Sponsor Spotlight: Kona Bicycles

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MFG SPONSOR:  Kona Bicycles

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Kona Bicycles is a locally-owned bicycle company in Bellingham, WA producing a comprehensive line-up of mountain, road, cyclocross, city, and kids bicycles.  Kona was founded in 1988 and to this day is still owned by the same founders.

Why we like Kona Bicycles

  • The Jake the Snake cross bike paved the way for the modern cyclocross bicycle and has been ridden by many local professional racers
  • We are proud to be associated with a locally-owned major bicycle company
  • The diversity and relevance of Kona’s line-up is nicely showcased in bikes like the Ute and the Coco
  • Kona has been extremely supportive of women’s cyclocross racing with the sponsorship of Helen Wyman

5 Things You Should Know About Kona

  • Jake the Snake turned 20 this model year!
  • The Hei Hei Race Supreme is World Cup tested by Kona’s factory rider Spencer Paxson.
  • Kona provides a no charge demo fleet of bicycles at 2017 MFG races
  • Spencer Paxson is leading a course preview at Woodland Park GP at 8am
  • Kona dedicates a section of their Kona World Cog website to a Retailer of the Week

 

Details on Woodland Park GP 20016

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Here are the details for Woodland Park GP, Sunday, November 13, 2016.

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 and W Greenlake Way N on east side of park. Please carpool. Parking is limited.

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

Discounted pricing ends at Midnight Saturday, November 12, 2016.

Register Here:

https://www.webscorer.com/register?raceid=76581

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.

https://www.webscorer.com/secure/signin?&ReturnUrl=http://www.webscorer.com/profile

If you registered online and already have a bib number and timing chip no need to visit the on-site registration.

ON-SITE REGISTRATION IS CASH, CHECK, or Visa/MasterCard

2016 Cyclocross Race Timing Chip Policy

For the 2016 cyclocross racing season, both MFG Cyclocross and Cross Revolution will be using the Dual Tag timing chip. This chip has been invented and manufactured by our finish line production partner Dave Wamsley of Center Event.

In past seasons, timing chips have been purchased, built, and provided to racers at no charge. For the 2016 season, all chips will be distributed for $5 and are guaranteed to work for 1 season. In future seasons, chips must be tested at the first race and if they don’t work, a new chip must be purchased.
Please note, this is not a rental charge. The chip is yours to keep. This cost is a direct pass through cost to Center Event for materials and labor.

Chips can be purchased at the first race of the season. Easiest if you bring a five dollar bill.

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 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/2016/11/MFG_Woodland_Park_Course_Map_16.jpg

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

Course Preview with Spensor Paxson, Kona Factory Racing at 8:00 AM at the Finish Line

http://www.mfgcyclocross.com/woodland-park-gp-course-preview-with-spencer-paxson/

Food:
Here and There Grill will be on site with a complete menu for breakfast & lunch.

Tripod Coffee will be serving.

Results:
Results will be posted at Customer Service and can be found on race day using www.webscorer.com. The Webscorer app for smartphones is a great way to review results.

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.

Junior Series Awards:
Where: Podium at MFG Truck at Woodland GP located near finish line.
When: Sunday, November 13th at 2:30 PM
Who: We will award the top three in the series to all Junior categories at Woodland Park GP.
Food: Root Beer Garden in effect! And cake too!

Prizes:
The 10:20 AM and 12:05 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.

We will also have random prizes for riders during this start time from Snoqualmie Ice Cream.

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

Brouwers Hot Lap
The Brouwers Hot Lap competition is scored on the second lap for two categories at each race. The fastest second lap or “hot lap” will be awarded a Brouwers Cafe Gift Card. Winners should stop by Customer Service to pick up their Brouwers Gift Card.

This week’s categories are:

SS Men & SS Women

Winners of Brouwers Hot Laps at Magnuson Park Cross were:

Men 60+ – Martin Rand
Clydesdale – Erik Hokanson

If you did not get your Brouwers Cafe Gift Certificate at Race #5 stop by Customer Service this week to pick it up.

Social Media:
The official social media hashtag for MFG Cyclocross 2016 will be #mfgcross. We love to see your experiences at the races so please tag it up.

Team Competition Instagram Photo Contest theme for this week is “Selfie with Brian Worthy” or “Supporter Sign” or “Selfie with Brian Worthy with Supporter Sign”.

Find us at:
www.facebook.com/mfgcyclcross
www.instagram.com/mfgcross
www.twitter.com/mfgcross

Tent Setup:
Here are the details for tent set up this Sunday at Woodland Park GP:

1. View Course Map for location.
2. Tents must be loaded in by 8:00 am.
3. Tents will be placed in the parking spots (on both sides of the street) on the east portion of the drive loop around the picnic area at the park. Tents need to be place going north just after Crossing Two. Tents row will end south of Crossing Three.
4. Trailers can be placed with tents this week. Please park trailers parallel to the curb.
5. You can drop your tent off from your car but please do not park your car with your tent. When done unloading drive out the direction of the one-way road to park you car in lots around the park.
6. Tents will not be allowed in any other area.
7. Tent Setup in Seattle Parks:
• Tents with blank tops can be set up for no fee (example: a blue tent)
• Tents with club logos that do not promote a commercial licensed for-profit or not-profit organization can be set up for no fee (example: Soft Like Kitten’s tent).
• Tents with logos promoting a commercial licensed for-profit or not-profit organization must pay a $50 fee for a single tent and a $200 fee for two to three tents (examples: Team Group Health’s or Team Audi’s tent). Payment for these tents will be collected by Zac Daab on site day of race.

Team Tents at Woodland Park GP

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Here are the details for tent set up this Sunday at Woodland Park GP:

1. View Course Map for location.
2. Tents must be loaded in by 8:00 am.
3. Tents will be placed in the parking spots (on both sides of the street) on the east portion of the drive loop around the picnic area at the park. Tents need to be place going north just after Crossing Two. Tents row will end south of Crossing Three.
4. Trailers can be placed with tents this week. Please park trailers parallel to the curb.
5. You can drop your tent off from your car but please do not park your car with your tent. When done unloading drive out the direction of the one-way road to park you car in lots around the park.
6. Tents will not be allowed in any other area.
7. Tent Setup in Seattle Parks:

  • Tents with blank tops can be set up for no fee (example: a blue tent)
  • Tents with club logos that do not promote a commercial licensed for-profit or not-profit organization can be set up for no fee (example: Soft Like Kitten’s tent).
  • Tents with logos promoting a commercial licensed for-profit or not-profit organization must pay a $50 fee for a single tent and a $200 fee for two to three tents (examples: Team Group Health’s or Team Audi’s tent). Payment for these tents will be collected by Zac Daab on site day of race.

Sponsor Spotlight: Full Speed Ahead & FS Neutral Support

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MFG Sponsor: Full Speed Ahead

Website: www.fullspeedahead.com

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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: Deschutes Brewery

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What Deschutes does

Deschutes Brewery, located in Central Oregon along the banks of the wild and scenic Deschutes River, has brewed a family of handcrafted ales since 1988. Starting out as a small brewpub in the heart of downtown Bend, Deschutes’ first beers were Black Butte Porter, Bachelor Bitter and Cascade Golden Ale.  For 2016, Deschutes offers EIGHT year-round offerings:

  • Black Butte Porter
  • Mirror Pond Pale Ale
  • Inversion IPA
  • Obsidian Stout
  • Chainbreaker White IPA
  • Deschutes River Ale
  • Big Rig Pub Ale
  • Down N Dirty IPA

Why we like Deschutes

When you visit Bend, Oregon, it seems super likely that you’d stop by the brew pub to have a meal and a drink. If you do, be sure to sample the Ultimate Pub Fries and the House-Baked Pretzel to get things started. The atmosphere is uniquely Bend at the Public House:  laid back, friendly, with most patrons having a lower heart than yours.

Deschutes has been extremely generous to MFG and to StarCrossed, and to cyclocross in general. Even after being a major sponsor and host to a national caliber event like CX Nats in 2009 and in 2010, Deschutes still dedicates time, effort, and money to other cyclocross events on the regional and local level.

At MFG this year, Deschutes is generously given to select age-appropriate categories during The Treatment.

Deschutes clearly loves cyclocross and has been so supportive of MFG.

Five things you should know about Deschutes

  1. Black Butte Porter, Bachelor Bitter, and Cascade Golden Ale were the OG three beers back in 1988.
  2. Red Chair NWPA is a more subtle, less-hoppy pale, which is available seasonally.
  3. Black Butte XXVIII (Special Reserve) is 11.6% ABV!
  4. Deschutes Brewery reach is now US-wide.   Plans are in the works for a Roanoke, VA facility.
  5. Deschutes mobile beer tavern is named Woody and can be found here.

Sponsor Spotlight: Coal Headwear

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MFG Sponsor:   Coal Headwear

Website: www.coalheadwear.com

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In 2002 Coal started as a labor of love in an apartment in Portland, Oregon. In Coal’s first year, they launched the brand with a vision for a quality headwear line inspired by friends and family—one that would be an outlet for our whole new take on the woolen, knit beanie. Coal was founded on the belief that headwear is more than an accessory.  It’s part of you, your identity, and your lifestyle.

Why we like Coal Headwear

Coal’s Fall 2016 collection of hats is extensive.   They offer hats, caps, and a variety of other styles.   We particularly like the Freezin in the Team Jamaica livery, as well as the Nations knit hat in Canada colors.

Five things you should know about Coal Headwear:

  1. Their hats are available at Evo.
  2. They offer collections for Spring/Summer and Fall/Winter.
  3. They also offer scarfs and gloves.
  4. The hats have cool names.
  5. Randy Salomon likes The Preston.

Sponsor Spotlight: Outdoor Research

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MFG Sponsor: Outdoor Research

Website: www.outdoorresearch.com

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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 Razoredge is the official jackets of MFG Staff.
  5. MFG Staff and Series Winners are fully outfitted by Outdoor Research.

 

North 40 CX Race Report

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The penultimate stop of the 2016 MFG season rolled south to Tacoma and the grounds of the LeMay Family collection. Racers weaved their way through a greasy course that featured two run-ups, followed by fast descents, and bone yard of old trucks and buses that pepper the grounds of the auto museum. Predicted rains arrived early making the course slick, and causing more than a few crashes.

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“The Treatment’ was given to the 1:55 races, with Melanie Lewis (PCP Racing) winning the women’s 1/2 40+ field. Jodi Duqette and Jodi Connolly (Black Sheep Velo) finished second and third respectively. In the women’s three field NWCX Project took the top two steps of the podium, with Hayden Gizinski taking the top spot and Yelisaveta Topchaniuk finishing second. Ten Speed Hero West’s Megan Faye finished third. Sarah Martin (Olympia Orthopedic Associates) took the Cat 3/4 Women’s 40+ field while Avon Hansen and Cary Lassen (Black Sheep Velo) finished second and third. Bryna Fahrner (Mayhem Racing) won the Women’s Cat 4 field. Tracy Gramenz and Wendy Leber (Nemesis Racing) took second and third. The 10:20 races will receive “The Treatment” at Woodland Park.

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In the women’s race Tricia Fleischer (Monument Wheel Works) continued her dominance, sealing up the series overall. For the first three laps Fleischer had company, with Gina Estep (Group Health) and Janna Gillick (Coal City Cycles) accompanying the series leader, through the course’s twists and turns. Fleischer would finish the hour with a little under a minute lead on Estep, while Gillick held on for third.

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The men’s race featured a back forth between Hector Fernando Riveros Paez (Qarvi Imports/ Evoc USA) and Kona Cycles Spenser Paxson. At times, the two ripped through the course on each other’s wheel. Riveros managed to distance Paxson twice, but crashed multiple times on the slick course, giving Paxson a chance to catch up. “I’m a skinny guy and I struggle on the flats, so I would attack in the technical sections.” Riveros said. One of those well-timed attacks allowed Riveros a small lead, giving him the win by two seconds. Behind the pair, Mcgovern Cycles/ FSA CX rider Steve Fisher was possessed, and riding out of skin to catch on. Fisher suffered a broken chain at the start of the race, and somehow, made it to the pit and was more than a minute back on the first lap. Instead of calling it a day, Fisher rode through the Women’s field—which had started thirty seconds after the men—and then, over the course of the hour, rode his way through the men’s field, systematically passing riders in corners, powering past them on the flat straightaways, and by riding at least one of the course’s run ups. Fisher eventually finished third, close to two and half minutes behind Riveros and Paxson.

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The final stop of the 2016 MFG Cyclocross season slides into the heart of NE Seattle: Woodland Park. Tricia Fleischer holds a twenty-point lead over second place Monica Lloyd in the series standing, Kenda Super (Hagens Berman Society Consulting) is currently third. The Men’s race is still wide open, where Rory Jack (Recycled Cycles) has used a consistent season to put him ahead of Riveros by one point in the series standing, with Steve Fisher a good ride away from second place for the year.

Sponsor Spotlight: Portland Design Works

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MFG Sponsor: Portland Design Works

Website: www.ridepdw.com

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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 810 provides burn time anywhere from 1.5 hours to 20 hours per charge cycle.
-Portland put a bird on it with this cage.
-The Takeout basket comes in a LTD cargo bag edition.