We look forward to seeing you at MFG #6 – Woodland Park GP. It has been a fantastic season. Thank you for your support of the series. Here are a few notes to make your day excellent. A course map can be viewed here.
- If you are a Season Pass Holder or if you have Pre-Registered, you do not need to check in. Please wear your bib and chip and head to the start. If you need to change categories, or you need a new chip/bib, please visit registration.
- You can check real-time scoring of the event on your smart phone at Turboreg.net. Please note these are only PRELIMINARY results, and won’t be corrected on this site. It’s simply a means to see how results are flowing that day.
- Garmin Hot Spot Challenge continues this week with two Hot Spots sections: 1) The climb on the gravel path on the west side of the course 2) from the exit of the pavement onto the grass descending past the Tennnis Courts.
- Beat the Hodala challenge continues with the rider to beat being Craig Ethridge in the Cat 1-2 Men’s race. All riders who beat Craig will be registered to win a gift certificate to Brouwers Café.
- Lost and Found items can be located at Customer Service
- The Here and There Grill, Motofish Espresso, and Yeah Cookie will all be on-site at the race on Sunday.
- Team Competition continues this week with a fierce battle between Fischer Plumbing and SCCA/Starbucks. If you’d like to submit your team results, please see MFGcyclocross.com for submission guidelines.
- A big thanks to Alki/Rubicon Cycling Team for all the volunteer help at Sunday’s race.
- Prizes will be award 3-deep for all categories.
- The will be an After Party at Brouwer’s Café starting at 5:00 pm. Brouwer’s is located at 400 North 35th Street in Fremont. Full details.
- Jason Williams Fundraiser – At the Start Line of each race today we will be passing the “collection basket” through the field to gather donations to help support Jason Williams who was struck by a car two weeks ago and under went extension surgery on his shoulder. If you do not know Jason Williams he is a fixture in the NW cycling scene whether it be as a talented single speed CX racer, rando rider, team leader, event promoter, service tech at Cascade Bicycle Studio or super positive dude supporting anyone who loves cycling. Jason is a three time MFG Cyclocross Single Speed Series Champion. Must importantly he is our friend and a friend to many that race between the course tape week in and week out. We want gather financial support at the race for Jason to aid his recovery over the next 8-12 weeks while he is way from his work. It would be fantastic if every rider today could donate $5 – $20 but anything is appreciated and would go to good use. If you can contribute, thank you. We will also have a collection basket and Custom Service to support Jason.
- Details for Team Tents is as follows
- Tents will be placed in the triangle grass are east of the gravel parking lot off of NE 50th Street, see course map here.
- We can have no tents in the grass north of this parking lot along the descent from Hodala Corner. These will be removed right quick.
- Please start the first row of tents at the north along the log barriers at the pavement tight to the barriers at the east. Start the second row with a 10′ gap back for walking, and third the same way.
- There will be no parking or tents on the drive loop around the picnic area as the course now uses that pavement.
- Spots for Teams with trailer have been preassigned. If you have not been assigned a spot do not bring a trailer.
- Setting up tents and trailers in the gravel parking lot off of NE 50th Street will not be allowed.
We now have a new course map posted for Woodland Park GP. We improved the start by moving it to the pavement. We have added a “true shoulder your bike” run-up. Barrier location is tentative and may change. Lines shown on the course map are the general flow. Specific lines will be determined during course set up. We are excited about positive refinements we have made for 2013.
Many of you may know that Jason Williams was struck by a car while riding his bike home from work October 25th. If you do not know Jason Williams he is a fixture in the NW cycling scene whether it be as a talented single speed CX racer, rando rider, team leader, event promoter, service tech at Cascade Bicycle Studio or super positive dude supporting anyone who loves cycling. Jason is a three time MFG Cyclocross Single Speed Series Champion. Must importantly he is our friend and a friend to many that race between the course tape week in and week out.
One of the hardest moments anyone can have in life is to see a friend broken and beat up, stuck in an ICU at Harborview Medical Center after being involved in a car on bike crash. It is akin to seeing an eagle that can’t fly, or a jaguar that can’t leap. Jason has suffered five broken ribs, a punctured lung, shattered shoulder socket and multiple deep lacerations. But even though broken, with chest tubes installed and everything else connected to him via needles and medical tape, he still had a mile-wide smile and positive attitude for anyone who came in to visit him at the hospital. After 12 hours of surgery to repair his shoulder Thursday, October 31st, Jason faced an incredible battle with a level of pain that no one should have to go through. And he also faces the prospect of months—possibly years—of physical therapy to regain as much range of motion as possible.
Jason and his life partner Shasta are now facing incredible mounting financial pressure following treatment of his injuries and stay in the ICU and surgery ward at Harborview. No matter how you slice it, the insurance from the faulted driver who struck him October 25th will not be enough. Unable to work, staggering medical bills on there way and the normal costs of daily life always present, this is one of the most difficult times in JDub’s life. Jason would never ask this of anyone, but we can ask for him. We can help take some of the financial pressure off so Jason and Shasta can focus on his healing. We can give back to someone who has given so much to so many.
At the Start Line of each race this week at Woodland Park GP we will be passing the “collection basket” through the field to gather donations to help support Jason during the next 8-12 weeks of his recovery while he is way from his work. It would be fantastic if every rider this Sunday’s race could donate $5 – $20 but anything is appreciated and would go to good use. If you can contribute, thank you. We will also have a collection basket and Stanley products for sale at Custom Service to support Jason.
Donations can be made at: https://www.youcaring.com/jdub. Please note, the site automatically adds an optional fee to the donation that you can eliminate if you choose. The fee is used to help fund YouCaring.com
Blue Rooster flies the coup to win the SCCA/Starbucks GP as a team. Fischer Pluming delivers a strong second to defend their overall lead of the team series followed by Bikesport to round off the day’s podium. Tacoma Cyclocross shall not be dropped as they break free from the three way tie for last place.
The racing will be furious at the Woodland Park GP with four teams within reach of the top overall placements. Important team competition races are the Women’s and Men’s Single Speed and Masters categories where each of the top teams tend to have riders near the front. Full standings posted here.
Many have asked what is at stake for winning the Team Competition and after days and days of brainstorming the proper prize we can now announce what the victorious team shall receive:
- All members still racing with the 2013 winning team will receive front row call-ups at Kick-Off Cross 2014,
- The winning team can paint one MFG barrier to their liking to commemorate their 2013 victory during the 2014 MFG Cyclocross Series.
We have crunched the numbers and this spreadsheet shows in Column I who has a mathematical chance to win overall titles for each category in the MFG Cyclocross Series. For some it may be a long shot but they are still in it. It may take any number of their competitors to be derailed by:
- a flat tire,
- a rolled tubular,
- a bout of the flu,
- clasping to the pressure of being a leader,
- riding off the course to protest heckling,
- a bunny rabbit in the front wheel,
- leaving the race to help the Connolly kids pass out their “hand-up” cheers,
- a late series noble upgrade to the next category,
but anything can happen! At stake for the top two finishers in each category is a trip to Prize Table at the MFG Series End Party on Thursday 11/21. There will be some fun battles at Woodland Park on 11/10 for overall titles:
- Toby Swanson and Steve Fisher are separated by one point in the Cat 1/2 Men.
- In the Cat 1/2 Women Kristen Kelsey will need a strong ride to hold off Andi Zolton for the title.
- The Cat 3 45+ Men has eight riders all with a mathematical chance to win the overall.
- The Junior Boys in the 1997/1998 and 1999/2000 categories have serious battles for the wins with gaps as low a two points. The same is true of the Junior Girls 2002-2004.
- The 9:30 am race between Don Wright and Bruce Johnson will be a great race to watch. Whoever wins this Master Men 55+ race wins the series.
Congratulations to the following riders who have clinched overall titles:
- JEFF LYNCH - Clydesdales
- JOHN WHITENACK - Cat. 3 Master Men 35+
- JOSH MCBEE - Cat. 4 Men
- HAYDEN GIZINSKI - Jr. Girls 2000-2001
We will have a series “trophy/award” for all series winners at the MFG Series End Party. Prizes will be allocated at the end of year party to winners in a creative manner, most likely based on a final game of skill, luck, and fun.
Junior Riders (All ages categories for boys and girls): Series winners will be crowned at the series-end party and awarded with a Series Winner custom thermos for any junior category, no matter the amount of racers in the class. Additionally, gift cards to Molly Moons Ice Cream will be allocated to the 1st and 2nd place riders in the series in any junior category, no matter the amount of racers in the class. Juniors will not be competing for prizes at the prize table at the series-end party.