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.

Full Details for North 40 CX – 10/30/16

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Here are the details for North 40 CX, Sunday, October 30, 2016.

Important Venue Rules:
No alcohol.

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.

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, October 29, 2016.

Register Here:

https://www.webscorer.com/register?raceid=76580

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/2016/10/MFG_N40CX_Course_Map-2016.png

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

Food:

South Beach Cuisine will be serving Cuban inspired breakfast and 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 is followed.

Prizes:
The 1:55pm 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:

Men 60+ Clydesdale

Winners of Brouwers Hot Laps at Magnuson Park Cross were:

Men 55+ – Bob Bautista
Cat 4 Men 45+ – Dan Scott

If you did not get your Brouwers Cafe Gift Certificate at Race #4 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 “This Isn’t Junk”.

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 North 40 CX:
1. View Course Map for location, http://www.mfgcyclocross.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/MFG_N40CX_Course_Map-2016.png.
2. Tents must be loaded in by 8:00 am hard stop.
3. Tents will be placed on the north and south side of gravel road that is just south of the Start/Finish stretch.
4. This site is very compact so we request no support trailers or automobiles at this race in the Tent Area.
5. Tents will not be allowed in any other areas.

Sponsor Spotlight: The Cycling House

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Location: Tucson, AZ

The Cycling House was born out of cold Montana winters being training-prohibitive in the InterWest region.   The goal was to find a venue where the weather was great, the rain was non-existent, and the terrain was plentiful: namely, Tucson, Arizona.

The Cycling House takes a comprehensive approach to the concept of a training vacation by incorporating elements such as health, nutrition, and equipment along side great rides, amazing food, and first-class accommodations.

The Cycling House includes the following during each trip to their Tucson location:

  • 5 Nights/6 Days Accommodations (double occ.)
  • Airport Transfers to/from Tucson Airport (TUS)
  • 3 Chef Prepared Meals/Day
  • Bicycle Mechanic Support
  • Bike Build & Break Down
  • Ride Nutrition
  • All Shuttle to/from Rides

Add-on’s include:

  • Bike Rental
  • Massage Therapy

Why we like The Cycling House:

As if it wasn’t enough to provide amazing food and first-class accommodations, The Cycling House offers Power Tap demos, Garmin demos, brand-name nutrition, and high end bike rentals at a very affordable price.    What’s more, The Cycling House is dialed down to details such as all-natural shampoos, conditions, and soaps.   It’s the little details that count, right?

The Cycling House has been a proud sponsor of MFG Cyclocross for eight years now, and last year their week-long stay at the house was the first and most desired prize among the MFG category winners.    Ask Kempton Baker for details on his stay!

Five things you should know about The Cycling House:

  1. For 2017, there are TEN camps from which to choose.
  2. The Cycling House has one of the most organized trip matrices in the business!
  3. Trips start under $2000 for 6 days.
  4. Custom Camps are available.
  5. TCH president Owen G. raced for the Seattle-based Broadmark Capital Cycling Team, now Hagens Berman.

Race Report Magnuson Park Cross

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Unlike the sunny east-coast, Seattle—and the Pacific Northwest in general—hosted the remnants of typhoon this weekend. The storm didn’t deliver the predicted winds, but it did bring plenty of rain, dropping off classic cyclocross conditions at Seattle’s Magnuson Park. The mostly flat course featured several sections that were beset by thick mud, slowing most riders on the traditionally fast course.

The Junior and Women’s beginner races received “The Treatment” this week, with the winners taking home pink MFG bags filled with race swag. Lara Rogers took top honors in the Women’s Beginner category. Walker Busken took the Junior Boys 2001/2002 category, Trey Trefry won Jr. Boys 2003/2004, and Joe Spranger was tops in the Jr Boys 2005/2007 category. In the Junior Girls category Juliann Vander Haegen won the 2001/2002; Callah M Robinson took the 2003/2004; Ryan Connolly the 2005/2006 and Tomas McIntosh won the Junior 2008/2009 category.

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The women’s race was animated by Monument Wheel Works Tricia Fleischer, Gina Estep (Group Health), and NWCX Project’s Shannon Mallory. The trio quickly distanced themselves from the rest of the women’s field, with Estep and Fleischer trading leads. Mallory would lose the pace at times, but always managed to catch back on. The tactical race was decided with two laps to go as the women came down the small off-camber descent. Estep got caught up in tape, and had to put her foot down. Fleischer took advantage of the small gap and put the hammer down escaping her competitors, crossing the line first with thirty seconds in hand.

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In the men’s race several riders tried to fill the void left by a missing Steven Ettinger and Fernando Riveros. With Recycled Cycles Rory Jack and Kona’s Spenser Paxson being the early instigators. Steve Fisher (McGovern Cycles – FSA CX) bided his time, before moving to the front and blowing the race apart with the hope of getting past the mechanicals that held him back at the Katie Blincoe Prestige. Fisher dominated, acing the course’s muddy sections, and gaining time on the long gravel climb along the back of the course. Paxson fought hard to keep Fisher close, finishing a mere three seconds down on the charging Fisher. Rory Jack would hang on to finish third.

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In two weeks MFG Cyclocross will return to LeMay Family Collection where riders will battle with two run steep run ups and technical descents. Last year’s race was battered by high winds, rain and mud. We can hope for some good cross conditions again this year.