Replacement Numbers From MFG CX #1

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Many of you have noticed that the ink came off the numbers at Lake Sammamish GP. You will need to replace that malfunctioning number with a reprint that will last the season. You can stop by the self-serve boxes at Registration to grab your replacement. Please be sure to grab your same number!

Race Report – Lake Sammamish GP 2017

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Sunday, September 10th, 2017

A MFG Cyclocross Beach Party!

Here was the scene: The race began with a fast sprint up a paved start sending riders on to a few dry, grassy stretches. Then the racers dove into the sandy beaches, fighting elbow to elbow through a lung-busting 600 feet of sand. Climbing back onto grass again the riders were quickly met by the plank barriers with a quick counter punch to the chest with the entry in to “Sand Two”.

The riders then ventured out on a flat, single-track trail through dusty turns around old orchards where the speed opened up and some recovery could be found. The day started cool but warmed up quickly. Dust accentuated the heat inspiring announcer Alex Walker to chortle an “air quality alert” as the first group of racers ripped around the back turns.

Then back to long grassy runs, they returned to the paved straightaway under the finish line. It was a grueling but beautiful day at Lake Sammamish State Park, 15 miles east of Seattle, on Sunday, September 10th. Over 800 riders took to the grass and sand, with the Elite Men and Women covering nearly one mile of sand in their 60-minute race.

Seattle-based MiiR sponsored this year’s MFG Cyclocross Lake Sammamish GP. Team Dyna Racing, as victors of the 2016 season, were called up to fill the front of many starts. But with a regional draw, there was plenty of competition.

The day began with the Category 4 Men’s race with Thomas Baron (Egencia) in first place, followed by Trey Trefry with Paul Strefling (Egencia) taking third. Also in the first start was Cat 4 Master Men 35+ lead by Mark Doane, Christopher Quast from Yakima in 2nd, and John Buwalda (Taco Time) with the third-place finish. Master Men 55+ finished the group with winner Chris Adolf (Fell Swoop Racing Team), followed by Kevin Johnson (Egencia) and Trevor Hall (Taco Time).

Other standouts in the day included the photo finish for third in the Clydesdale race (racers must weigh in at 200+ lbs). Torrey Kuhlmann won, followed by Micahel Callahan and Peter Emsky (Dyna Racing) stealing the podium from teammate Russ Sovde (Dyna Racing).

A cat and mouse race in the Men’s 60+ resulted in Woody Cox (Dyna Racing) beating Eric Brooks (Egencia) and Michael Tanksley (Dyna Racing) winning the final podium place on the last turn.

The Elite Men’s competition was close the entire race, leaving spectators in suspense until the final lap. The band of five of the NW’s top racers stayed right on each other’s tail most of the seven laps. But Steve Fisher (McGovern Cycles / FSA CX) played his cards well, waiting until the last lap to pull into the lead and win after hanging in second and third through all but the final lap. Spencer Paxson (Kona Bikes) claimed second and Stephen Ettinger (Focus/Shimano) third.

The Elite Women leaders spread out early, with Courtney McFadden (Pivot Cycles P/B DNA Cycling) taking the lead in the first lap and growing her gap from the chasers each lap, finishing one minute and thirty-three seconds ahead of her closest competitor, Tricia Fleischer (Monument Wheelworks/Positive Uncertainty). Gina Estep took third.

The future of cyclocross, Juniors Boys and Girls filled the second to the last start with 110 racers; 83 boys and 27 girls.

And what better way to end a race day on a hot, flat, fast course than with the Single Speeders. Daniel Olsen (Hodala!) took first, Brad Nelson (Conti Thrasher) in second and Pete Groblewski (State Bicycle Co) in third, each claiming their own placement handily.

Eager veterans and newcomers alike enjoyed this traditional start to the MFG season on the south shore of Lake Sammamish. Next up: Moor Cross, at the other end of the lake, on Sunday, September 24th at King County’s Marymoor Park.

Reported by Nina and Robert Milligan

Photos by Dave Christy, Ben Jenkins, Zac Daab

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 $800
  • The draft list at the MIIR cafe is insane!

5 Things You Should Know About MIIR

  • MIIR is the official sponsor of MFG #1 at Lake Sammamish State Park
  • 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

Team Tent Set-Up at Lake Sammamish GP

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1. Tents will be placed on the asphalt parking section to the furthest NW. Basically the last parking row by the grass closet to the beach at the far end of the parking lot. See map for placement.
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 make two rows of tents on opposite sides of the parking lane with an aisle down the middle.
4. Please place tents from each team tight to each other.
5. Tents will not be allowed in any other areas.

Bib Number and Timing Chip Pick-up this Thursday at Rapha Seattle

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Welcome to MFG Cyclocross Season Nine! We look forward to kicking off the season on Sunday, September 10th at MFG #1 at Lake Sammamish State Park.
 
We’d love to save you time and unneeded stress by inviting you to a number and timing chip pick up at Rapha Seattle this Thursday, September 7th from 5-7pm.
 
Join us and our new sponsor Rapha for some light food and drink, and pick up your number at the clubhouse (301 E. Pine Street on Capitol Hill). You can still purchase a Season Pass that evening, and also receive 20% off any Rapha purchase.

Win a TCH Tour of Montana Trip

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All 2017 Season Pass Holders will be entered to win a free trip with The Cycling House at their Tour of Montana in 2018.

Tour de Montana 2018 – June 25th to July 1st
– Camping
– 24 – 77 miles per day
– 4 mountain passes
– point to point, start and end in Missoula, MT
– complete details posted at The Cycling House

The winner will be responsible for transportation to and from Missoula, MT.

Those that purchase a Season Pass in July will receive three entries in the random drawing. If we wait until August you will get two entries. And a September purchase gets a single chance to win. Season Passes are available at Webscorer.com.

The drawing will be made at MFG Cyclocross World Headquarters on Saturday, September 9th.

Click here to register

Learn More About The Cycling House

Masters Single Speed Race?

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Should a 40+ Single Speed race be added the MFG Cyclocross Schedule?

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

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.