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  • Race Report from The Super Duper

    Everett, Washington’s Thorton A Sullivan Park played host to the thid stop on last year’s MFG Cyclocross Series. The venue change was a last minute one, done after heavy rains made a joint venture with the Cascade Cross series in Bellingham impossible (the impact of nearly a thousand people and two days of racing would have been too high). This year however was a different story.

    This time 870 racers made the trek north from Seattle for what is the third stop on the 2014 MFG calendar. A race dubbed “The Super Duper”, named in honor the on-the-field exploits of Mark Duper, a wider receiver with the Miami Dolphins from 1982 – 1992. The course featured plenty of short punchy climbs, fast and lose off-camber descents, a two stepped run up, that only the fittest (or those best at finding good traction) could ride, fun single track, and the return of the double beach.

    Last year’s women’s series winner, Kristen Kelsey (AXIOMHVAC-Voler-Cycle U), who won through six consistent performances but never found the top step of the podium, took control of this year’s race from Andi Zolton (Nemesis Racing) on the second lap on a long paved climb. Kelsey attacked on a paved climb expecting Zolton to hold her wheel. The course’s technical nature worked against those in the position of chase, allowing Kelsey to reach the podium’s top step with a fifty-six second advantage. Recent Chicago transplant Trica Fleischer (ABD Racing) finished off the podium some twenty-seconds behind Andi Zolton.

    Kristen Kelsey(AXIOMHVAC-Voler-Cycle U) put together a strong ride to earn the top spot, increasing her lead in the series standings. Photo: Geoffery Crofoot

    Kristen Kelsey(AXIOMHVAC-Voler-Cycle U) put together a strong ride to earn the top spot, increasing her lead in the series standings. Photo: Geoffery Crofoot

    The men’s race played out in contrast to last week’s race, where a flat fast course allowed a group of six to control the entire race. This week a small group hung together for the first two laps, with Raleigh-FSA teammates Adam McGrath and Steve Fisher leading the charge. Fisher soon broke away from his teammate and a main chase group that included last year’s main instigators Russell Stevenson (Trek Collective) and Toby Swanson (Ravenna Capitol Management) who missed the first two series stops. Fisher took the win with a forty-five second advantage over Swanson, with Adam McGrath taking third. Special shout out to Scott Funston (Rad Racing NW), who at the age fifteen finished fifth, less than a minute behind the Fisher.

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    Fisher (Raliegh/FSA) dominated the men’s race. Photo: Robert Grunau

     

    • Posted October 07, 2014 by Terry B
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  • Sponsor Spotlight: Coal Headwear

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    MFG Sponsor:   Coal Headwear

    Website: www.coalheadwear.com

    Like them on Facebook

    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

    Some many hats whether it is summer or winter. Great fabrics.

    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. Coal has sponsored MFG for multiple seasons by outfitting podium winners in every category.
    5. Randy Salomon likes The Preston.
    • Posted October 04, 2014 by Terry B
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  • Important Details for The Super Duper

    Here are the details for The Super Duper this Sunday, October 5th:

    Race Registration:
    Preregistration is closed. Race day registration is available.

    To best understand how to move through the registration lines please see this flow chart: http://www.mfgcyclocross.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/08/reg-workflow.png.

    Pre-Registered Riders + Season Pass Holders

    1. IF YOU ARE PRE-REGISTERED or HAVE A SEASON PASS, AND ALREADY HAVE BIB NUMBER AND TIMING CHIP YOU DO NOT NEED TO CHECK IN. HEAD TO THE START WITH YOUR BIB AND YOUR CHIP.
    2. No paper form is necessary if you acknowledged the online pre-registration waiver

    Deschutes Six Pack Winners:
    Erik Anderson
    Dan Becraft
    Adam Blexrud
    James Cooke
    Michael Correa
    Kyle Curtin
    Scott Harder
    Kristen Kelsey
    Carisa Kimble
    Hyun Lee
    Pat Miller
    Liz Nettles
    Michael Robertson
    Dennis Stumpp
    Cherish Sutull
    Craig Undem
    David Vautier
    Todd Waltmire
    Chris Wood
    Jason Bogan

    Timing Chips and Bib Numbers:
    Both 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.

    The Course:

    Course map: http://www.mfgcyclocross.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/10/thesuperduper-Course-Map.jpg

    Parking:
    Please Carpool. Parking is limited. Parking located off Silver Lake Road, just south of 112th Street SE. Overflow parking in gravel lot to the North of 112th Street, or at the Park&Ride Station between I5 N&S off of 112th Street SE.

    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.turboreg.net.

    Prizes:
    The 11:10 AM races will receive “The Treatment” at The Super Duper. In 2014 we will be rolling out the red carpet for one start time per week for all categories in that start time. We are dubbing this as “The Treatment”. The Treatment will include excellent prizes and podium presentations for the top-3 finishers as well as a celebrated call-up for the top-16 on Season Points and other start line amenities for all riders. 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 2014 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

    Garmin Hole Shot Competition:
    At all 2014 MFG races, there will be a competition for the fastest time from the FINISH LINE forward to the Garmin Hole Shot sign. A Garmin prize will be awarded to the fastest male and female of the day who upload their file on Garmin Connect. (Strava will not be used for this competition)

    Beat the Hodala Rider:
    This week the Single Speed Women will be out trying to “Beat the Hodala” rider. All those racers that beat the Hodala rider will be entered into this week’s drawing for a gift certificate to Brouwer’s Cafe. If the Hodala rider wins the race then he or she gets the gift certificate. This week Theresa Harding will be flying the Hodala colors. Go get her ladies.

    Team Competition:
    Remember to submit your team scores to teamcomp@mfgcyclocross by the Thursday following this race. Info on Team Competition: http://www.mfgcyclocross.com/series-information/team-competition/.

    Team Tents:
    Here are the instructions for placing team tents this weekend per this course map, http://www.mfgcyclocross.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/10/thesuperduper-Course-Map.jpg:

    1. Enter gate at top of course off of Silver Lake Road to drive down to Team Tent Area near the finish line.
    2. A. Tents will be placed in the paved area at the end of the Start / Finish straight as shown on the course map.
    B. Tents will be placed in the sand volleyball court along the Start / Finish straight. Please make three rows with a wide walking aisle between the rows.
    3. Please drop your tents and drive out to parking. You can make a counterclockwise loop on the pavement back up to the gate. Come back to set up. Space is limited so please move on.
    4. No cars, trailer, truck etc this week. Space is too limited.
    5. Again space is limited. We request you only set up two tents per team this week.
    6. All tents must be loaded in by 8:00 am. Gate will be locked after that time.
    7. Please do not take a short cut and set up a tent in the parking lot. Park is very limited.

    • Posted October 04, 2014 by Terry B
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  • Beat the Hodala Rider at The Super Duper

    This week the Single Speed Women will be out trying to “Beat the Hodala” rider. All those racers that beat the Hodala rider will be entered into this week’s drawing for a gift certificate to Brouwer’s Cafe.  If the Hodala rider wins the race then he or she gets the gift certificate.  This week Theresa Harding will be flying the Hodala colors. Go get her ladies.

    Here is the scouting report on Theresa from CrossResults.com.

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    • Posted October 03, 2014 by Terry B
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  • Team Standings After MFG #2

    Alki Rubicon throws it down to overtake Fischer Plumbing and Blue Rooster at the South Sound Super Prestige.  Blue Rooster moves to second place and Fischer Plumbing rounds off the top three after two races.  Hagens Berman and SCCA Starbucks remain within striking distance.

    Standings posted here.

    • Posted October 03, 2014 by Terry B
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