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

“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


Sponsor Spotlight: Portland Design Works

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MFG Sponsor: Portland Design Works


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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.

Sponsor Spotlight: Full Speed Ahead & FS Neutral Support

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MFG Sponsor: Full Speed Ahead


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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.

Sponsor Spotlight: Raleigh

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MFG Sponsor: Raleigh Bicycles


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Location: Kent, WA
We’d like to think that our partnership with Raleigh Bicycles is exactly that:  a partnership. When MFG Cyclocross came onto the Seattle scene in 2009, Raleigh was definitely offering cyclocross bicycles, but perhaps in a different way than what the brand looks like today. Our friend and Raleigh Product Development Guy Brian “Sally” Fornes has transformed the Raleigh brand to a legitimate, internationally-recognized cyclocross powerhouse. Over the last seven years, Raleigh has graciously supported MFG Cyclocross as Title Sponsor, and together we’ve collaborated on creating a venue (MFG) and a product (Raleigh) to grow the sport and the industry of cyclocross.

In seven years, Raleigh has transitioned from being a company offering an aluminum cross bike that was meant for racing, but also as a utility bike, to a company that supports cyclocross on nearly every level, all around the globe. It’s safe to say that Raleigh is the modern day BOSS OF CROSS.

MFG would like say a sincere thanks to Brian and Raleigh Bicycles for supporting our series once again.

Today, Raleigh can boast the following cyclocross accolades:

  • Raleigh has been the Title Sponsor to MFG Cyclocross for the 7th year in a row.  To our knowledge MFG Cyclocross is the 2nd largest cyclocross series in the world, based on average participation.
  • Raleigh hosted the first-of-kind Midsummer Night’s Cyclocross in 2011 where the outcome of a single race lead to three professional contracts.    They again accomplished this feat in 2012 & 2103.
  • In the spring of 2012, Raleigh sponsored the first-ever cyclocross race at Sea Otter, the internationally-recognized, week-long bicycle racing festival.
  • Since 2012, Raleigh Bicycles has partnered with Clement to present the professional team Raleigh/Clement, featuring an international roster of riders including Jamey Driscoll and France’s Caroline Mani.
  • For 2016, Raleigh offers SEVEN cyclocross models in it’s line-up including women specific models.

Why we like Raleigh:

Raleigh is the perfect blend of fun, function, and fast. The Raleigh brand, models, and support for cyclocross is five parts fun, three parts fast, and four parts function.  Between the professional race team, the utilitarian , and the sponsorship of multiple cyclocross races, teams, and events, Raleigh is the real cyclocross deal.

Five things you should know about Raleigh:

1.    Raleigh sponsors the Raleigh/Clement professional cyclocross team.

2.    Raleigh’s cross line-up for 2016 features seven ‘cross options!

3.    Raleigh’s underground cyclocross singlespeed team in Seattle is HODALA!

4.    Raleigh/Clement recently won both days at CXLA this season.

5.    Raleigh USA headquarters are in Kent, WA.

Woodland Park GP Race Report

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The day dawned bright, clear and cold as Seattle settled in for a lull between storms. Sunny and clear isn’t the stereotypical weather for the MFG finale at Woodland Park. Years past the race has been rainy, or, at the very least, wet. Held later in the season to make room for a weekend of UCI racing, this year’s Woodland Park GP was surprisingly dry. The revamped course featured tricky corners, and a deceptive leg searing barrier forced run up. Sections of course remained slick throughout the day, but by the time the elite women took to the course, large portions had dried out. Spectators clustered in groups at both run ups to cheer for their local favorites, and a group dressed as escaped zoo animals (Woodland Park is also home to a zoo) offered encouragement and mini muffin hand ups.

The women’s race started off fast, with only a few of the usual suspects making a group of four that forced a quick separation. That group included series leader Kristen Kelsey (AXIOM HVAC/Cycle U), her teammate Melanie Lewis, and Monica Lloyd (Olympia Orthopedic Associates) the Athletic’s Abby Watson and Richard Sachs’ rider Elizabeth White. Within two laps however Monica Lloyd was off the front of the group and gaining time on her competitors. She would cruise to what seemed like an easy victory with a flawless, smooth ride, finishing the day with nearly fifty seconds in hand. Behind her Watson, Kelsey and Lewis weaved through lapped traffic and battled for position. In the end Lewis would best Watson in a sprint to the line, and Kelsey would roll in for fourth, and synching the series overall in the process.

Temps had warmed significantly by the start of the men’s field. The men took advantage of a dryer course, cruising through several sections with a ton of speed. The opening laps saw Russell Stevenson (Trek CXC), Raleigh/FSA CX’s Steve Fisher, and Zach McDonald (Source Endurance) and Rad Racing’s Scott Funston take control. The junior couldn’t hold on however, and soon it was Fisher, McDonald, and Stevenson animating the race. With four to go Fisher had fallen off while McDonald kept Stevenson behind him. “My goal today was to just ride the front and not let anyone else take a turn.” McDonald said afterwards. The rider tried several times to dispatch Stevenson, but the elder rider held on to McDonald’s wheel over the courses rolling climbs and sharp corners, but in the end it was McDonald who would still take the victory from the former Master’s World champ Stevenson. Fisher would eventually finish third.

The series ends this year with Kristen Kelsey taking the women’s overall, followed by Hedi Wood (333FabCX) and Monica Lloyd finishing third for the year. On the men’s side of things Steve Fisher, had his win locked down by the fourth race of the season, Stevenson—who missed two races this year, while competing elsewhere—finishes the series off in second, and Dyna Racing’s Mitchell Thonton finishes third, in a two way tie with Scott Funston with 96 points.

The series is over, but the party is not. On Monday, November 30th, series sponsor Brower’s Café will host the post season awards party from 6:00 pm till 9:00 pm. Brower’s Café is located at 400 N. 35th St. in Seattle’s Fremont neighborhood.

Sponsor Spotlight: Outdoor Research

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MFG Sponsor: Outdoor Research


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Location: Seattle, WA

Outdoor Research was established in 1981 by a Ron Gregg.  You can see a video about OR here.

Why we like Outdoor Research:

When you take a glance at Outdoor Research’s Core Values, it’s clear why we like this company so much.   Outdoor Research values:

1.  A Culture of Respect

2.  Innovation that Works

3.  Improve Every Day

4.  Beauty In Function

5.  The Power of the Journey

Five things you should know about Outdoor Research:

  1. OR has a retail store on 1st Avenue South.
  2. The Floodlight Jacket is fully waterproof and down insulated.
  3. OR offers an Infinite Guarantee on all of their products.
  4. The OR Transfer Hoody and Cathode Jacket are the official jackets of MFG Staff.
  5. MFG Staff and Series Winners are fully outfitted by Outdoor Research.


Sponsor Spotlight: Nuun

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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.  This weekend Nuun will be at MFG #6/Woodland Park GP.   About a week ago, we saw Nuun at our UCI race weekend.   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. Nuun is sugar-free and creates a “clean bottle environment”, without the need to scrub sugar debris away.
  2. Nuun is effervescent so that it dissolves quickly, and does not clump on the bottom of your bottle.
  3. Nuun Energy has 40mg of caffeine.
  4. Yes, Nuun is 100% vegan and vegetarian
  5. Nuun sponsors Jeremy Powers


Details for Woodland Park GP

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Here are the details for Woodland Park GP, Sunday, November 22, 2015.


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 on east side of park.

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

Discounted pricing ends at Midnight Saturday, November 20, 2015.

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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.


Deschutes Six Pack Winners:
Garrett George
Matt Soja
Marc Edwards
Scott Brown
Eric Swanson
Doug Reid
Dan Peterson
John Allwright

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:

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

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

Motofish Coffee will be serving.
Results will be posted at Customer Service and can be found on race day using

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.


Beginner Men and Women
We will have Brouwer’s Cafe Gift Certificates for the Top Five in this category. Pick up prizes at Customer Service.

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.

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

Social Media:
The official social media hashtag for MFG Cyclocross 2015 will be #mfgcross. We love to see your experiences at the races so please tag it up.

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Tent Setup:

Please see this post for details on Team Tents:

Junior Season Points Awards at Woodland Park GP:

Please see this post on details:

Sponsor Spotlight: Zing Bars

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Zing Bars was created by four nutritionists from Bastyr University who were seeking to recommend a energy bar for patients. When the search for the perfect bar did not yield a satisfactory product, Zing Bars was created. Today, Zing Bars come in 10 varieties, with an optimal balance of protein, carbohydrates, and fiber.

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