Out of Town Double Race Weekend Poll

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We are curious about the interest in a double-race weekend “out of town” from our standard Puget Sound course locations. Please share your input.

Would you attend an out of town MFG Cyclocross double race weekend located about two hours from the Seattle-Area in October.
If you would attend both days which town would be most desirable?
How important is your ranking in the Series Standings to you?

Poll on Race Day Schedule

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One of the biggest topics of discussion on our recent Facebook post asking for input for the upcoming 2017 season was the Race Day Schedule. Here is a chance to vote for one of three possible 2017 Race Day Schedules. We have a hunch the vote will go 33 1/3% to 33 1/3% to 33 1/3%. Thanks for voting.

What is your preferred Race Day Schedule?

Schedule A
9:30:
Cat 4 Men
Master Men 55+
Cat 4 Master Men 35+

10:20:
Cat 4 Master Men 45+
Clydesdale Class
Master Men 60+
Beginning Men

11:10:
Cat 1/2 Women 40+
Cat 3 Women
Cat 3/4 Women 40+
Cat 4 Women
Beginning Women

12:00:
Cat 3 Men 45 mins
Cat 3 Master Men 35+
Cat 3 Master Men 45+
SS Women

1:00:
Cat 1/2 Men
Cat 1/2 Women

2:10:
Junior Boys and Girls
2002/2003, 2004/2005, 2006-2008, 2009/20010

2:50
Cat 1/2 Men 35+
Cat 1/2 Men 45+
SS Men

Schedule B
9:30:
Cat 4 Men
Master Men 55+
Cat 4 Master Men 35+

10:20:
Cat 4 Master Men 45+
Clydesdale Class
Master Men 60+
Beginning Men

11:10:
Cat 1/2 Women 40+
Cat 3 Women
Cat 3/4 Women 40+
Cat 4 Women
Beginning Women

12:00
Cat 3 Men
Cat 3 Master Men 35+
Cat 3 Master Men 45+
SS Women

1:00:
Cat 1/2 Men
Cat 1/2 Women

2:10:
Cat 1/2 Men 35+
Cat 1/2 Men 45+
SS Men

3:05:
Junior Boys and Girls
2002/2003, 2004/2005, 2006-2008, 2009/20010

Schedule C – Mid Season Flip
Races 1-3
9:30:
Cat 4 Men
Master Men 55+
Cat 4 Master Men 35+

10:20:
Cat 4 Master Men 45+
Clydesdale Class
Master Men 60+
Beginning Men

11:10:
Cat 3 Men
Cat 3 Master Men 35+
Cat 3 Master Men 45+
SS Women

12:05:
Cat 1/2 Men
Cat 1/2 Women

1:15:
Junior Boys and Girls
2002/2003, 2004/2005, 2006-2008, 2009/20010

1:55:
Cat 1/2 Women 40+
Cat 3 Women
Cat 3/4 Women 40+
Cat 4 Women
Beginning Women

2:45:
Cat 1/2 Men 35+
Cat 1/2 Men 45+
SS Men

Race 4-6
9:30:
Junior Boys and Girls
2002/2003, 2004/2005, 2006-2008, 2009/20010

10:10:
Cat 1/2 Women 40+
Cat 3 Women
Cat 3/4 Women 40+
Cat 4 Women

11:00:
Cat 1/2 Men 35+
Cat 1/2 Men 45+
SS Men

12:05:
Cat 1/2 Men
Cat 1/2 Women

1:15:
Cat 4 Men
Master Men 55+
Cat 4 Master Men 35+

2:05:
Cat 4 Master Men 45+
Clydesdale Class
Master Men 60+
Beginning Men

2:55:
Cat 3 Men
Cat 3 Master Men 35+
Cat 3 Master Men 45+
SS Women

2019 Cyclocross Nationals

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After a 23 year hiatus, we are pleased to announce Tacoma South Sound Sports has won the bid to bring the US Cyclocross National Championships to Ft. Steilacoom Park in December of 2019.   What’s more, beginning in Fall of 2017 and continuing into 2018 and 2019, our region will see a newly added USA Cycling sanctioned cyclocross race series produced by a collective group of local cyclocross promoters.   This series will be in addition to MFG Cyclocross, CXR, Inland Northwest Cyclocross Series, and Cascade Cross.

Stay tuned for more details but for now, bask in the excitement of Cross Nationals coming to the Evergreen State!

Sponsor Spotlight: Brouwer’s Cafe

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Location: 400 North 35th Street in Fremont at Phinney Ave

Brouwer’s Cafe has been a MFG sponsor since the beginning, and has graciously given away Gift Certificates throughout the season.  This season Brouwer’s Cafe is the title sponsor of the Brouwer’s Cafe Hot Lap Competition.

Brouwer’s Cafe is rich in Belgian decor, food offerings, and of course, beer.   With 300 bottles on hand, nearly 75 beers on draft, and a leather-bound scotch novel, there is a drink worth having for just about anyone at Brouwers.

What’s more, Brouwer’s is managed by none-other-than Nat P., a regular Hodala! singlespeed tough guy who regularly finds himself creepin’ in the top 10 at all CX SS races.

Why we like Brouwer’s:

Really good food, insane beer draft and bottle list, and servers who are willing to make recommendations.   Oh, and clean lines changed on every keg on draft make for QUALITY.

Five things you should know about Brouwer’s Cafe:

  1. Service staff are intelligent and will make recommendations for drinks.
  2. Belgian passion with Manneken Pis in the front entry!
  3. Multiple frite sauces options including aioli, curry ketchup, and tartar.
  4. Over 60 Scotches available.
  5. The 10-person library room on the top floor.

Sponsor Spotlight: Subaru

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MFG SPONSOR:  Subaru

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Founded in 1968, Subaru of America, Inc. (SOA) is the U.S. Sales and Marketing subsidiary of Fuji Heavy Industries (FHI) of Japan and is responsible for the distribution, marketing, sales and service of Subaru vehicles in the United States.

Over the last 20 years, Subaru has sponsored cycling teams and events on the road and in the dirt.  Within the Northwest, Subaru has sponsored the UCI Subaru Cyclo Cup, Subaru StarCrossed, and most recently, the entire MFG Cyclocross 2016 season.

Why we like Subaru

  • Subaru is likely the most iconic vehicle in the Northwest.
  • Subaru prioritizes traction and balance into their all wheel drive system, much like some bicycle companies strive to do with rider weight distribution
  • The 2017 Subaru line-up features 24 vehicles under $30,000
  • The all new 2017 Impreza starts at $18,395!

5 Things You Should Know About Subaru

  • All vehicles except BRZ come standard with Subaru’s Symmetrical All Wheel Drive.
  • Subaru’s Boxer Engine design prioritizes efficiency, a low center of gravity, and a low profile.
  • The WRX STI Limited produces 305 hp at 6000 rpm and 290 lb-ft of torque at 4000 rpm.
  • Show your love for your Subaru with a custom Badge of Ownership
  • You can find your local Subaru retailer here

Sponsor Spotlight: Snoqualmie Ice Cream

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MFG SPONSOR:  Snoqualmie Ice Cream

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Snoqualmie Ice Cream is a locally-owned ice cream company in Snohomish, WA producing a vast array of handmade ice cream.  Snoqualmie was founded in 1997 and is owned by Barry and Shahnaz Bettinger.

Why we like Snoqualmie Ice Cream

  • This local company sponsors a local cycling team, and also is a new sponsor for MFG.
  • Snoqualmie provided ice cream coupons throughout the cross season for free pints!
  • Snoqualmie is committed to sustainability as they manufacturer with solar panels, compressor waste heat recovery, LED sensor lighting and energy efficient equipment

5 Things You Should Know About Snoqualmie Ice Cream

Woodland Park GP Race Report

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The final installment of the 2016 MFG Cyclocross season was held at its traditional venue, Seattle’s Woodland Park. The park, which is smack dab in the middle of the city, always features a fun, technical course that weaves through variation portions of the park providing run ups, logs for hoping, and of course the HODALA! corner, an area of the park that is always beset by snow flurries—regardless of the weather. The venue crowd favorite, even if it doesn’t always fit ones’ skill set.

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The 10:20 races received “The Treatment”. Al Dimond took the win in the Beginner Men’s field, while Ben Carpenter and Kevin Durdle took second and third. Thomas Schulz (Olympia Orthopedic Associates, Mikael Christensen (Egencia) and Dan Scott (Mayhem Racing), held podium spots in the Cat 4 Men’s 45+ field. Audi Racing’s Christopher Wahl took the win in the Clydesdale race with Eric Evanson (Kirkland Bicycle) and Dan Arildson (Slalom Consulting). In the 60+ Men’s field it was Erik Brooks (Egenica), Kevin Raymond (Bike Sale), and Martin Rand (Audi) who took the podium steps.

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The women’s race one-two race was shaken up by the inclusion of Bellingham native Courtenay McFaddden who stopped by Woodland Park after a stint of east coast UCI racing. McFadden used the skills that brought her a podium spot on day two of the Derby Cup last weekend. Series leader Tricia Fleischer (Monument Wheel Works) fought hard, and worked her way through the tail end of the men’s race with the hopes of catching the charging McFadden, but McFadden would prove elusive. She took the win by a little under three minutes. Monica Lloyd finished third, a little over a minute behind Fleisher however, sealed the series overall, finishing the 2016 MFG series as one of the most dominant racers, in any category.

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The men’s field offered much closer racing, with Spencer Paxon (Kona Bicycles), Stephen Ettinger (Ridebiker Alliance p/b Focus Bikes) and Steve Fisher (Mcgovern Cycles – FSA CX) pushing the pace in the early laps. The trio wound and drifted their way through technical course, each one closely following the other. At the midway point Ettinger hit the deck exiting the apex of the HODALA! corner. The crash could have been disastrous for Ettinger, but the rider recovered almost as quickly as he went down, and easily made up for the bobble. It would be Fisher who eventually fell off the pace, leaving the Paxon and Ettinger to battle it out. The pair stayed close, but it was Paxon who hit the final straight first, giving him the jump on Ettinger. Joseph Maloney would finish third.

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Thus, closes out the 2016 MFG Cyclocross season. We’ll be back next year with more racing, more hand ups, and perhaps a different team will find their name emblazoned on the course barriers. See you next year.

SERIES CHAMPIONS

Sponsor Spotlight: MIIR

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MFG SPONSOR:  MIIR

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The concept and spirit of MIIR was founded by Bryan Pape, after breaking his femur in a ski accident.  Bryan’s vision at that sobering moment was to live a more generous life while thinking of others.   Today, that altruistic epicenter has led MIIR to bring distinct products to market including innovative bikes, bags, and hydration products.

Why we like MIIR

  • The form and function of all MIIR products are elegant and intuitive
  • MIIR gives 5% of revenue to trackable giving projects
  • MIIR offers a geared, disc-brake commuter for under $1000
  • The draft list at the MIIR cafe is insane!

5 Things You Should Know About MIIR

  • MIIR’s flagship store and cafe is located in Fremont, right off of Stone Way
  • Currently there are over 20 beers on draft at the MIIR cafe
  • You can host a party and reserve an event room at the MIIR Flagship
  • You’ll find MIIR employees Joshua Stinger and Ian Crane at the front of all MFG singlespeed races
  • MIIR is the official sponsor of the 11:30 Little Kids race for 2016

2016 Series Champions

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Cat 1/2 Men
1 Steve Fisher – Mcgovern Cycles – FSA CX
2 Rory Jack – Recycled Cycles Racing
3 Stephen Ettinger – Ridebikeralliance P/B Focus Bikes

Cat 1/2 Women
1 Tricia Fleischer – Monument Wheelworks
2 Monica Lloyd – Olympia Orthoapedic Associates
3 Kenda Super – Hagens Berman Society Consulting

Cat 1/2 Men 35+
1 Steve Westover – Diamondback
2 Barney Gill – Mayhem Racing
3 Brian Bressler – Crosshare Racing

Cat 1/2 Men 45+
1 Craig Undem – Cycle U
2 David Stonich – Alki Rubicon
3 Chris Rodde – Taco Time

Men 55+
1 Kevin Johnson – Egencia
2 Rodney Brandon  – Taco Time Northwest
3 Roy Colven

Men 60+
1 Martin Rand
2 Barry Johnson
3 Woody Cox – Dyna Racing

Cat 1/2 Women 40+
1 Jodi Connolly – Black Sheep Velo
2 Jodi Duquette – Alki Rubicon
3 Cherish Sutull – Alki Rubicon

Clydesdale – 200 lbs +
1 Sage Vann – Dyna Racing
2 Erik Hokanson – LWV/Broadmark Capital
3 David Mcintosh

Single Speed Men
1 Brian Myers – Hodala!
2 Brad Nelson Team – Racepace
3 Joey Mullan – 333 Fab CX Factory Team

Single Speed Women
1 Lea Stralka – Black Sheep Velo
2 Anne-Marije Rook – NOMI Hand Up Squad
3 Hidi Cramer – PCP Racing

Cat 3 Men
1 Brian Debronsky – Egencia
2 Nick D Stroud
3 Zack Hewell – Cycle U

Cat 3 Women
1 Megan Fay – Tenspeed Hero
2 Hayden Gizinski – Northwest Women’s Cyclocross Project
3 Liz Nettles Team – Group Health

Cat 3 Men 35+
1 Greg Heath – Hodala!
2 Adam Worobec – SCCA/Starbucks Cycling
3 Sid Wray – Major Taylor Racing

Cat 3 Men 45+
1 Brian Wong – EV Pb Fortius
2 John Herzog – Hup United
3 Duncan Mcintosh – Hagens Berman Society Consulting

Cat 3/4 Women 40+
1 Andrea Leuschke – Black Sheep Velo
2 Cary P Lassen – Dyna Racing
3 Jane Matera –  Alki Rubicon

Cat 4 Men
1 Brandon Sprouse
2 Ricky Lyman
3 Ehrin Bulfin – Egencia

Cat 4 Women
1 Bryna Fahrner – Mayhem Racing
2 Wendy Leber Malice
3 Tracey Gramenz

Cat 4 Men 35+
1 Dan Warren – Major Taylor Racing
2 Thomas Horan  – Mcleod Construction/Snohomish Bike Racin
3 Wes Wahlin

Cat 4 Men 45+
1 Dan Scott – Mayhem
2 Russ Morgenson
3 Ron Sielinski – Therapeutic Associates

Jr Boys 2001/2002
1 Walker Busken – Rad Racing NW
2 Connor Gizinski – Cycle U
3 Tommy Shapiro

Jr Boys 2003/2004
1 Matthew Basaldua – Mt. Si
2 Parker Casazza – Cycle U
3 Jack Harris – Cycle U

Jr Boys 2005-2007
1 Kai Wallis – Rad Racing NW
2 Joe Spranger – Rad Racing NW
3 Nathan Sabol – Mcleod/Snohomish Bike Racing

Jr Girls 2001/2002
1 Juliann Vander Haegen – Rad Racing NW
2 Addison Leckrone
3 Ran Cin Sung – Major Taylor Project

Jr Girls 2003/2004
1 Poppy Knorr – Black Sheep Velo
2 Bronwynn Gar – Aouy – Rad Racing NW
3 AnnalIse Rosser – Rad Racing NW

Jr Girls 2005-2007
Place Name Team name
1 Ryan Connolly – Black Sheep Velo
2 Betsy Stonich – Alki Rubicon
3 Monica Ballas – Epoch Medical
3 Indigo Newby-House

Jr Boys – 2008/2009
1 Tomas McIntosh Hagens Berman Society Consulting
2 Will Stralka Black Sheep Velo
3 Truman Atkins Hodala!

Jr Girls – 2008/2009
1 Keaghlan Robinson – Rad Racing NW
2 Sophie Matera – Alki Rubicon
3 Fiona Ballas – Epoch Medical