd Place: $60
Elite Men and Women, 3rd Place: $40

Social Media:
The official social media hashtag for MFG Cyclocross 2018 will be #mfgcross. We love to see your experiences at the races so please tag it up.

Find us at:
www.facebook.com/mfgcyclocross
www.instagram.com/mfgcross
www.twitter.com/mfgcross

Tent Setup:

1. View Course Map for Location
2. Tents must be loaded in by 8:00 am.
3. Tents will be placed on the west and east side of Lake Shore Drive running North from Course Crossing near the Cross Park Trail. We need a walking path left down the middle. Tents one deep on each side. If we overflow this area tents will go one deep along the south, west perimeter of Parking Lot E4 at the end of Lake Shore Drive.
4. Team cars that will at the venue all day can park in the center parking spots in Parking Lot E4 at the end of Lake Shore Drive.
5. No trailers or cars in line with tents this week. Team cars and trailers can be parked in center spots of Parking Lot E4 at the end of Lake Shore Drive. Cars will not be able to leave this lot until the final race is finished.
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 each tent (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.
• If you would like to pay in advance, please send PayPal payment info@mfgcyclocross.com. Please note your team name with payment. Thank you.

Team Tents at Magnuson Park Cross

By | 2018, Cyclocross

Here are the details for tent set up this Sunday at Magnuson Park Cross:

  1. View Course Map for Location
  2. Tents must be loaded in by 8:00 am.
  3. Tents will be placed on the west and east side of Lake Shore Drive running North from Course Crossing near the Cross Park Trail. We need a walking path left down the middle. Tents one deep on each side. If we overflow this area tents will go one deep along the south, west perimeter of Parking Lot E4 at the end of Lake Shore Drive.
  4. Team cars that will at the venue all day can park in the center parking spots in Parking Lot E4 at the end of Lake Shore Drive.
  5. No trailers or cars in line with tents this week. Team cars and trailers can be parked in center spots of Parking Lot E4 at the end of Lake Shore Drive. Cars will not be able to leave this lot until the final race is finished.
  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 each tent (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.
  • If you would like to pay in advance please send PayPal payment info@mfgcyclocross.com. Please note your team name with payment. Thank you.

 

Leavenworth Cyclocross Trophae p/b MIIR Race Report

By | 2018

Leavenworth was the venue for two days of cyclocross racing on September 22-23, starting with a NW CX Cup, a USAC-sanctioned race, and the next day MFG’s second race of the season. This venue was distinguished by some interesting features. First, it ranks as the most distant MFG race, a 2.5-hour drive from Seattle. Racers braving this were rewarded by an authentic Bavarian village, known for well-stocked beer pubs and authentic brauts, everything a cyclocross racer would enjoy. And many crashed there, overnight that is.

But perhaps the most interesting feature of the Leavenworth venue was its boast worthy race elevation gain. This isn’t referring to its meager 1200’ altitude (unlike Boulder’s mile high), but its cumulative vertical feet a rider recorded during each race. Completing six laps would show 2,000’ of gain.

When arriving and setting up at the base of this hill (appropriately named, “Ski Hill”), peering up, one could spy riders climbing testing out the steep inclines, some able to stay in the saddle, others shouldering bikes, but all clearly digging deep. Slopes to the right must have been a beginner skill hill, where a rope tow comes out when there’s snow. Back on the left, one could imagine a chairlift. Racers that day lamented the challenge (or crowed their feats) and shared various techniques for staying in the saddle during the climbs and not dismounting.

The women’s elite race featured several of our top NW racers, including cyclocross national champion Monica Lloyd (Olympia Orthopaedic Associates), taking a commanding lead early and capturing first place by three minutes over Stephanie Taplin (Indigenous Wheel Co.). Third place was Laura Jeddeloh (MD Endurance Coaching).

The men’s elite races were closer, but slowly stretched out as the hills ate away chasers and pacers, leaders demonstrating sheer hill-climbing quadricep strength. Kevin Bradford-Parish (Set Coaching/FSA) topped the podium with nearly a two-minute lead over Derek Parsons (Cliff Bar), and followed in third by Ian Tubbs (Audi), just ten seconds behind.

Photos by Geoffrey Crofoot

Lake Sammamish GP p/b Planet Box Race Report

By | 2018

How would you like to ride your bike through nearly a mile of soft sand as fast as you can? Are we talking about cyclocross racing? Yes, and it happened at Lake Sammamish State Park (east of Seattle) on September 8 and 9, at MFG’s trademark Northwest cyclocross racing season-opener. The mega sand was the headliner for this venue and clearly what everyone was talking about. “Did you ride it or run it?”, was the refrain.

This entirely flat race course was used for the double-header racing weekend promoted by MFG Cyclocross. Day one was the first NW CX Cup series race for USAC-sanctioned racing, for racers earning points. And day two was MFG Cyclocross’s first of their six-race series. And that sand thing? How much sand? NW CX Cup had three sand pits along the beach totaling over 600’ and separated by three quick grassy interludes and barricades. How many laps? Elite racers rode eight laps, 4,800’, or 9/10ths of a mile! Less than one-half was ridden, the rest run, and later in the day many were seen walking as they exited.

Top leaders of USAC-sanctioned NW CX Cup Men’s Open (elite) 1-2-3 finishers were Derek Parsons of Cliff Bar, David Howard of Tenspeed Hero, and Garrett Sczechowski of Dyna Racing. The Women’s Open (elite), 1-2-3 finishers were Monica Lloyd of Olympia Orthopaedic Assoc., Ivy Audrain of Speedvagen Factory Racing Team, and Karine Valliantsaunders of Liquid Velo. Turnout out NW CX Cup was 221 racers, 50’s and gray skies, but after the word spread about the cyclocross beach party, turnout for MFG Cyclocross was over 746 riders, who enjoyed racing on the beach under blue skies and 65 degrees.

MFG Cyclocross’s leaders in the Women’s Elite 1-2-3 were Mindy McCutcheon, Meredith Miller of RCCBDR, and Monica Lloyd of Olympia Orthopaedic Assoc. Men’s Elites 1-2-3 were Michael Van Den Ham of Garneau-Easton P/B Transitions Life Ca., Steve Fisher of McGovern Cycles/FSA CX, and Stephen Mull.

Next year, bring your bikini kit!

Photos by Geoffrey Crofoot

Mooca Liets Veldrijden p/b Rapha Seattle Race Report

By | 2018

MFG’s #3 cyclocross race was held at Ft. Steilacoom Park in Lakewood, Washington on September 30th. This is a favorite venue for many locals and there’s always a large turnout. Riders this day enjoyed comfortable mild temps, overcast and only a few sprinkles. No mud. Even more racers were lured by a bigger reason: In anticipation of this being the venue for the 2019 USAC Cyclocross Nationals, many out-of-town racers showed up to check it out, journeying from California, Oregon, Montana and Utah.

Over the years, various configurations of race courses have been presented here, each offering their own flavor of either gut-busting hills, or adrenaline-filled descents, engineered to challenge all riders’ fitness and bike handling skills. Planning for the 2019 CX NATS, MFG tested multiple layouts during the race day, rapidly rerouting the course between races. Adjustments were made first on technical descents to ensure safety for less experienced riders, then afterwards in reverse to fulfill the thirst for serious technical challenges the elite riders desire, by opening up near-vertical dirt hill climbs and unwrapping steep and twisty drops back down to the valley floor.

It’s uncommon for a cyclocross venue to be reconfigured midday, even considering the 2019 prospects, but this switcheroo actually allowed the more than 600 racers to experience challenges more closely scaled to their skill levels. Nearly all course layouts receive a few complaints, but on this day none were heard, just plenty of praises emerging from dirty-faced smiles.

The elite races were well-attended, with fields of 23 men and 14 women. Elite masters men had 39 racers. Over seven laps, the top 12 elite men hung together within seven seconds for the first two laps, but by lap number five, Steve Fisher (McGovern Cycles / FSA CX) pulled away with a commanding lead, finishing first with a 40-second gap. In second place was Robert Cummings (Mettle Cycling), and third place at twelve seconds behind went to Ian Tubbs (Audi).

The women’s elite race first place was taken by Anna Megale (Team UpCycle). Close behind in second place by 1.7 seconds was Monica Lloyd (Olympia Orthopaedic Associates), and in third just under four minutes back was Gina Estep (Thrive). The next five racers were closely matched, all within about a minute of each other.

And did anyone know what the title of this race means? Steilacoom spelled backwards, plus “veldruden”, in Flemish means “field riding”.

Photos by Geoffrey Crofoot

Caps Not Hats

By | 2018, Cyclocross

In celebration of our 10th Season, Series Sponsor, Rapha Seattle, has made commemorative caps in our green on green livery. We will have caps for sale at Magnuson Park Cross on October 14th.

Full Details for Mooca Liets Veldrijden

By | 2018, Cyclocross

Here are the details MFG Cyclocross – Mooca Liets Veldrijden September 30th, 2018.

Rapha Seattle is our presenting sponsor and will be providing all podium prizes and will also be onsite with merchandise for sale. Additionally, Rapha Seattle will be hosting a fun and free Cross Olympics in between races at 11, 12, and 1pm. Head to the Rapha Seattle tent near the podium for Cross Olympics.

In celebration of our 10th Season, our race day sponsor Rapha Seattle made commemorative caps in our green on green livery. Podium winners for every category 1st through 3rd will win a cap at this Sunday’s Mooca Liets Veldrijden. Plus, we will have 50 caps to sell. You’ll have to decide if you’ll bank on your speed or speed to the bank to get your limited edition cap.

Special Note:
REI will be onsite, filming for an episode of Trailheads during the Sept. 30th Cyclocross Event! Filming will take place during the event and will primarily be focused on one of the two event participants and Trailheads Hosts. The camera crew will stay out of race participants during and will not interfere with any races. Some video footage may include recording the appearance or voice of persons visiting or participating the event. By choosing to visit or participate in the Sept. 30th event, you will be deemed to have granted permission to REI to utilize collected footage. If you do not wish to grant such permission, please see an REI representative.”

Directions & Parking:
From I-5 take the South 74th(#129) Street exit and head west. After 3 or 4 miles the road veers left and turns into Custer Road. In about 1 mile take the free right turn onto 88th St. SW. The road then turns into Steilacoom Blvd. In about 1 mile turn left at the traffic light at 87th Ave SW and take an immediate right into the park. Follow paved road in park about 1/2 mile to gravel parking area by the lake and the animal barns.

Registration for MFG Cyclocross #3:
Discounted pricing ends at Midnight Saturday, September 30, 2018.

Register Here:

https://www.webscorer.com/register?raceid=141646

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.

https://www.webscorer.com/secure/signin?&ReturnUrl=http://www.webscorer.com/profile

ON-SITE REGISTRATION IS CASH, CHECK, or Visa/MasterCard

2018 Cyclocross Race Timing Chip Policy

For the 2018 cyclocross racing season, MFG Cyclocross, Cross Revolution, NW CX Cup and Wednesday Night Worlds will be using the Dual Tag timing chip. If you already have a timing chip from a previous season please have it tested at registration at your first race. If you need a new chip it can be purchased for $5 at Registration and is 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 will be sold on site at each race.

Timing Chips and Bib Numbers:
If this is your first race of the series please stop by Registration to pick-up your bib number and purchase your timing chip.

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. Timing chips are to be mounted to the helmet.
Numbers are pinned on the jersey on the back of the LEFT shoulder.

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

The Course:

Course map: http://www.mfgcyclocross.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/09/mooca-liets-course.jpg

Some modifications will be made to the course on race day to improve flow and moderate effort.

Food and Coffee:
South Beach Cuisine & Espresso will be on site serving food and coffee all day.

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

Results Review Protocol for MFG Cyclocross:

Results will be posted after each race, on-site, approximately 30 minutes after your race finishes and on Webscorer.com. 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 results@mfgcyclocross.com 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.

Prizes:
Race Day Prize:
In 2018 we will be doing prizes, awards and podium presentations for each and every category at all six races. Podium presentations will be done at Customer Service based on this schedule:

• 9:30 AM & 10:20 AM Races – 11:30 AM Podium Presentation
• 11:10 AM & 12:00 PM Races – 1:30 PM Podium Presentation
• 2:10 PM Races – 3:15 PM Podium Presentation
• 2:50 PM Races – 4:00 PM Podium Presentations

Elite Men and Women’s Payout:

The payout for Men and Women is equal and as follows:
Elite Men and Women, 1st Place: $80
Elite Men and Women, 2nd Place: $60
Elite Men and Women, 3rd Place: $40

Social Media:
The official social media hashtag for MFG Cyclocross 2018 will be #mfgcross. We love to see your experiences at the races so please tag it up.

Find us at:
www.facebook.com/mfgcyclocross
www.instagram.com/mfgcross
www.twitter.com/mfgcross

Tent Setup:

The Start / Finish stretch will be in the grass to the left of the main road we usually use for the Start / Finish. Tents will be placed in the grass to the left of the road along the Start / Finish stretch between the road and the split-rail fence. You will be able to drive right down the road to drop off your tent. Please drop your tent off quickly and park your car in the main parking. There will be some traffic on this road getting to the parking adjacent to the soccer fields.

Course Map: http://www.mfgcyclocross.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/09/mooca-liets-course.jpg

As always:
• Please place tents from each team tight to each other.
• Tents will not be allowed in any other areas.

Rapha Seattle at Mooca Liets Velrijden

By | 2018, Cyclocross

We are psyched for MFG 3 this weekend at Ft. Steilacoom Park. The course will use lines and sections that will be featured in the 2019 National Championship course.

Rapha Seattle is our presenting sponsor and will be providing all podium prizes, and will also be onsite with merchandise for sale. Additionally, Rapha Seattle will be hosting a fun and free Cross Olympics in between races at 11, 12, and 1pm. Head to the Rapha Seattle tent near the podium for Cross Olympics.

Feedback Requested on MFG CX in Leavenworth

By | Uncategorized

If you attended one or two days of racing in Leavenworth September 22nd and 23rd for NW CX Cup and MFG Cyclocross we would love your feedback on these polls:

Would you return to Leavenworth Ski Hill for a CX race in the future?
If Yes, would you prefer a one day or two day format?
If No, is it due to the difficulty of the course?
Did you have difficulty finding your desired type and price point for overnight accommodations?