Sponsor Spotlight: Outdoor Research

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MFG Sponsor: Outdoor Research

Website: www.outdoorresearch.com

Like them on Facebook or follow them on Twitter!

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 Transfer Hoody and Cathode Jacket are the official jackets of MFG Staff.
  5. MFG Staff and Series Winners are fully outfitted by Outdoor Research.

 

Sponsor Spotlight: Nuun

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MFG Sponsor: Nuun

Website: www.nuun.com

Twitter: @nuunhydration

Facebook: nuun

What Nuun does:

  • Nuun is a local Seattle company that pioneered the concept of an electrolyte tablet without all the sugars or plastic bottle waste. The company focuses on delivering optimal hydration for whatever activity you choose, leaving you to find energy from bars, or waffles!
  • Nuun is comprised of triathletes, runners, climbers, and cylcocross racers, so they are often out there racing with you.
  • The Nuun hydration tent is present at all MFG venues, with Nuun on tap to fill bottles and maintain proper hydration.

Why we like Nuun:

Nuun has been a MFG series sponsor from the start.   Perhaps more than any other vendor, Nuun has made a dedicated effort to staff a professional booth at nearly all MFG events, raced the days races, and help tear down at the end.   The crew at Nuun includes Tyler S. and Peter B. and has a very strong and positive presence at all MFG events.

Beyond the involvement of Tyler and Peter and MFG events, Nuun as a company is extremely involved in many outdoor events.  This weekend Nuun will be at MFG #6/Woodland Park GP.   About a week ago, we saw Nuun at our UCI race weekend.   If you look at kits from racing teams around the Northwest, you’ll see the Nuun mark on the backside of many racers.   Call it branding, call it lifestyle:  one thing is for certain, Nuun is OUT in the field, doing great work.

Five things you should know about Nuun:

  1. Nuun is sugar-free and creates a “clean bottle environment”, without the need to scrub sugar debris away.
  2. Nuun is effervescent so that it dissolves quickly, and does not clump on the bottom of your bottle.
  3. Nuun Energy has 40mg of caffeine.
  4. Yes, Nuun is 100% vegan and vegetarian
  5. Nuun sponsors Jeremy Powers

 

Details for Woodland Park GP

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Here are the details for Woodland Park GP, Sunday, November 22, 2015.

IF THIS IS YOUR LAST RACE OF THE YEAR PLEASE RETURN YOUR TIMING CHIP TO REGISTRATION OR BUCKETS AT THE FINISH. IF YOU HAVE DUPLICATES PLEASE BRING THEM FOR RETURN.

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 on east side of park.

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

Discounted pricing ends at Midnight Saturday, November 20, 2015.

Register Here:

https://www.webscorer.com/register?raceid=44955

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

Deschutes Six Pack Winners:
Garrett George
Matt Soja
Marc Edwards
Scott Brown
Eric Swanson
Doug Reid
Dan Peterson
John Allwright

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 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_Woodland_Park_Course_Map.jpg

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

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

Motofish Coffee will be serving.
Results:
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.

Prizes:

Beginner Men and Women
We will have Brouwer’s Cafe Gift Certificates for the Top Five in this category. Pick up prizes at Customer Service.

The 2:45 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:
www.facebook.com/mfgcyclcross
www.instagram.com/mfgcross
www.twitter.com/mfgcross

Tent Setup:

Please see this post for details on Team Tents:

http://www.mfgcyclocross.com/team-tents-at-woodland-park-gp/

Junior Season Points Awards at Woodland Park GP:

Please see this post on details:

http://www.mfgcyclocross.com/junior-season-points-awards-at-woodland-park-gp/

Sponsor Spotlight: Zing Bars

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Zing Bars was created by four nutritionists from Bastyr University who were seeking to recommend a energy bar for patients. When the search for the perfect bar did not yield a satisfactory product, Zing Bars was created. Today, Zing Bars come in 10 varieties, with an optimal balance of protein, carbohydrates, and fiber.

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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. See Course Map below.
2. Tents must be loaded in by 8:00 am.
3. Tents will be placed in the triangle of grass east of the gravel parking lot off of NE 50th Street. Same area as the last six year.
4. We will have four spots available for teams with trailers on the pavement at the end of the loop through the Picnic Area. Tents and trailers will need to be place on the SW side of the pavement against the log curbs. Please email terry@mfgcyclocross.com to reserve one of these spots.
6. Tents will not be allowed in any other area except for the pre-approved take over of Hodala corner by an unnamed club.
7. Reminder that branded tents advertising commercial organizations can only erected for a fee of $50 per tent. Zac Daab will be walking through the Team Tent Area by 8:30 to collect cash, check or credit card for these fees from each team.  This is a discounted price from City of Seattle Parks. If you want to avoid paying this fee, either bring a blank tent, or it is totally acceptable to turn your tent topper inside out.   This is a Seattle Parks and Recreation fee that we have agreed to enforce.
8. Anyone not working with race staff in a courteous way to get set up correctly in the Team Area will not be allowed to set up a team tent.

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Woodland Park Work Party November 23

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Come join us for our 7th Annual Woodland Park Work Party on Monday, November 23rd.

We will be working on course-specific maintenance needs the day after the race.

When:   Noon-3pm

Who:   You, your friends and MFG

Why:  To work with parks and make improvements around the park

Where:  Meet at the gravel lot on 50th Street and we will supply tools

 

Subaru Cyclo Cup Race Report – Day 2

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Early weather reports called for a second day of rain, but it came and went early, allowing for a bit of sun, though not a whole lot of warmth; a different type of cross weather. There was no run up today, but the racers were routed to long climb paved climb that later transitioned to gravel; a longer version of yesterday’s climb. The day’s sun turned sections of the course that were slick yesterday into tacky mud and grass, which made for higher speeds, to the amazement of spectators.

Katerina Nash (Luna Pro Team) again went bell to bell with what seemed like an effortless ride. And once again, it was Raleigh Clement’s Caroline Mani who took up a solo chase, Elle Anderson (SRAM/Strava) also left to chase the leaders ahead of her with no help, she would eventually finish third. Behind her Washington native Courtenay McFadden (Rock Lobster/American Classics) and Canadian national champ Mical Dyck battled for fourth place, which seemed to be the most contested places for the day. At the front of the race Nash crossed the line 24 seconds ahead of Mani.

In the men’s race Logan Owen (California giant/Specialized) once again set the pace. Yesterday’s winner went out hard and soon reduced the men’s field to a group of three, which included Jonathan Page (Page/Fuji Racing) and Zach McDonald (Streamline Insurance). The trio took turns at the front, and seemed to take turns attacking each other, but no one was able to make a true separation. Half way through the hour and six minutes of racing McDonald suffered a mechanical taking him out of the group. A lap latter Owen had dispatched Page, and rode to the line alone. Page ran out of gas on the last lap, which allowed Jamey Driscoll to overtake the former national champ, making day two’s podium a traced image of day before.

In local news, Russell Stevenson (Trek CXC) took the win both days in the Men’s Open race, followed by Aaron Bradford who took second on Saturday and Sunday. Rad Racing found itself on the third step both days, with Calder Wood taking the third spot on Saturday, and Scott Funston with the honors on Sunday. These juniors have stepped up, this year and will soon be giving the big local names a run for their money.

Most of fast local women, opted for the Elite races this weekend leaving the Open field open for out-of-towners. On Saturday the podium was comprised of Ann Kennedy, Stephanie Uetrecht (Twin Six) and Julie Baird took first, second and third respectively. On day two it was Stephanie Uetrecht who landed on the tallest step, with Ann Kennedy taking second and Oregon’s Laura Trace (Team Oregon p/b Laurelwood Brewing Co) finishing third.

Next week we go back to good old MFG Cyclocross action when the series finale comes to its traditional home, Woodland Park. The lower bouts of the men’s overall podium are still up for grabs, with less than ten points separating fourth through second place. In the women’s race 333Fab CX’s Heidi Wood will be looking to upset Kristen Kelsey (Axiom HVAC/Cycle U), and Hagens Berman/Society Consulting’s Kenda Super will be hope to hang on to the final podium spot.

Sponsor Spotlight: Golazo

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MFG Sponsor: Golazo

Website: www.drinkgolazo.com

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Golazo is a performance sports drink company offering a hydration and energy product made from natural ingredients.

Why we like Golazo

In a world of synthetic sports drinks, we like the fact that Golazo keeps it simple with all-natural ingredients.   In fact, if you look at their ingredient list for their energy drink, you’ll see only 10 ingredients, which is about half of what other sports drink companies are formulating in their drinks.

Five things you should know about Golazo:

  1. Golazo offers a sugar-free energy drink in their line-up.
  2. Golazo is a Seattle-based company and co-founder Alex R. is a cycling enthusiast and MFG cyclocross racer.
  3. The hydration drink from Golazo comes in four flavors:  Mango Lime, Mandarin, Hibiscus and Lemon Lime.
  4. Pele, yes Pele, is a part of Team Golazo!
  5. Golazo has been on-site at every MFG race this year, and has generously provided all Treatment winners with Golazo Energy product.

Subaru Cyclo Cup Race Report – Day 1

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UCI level racing returned the Pacific Northwest on Saturday with day one of the Subaru Cyclo Cup, held at Ft. Steilacoom Park in Lakewood Washington. The venue has hosted many races over the years, including day two of last year’s Waves for Water Collaboration weekend. This year’s course differed in two key ways. The first was a steep muddy run up, instead of last year’s leg busting paved and gravel climb. The second was the inclusion of a sand pit located in the venue’s infield, which was brought in specifically for the event.

Throughout the day racers were deluged with rain, making some sections of the course slick and coating others in a thick mud, ideal cyclocross conditions to put it more bluntly. The conditions made for ideal spectating, especially at the run up, where the crowd’s cheers could be heard from a distance, and where dollars bills, and a few unopened cans of beer could be found for hand ups.

Logan Owen (California Giant/ Specialized) took control of the men’s race from the drop of the flag, hoping to do better than last year, when he came up empty handed on both days. This year the youngster quickly distanced himself from the pack of elite racers and worked himself comfortable lead. Raleigh Clement’s Jamey Driscoll mounted a chase, and for a majority of the race he was able to keep Owen within his sights. Jonathan Page (Page/Fuji) followed after Driscoll, but the elder statesman of American cyclocross was unable to catch Owen’s pursuer. After an hour and two minutes of racing, it was Owen who took the win, with Driscoll twenty-seven seconds in arrears. Page finished off the podium, coming in less than thirty seconds behind Driscoll.

“It was nice to get my first two UCI wins in a year, with my Tour of Utah win earlier this year, and then today in front of a home crowd, it’s exciting.” The twenty year old said.

In the women’s field it was Luna Pro Team’s Katarina Nash who took control of the women’s race. The field had come into the first run up bunched together, but from there the gaps the just went out, spreading the field along the course. Nash rode a clean race and that kept Caroline Mani (Raleigh/Clement) who, despite a lingering sickness, had set a solo chase. Behind her was the Canadian national champion Mical Dyck (Naked Factory Racing). However, Nash’s lead, was a dominant one, she would cross the line first with thirty seconds in hand. Mani found her way onto the second step, while Mical Dyck followed a minute behind in third.

Day two of Subaru Cyclo Cup again takes place at Ft. Steilacoom, with the women starting at 2:00 pm PST, and the men following at 3:00 pm PST. The course will feature some minor tweaks to keep things interesting. The forecast calls for morning rain, which should pass in time for the Elite races.