Leavenworth Cyclocross Trophae p/b MIIR Race Report

By | 2018

Leavenworth was the venue for two days of cyclocross racing on September 22-23, starting with a NW CX Cup, a USAC-sanctioned race, and the next day MFG’s second race of the season. This venue was distinguished by some interesting features. First, it ranks as the most distant MFG race, a 2.5-hour drive from Seattle. Racers braving this were rewarded by an authentic Bavarian village, known for well-stocked beer pubs and authentic brauts, everything a cyclocross racer would enjoy. And many crashed there, overnight that is.

But perhaps the most interesting feature of the Leavenworth venue was its boast worthy race elevation gain. This isn’t referring to its meager 1200’ altitude (unlike Boulder’s mile high), but its cumulative vertical feet a rider recorded during each race. Completing six laps would show 2,000’ of gain.

When arriving and setting up at the base of this hill (appropriately named, “Ski Hill”), peering up, one could spy riders climbing testing out the steep inclines, some able to stay in the saddle, others shouldering bikes, but all clearly digging deep. Slopes to the right must have been a beginner skill hill, where a rope tow comes out when there’s snow. Back on the left, one could imagine a chairlift. Racers that day lamented the challenge (or crowed their feats) and shared various techniques for staying in the saddle during the climbs and not dismounting.

The women’s elite race featured several of our top NW racers, including cyclocross national champion Monica Lloyd (Olympia Orthopaedic Associates), taking a commanding lead early and capturing first place by three minutes over Stephanie Taplin (Indigenous Wheel Co.). Third place was Laura Jeddeloh (MD Endurance Coaching).

The men’s elite races were closer, but slowly stretched out as the hills ate away chasers and pacers, leaders demonstrating sheer hill-climbing quadricep strength. Kevin Bradford-Parish (Set Coaching/FSA) topped the podium with nearly a two-minute lead over Derek Parsons (Cliff Bar), and followed in third by Ian Tubbs (Audi), just ten seconds behind.

Photos by Geoffrey Crofoot

Lake Sammamish GP p/b Planet Box Race Report

By | 2018

How would you like to ride your bike through nearly a mile of soft sand as fast as you can? Are we talking about cyclocross racing? Yes, and it happened at Lake Sammamish State Park (east of Seattle) on September 8 and 9, at MFG’s trademark Northwest cyclocross racing season-opener. The mega sand was the headliner for this venue and clearly what everyone was talking about. “Did you ride it or run it?”, was the refrain.

This entirely flat race course was used for the double-header racing weekend promoted by MFG Cyclocross. Day one was the first NW CX Cup series race for USAC-sanctioned racing, for racers earning points. And day two was MFG Cyclocross’s first of their six-race series. And that sand thing? How much sand? NW CX Cup had three sand pits along the beach totaling over 600’ and separated by three quick grassy interludes and barricades. How many laps? Elite racers rode eight laps, 4,800’, or 9/10ths of a mile! Less than one-half was ridden, the rest run, and later in the day many were seen walking as they exited.

Top leaders of USAC-sanctioned NW CX Cup Men’s Open (elite) 1-2-3 finishers were Derek Parsons of Cliff Bar, David Howard of Tenspeed Hero, and Garrett Sczechowski of Dyna Racing. The Women’s Open (elite), 1-2-3 finishers were Monica Lloyd of Olympia Orthopaedic Assoc., Ivy Audrain of Speedvagen Factory Racing Team, and Karine Valliantsaunders of Liquid Velo. Turnout out NW CX Cup was 221 racers, 50’s and gray skies, but after the word spread about the cyclocross beach party, turnout for MFG Cyclocross was over 746 riders, who enjoyed racing on the beach under blue skies and 65 degrees.

MFG Cyclocross’s leaders in the Women’s Elite 1-2-3 were Mindy McCutcheon, Meredith Miller of RCCBDR, and Monica Lloyd of Olympia Orthopaedic Assoc. Men’s Elites 1-2-3 were Michael Van Den Ham of Garneau-Easton P/B Transitions Life Ca., Steve Fisher of McGovern Cycles/FSA CX, and Stephen Mull.

Next year, bring your bikini kit!

Photos by Geoffrey Crofoot

Mooca Liets Veldrijden p/b Rapha Seattle Race Report

By | 2018

MFG’s #3 cyclocross race was held at Ft. Steilacoom Park in Lakewood, Washington on September 30th. This is a favorite venue for many locals and there’s always a large turnout. Riders this day enjoyed comfortable mild temps, overcast and only a few sprinkles. No mud. Even more racers were lured by a bigger reason: In anticipation of this being the venue for the 2019 USAC Cyclocross Nationals, many out-of-town racers showed up to check it out, journeying from California, Oregon, Montana and Utah.

Over the years, various configurations of race courses have been presented here, each offering their own flavor of either gut-busting hills, or adrenaline-filled descents, engineered to challenge all riders’ fitness and bike handling skills. Planning for the 2019 CX NATS, MFG tested multiple layouts during the race day, rapidly rerouting the course between races. Adjustments were made first on technical descents to ensure safety for less experienced riders, then afterwards in reverse to fulfill the thirst for serious technical challenges the elite riders desire, by opening up near-vertical dirt hill climbs and unwrapping steep and twisty drops back down to the valley floor.

It’s uncommon for a cyclocross venue to be reconfigured midday, even considering the 2019 prospects, but this switcheroo actually allowed the more than 600 racers to experience challenges more closely scaled to their skill levels. Nearly all course layouts receive a few complaints, but on this day none were heard, just plenty of praises emerging from dirty-faced smiles.

The elite races were well-attended, with fields of 23 men and 14 women. Elite masters men had 39 racers. Over seven laps, the top 12 elite men hung together within seven seconds for the first two laps, but by lap number five, Steve Fisher (McGovern Cycles / FSA CX) pulled away with a commanding lead, finishing first with a 40-second gap. In second place was Robert Cummings (Mettle Cycling), and third place at twelve seconds behind went to Ian Tubbs (Audi).

The women’s elite race first place was taken by Anna Megale (Team UpCycle). Close behind in second place by 1.7 seconds was Monica Lloyd (Olympia Orthopaedic Associates), and in third just under four minutes back was Gina Estep (Thrive). The next five racers were closely matched, all within about a minute of each other.

And did anyone know what the title of this race means? Steilacoom spelled backwards, plus “veldruden”, in Flemish means “field riding”.

Photos by Geoffrey Crofoot

Caps Not Hats

By | 2018, Cyclocross

In celebration of our 10th Season, Series Sponsor, Rapha Seattle, has made commemorative caps in our green on green livery. We will have caps for sale at Magnuson Park Cross on October 14th.

Full Details for Mooca Liets Veldrijden

By | 2018, Cyclocross

Here are the details MFG Cyclocross – Mooca Liets Veldrijden September 30th, 2018.

Rapha Seattle is our presenting sponsor and will be providing all podium prizes and will also be onsite with merchandise for sale. Additionally, Rapha Seattle will be hosting a fun and free Cross Olympics in between races at 11, 12, and 1pm. Head to the Rapha Seattle tent near the podium for Cross Olympics.

In celebration of our 10th Season, our race day sponsor Rapha Seattle made commemorative caps in our green on green livery. Podium winners for every category 1st through 3rd will win a cap at this Sunday’s Mooca Liets Veldrijden. Plus, we will have 50 caps to sell. You’ll have to decide if you’ll bank on your speed or speed to the bank to get your limited edition cap.

Special Note:
REI will be onsite, filming for an episode of Trailheads during the Sept. 30th Cyclocross Event! Filming will take place during the event and will primarily be focused on one of the two event participants and Trailheads Hosts. The camera crew will stay out of race participants during and will not interfere with any races. Some video footage may include recording the appearance or voice of persons visiting or participating the event. By choosing to visit or participate in the Sept. 30th event, you will be deemed to have granted permission to REI to utilize collected footage. If you do not wish to grant such permission, please see an REI representative.”

Directions & Parking:
From I-5 take the South 74th(#129) Street exit and head west. After 3 or 4 miles the road veers left and turns into Custer Road. In about 1 mile take the free right turn onto 88th St. SW. The road then turns into Steilacoom Blvd. In about 1 mile turn left at the traffic light at 87th Ave SW and take an immediate right into the park. Follow paved road in park about 1/2 mile to gravel parking area by the lake and the animal barns.

Registration for MFG Cyclocross #3:
Discounted pricing ends at Midnight Saturday, September 30, 2018.

Register Here:

https://www.webscorer.com/register?raceid=141646

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

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

2018 Cyclocross Race Timing Chip Policy

For the 2018 cyclocross racing season, MFG Cyclocross, Cross Revolution, NW CX Cup and Wednesday Night Worlds will be using the Dual Tag timing chip. If you already have a timing chip from a previous season please have it tested at registration at your first race. If you need a new chip it can be purchased for $5 at Registration and is 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 will be sold on site at each race.

Timing Chips and Bib Numbers:
If this is your first race of the series please stop by Registration to pick-up your bib number and purchase your timing chip.

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. Timing chips are to be mounted to the helmet.
Numbers are pinned on the jersey on the back of the LEFT shoulder.

Riders racing two categories will be assigned separate bib numbers and chips.

The Course:

Course map: http://www.mfgcyclocross.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/09/mooca-liets-course.jpg

Some modifications will be made to the course on race day to improve flow and moderate effort.

Food and Coffee:
South Beach Cuisine & Espresso will be on site serving food and coffee all day.

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 for MFG Cyclocross:

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.

Prizes:
Race Day Prize:
In 2018 we will be doing prizes, awards and podium presentations for each and every category at all six races. Podium presentations will be done at Customer Service based on this schedule:

• 9:30 AM & 10:20 AM Races – 11:30 AM Podium Presentation
• 11:10 AM & 12:00 PM Races – 1:30 PM Podium Presentation
• 2:10 PM Races – 3:15 PM Podium Presentation
• 2:50 PM Races – 4:00 PM Podium Presentations

Elite Men and Women’s Payout:

The payout for Men and Women is equal and as follows:
Elite Men and Women, 1st Place: $80
Elite Men and Women, 2nd Place: $60
Elite Men and Women, 3rd Place: $40

Social Media:
The official social media hashtag for MFG Cyclocross 2018 will be #mfgcross. We love to see your experiences at the races so please tag it up.

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

Tent Setup:

The Start / Finish stretch will be in the grass to the left of the main road we usually use for the Start / Finish. Tents will be placed in the grass to the left of the road along the Start / Finish stretch between the road and the split-rail fence. You will be able to drive right down the road to drop off your tent. Please drop your tent off quickly and park your car in the main parking. There will be some traffic on this road getting to the parking adjacent to the soccer fields.

Course Map: http://www.mfgcyclocross.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/09/mooca-liets-course.jpg

As always:
• Please place tents from each team tight to each other.
• Tents will not be allowed in any other areas.

Rapha Seattle at Mooca Liets Velrijden

By | 2018, Cyclocross

We are psyched for MFG 3 this weekend at Ft. Steilacoom Park. The course will use lines and sections that will be featured in the 2019 National Championship course.

Rapha Seattle is our presenting sponsor and will be providing all podium prizes, and will also be onsite with merchandise for sale. Additionally, Rapha Seattle will be hosting a fun and free Cross Olympics in between races at 11, 12, and 1pm. Head to the Rapha Seattle tent near the podium for Cross Olympics.

Feedback Requested on MFG CX in Leavenworth

By | Uncategorized

If you attended one or two days of racing in Leavenworth September 22nd and 23rd for NW CX Cup and MFG Cyclocross we would love your feedback on these polls:

Would you return to Leavenworth Ski Hill for a CX race in the future?
If Yes, would you prefer a one day or two day format?
If No, is it due to the difficulty of the course?
Did you have difficulty finding your desired type and price point for overnight accommodations?

Details for Leavenworth Cyclocross Trophae September 23rd

By | 2018, Cyclocross

Here are the details MFG Cyclocross – Leavenworth Cyclocross Trophae September 23rd, 2018.

Big thank you to MiiR our presenting sponsor of MFG Cyclocross – Leavenworth Cyclocross Trophae.

Directions & Parking:
You can get to Leavenworth using your favorite mapping app. From HWY-2 East turn left on Ski Hill Drive to the venue. From HWY-2 West turn right on Ski Hill Drive to the venue. Park in the gravel parking lot at the Ski Hill and on the road is legal parking spots.

Registration for MFG Cyclocross #2:
Discounted pricing ends at Midnight Saturday, September 22, 2018.

Register Here:

https://www.webscorer.com/register?raceid=141643

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

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

2018 Cyclocross Race Timing Chip Policy

For the 2018 cyclocross racing season, MFG Cyclocross, Cross Revolution, NW CX Cup and Wednesday Night Worlds will be using the Dual Tag timing chip. If you already have a timing chip from a previous season please have it tested at registration at your first race. If you need a new chip it can be purchased for $5 at Registration and is 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 will be sold on site at each race.

Timing Chips and Bib Numbers:
If this is your first race of the series please stop by Registration to pick-up your bib number and purchase your timing chip.

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. Timing chips are to be mounted to the helmet. Numbers are pinned on the jersey on the back of the RIGHT shoulder.

Riders racing two categories will be assigned separate bib numbers and chips.

The Course:

Course map: http://www.mfgcyclocross.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/09/2018-Leavenworth-Course-Map.jpg

Some modifications will be made to the course on race day to improve flow and moderate effort.

Food and Beer:

There will be beers, brats and burgers served on the patio of the Lodge.

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 for MFG Cyclocross:

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.

Prizes:
Race Day Prize:
In 2018 we will be doing prizes, awards and podium presentations for each and every category at all six races. Podium presentations will be done at Customer Service based on this schedule:

• 9:30 AM & 10:20 AM Races – 11:30 AM Podium Presentation
• 11:10 AM & 12:00 PM Races – 1:30 PM Podium Presentation
• 2:10 PM Races – 3:15 PM Podium Presentation
• 2:50 PM Races – 4:00 PM Podium Presentations

Elite Men and Women’s Payout:

The payout for Men and Women is equal and as follows:
Elite Men and Women, 1st Place: $80
Elite Men and Women, 2nd Place: $60
Elite Men and Women, 3rd Place: $40

Social Media:
The official social media hashtag for MFG Cyclocross 2018 will be #mfgcross. We love to see your experiences at the races so please tag it up.

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

Tent Setup:
Here are the instructions for tent setup at Leavenworth Ski Hill for NW CX Cup #2 and MFG Cyclocross #2 on 9/22 & 9/23. Please be advise you can leave your tent over night at your own risk. Best to collapse the tent and leave it on the ground.

1. Tents will be placed on the grass to the left of the gravel access road running from the NW corner of the gravel parking lot. Please set up tents along the road and then in a U-shape along the course. See map for placement: http://www.mfgcyclocross.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/09/2018-Leavenworth-Course-Map.jpg
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 place tents from each team tight to each other.
4. Tents will not be allowed in any other areas.

Details for Lake Sammamish GP Sept 9

By | 2018, Cyclocross

Big thank you to Planet Box our presenting sponsor of Lake Sammamish GP.

Directions & Parking:
• From I-90 East take Exit 15 WA-900 W/17th Ave NW. Turn left on WA-900/17th Ave NW. Turn left on NW Sammamish Road. Enter the park on the right at main entrance.
• From I-90 West take Exit 15 WA-900 W/17th Ave NW. Turn right on WA-900/17th Ave NW. Turn left on NW Sammamish Road. Enter the park on the right at main entrance.

Learning Laps with Meredith Miller:
Come join “retired” cyclocross professional Meredith Miller from Rapha Boulder to recon a lap of the course and learn tips from a pro at Lake Sammamish GP. Meredith will meet riders at the Finish Line at 8:30 am and do a few laps with riders. This mini-clinic is free of charge and brought to you by Rapha Seattle.

Registration:
Discounted pricing ends at Midnight Saturday, September 8, 2018.

Register Here:

https://www.webscorer.com/register?raceid=141553

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

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

2018 Cyclocross Race Timing Chip Policy

For the 2018 cyclocross racing season, MFG Cyclocross, Cross Revolution, NW CX Cup and Wednesday Night Worlds will be using the Dual Tag timing chip. If you already have a timing chip from a previous season please have it tested at registration at your first race. If you need a new chip it can be purchased for $5 at Registration and is 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 will be sold on site at each race.

Timing Chips and Bib Numbers:
If this is your first race of the series please stop by Registration to pick-up your bib number and purchase your timing chip.

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.

If you have had any issues with scoring at the last two MFG Cyclocross races please stop by Registration on Sunday to confirm we have the correct timing chip number for you. A number of you have multiple chips and/or family members racing as well so some mix ups may have occurred on our side or your side. Best to double check data.

The Course:

Course map: http://www.mfgcyclocross.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/09/LKSAMGP_18_Course_Map.jpg

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

Food:
Here and There Grill will be on site with a complete menu for breakfast & lunch. New owners this year. We will miss Julie!

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.

Prizes:
Race Day Prize:
In 2017 we will be doing prizes, awards and podium presentations for each and every category at all six races. Podium presentations will be done at Customer Service based on this schedule:

• 9:30 AM & 10:20 AM Races – 11:30 AM Podium Presentation
• 11:10 AM & 12:00 PM Races – 1:30 PM Podium Presentation
• 2:10 PM Races – 3:15 PM Podium Presentation
• 2:50 PM Races – 4:00 PM Podium Presentations

Elite Men and Women’s Payout:

The payout for Men and Women is equal and as follows:
Elite Men and Women, 1st Place: $80
Elite Men and Women, 2nd Place: $60
Elite Men and Women, 3rd Place: $40

Social Media:
The official social media hashtag for MFG Cyclocross 2018 will be #mfgcross. We love to see your experiences at the races so please tag it up.

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

Tent Setup:
Here are the instructions for tent setup at Lake Sammamish State Park for NW CX Cup #1 and MFG Cyclocross #1 on 9/8 & 9/9. Please be advise you can leave your tent over night at your own risk. Best to collapse the tent and leave it on the ground.

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: http://www.mfgcyclocross.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/09/LKSAMGP_18_Course_Map.jpg
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.