Get to Know Katie Blincoe

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This Sunday, 10/2/16, we bring you the Katie Blincoe Prestige at Thornton A Sullivan park on Silver Lake. We fired a few questions at Katie this week so you could get to know one of the pioneers of PNW Cyclocross.

MFG Cyclocross: You have been one of the most influential female cross racers in the Northwest. Tell us about when you started racing, and when you stopped.

Katie Blincoe: Thank you so much for this honor. I started out road racing for the Greggs Greenlake Cycles team with a friend of mine Stephanie. She and I had met on a Young Life trip and she told me how she wanted to be a bike racer. I thought that sounded like a good idea so I just just jumped in alongside of what she was planning. In the year leading up to meeting Stephanie, ironically, I had had two different friends on two different occasions tell me that I would make a good bike racer and two of them actually even lent me their bikes.

Once Steffanie and I joined Greggs around 1992 and started doing team rides on the weekends I was hooked! That’s when I met Dan & Jackie Norton who taught me tons about bike racing.
After about 5 years of National road racing and local velodrome racing success, Dan found out that I had been a runner in college so he recruited me for cyclocross.

MFG: For many years, you raced on the Redline team with Ann Knapp. At times, the two of you seemed inseparable. Tell us about being teammates with Ann.

KB: I raced Cyclocross starting in 1996. Then in 1997-2000 with Redline and 2 years with Ann on the team. We laughed so much! Her corny humor and mine meshed well. Also, it was great to have a teammate who was always pushing to get to the next level. When we flew to Europe in 1999/2000 to race in the first ever Women’s Cyclocross World Cup races (and World Championships), I was so broke! Initially, when Ann talked to me about going to Europe to race, I said that I could not do it. Fortunately, she did not want to go without me! Ann bought my plane ticket there since Redline was not helping us other than providing two bikes/kits. We had a tremendous time in Europe. We were so well received, at each race the announcers would make a big deal of these two laughing women from the USA. It was such hard racing but so much fun to experience.

MFG: Do you see her much these days?

KB: Sadly I don’t see enough of Ann. We had a short reunion when she was pregnant and then again last year at the Jerry Baker memorial ride. Dale Knapp & Ann’s daughter is now 10, so time flies by too fast!! But, we are planning on starting a yearly reunion. Maybe at a bike race.

MFG: You’ve been on the Worlds Team a number of years. When you were going to Europe to race, what were you hoping to achieve? Did you go to those races thinking you could be competitive?

KB: Well, despite my great results and excellent experience in 1999, I actually didn’t make the Inaugural Women’s World Championship Team, but Ann did. All the rest were coaches choice and at that time the criteria were foggy. Some women who had raced on the National Road team were given the spots. I am glad now to see that the criteria are more clear and there’s more performance based choices that a rider earns.

Regardless, going to Europe was like walking into the unknown. I had heard so many rumors from some of the US guys that had gone the year before. They talked about how you get sick because the European cold virus is different. They talked about how you’re just dirt bagging and barely surviving over there. They also talked about never being able to get better than thirtieth-something place. Needless to say, I was pretty freaked out but also I knew that I would try my hardest.

In our first race in The Netherlands, Ann placed 2nd and I got 4th. After that, we were still afraid, but we at least got to be in the front 3 rows for the start! I had a few more 4th places, then 10th or 11th, then I got that crazy European cold virus and a fever ruined my last few races.

The best part of racing in Europe is that they would pay you to come to their race, which really helped us pay for the gas and rental van! Actually the best part was the party that surrounded the racing. Each male professional had a big bus full of their fan club members. The buses had their were painted in certain colors and the festivity around these rider fan clubs was fantastic. Whole towns would come out to see racers from their hometown. Every race was just a huge celebration scene with different bob bands playing. Lots of beer gardens. And people lined the whole race course several meters thick

MFG: The Super Cup was a staple in the US cross scene when you were racing. Tell us about your experience racing the Super Cup, and what you felt was done really well about that series?

KB: I really like the Super Cup series races because the courses were all very different and they had cool gear and cash prizes that helped me to upgrade my bike. I loved winning things! As far as the courses go, you never knew what it was going to be like which was fun. Also they would have a race on Saturday and Sunday to make your travel more worth the effort. I also love having new competitors to race with, I would get super nervous and go faster than normal.

I think my favorite was either San Jose because it was sunny and Philadelphia because my parents were able to come watch me race. My least was in Boulder, CO because we had about a foot and a half of snow the night before and it was about -10° out no one could get their shoes & pedals to connect. They cut the race down to 20 or 30 minutes for fear that our lungs and faces would freeze. The officials had heaters they were standing around. You had to stand on cardboard or your feet would just go numb.

The worst part about the Super Cup series is that you had to travel, traveling takes money so when Redline paid our way for a few years I was stoked!!

MFG: Many times beginner riders want to focus on learning how to get on and off the bike. Do you have an alternative tip or skill to practice beyond getting on and off the bike?

KB: I love practicing the on and off at speed going over obstacles. I think the least favorite is running up the hills! But, I think the most important thing is doing your intervals 2-3 times a week so that you can really get used to having your heart rate up to that lactic acid threshold. You have to be able to push through the pain. But you have to also not go too far or you will completely blow up like I did in 1996 at the national championship race.

I used to do sprint intervals once a week, plus longer hill or time trial style intervals that I also did once per week. Since I was older than most of my competitors (by at least 8 years) my recovery was not very good, so doing three sets of intervals in a week did not work for me. But if you are young, go do your intervals!

I also think it’s really important to run at least twice a week and to make sure you’re doing Hills or stairs. I did a lot of stair workouts over the years.

MFG: Now that you have been away from the sport for awhile, what do you notice about cyclocross in the modern era? Does it seem more similar than different? Does it seem faster? What sticks out?

KB: Cyclocross now is so much more popular. There are many people of all ages going out to race and there are altogether so many more women! YAY!. The fact that there’s that many women out there having fun and not being super crazy “Win or Quit” makes me open to coming out to race. In fact I bought a cyclocross bike last year hoping to race this year plus help some high schoolers learn how to race. But alas, I was gone too much in August and then got injured.

I love that some people are taking it seriously wanting to be nationally competitive & others not too seriously. I love that many people use cyclocross to stay fit and be outside. I miss that. I don’t miss all the bike/clothes cleaning off and hosing down, but it seems like everyone is having a great time. The races have a family friendly feel to them and a celebratory atmosphere which makes it fantastic. A favorite race for me was at the MFG Woodland Park a couple years ago, there was a gospel choir walking around the course singing! That was so cool, Now there are pros in the races like Tyler Farrar! Last year I saw Jenny Reed walking around the course cheering people on. She’s amazing, a Seattle grown former world & Olympic track champion.

I have to say too that I’m so impressed with the single speed racers. I don’t know how they do it. I love my gears.

All the racing looks faster to me! I can’t imagine being able to ride that hard anymore. What sticks out to me is that the courses have so much variety with good amount of hills//obstacles and challenges!

MFG: We see a lot of up and coming junior girls and U23 women riders having success around the US. Do you have an words of encouragement for local girls and women racing cyclocross?

KB: I love seeing more girls racing. and choosing a sport that isn’t popular like soccer. Bike racing can take you so many places in the world. So hang in there push hard get a coach and play other sports in the off-season so that you can keep your mind fresh. Stay you’ve got to be strong in the mental area.

MFG: What accomplishments are you most proud of?

KB: I’m most proud of my 3 National Championships, but mostly the one in Boston that my Masters group started back 30 seconds or a minute behind the Senior women and Juniors. I rode so hard but this time not going over my limit and also being better prepared, I managed to catch and pass all of the Juniors and Senior women landing a fifth place in their race and first place in my race!

I also feel super proud of the time I got top five placements in the Olympic trial races at the velodrome and on the road in the same year. At the track I had just flown into Philadelphia airport driven straight to the velodrome in Trexlertown and as I arrived I found out that I had 10 minutes before my first race started!! I borrowed a friends bike, helmet and shoes to race. The time was, good enough to get(I think in the kilo) me a fifth place! That’s crazy no warm-up not even writing on my own bike!

One other proud race moment was winning the Super Cup. I just put everything on the line and I was able to get enough points to win.

Details for Katie Blincoe Prestige

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Here are the details for Katie Blincoe Prestige, Sunday, October 2, 2016.

Who is Katie Blincoe:
A pioneer in PNW & US women’s cyclocross. Katie won the inaugural Super Cup, the nation’s first national cyclocross series, in 1998. She also traveled and raced World Cups in Europe when elite women’s cyclocross was just getting traction. But most of all Katie was a spirited racer that was oh so entertaining to have on the scene.

An interview with Katie: http://www.mfgcyclocross.com/get-to-know-katie-blincoe/

Important Park Rules:
No Pets.
No alcohol. Citation will result in an appearance in Everett District Court.
Tents only for team support (NO VEHICLE SUPPORT THIS WEEK).

Directions & Parking:
From I-5 North: take exit 186 to 128th St SW. Turn right onto 128th St SW. Turn left onto 3rd Ave SE. Turn right onto 124th St SE. Turn left onto Andrew Sater Rd. Turn left onto Silver Lake Rd. Park in lots as shown on this parking map.

From I-5 South: take Take exit 189 for WA-99 S/WA-526 W toward Everett Mall Way/WA-527 S/Broadway/Whidbey Island Ferry. Keep left at the fork, follow signs forEverett Mall Way. Slight left onto SE Everett Mall Way. Turn left onto 7th Ave SE. Turn left onto 112th St SE. Turn right onto 14th Ave. Continue onto Silver Lake Rd. Park in lots as shown on this parking map.

Please Carpool. Parking is limited. Parking located off Silver Lake Road, just south of 112th Street SE. Overflow parking in gravel lot to the North of 112th Street, or at the Park&Ride Station between I5 N&S off of 112th Street SE.

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

Discounted pricing ends at Midnight Saturday, October 1, 2016.

Register Here:

https://www.webscorer.com/register?raceid=76572

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

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

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

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: http://www.mfgcyclocross.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/KBP-Course-Map-2016.png

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

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

Tripod Coffee will be serving.

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:

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:
The 11:10 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 Deschutes and other sponsors.

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:

Cat 3 Men 35+ Cat 3 Men 45+

Winners of Brouwers Hot Laps at Moor Cross were:

Cat 1/2 Women 40+ – Lisa Coyne
Cat 4 35+ Men – Ron Sielinski

If you did not get your Brouwers Cafe Gift Certificate at Race #2 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 Robert Trombley”.

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

Tent Setup:

1. Tents need to be loaded in by 8:30. Load in off of Silver Lake Road through the gate. See diagram for traffic flow – http://www.mfgcyclocross.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/load-in-out-at-BTE.jpg.
2. Tent locations are show on diagram. Please run two rows of tents in the area along from the Start-Finish stretch.
3. Please start setting up tents at the far end towards the Start Line.
4. Please hold the front line of tents 5′ off the course tape and run a second row of tents behind with a 10’ aisle between.
5. Please butt tents up to each other whenever possible. We have over 50 tents to get into these areas.
6. No vehicles or trailers can be used in the Team Tent Area this week. The site is too tight.
7. If you set up outside this area Zac Daab will take your tent down “east coast style”.

Moor Cross Race Report

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Despite what the calendar says, summer is hanging on tight in Northwest, and this past Sunday a mass of racers returned to King County’s Marymoor Park in Redmond, Washington for laps in and around The Jerry Baker Memorial Velodrome for the second stop of the 2016 MFG Series. Racers took to a dusty course seemingly riddled with potholes. The dust and the bumps was shown on the racers bodies: dirt smeared faces and blistered hands. The conditions also cause more than a few race defining crashes.

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This week those hearty enough to race the early slot received “The Treatment”, with those who landed on the podium going home with prizes for their efforts. The winner of the Men’s Cat 4 race was William Courtney, Ricky Lyman, and Adrian Magun, finishing second and third. In the Men’s Cat 4 35 + race it was Christopher Nelson who finished on top and Thomas Horan (Mcleod Construction/ Snohomish Bike Racing) and Damon Gjording finishing second and third respectively. The men’s 55+ podium was Paul Lastayo (Kuhl), Roy Colven, and Taco Time’s Rodney Brandon.

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In the women’s race a recently “retired” Jess Culter (she raced the Wednesday’s Cross Vegas World Cup race) put her wheels to the line along with series leader Tricia Fleischer (Monument Wheel Works) and thirteen other women. Fleischer took the early lead, with Cutler—who was representing her newly formed NWCX Project—close on her wheel. The two women quickly worked a big gap over their pursuers. “I only pre-rode half the course, so I let Tricia set the pace and I planned to attack on the third lap.” Cutler said. She was handed her opportunity when Fleischer crashed as the pair went into the course’s long start/ finish straight. “I was playing dare with the tape a little too much.” Fleischer hit her head, keeping her on the ground for close to a minute. She eventually got up, and kept riding, managing to keep her two chasers (Cutler’s teammate/protégé Shannon Mallory and Bicycle Center’s Hillary King) at bay to finish second. King bested Mallory to land on the podium’s final step.

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In the men’s race it was Stephen Ettinger (Ride biker Alliance p/b Focus) and Hector Fernando Riveros (Qarvi Imports/Raleigh Bikes) who got the jump on their competitors. The pair got away early, leaving Trek CXC rider Russel Stevenson to chase. Ettinger lead Riveros through the technical course, weaving a serpentine path through, and round the velodrome. Soon, Riveros would bobble, and Ettinger would take the opportunity to attack. Ettinger crossed the line with just under a minute in hand over Riveros. Joseph Maloney of B&L Bicycle/Trek finished third on the day.

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Next week MFG Cyclocross returns to Silver Lake Park in Everett for the Kate Blincoe Prestige. The race is in honors Kate, who was a Pacific Northwest powerhouse and won the inaugural Super Cup, the US’s first national cyclocross series. The 11:10am races will receive “The Treatment”, with prizes going to the top three in each category.

Sponsor Spotlight: Zing Bars

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Details for Moor Cross – Sept 25th

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Here are the details for Moor Cross, Sunday, September 25, 2016.

Directions & Parking:
From I-5 or I-405: Take SR-520 East to Redmond, exit at Lake Sammamish Parkway. Turn right at the first stop light, and left at the second light into the park. Turn left at the fourth stop sign into the Jerry Baker Velodrome parking lot. Follow signs to overflow parking if required.

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

Discounted pricing ends at Midnight Saturday, September 24, 2016.

Register Here:

https://www.webscorer.com/register?raceid=76568

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

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

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

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: http://www.mfgcyclocross.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/Moor-Cross_16_Course_Map.png

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

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

Tripod Coffee will be serving.

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:

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:
The 9:30 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 Deschutes and other sponsors.

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:

Cat 1/2 Women 40+ Cat 4 35+ Men

Winners of Brouwers Hot Laps at Lake Sammamish GP were

Cat 1/2 Men 35+ – Cal Spranger
Cat 3/4 Women 40+ – Kristin Campbell

If you did get your Brouwers Cafe Gift Certificate at Race #1 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.

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

Tent Setup:
1. Team tents can only be set up as shown on the Course Map on the Activity Pad. King County Park Staff is very sensitive to tents being set up outside this area.
2. Tent set up is the same as years past, on the asphalt in a North – South line along the East side of the paved area next the grass Finish stretch. Please hold tents back 10’. First teams on site please grab an MFG staff member to make sure the first few tents are set back far enough.
3. When we run out of space going North in the first row we will start a second row to the West with a 10’ walkway between.
4. Please place tents tight to each other team to team.
5. Please do not mix vehicles in with the tents this week in the first row. Vehicles or trailers can be placed with tents in the second row.
6. Please be loaded in by 8:00 am.
7. Be nice, do what you are asked, have fun.

Race Report – Lake Sammamish GP

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Season eight of MFG Cyclocross got underway this weekend, kicking things off with Lake Sammamish GP. Thirty minutes outside the city, racers faced a fast course that was notably different than years past. The sand that so often robs one of not only their power, but also their will to ride—and in the worst cases, run with their bikes—was absent. The flat, and at times bumpy course was a power rider’s dream, allowing for fast lap times, as close groups of riders tackled the course.

The final podiums of the day received “The Treatment”, a bevy of prizes for the top three in the Men’s SS, Master Men’s 1/2 (45+), and Master Men’s 1/2 (35+). In the single speed race in was Bryan Myers (Hodal!) who stood on the tallest step with Brad Nelson and David Chipchase (SCAA/Starbucks ) finishing second and third respectively. Steve Westover (Diamondback) took the honors in the Category 1/2 35+ and Craig Undem (Cycle U) stood tallest in the Master’s 45 +

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A rejiggered schedule had put the category one – two races in the middle of the day, where crowds gathered in pockets throughout the course. Both the men’s and women’s races were run in the same time slot with no other categories, reducing the amount of lapped traffic for the racers to contend with. There were still lapped riders however and they would prove decisive.

In the women’s race, Monument Wheelworks Tricia Fleischer and 333Fab Factory team rider Heidi Wood quickly separated themselves from the pack of riders. A group of three riders led by Kenda Super (Hagens Berman/ Society Consulting) set to a fruitless chase. Wood and Fleischer traded leads for the first half of the race. Fleischer made her move near the thirty minute mark with a strong attack, leaving Wood to a solo chase. Fleischer eventually crossed the line with thirty seconds in hand over Wood. Bicycle Centers’ Hillary King eventually separated herself from Super to finish third.

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The men’s race saw a group of men quickly separate themselves. The group, including last year’s usual suspects Scott Funston (RAD Racing) and Steve Fisher (McGovern Cycles – FSA CX). The group contained five riders, each taking a turn at the front as they sped along the course. It took some time, but slowly the group was whittled down to Fisher and Stephen Ettinger (Ride Bike Alliance p/b Focus Bikes). Ettinger made his move in the final lap as he and Fisher wound their way through lapped traffic. Ettinger crossed the line first, besting Fisher by a couple of seconds. Qarv Imports/Evoc’s Hector Fernando Riveros Paez finished on the podium’s third step.

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Stop number two of the 2016 season comes in two weeks (9/25) when the series will return to Marymoor Park after a one year hiatus. Those who brave the early races will receive “The Treatment”.

Lake Sammamish GP Race Day Details

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Here are the details for Lake Sammamish GP, Sunday, September 11, 2016.

Directions & Parking:
From I-90 East take Exit 15 WA-900 W/17th Ave NW. Turn left on WA-900/17th Ave NW. Turn left on NW Sammamish Road. Enter the park on the right at main entrance.

From I-90 West take Exit 15 WA-900 W/17th Ave NW. Turn right on WA-900/17th Ave NW. Turn left on NW Sammamish Road. Enter the park on the right at main entrance.

Beware there is only one lane open eastbound on I-90 over the weekend. Details here, http://www.wsdot.wa.gov/news/2016/09/01/husky-and-seahawks-fans-should-plan-ahead-i-90-bridge-work-and-delays-sept-9-12.

Parking Fee
Washington State Parks require a Discover Pass for parking or a $10 Day Parking Fee.

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

Discounted pricing ends at Midnight Saturday, September 10, 2016.

Register Here:

https://www.webscorer.com/register?raceid=76534

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

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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.

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 to 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: http://www.mfgcyclocross.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/lake-samm-course.jpg

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

Food:
Charlie’s Buns N’ Stuff will be on site with a complete menu for lunch. The Here and There Grill will be back in coming weeks. Their truck is in for repairs this week.

Tripod Coffee will be serving.

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:

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:
The 2:45 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 Deschutes and other sponsors.

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:

Cat 1/2 Men 35+ Cat 3/4 Women 40+

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.

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

Tent Setup:

1. New course this year. As you drive into the parking tents will be placed on the pavement beyond where you typically turn left to park near the old start finish stretch. Clearly shown on the course map here, http://www.mfgcyclocross.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/lake-samm-course.jpg.
2. Great to have tents loaded in by first race but access will be open all day. Please park cars in the parking lot not adjacent to tents.
3. Please place the back legs of your tent on the pavement’s edge away from the racing lane.
4. Please place tents from each team tight to each other.
5. Tents will not be allowed in any other areas.

MFG Cyclocross 2016 Fast Approaching

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We are excited to have the kick off of MFG Cyclocross p/b Subaru just ten days away at Lake Sammamish GP on Sunday, 9/11. We will have a fresh spectator friendly course for this year at Lake Sammamish State Park with some new terrain as construction is ongoing in some areas. Course Map posted next week.

Registration details to note:
Season Passes are available until Thursday, 9/8 at Webscorer.com. Six races for the price of five.

Registration is open for Lake Sammamish GP. Register by 9/10 for a $7.50 discount at Webscorer.com.

New to the Series for 2016:

Bike Demo Program by Kona. Kona will have Private Jakes at each race for test riding in race. Test ride a Kona or test ride racing cyclocross!

Miir will be the sponsor of the Little Kids Race.

We will have expanded prize opportunities from Snoqualmie Ice Cream and Deschutes Brewery during the The Treatment at each race. Details on the The Treatment on the Awards tab on this page.

Two Masters race each week will feature the Hodala / Brouwers Café Hot Lap on the opening lap. Winners will receive a gift certificate to Brouwers Café.

We have reformatted the Team Series Competition to include a “Photo Contest” on Instagram to reward Team Spirit. Time to get creative. Details on the Team Competition can be found here.

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.
If you currently have timing chips, they cannot be used for the 2016 season and need to be returned for re-formatting. You can send old chips back to Center Event here:

Center Event
11232 21st Ave SW
Seattle, WA 98146

Chips can be purchased at the first race of the season.

Look forward to seeing you next Sunday.

MFG Cyclocross 2016 Details

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MFG Cyclocross is pleased to announce Subaru of America as the title sponsor for the 2016 series. The six-race cyclocross series celebrates its eighth year at race number one on September 11th and will conclude at the 8th annual Woodland Park Gran Prix on November 13th. Season Passes for the series are now available on Webscorer.com.

“We are grateful for our relationship with Subaru and are excited about their commitment as Title Sponsor for the 2016 series,” said MFG Cyclocross co-founder Zac Daab. “Our series continues with six races, and we look forward to returning to Marymoor Park for MFG #2 on September 25th.”

MFG Cyclocross will continue to feature racing for Beginner Men and Beginner Women, Clydesdale category for riders over 200 pounds, an all-women’s race start time at 1:55 pm on race day, an equal cash purse for Elite Men and Women, and a newly formed “ELITE ONLY” race day start time for Elite Men and Women at Noon.

MFG Cyclocross is proud to have Subaru as the Title Sponsor for the 2016 Series. Additionally, MFG is thrilled to be working with returning sponsors including Brouwer’s Café, Cascade Bicycle Studio, Coal Headwear, The Cycling House, Deschutes Brewery, Nuun Hydration, Outdoor Research, Portland Design Works, and Zing Bar as well as new sponsor Vermarc USA.

The 2016 MFG Cyclocross schedule includes:

9-11-16: Lake Sammamish GP Issaquah, WA

9-25-16: Moor Cross Redmond, WA

10-2-16: The Katie Blincoe Prestige Everett, WA

10-16-16: Magnuson Park Cross Seattle, WA

10-30-16: North 40 CX Tacoma, WA

11-13-16: Woodland Park GP Seattle, WA

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Sponsor Spotlight: Portland Design Works

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MFG Sponsor: Portland Design Works

Website: www.ridepdw.com

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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 650 provides 650 lumens for 2 hours and includes 3 mounts for bike or helmet.
  • Portland put a bird on it with this cage.
  • The Takeout basket comes in a LTD cargo bag edition.