This Sunday, September 28th we race at Fort Steilacoom Park in Lakewood, WA. Here a few details on the course.
The course starts fast down the pavement and turns back north for a few turns in the field before turning back south and up a paved road. As the pavement tops out there is little respite as an uneven dirt road soon turns upward, steadily climbing. A right turn brings a downhill on loose gravel, followed by a left turn on leveler paths lead to a steeper descent to the valley floor. It’s then a flat somewhat circuitous route back to the finish.
It should be a full blast fast race since the whether should be turning dry after this week’s rain. As such, we can expect traction to be excellent, a good day for file treads. Bring your fast legs and tactical acumen.
This week the Cat 1/2 35+ Men will be out trying to “Beat the Hodala” rider. The challenge will be to beat the Hodala rider racing this “geared” category on a single speed. All those racers that beat the Hodala rider will be entered into this week’s drawing for a gift certificate to Brouwer’s Cafe. If the Hodala rider wins the race then he or she gets the gift certificate. This week Luke Demoe will be flying the Hodala colors. Go get him.
Here is the scouting report on Luke from CrossResults.com.
MFG Sponsor: Castelli
Location: Portland, OR
Castelli US is a returning MFG sponsor for 2014. Castelli is providing the Elite Men and Elite Women with leader’s jerseys for the entire MFG season.
Castelli US uses the finest fabrics and technology to deliver cyclists a great fitting and performing cycling kit.
Why we like Castelli:
Castelli continually develops fabric, fit, and aesthetic throughout their entire line, year after year. Castelli garments fit great, look fantastic, and offer a custom program for teams and clubs.
Five things you should know about Castelli:
- Castelli’s custom program is called Servizio Course and offers an insane amount of options.
- Castelli makes the majority of their custom clothing in the Northwest!
- In addition to their custom line, Castelli offers stock products that look great and fit nicely.
- The Gabba jacket is one of the finest pieces for riding in the Northwest rain.
- The local rep Erik S. is a MFG racer and supporter.
MFG Sponsor: Brouwer’s Cafe
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 Beat the Hodala Rider 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 you won’t find in say, Portland.
For the 2014 MFG season, present your MFG bib number ANY time at Brouwers, and receive $1 off any drink.
Five things you should know about Brouwer’s Cafe:
- Service staff are intelligent and will make recommendations for drinks.
- Belgian passion with Manneken Pis in the front entry!
- Multiple frite sauces options including aioli, curry ketchup, and tartar.
- Over 60 Scotches available.
- The 10-person library room on the top floor.
Fisher Plumbing taking advantage of last year’s team victory and the front row call ups pulls off the win at the Lake Sammamish GP. A close second place with Blue Rooster and Alki-Rubicon rounding off the podium for Race #1. Standings posted here.