Sponsor Spotlight: The Athletic

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MFG Sponsor: The Athletic

Website: www.theathleticcommunity.com

Instagram: @theathletic

What The Athletic does:

  • The Athletic is a local Portland company founded by Jeremy Dunn and Julie Krasniak.  The Athletic pioneered the modern cycling sock craze with the introduction of their PDX Carpet sock in 2013.
  • In addition to a retail space, a web store, and a cyclocross racing team, The Athletic also hosts a podcast under the name Transmissions with guests inside and outside the cycling world.
  • Cycling kit design has always been a strength and a priority at The Athletic.   You can see their latest kit design here.

Why we like The Athletic:

If you ever get the chance to drive over to the sleepy village known as Portland, it’s absolutely worth taking a stop at The Athletic.   Their space is ultra cozy and merchandised nicely with lots of stock on hand.  One of the things we like most about how the store has been curated centers around the publications on hand, as well as the obvious fondness for sports other than cycling.

Five things you should know about The Athletic:

  1. Garrett Chow is The Athletic’s design director.  You might remember him from this project.
  2. The newest wool sock collection in dusty teal is proving to be the most attractive yet.
  3. Jeremy knows East Coast cyclocross 
  4. Julie knows professional European cyclocross
  5. Yes, Jeremy and Julie are Cycling’s Coolest Couple.

Details for North 40 CX

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Here are the details for North 40 CX, November 5, 2017.

Big thank you to The Athletic Community our presenting sponsor of North 40 CX.

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.

Registration:
Discounted pricing ends at Midnight Saturday, November 4, 2017.

Register Here:

https://www.webscorer.com/register?raceid=107624

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

2017 Cyclocross Race Timing Chip Policy

For the 2017 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.

The Course:

Course map: http://www.mfgcyclocross.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/MFG_N40CX_Course_Map-2017.jpg

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

Scavenger Hunt:
Marymount Event Center is a unique venue for cyclocross with the LeMay Family Collection on display throughout the grounds. Fascinating vintage automobiles, machinery and memorabilia can be found in the formal museum and storage yards on site. To that end we will be offering a Scavenger Hunt for your entertainment at this Sunday’s race. Full details will be in the MFG Cyclocross Newspaper available at Customer Service.

Food:
South Beach Cuisine 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.

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 – 3:30 PM Podium Presentation
• 2:50 PM Races – 4:00 PM Podium Presentations

Sub Pop “Loser” Prize Packs:
LOSER prize packs from Sub Pop will be awarded to the 5th to Last Rider (i.e. 51st place in 55 rider field) for every race category at all six races in 2017. Presentation will be done at Customer Service after results for each race are posted.

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 2017 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:
1. View Course Map for location, http://www.mfgcyclocross.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/MFG_N40CX_Course_Map-2017.jpg.
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.

Race Report – Magnuson Park Cross

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Sunday, October 15, 2017
By Nina and Robert Milligan

Everyone knows cyclocross is the most social form of bicycle racing. It really showed today at MFG Cyclocross’s Race #4 at Magnuson Park, along the shore of Lake Washington and on a gorgeous 55-degree cloudless day. No rain, no mud today, just grass, gravel and pavement, and full-on social.

On arrival, anyone walking through the long gauntlet of tents immediately sensed the growing buzz. Throngs of racers, friends and family talked intensely, riders weaving through crowds in the narrow alley in both directions, scurrying to prepare for their event. The scene had the atmosphere of a Turkish bazaar, with bartering merchants selling meats hung on racks (the bikes), tents displaying fine linens (team kits and branded clothing), and the aroma of sizzling food and spices (food vendors). There was even a minaret, the scaffolding atop the MFG truck with announcer Alex Walker calling all to gather.
One’s second sense of turned-on social buzz was at the huge starts, with racers queuing up and waiting impatiently for the race official to get them organized. One hundred eighty-one racers crowded up for the four 10:20am starts, sounding like a huge party and talking so loudly it seemed like being in one of Seattle’s largest pubs where one has to yell to be heard.
This thriving community and social spirit embodies the love of ‘cross in the NW. All of the day’s 950 racers (including 141 youth riders) were engaged with one another.

And of course, we had to ask racers, was it social when racing, too? Top Elite Men and Elite Women felt that even in the thick of their battles, they were among well-known friends, ‘hanging out’ for a 60-minute social, giving each other turns at leading and drafting. Many racers said it was only during their last lap that chatter stopped and racing got downright non-social.

Most riders commented about this venue and the dry mud-free day as being like a road race, with long grassy stretches and hard-packed dirt, gravel, and a paved speedway section, a day where higher pressure tires and drafting were winning strategies. Only one dissonant racer, an elite woman who’s more a mountain biker said, “not hilly enough, not muddy enough for me.” Well, the real NW weather is forecast, be patient!

The Men’s Cat 1/2 elites were dominated by Steve Fisher – 1st place (McGovern Cycles/FSA CX), Spencer Paxson 2nd (Kona), and Stephen Ettinger 3rd (Focus/Shimano). All three hung tightly together through the race, trading places and finishing with tight half-second gaps, 1-2-3 – vroom! Fourth place after only three seconds was captured by series newcomer “mystery rider” Joe Maloney (B & L Bicycles/Trek). With two more races in the series, Fisher confidently leads, with Paxon, McCleerey (Ravenna Capital Management), and Ettinger all vying closely for 2nd and 3rd.

Women’s Cat 1/2 elites were a familiar band of top riders, also with very close finishes, won by Monica Lloyd (Olympia Orthopedic Associates), five seconds ahead of Gina Estep 2nd (Group Health) and ten seconds before Stephanie Taplin (Indigenous Wheel Co). These three hung out together the whole race, and on the last hill before the speedway finish Lloyd jumped at the last gravel hill ascent and created the necessary separation to capture a win. In series points, the women’s elite is led by Lloyd; close behind are Estep and Taplin. And so close in points, these leaders will need to work hard in the two remaining races to retain their positions.

Special thanks to lead sponsor NUUN, who provided hydration product trophies and to the food vendors who treated racers and spectators with delicious morning and lunch eats, and coffee drinks. And to the all the volunteers who guided bikes, pedestrians and cars!

Next race on deck is November 5th, North 40 CX P/B THE ATHLETIC, at Marymount Event Center south of Tacoma. Expect a genuine NW ‘cross race that’s colder, wetter and muddier at what is becoming known as one of the best courses in the region.

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.  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. The newly formulated Nuun Performance uses dextrose and cane sugar to aid in fluid recovery.
  2. Nuun Electrolytes are effervescent so that they dissolve quickly, and do not clump on the bottom of your bottle.
  3. Nuun Performance pouches come in Orange/Mango and Blueberry/Strawberry
  4. Four of Nuun Electrolyte flavors come caffeinated.
  5. Nuun sponsors elite running star Kara Goucher

 

Full Details on Magnuson Park Cross

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Here are the details for Magnuson Park Cross, October 15, 2017.

Big thank you to Nuun Hydration our presenting sponsor of Magnuson Park Cross.

Directions & Parking:
Encouraged transportation modes that are low to no impact:
• Riding to the venue via the Burke Gilman
• Car-pooling with team mates
• Taking the bus to the event

Important to note that SR520 Bridge is closed this weekend.

From Interstate 5, you can exit at either N.E. 45th Street (Exit #169) or N.E. 65th Street (Exit #171).

From the N.E. 45th Street exit, go east on 45th, past the University of Washington, and down the 45th Street ramp. Continue east past University Village Shopping Center. Bear left and continue about 2 miles. You will pass Seattle Children’s Hospital and Sand Point Village/Princeton Avenue.

From the I-5 N.E. 65th Street exit, head east approximately four miles on 65th (stay on the arterial!) until you have crossed Sand Point Way N.E. into the N.E. 65th Street entrance to Warren G. Magnuson Park.

Full parking instructions are illustrated here: http://www.mfgcyclocross.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/How-to-Park-at-Magnuson-Park-Cross.jpg

T-Shirt Sales:
We will have a limited release of the first ever MFG Cyclocross T-Shirt at Magnuson Park Cross. They will be for sale adjacent to Customer Service. T-Shirts for Men and Women will be $20. Rumor has it the first ever MFG Cyclocross sticker might also be floating around the venue.

Registration:
Discounted pricing ends at Midnight Saturday, October 14, 2017.

Register Here:

https://www.webscorer.com/register?raceid=107623

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

2017 Cyclocross Race Timing Chip Policy

For the 2017 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:

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 Course:

Course map: http://www.mfgcyclocross.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/2017-MFG_Magnuson_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.

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 – 3:30 PM Podium Presentation
• 2:50 PM Races – 4:00 PM Podium Presentations

Sub Pop “Loser” Prize Packs:
LOSER prize packs from Sub Pop will be awarded to the 5th to Last Rider (i.e. 51st place in 55 rider field) for every race category at all six races in 2017. Presentation will be done at Customer Service after results for each race are posted.

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 2017 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:
1. View Course Map for location.
2. Tents must be loaded in by 8:00 am.
3. Tents will be placed on the west and east side of Lake Shore Drive running North from Course Crossing near the Cross Park Trail. We need a walking path left down the middle. Tents one deep on each side. If we overflow this area tents will go one deep along the south, west perimeter of Parking Lot E4 at the end of Lake Shore Drive.
4. Team cars that will at the venue all day can park in the center parking spots in Parking Lot E4 at the end of Lake Shore Drive.
5. No trailers or cars in line with tents this week. Team cars and trailers can be parked in center spots of Parking Lot E4 at the end of Lake Shore Drive. Cars will not be able to leave this lot until the final race is finished.
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 each tent (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 Magnuson Park Cross

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Here are the details for tent set up this Sunday at Magnuson Park Cross:

  1. View Course Map for location.
  2. Tents must be loaded in by 8:00 am.
  3. Tents will be placed on the west and east side of Lake Shore Drive running North from Course Crossing near the Cross Park Trail. We need a walking path left down the middle. Tents one deep on each side. If we overflow this area tents will go one deep along the south, west perimeter of Parking Lot E4 at the end of Lake Shore Drive.
  4. Team cars that will at the venue all day can park in the center parking spots in Parking Lot E4 at the end of Lake Shore Drive.
  5. No trailers or cars in line with tents this week. Team cars and trailers can be parked in center spots of Parking Lot E4 at the end of Lake Shore Drive. Cars will not be able to leave this lot until the final race is finished.
  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 each tent (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.

Race Report – Tall Tyler CX Celebration

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Fleischer Dominates Elite Women, While Stevenson Leapfrogs Fisher in Elite Men
By Nina and Robert Milligan

Hills and sand, then hills and sand. Repeat that many times at full speed while you navigate sinuous, sloping, off-camber turns over dry grass. And watch out for that curb before the second 200’ patch of sand! That gives you some sense of the challenging playground for over 600 riders who turned for MFG Cyclocross Race #3, Tall Tyler CX Celebration, held on a grassy knoll overlooking Sliver Lake. With a cool morning and a touch of sunshine, it was a beautiful NW  day for racers and spectators.

This is the traditional race #3 venue for MFG Cyclocross and some consider it the most challenging. One racer whined about the course’s difficulty, prompting Kevin Johnson (last year’s Master Men’s 55+ champ) to retort, “Yeah, but there are just as many hills going down as there are going up! (chuckling).” The rest of the riders maybe weren’t so jocular, but most were smiling after they finished having had a great time.

The Men’s Cat 1/2 elite win was ultimately captured by Russell Stevenson (TREK Cyclocross Collective). Stevenson started out in the lead with Steve Fisher (McGovern Cycles/FSA CX) hanging on his wheel with a gap to Brian McCleerey (Ravena Capital Management) in third and Ian Tubbs (Audi Cycling Team) close behind. Following the leaders was a pack of shoulder-to-shoulder racers seeking personal gains behind the podium.

Fisher jumped to the lead after lap two and led convincingly most of the race, establishing significant distance from Stevenson. But this is cyclocross! In the second to last lap, a fateful crash changed his day. He had masterfully climbed up the twisty infield, but then on one of those off-camber downhill grassy turns, his tire rolled off and wiped him out. Springing up and wrestling the tire back into place, he might have preserved his lead. But back on the bike and only ten yards further, continued technical difficulty thwarted him. Just then, Stevenson sped by.

About the mishap, Fisher said, “I just took a different line down that hill. I don’t know what got me.” While Stevenson didn’t witness the crash, he didn’t decline the opportunity to pass. Later shrugging he said, “Well, you know,” (that happens). That game-changing transition was announced by MC Alex Walker atop the MFG CX Truck (Ernie) at the finish line, “There is no chivalry in cyclocross.”

Tubbs had to fight for his third-place finish over McCleerey. First, he was stymied by a pile-up in front of him on the very first lap, then two crashes of his own. After chasing McCleary for four laps, Tubbs finally overtook him. “Then I calmed down and [mentally entered] time trial” mode, hanging on to a 1-minute gap throughout most the rest of the race. Kaler Marshall (Canyon Bicycles) took fifth.

The Women’s Cat 1/2 elite race had fewer surprises. Tricia Fleischer (Monument Wheelworks/Jenkins Imaging) launched ahead stretching to a 37-second advantage in lap 1, ahead of Monica Lloyd (Olympia Orthopaedic Associates/CBC Racing) and Gina Estep (Kaiser Permantente). But Stephanie Taplin (Indigenous Wheel Co.) pulled ahead of Estep in the fourth lap and maintained the third podium spot to the finish. Estep took fourth.

Fleischer, who maintained a run-away lead from the start to finish, loved this mountain-bike style course, turning on the talent through the many descents and turns. Lloyd also liked the Tall Tyler course, beaming “I do well on hills.” She rode up most and walked up some, and enjoyed that “there was a lot of recovery in this course.” Talpin also enjoyed the course challenges, I loved it! It was technical and punchy and the weather was nice and cool.”

At each Silver Lake race, MFG Cyclocross honors an inspiring cyclocross personality. This year Tyler Smith, AKA “Tall Tyler”, was recognized for his loyalty as a founding MFG sponsor and racer, bringing not only his support, but especially his “big smile and pure joy.” Tall Tyler races with the Single Speed Men for Rapha Cycling Club. With renown secured through his goodwill rather than wins, Tyler secured a respectable seventh place at his namesake race.

Special thanks to lead sponsor Hammer+Awl, who provided some sa-weet MFG-badged trophy thermoses. Thanks also to food vendors Here and There Grill and Tripod Coffee who fueled racers and spectators with delicious eats and drinks.

MFG Cyclocross takes a bit of a break returning to racing at Magnuson Park Cross on the shores of Lake Washington on Sunday, October 15th.

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Sponsor Spotlight: Hammer + Awl

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MFG Sponsor:   Hammer + Awl

Website: www.hammerandawl.com

Like them on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter

The modern man needs modern equipment whether this is apparel, accessories, or home goods.  Our friends at Hammer + Awl have taken a stance to curate a selection of men’s products that focus on quality, style, and made in the US when possible.

Whether you’re looking for apparel from Still By Hand or fragrance from Blackbird, Hammer + Awl is your source for thoughtful men’s products. 

Why we like Hammer + Awl

Hammer + Awl is the brainchild of Erin Krohn and her husband (and long time MFG friend and racer) Anthony Dickson.   Hammer + Awl supports cycling as they continue to sponsor the Hammer + Awl cycling team.

Five things you should know about Hammer + Awl:

  1. You can shop and support Hammer + Awl directly from your living room via their web store.
  2. The Taylor Stitch Bomber Jacket is one fine looking piece.
  3. Hammer + Awl offers select products from Seattle-based Filson such as the Travel Kit.
  4. Why (k)not bow tie?
  5. Hammer + Awl models look like this!