• Sponsor Spotlight: Lezyne

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    MFG Sponsor:   Lezyne


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    Lezyne is the maker of high-end bicycle accessories including tools, pumps, and lighting systems.  Lezyne is headquartered in San Luis Obispo, CA.

    Why we like Lezyne

    Without any hesitation, we can say that Lezyne makes the finest series hand pump in the industry.   Their unique design uses a flexible hose that attaches to the hand pump, thus allowing a user to navigate inflation of a flat tire with some room to move.  What’s more, the digital read out on their floor pump collection, in addition to the option for a wood handle, make the floor pump both functionally and aesthetically beautiful.

    Five things you should know about Lezyne:

    1. The company was founded Micki Kozuschek.   Prior to starting Lezyne, Kozuschek started and then sold the well known company Truvativ.
    2. The Port-a-Shop Tool Kit is one of the prizes to be available to MFG Series Winners.
    3. The Road Drive hand pump is the finest hand pump money can buy.
    4. Lezyne has a helpful buyers guide feature on their website.
    5. Have problems reading a pump gauge?  Try Lezyne’s Digital Floor Pump.
  • Sponsor Spotlight: Golazo

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    MFG Sponsor:   Golazo


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    Golazo is a performance sports drink company offering a hydration and energy product made from natural ingredients.

    Why we like Golazo

    In a world of synthetic sports drinks, we like the fact that Golazo keeps it simple with all-natural ingredients.   In fact, if you look at their ingredient list for their energy drink, you’ll see only 10 ingredients, which is about half of what other sports drink companies are formulating in their drinks.

    Five things you should know about Golazo:

    1. Golazo offers a sugar-free energy drink in their line-up.
    2. Golazo is a Seattle-based company and co-founder Alex R. is a cycling enthusiast and MFG cyclocross racer.
    3. The hydration drink from Golazo comes in four flavors:  Mango Lime, Mandarin, Hibiscus and Lemon Lime.
    4. Pele, yes Pele, is a part of Team Golazo!
    5. Golazo has been on-site at every MFG race this year, and has generously provided all Treatment winners with Golazo Energy product.
  • Late report on Team Competition Standings after MFG #4

    Blue Rooster and Alki Rubicon tie for first place at Magnuson Park CX maintaining their respective positions in the overall competition but taking critical points from Fisher Plumbing as they try to stay in contention. The team competition is being fought out in the Women’s and Single Speed categories where every point will count finishing out this super close competition for the best MFG cyclocross team.

    Standings posted here.

  • Sponsor Spotlight: Garmin

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    MFG Sponsor:   Garmin


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    What Garmin does:

    As a leading worldwide provider of navigation, Garmin manufactures superior products for automotive, aviation, marine, outdoor and fitness markets that are an essential part of our customers’ lives. For 2013 Garmin has released exciting new product additions to their cycling line-up including the Edge 510 and 810 cycling computers, the Vector pedal-based power system, and the Virb HD camera.

    Why we like Garmin:

    We love GPS based cycling computers. They are simple to use and the Garmin products have superior durability. With Garmin’s cycling products “miles ridden” is not just a number on a LED screen but a compete adventure that can be reviewed over detailed satellite images and parsed down to the tens of meters to compare yourself to friends and rivals.

    Five things you should know about Garmin:

    1. Garmin is the sponsor of the Garmin Hole Shot Competition each week.
    2. Garmin’s Edge 500 is a favorite among the MFG staff.
    3. Garmin allows device users to track and log all their activities on Garmin Connect.
    4. Garmin offers eight cycling specific GPS units.
    5. Garmin is providing (6) 510 units for Series Winner prizes this season.


  • Sponsor Spotlight: Full Speed Ahead Neutral Support


    MFG Sponsor:   Full Speed Ahead Neutral Support


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    Full Speed ahead is a manufacturer of bicycle components made from aluminum and carbon for road, mountain, BMX, time trial, cyclocross, and triathlon use.   FSA is very well known for their K-Force road line of components as well as their wheel line-up.

    Why we like Full Speed Ahead

    We have all been there before:   You get to the race, you unload the car, and you’ve forgotten your shoes, your front wheel, your pedals, etc.   We are so fortunate this year to have  Neutral Support provided by Brys and his team from Full Speed Ahead at every MFG race.

    In addition to full maintenance and service support, Full Speed Ahead has been very active in the pits this year assisting riders with wheel changes.  We have personally witnessed many wheel changes provided by FSA NS this year.   So, in theory, Full Speed Ahead will trouble shoot that “creak” you’ve been chasing all week, adjust your brakes for the mud that ensues, and assist you in the pit so you don’t have an excuse to drop out of the race!   Who else does this for you?  There is a lot to love about Full Speed Ahead….

    Five things you should know about Full Speed Ahead:

    1. Full Speed Ahead was an early adopter, if not the innovator, of many component standards:  The compact gearing ratio, ISIS bottom bracket standard, BB30, the compact bar 75/125 standard.
    2. Full Speed Ahead offers a full line of cyclocross components in the SLK group:  brakes, crank, post, bar, stem, chain, and saddle.
    3. Full Speed Ahead has supported MFG Cyclocross from the beginning in 2009
    4. They are locally based in Mukilteo, WA.
    5. Brys and his crew are some of the nicest and most proficient and professional vendors in the industry.