Sponsor Spotlight: Clement Tires

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MFG Sponsor:   Clement Tires

Website: Clementcycling.com

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Location: Denver, CO

Clement is a returning MFG sponsor thanks in large part to our friend and Clement employee Johs Huseby.   While Clement was a French brand that dates back to 1878 for bicycle tire production, the modern day iteration of Clement is US-based in Colorado.

Clement has chosen an interesting and clever nomenclature for all their tires:  They use airport codes that represent the design mission of the tire.   The PDX is a great mud tire, paying homage to Portland, ORE.   The LAS is a great fast file-tread which pays tribute to Las (Cross) Vegas.

Why we like Clement:

Clement is offering relevant, affordable, and durable cyclocross tires in clincher and tubular formats.

Five things you should know about Clement:

  1. Their tubulars are some of the straightest and most durable tubulars on the market, that still ride nicely.
  2. Their clinchers are vulcanized during production, so you’ll NEVER see a Clement tire tread de-laminate from the casing.
  3. Cascade Bicycle Studio stocks the Clement LAS, PDX, and MXP tires in clincher and tubular.
  4. The LAS file tread is one of the fastest cyclocross tires on the market.
  5. Clement also offers mountain bike and gravel road tires.


Details for North 40 CX

By | 2015, Cyclocross

Here are the details for North 40 CX, Sunday, November 1, 2015.

Directions & Parking:
Please Note: Parking is not accessed from the main entrance of the Marymount Event Center. Please do not park in that lot.

From I-5 North/South take the Puyallup/Mt. Rainier exit (Exit 127) to Highway 512. From HWY 512 take the Pacific Avenue exit toward Spanaway/Parkland. At Pacific Ave S turn right (south). At 138th Street E turn left (east). At 4th Ave E turn right (south) and continue into Parking at the end of the street. Park as directed by race staff.

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

Discounted pricing ends at Midnight Saturday, October 31st.

Register Here:


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:
Rainer Leuschke
Ken Harmon
Bob Bautista
Alex Hemke
Jennifer Burtner
Micahel Callahan
Nathan Schreiner
Christian Folk
Michael Mcguffin
Ben Kaplan
Wade Jacobson
Diane Zaida
Adam Saegebarth
Tracy Erbeck

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.

We will also have an antenna set up at Registration where you can check that your chip is reading to your name and bib number.

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/2015/11/MFG_N40CX_Course_Map.jpg

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 www.webscorer.com.

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.

The 1:50 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.

Find us at:

Beat the Hodala Rider:
Brouwers Cafe is back in 2015 hosting the Beat The Hodala rider challenge. Each week we will feature a Hodala team rider racing in a different category. All riders who “Beat The Hodala Rider” will be entered into a drawing for a Brouwer’s gift card.

At North 40 CX the Beat the Hodala rider is a mystery until race day.

Tent Setup:

Please see this post for details on Team Tents.


Team Tents at North 40 CX

By | 2015, Cyclocross

1. View Course Map for location.
2. Tents must be loaded in by 8:00 am hard stop. The course must be crossed twice to get the team tent area.
3. Tents will be placed on the north and south side of gravel road that is just south of the Start/Finish stretch.
4. Teams that must have a trailer with their tent will need to touch base with Zac or Terry day of for location.
5. Tents will not be allowed in any other areas.

Magnuson Park Cross Race Report

By | 2015, Cyclocross

Sunday, more than a thousand racers took to the course at Warren G Magnunson Park for the fourth stop in the MFG Cyclocross series. The course at the former Naval base saw some major changes from years past, which made for a fast, fun—and at times slick course that spent the day beset by the a near constant drizzle, with the occasional passing rain shower. Not a single racer finished the day with a clean kit.

The spectator friendly course had was lined with team tents and offered plenty of spots for good spectating, but the favorite spot was at the far west end of the park, where racers climbed up a small hill featuring two slightly off camber descents that tested the skills of the lower categories.

The women’s race sorted its self out quickly, with five women, led by Nemesis Racing’s Andi Zolton, quickly gaping the other women in the field. The group of women, included Axiom HVAC/Cycle U’s series leader Kristen Kelsey, Heidi Wood (333Fab Factory CX Team), and Maggie Coles-Lyster (Local Ride Racing) who was down from Canada. The traditionally fast and dry course, was slick in sections, but drafting and large groups still played a role in the race. The biggest challenge for the women was navigating the other categories on the course, as the fast group cleared portions of the course with more speed than the lower categories. A problem with the lap timer caused some confusion, and when Coles-Lyster and Zolton went, others thought there was still a lap to go. Coles-Lyster topped Zolton in the sprint, and Heidi Wood crossed the line in third.

Like last year, Zach McDonald made a local appearance at the race. McDonald, who is without a bike sponsor this year, rode his personal 26 inch hardtail mountain bike, which didn’t stop him from leading for a majority of the hour plus race. As in the women’s race, it was a group of five that animated the race. The group with Steve Fisher (Raleigh/FSA CX) and Rad Racing’s Junior National Champion Scott Funston were content to let McDonald set the pace. Fisher was patient, and with two laps to go launched a strong attack, leaving the group to chase. The under geared McDonald tried to chase, but was left in no-man’s land, as Fisher rode to victory. Recycled Cycles Racing Rory Jack put on a strong performance and finished third.

In two weeks the MFG Cyclocross Series moves to the LeMay Family Collection Foundation, the grounds of vintage auto museum, for the penultimate race of the series. Kristen Kelsey (Axiom HVAC/Cycle U) has a four point lead over 333Fab’s Heidi Wood, with Nemesis’ Andi Zolton nine points down on Kelsey.

Fisher (Raleigh/FSA CX) further solidified his lead on the series and now has 37 point lead on Mitchell Thornton (Dyna Racing) who moved into second place, while Cascadia Racing’s Kelly Nowles fell to third, seven points down on Thornton.

Beat the Hodala Rider at Magnuson Park Cross

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Brouwers Cafe is back in 2015 hosting the Beat The Hodala rider challenge. Each week we will feature a Hodala team rider racing in a different category. All riders who “Beat The Hodala Rider” will be entered into a drawing for a Brouwer’s gift

At Magnuson Park Cross, Kelsey Wood will be the Hodala rider to beat in the Clydesdale Class at 10:10 am. Check the results board for the posted winner at the venue, and pick up your GC at our Customer Service tent.

Sponsor Spotlight: Element Cycles

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What Element Cycles does

Element Cycles is the 2015 MFG Elite Men and Women’s sponsor.   Each week, leaders will be crowned with leaders jerseys from Castelli, with Element Cycles proudly displayed throughout the jersey.

Element Cycles was formerly Sammamish Valley Cycles and is now nestled in their new location at 8215 160th Ave NE in Redmond.   Element Cycles works with the following bicycle vendors: BMC, Bianchi, Cervelo, Sage Cycles, Santa Cruz, Pinarello, Focus, Moots and Norco. 

Why we like Element Cycles

A quick glance at the new Element Cycles webpage makes it clear that Element is not only dedicated to the high-end road enthusiast market, but also the high end mountain market with brands like Santa Cruz and BMC.  Element Cycles new location is very cleanly designed, is filled with great bikes, and has a dedicated professional service area.

Five things you should know about Element Cycles

  1. Element Cycles is your one-stop shop for mountain brands like Santa Cruz and Norco.
  2. Element Cycles email address is:  info@elementcycles.net
  3. Element Cycles is your Eastside source for BMC Bicycles.
  4. Element Cycles has recently introduced their E-Lab indoor training studio.
  5. Element Cycles helped contribute to an equal cash purse for the Elite Men and Women’s races throughout the MFG season.

Race Report: Brian Tracy Experience

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Round three of 2015 MFG Series, along with 730 racers, arrived at, Everett’s Thornton A. Sullivan park, for a technically demanding course on the shores of Silver Lake, that this year, went by the name The Brian Tracy Experience in honor of—you guessed it—Brian Tracy, a racer and friend of MFG Cyclocross, who is currently battling cancer. Mr. Tracy was among the spectators, set up at the end of the second sand pits, where the course was marked in a green tape bearing his visage with the words “Be Positive”, which is how Brian has approached his diagnosis from day one.

This year the Brian Tracy Experience was two trips across the beach, climbs thick with grass and several descents that were, loose, dusty and, at times steep. To succeed on this course one needed legs that can survive being repeatedly abused by the punchy climbs and the ability to keep their handling skills sharp as they attempted to get their heart rates back down below the red. And that was before the sand. Those that had a hard time managing those skills were spurred on by small cheering squads peppered throughout the spectator friendly course.

In woman’s race it was Kristen Kelsey (Axiom HVAC/Cycle U North) who managed those skills better than the rest, after coming to the front midway through the race. At the start of the race it was Nemesis Racing’s Andi Zolton who took control early, working through the tricky course free of any traffic, while Ten Speed Hero’s Tricia Fleischer and Kelsey chased. Soon Zolton began to fade, and was passed by the two chasing women. Kelsey was hard to match on a course that she has dominated in years past. Fleischer followed in second, with Zolton—who suffered a crash—followed some twenty-five seconds behind.

The men’s race saw the return of Russell Stevenson (Trek CX Collective), who brought a fight to Raleigh/FSA CX’s Steve Fisher. The pair kept each other close throughout the technical course, with Fisher leading for the majority of the race. Fisher and Stevenson may have been battling it out at the front, but it was Aaron Bradford, who animated the crowd. Bradford, who was racing on single speed, chased, caught, and then blew by the pair, late in the race. He was able to hold that gap for half a lap, until Stevenson attacked Fisher, who suffered an untimely flat just after passing the pit. Stevenson was able to bridge, and then pass Bradford, as he navigated the course tricky descents, while Fisher pitted for a new bike. At the end of the day it was Stevenson who was victorious, coming across the line with enough time to sit up celebrate. Bradford came in eight seconds down, and Fisher finished a comfortable third.

MFG takes another bye week this coming weekend, and then comes back within Seattle city limits for Magnuson Park CX, a fast course on the shores of Lake Washington. Fisher is comfortably first in the series standings with 86 points, his closest competitor, Cascadia Bicycling Team’s Kelly Nowles, is twenty two points down on Fisher. In the women’s race it is Kelsey with the points lead, but 333Fab CX team rider Heidi Woods is only six points down, with Andi Zolton another seven points back on Woods. Halfway through the series and the women’s race is still up for grabs.

derekblagg_MFG_BTexperience-26 “It’s weird seeing my face everywhere, but the support is incredible,” Brian Tracy (photo by Derek Blagg)

derekblagg_MFG_BTexperience-50 Kristen Kelsey (Axiom HVAC/Cycle U) leads Fleicher (Ten Speed Hero) out of the first sand pit. (photo by Derek Blagg)

derekblagg_MFG_BTexperience-64 Aaron Bradford animated the race on his Single Speed. (photo by Derek Blagg)

derekblagg_MFG_BTexperience-63Russell Stevenson leads Fisher through one of the course’s technical descent (photo by Derek Blagg)

Beat the Hodala Riders at Brian Tracy Experience

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Brouwers Cafe is back in 2015 hosting the Beat The Hodala rider challenge. Each week we will feature a Hodala team rider racing in a different category. All riders who “Beat The Hodala Rider” will be entered into a drawing for a Brouwer’s gift card.

At Brian Tracy Experience, Theresa Harding will be the Hodala rider to beat in the Women 35+ race at 1:50 pm and Ben Popper in the Cat 1/2 Men at 2:45 pm. Check the results board for the posted winner at the venue, and pick up your GC at our Customer Service tent.

Team Tents at Brian Tracy Experience

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  1. Tents need to be load in by 8:30. Load in off of Silver Lake Road through the gate. See diagram for traffic flow.
  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 tent 5′ off the course tape and run two rows back to back.
  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”.



Be Positive T-Shirt Sales at Brian Tracy Experience

By | 2015, Cyclocross

We look forward to seeing all of you this weekend at the Brian Tracy Experience. Our friend Brian Tracy will be on-site throughout the day making sure everyone is staying POSITIVE!

We will be selling t-shirts for $20 at MFG Customer Service tent all day. All net proceeds go directly towards brain cancer research projects selected by Brian and Kim at the University of Washington or Fred Hutchinson.