Details for Tall Tyler CX Celebration

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Here are the details for Tall Tyler CX Celebration, Saturday, September 30, 2017 at Thorton A. Sullivan Park.

Tyler Smith aka Tall Tyler:

Each season we have raced alongside Silver Lake at MFG #3 we have recognized someone who inspires us. This year that person is Tall Tyler (Tyler Smith). He has been a supporter of MFG Cyclocross since our first season in 2009 as both a racer and a devoted sponsor. But most importantly it is Tyler’s big smile and the pure joy he takes from cyclocross that inspires us to honor him this season. He is the type of person that is the foundation of our awesome cyclocross community in the PNW.

Important Park Rules:
No Pets.
No alcohol. Citation will result in an appearance in Everett District Court.
Tents only for team support (NO VEHICLE SUPPORT THIS WEEK).

Directions & Parking:
From I-5 North: take exit 186 to 128th St SW. Turn right onto 128th St SW. Turn left onto 3rd Ave SE. Turn right onto 124th St SE. Turn left onto Andrew Sater Rd. Turn left onto Silver Lake Rd. Park in lots as shown on this parking map.

From I-5 South: take Take exit 189 for WA-99 S/WA-526 W toward Everett Mall Way/WA-527 S/Broadway/Whidbey Island Ferry. Keep left at the fork, follow signs forEverett Mall Way. Slight left onto SE Everett Mall Way. Turn left onto 7th Ave SE. Turn left onto 112th St SE. Turn right onto 14th Ave. Continue onto Silver Lake Rd. Park in lots as shown on this parking map.

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

Discounted pricing ends at Midnight Saturday, September 28, 2017.

Register Here: https://www.webscorer.com/register?raceid=107622

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

Bib Number Exchange:

If you registered online and already have a bib number and timing chip we need you to stop registration to replace the number you raced with at Lake Sammamish GP. Many of you have noticed that the ink came off the numbers at Lake Sammamish GP. You will need to replace that malfunctioning number with a reprint that will last the season. You can stop by the self-serve boxes at Registration to grab your replacement. Please be sure to grab your same number! No other actions need to be made.

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/2017/09/Tall-Tyler-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. Tents need to be loaded in by 8:30. Load in off of Silver Lake Road through the gate. See diagram for traffic flow – http://www.mfgcyclocross.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/load-in-out-at-BTE.jpg.
2. Tent locations are show on diagram. Please run two rows of tents in the area along from the Start-Finish stretch.
3. Please start setting up tents at the far end towards the Start Line.
4. Please hold the front line of tents 5′ off the course tape and run a second row of tents behind with a 10’ aisle between.
5. Please butt tents up to each other whenever possible. We have over 50 tents to get into these areas.
6. No vehicles or trailers can be used in the Team Tent Area this week. The site is too tight.

Moor Cross Race Report

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Fisher and Lloyd Take Rivals in the End
By Nina and Robert Milligan

Cyclocross in the NW is now in full swing, evidenced by the nearly 900 riders who showed up for MFG’s race #2 September 24, 2017 at Marymoor Park in Redmond, Washington, on the grounds surrounding the Jerry Baker Velodrome. Cross warriors committed their minds and bodies to dig deep and battle around every other rider, clawing to the finish line. Some went for cash or prizes, some for treats including those hanging off fishing poles emerging from tents. All came for fun and challenge around this this bumpy, gritty course. Coal Headwear sponsored this race, named Moor Cross.

The elite racers were only a fraction of the field, yet naturally captivated spectators with their skilled pursuits.

The Cat 1/2 Men was won by NW’s Steve Fisher (McGovern Cycles/FSA CX), his second win in this season’s MFG series. Following Fisher across the finish line was Spencer Paxson – 2nd, (Kona) and Stephen Ettinger -3rd (Focus/Shimano). This matched the final results of MFG Race #1. But spectators were kept wondering who’d win, because Fisher drifted between second and fifth place for nine laps. The leaders had formed a pack with Kevin Bradford-Parish – 4th (Gillespie Eye Care/SET Coaching/Arlberg) that hung together and pulled away from the rest of the field, beginning with the first of 10 laps. The finish was a short, standing on the pedals sprint, with Paxson only a bike length behind Fisher.

The Cat 1/2 Women race began with Hillary King (Bicycle Centres) assertively taking the first position at the start and through the lead lap. For the next eight laps, along with Monica Lloyd (Olympia Orthopedic Associates), Gina Estep (Group Health) and Kelly Jones (Steed Cycles), four racers gave spectators a good show as they kept trading the lead while they stretched away from all other racers. Estep stayed with the group even though she suffered a crash and dropped chain mid-race.

But in the final lap, it clearly became a race between Lloyd and Estep, with Lloyd clinching it by a tenth of a second, and King and Jones crossing the finish line within a minute. Lloyd shared with us that in the last lap, out in what was referred to as “uncharted waters”, she was able to hop onto a train of Cat 1/2 men as they passed by to get a little lift. Estep stayed close behind, taking second place ten seconds behind Lloyd.

Many familiar with this course regard it as a, “teeth rattler”, lumpy hard earth, and dusty at times, especially behind the large field starts. The dry grassy shoulders around the velodrome provided the greatest technical challenges, with tight descents and tricky bottom turns. Some racers gracefully tight-roped along the concrete edges, off-and-on the grassy spine, only to find themselves driven down an off-camber slope with hairpin turn thrown in half way down. The lucky could gingerly negotiate the turn while others had to jog around or fall with racers sliding out before them. Not so for the elites who showed up the rest by brake-skidding through the turn like racecar drivers, somehow maintaining momentum after a 180. Leading up to the finish line were wiggle-waggles that allowed skilled riders to maneuver into better position before pounding the pedals through the finish line.

The race welcomed riders of all shapes and sizes, ages and abilities.  The largest age group represented was the 45+, with their children filling the Junior starts. Parent paparazzi charged along a second wave after each junior start. Truly fun for the entire family.

It’s a short turn-around for MFG Cyclocross with Tall Tyler CX Celebration coming this Saturday at Thorton A. Sullivan Park in Everett, WA. The course on the shores of Silver Lake is regarded as one of the toughest in the region with three rugged climbs, two passes of the sand and one rider choice run/ride sector.

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Yeah, it was hard. But good hard.

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Paxson, Fisher and Ettinger on the front.

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Lloyd before riding away with Estep.

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Cat 1/2 Men 45+ has been super entertaining for spectators.

Tyler Smith aka Tall Tyler

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Each season we have raced along side Silver Lake at MFG #3 we have recognized someone who inspires us. This year that person is Tall Tyler (Tyler Smith). He has been a supporter of MFG Cyclocross since our first season in 2009 as both a racer and a devoted sponsor. But most importantly it is Tyler’s big smile and the pure joy he takes from cyclocross that inspires us to honor him this season. He is the type of person that is the foundation of our awesome cyclocross community in the PNW.

Sponsor Spotlight: Coal Headwear

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MFG Sponsor:   Coal Headwear

Website: www.coalheadwear.com

Like them on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter

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

Coal’s Fall 2017 collection of hats is extensive.   They offer hats, caps, and a variety of other styles.   We particularly like the Donner in the Deep Purple livery, as well as the Downhill knit hat in Canada colors.

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. The hats have cool names.
  5. Randy Salomon likes The Preston.

Details for Moor Cross – Sunday, September 24th

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Here are the details for Moor Cross, Sunday, September 24, 2017 at King County’s Marymoor Park. This is the 50th MFG Cyclocross race!

are the details for Moor Cross, Sunday, September 24, 2017.

Directions & Parking:
From I-5 or I-405: Take SR-520 East to Redmond, exit at Lake Sammamish Parkway. Turn right at the first stop light, and left at the second light into the park. Follow signs to the “Triangle” parking lot to the SE of the main velodrome parking lot. There will be no parking on the Activity Pad or the main velodrome parking lot.

The parking fee will not be required.

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

Discounted pricing ends at Midnight Saturday, September 23, 2017.

Register Here:

https://www.webscorer.com/register?raceid=107583

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

Bib Number Exchange:

If you registered online and already have a bib number and timing chip we need you to stop registration to replace the number you raced with at Lake Sammamish GP. Many of you have noticed that the ink came off the numbers at Lake Sammamish GP. You will need to replace that malfunctioning number with a reprint that will last the season. You can stop by the self-serve boxes at Registration to grab your replacement. Please be sure to grab your same number! No other actions need to be made.

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/2017/09/Marymoor-2017-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:
Tents are in a completely different area this year as Teatro ZinZanni is setting up on the Activity Pad.

1. Tents will be placed on North side of the southern fence that runs East to West at the entry of the Velodrome. This location will right across from the Pit looking at the South berm of the Velodrome.
2. Parking for the race will be “Triangle” lot to the SE of the Climbing Rock. You will need to load tents from this lot. If you get there early you may have access to drive into the “Staging” area to drop off your tent and drive out.
3. There will be no vehicles or trailers in the Team Tent Area.
4. Please place tents from each team tight to each other.
5. Tents will not be allowed in any other areas. This is very important. Marymoor Park management is very sensitive to this.

Replacement Numbers From MFG CX #1

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Many of you have noticed that the ink came off the numbers at Lake Sammamish GP. You will need to replace that malfunctioning number with a reprint that will last the season. You can stop by the self-serve boxes at Registration to grab your replacement. Please be sure to grab your same number!

Race Report – Lake Sammamish GP 2017

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Sunday, September 10th, 2017

A MFG Cyclocross Beach Party!

Here was the scene: The race began with a fast sprint up a paved start sending riders on to a few dry, grassy stretches. Then the racers dove into the sandy beaches, fighting elbow to elbow through a lung-busting 600 feet of sand. Climbing back onto grass again the riders were quickly met by the plank barriers with a quick counter punch to the chest with the entry in to “Sand Two”.

The riders then ventured out on a flat, single-track trail through dusty turns around old orchards where the speed opened up and some recovery could be found. The day started cool but warmed up quickly. Dust accentuated the heat inspiring announcer Alex Walker to chortle an “air quality alert” as the first group of racers ripped around the back turns.

Then back to long grassy runs, they returned to the paved straightaway under the finish line. It was a grueling but beautiful day at Lake Sammamish State Park, 15 miles east of Seattle, on Sunday, September 10th. Over 800 riders took to the grass and sand, with the Elite Men and Women covering nearly one mile of sand in their 60-minute race.

Seattle-based MiiR sponsored this year’s MFG Cyclocross Lake Sammamish GP. Team Dyna Racing, as victors of the 2016 season, were called up to fill the front of many starts. But with a regional draw, there was plenty of competition.

The day began with the Category 4 Men’s race with Thomas Baron (Egencia) in first place, followed by Trey Trefry with Paul Strefling (Egencia) taking third. Also in the first start was Cat 4 Master Men 35+ lead by Mark Doane, Christopher Quast from Yakima in 2nd, and John Buwalda (Taco Time) with the third-place finish. Master Men 55+ finished the group with winner Chris Adolf (Fell Swoop Racing Team), followed by Kevin Johnson (Egencia) and Trevor Hall (Taco Time).

Other standouts in the day included the photo finish for third in the Clydesdale race (racers must weigh in at 200+ lbs). Torrey Kuhlmann won, followed by Micahel Callahan and Peter Emsky (Dyna Racing) stealing the podium from teammate Russ Sovde (Dyna Racing).

A cat and mouse race in the Men’s 60+ resulted in Woody Cox (Dyna Racing) beating Eric Brooks (Egencia) and Michael Tanksley (Dyna Racing) winning the final podium place on the last turn.

The Elite Men’s competition was close the entire race, leaving spectators in suspense until the final lap. The band of five of the NW’s top racers stayed right on each other’s tail most of the seven laps. But Steve Fisher (McGovern Cycles / FSA CX) played his cards well, waiting until the last lap to pull into the lead and win after hanging in second and third through all but the final lap. Spencer Paxson (Kona Bikes) claimed second and Stephen Ettinger (Focus/Shimano) third.

The Elite Women leaders spread out early, with Courtney McFadden (Pivot Cycles P/B DNA Cycling) taking the lead in the first lap and growing her gap from the chasers each lap, finishing one minute and thirty-three seconds ahead of her closest competitor, Tricia Fleischer (Monument Wheelworks/Positive Uncertainty). Gina Estep took third.

The future of cyclocross, Juniors Boys and Girls filled the second to the last start with 110 racers; 83 boys and 27 girls.

And what better way to end a race day on a hot, flat, fast course than with the Single Speeders. Daniel Olsen (Hodala!) took first, Brad Nelson (Conti Thrasher) in second and Pete Groblewski (State Bicycle Co) in third, each claiming their own placement handily.

Eager veterans and newcomers alike enjoyed this traditional start to the MFG season on the south shore of Lake Sammamish. Next up: Moor Cross, at the other end of the lake, on Sunday, September 24th at King County’s Marymoor Park.

Reported by Nina and Robert Milligan

Photos by Dave Christy, Ben Jenkins, Zac Daab

Sponsor Spotlight: MIIR

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Photo: Sara Billups

MFG SPONSOR:  MIIR

Instagram | Facebook | Twitter | Website

The concept and spirit of MIIR was founded by Bryan Pape, after breaking his femur in a ski accident.  Bryan’s vision at that sobering moment was to live a more generous life while thinking of others.   Today, that altruistic epicenter has led MIIR to bring distinct products to market including innovative bikes, bags, and hydration products.

Why we like MIIR

  • The form and function of all MIIR products are elegant and intuitive
  • MIIR gives 5% of revenue to trackable giving projects
  • MIIR offers a geared, disc-brake commuter for under $800
  • The draft list at the MIIR cafe is insane!

5 Things You Should Know About MIIR

  • MIIR is the official sponsor of MFG #1 at Lake Sammamish State Park
  • MIIR’s flagship store and cafe is located in Fremont, right off of Stone Way
  • Currently there are over 20 beers on draft at the MIIR cafe
  • You can host a party and reserve an event room at the MIIR Flagship
  • You’ll find MIIR employees Joshua Stinger and Ian Crane at the front of all MFG singlespeed races

Team Tent Set-Up at Lake Sammamish GP

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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.
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.

Bib Number and Timing Chip Pick-up this Thursday at Rapha Seattle

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Welcome to MFG Cyclocross Season Nine! We look forward to kicking off the season on Sunday, September 10th at MFG #1 at Lake Sammamish State Park.
 
We’d love to save you time and unneeded stress by inviting you to a number and timing chip pick up at Rapha Seattle this Thursday, September 7th from 5-7pm.
 
Join us and our new sponsor Rapha for some light food and drink, and pick up your number at the clubhouse (301 E. Pine Street on Capitol Hill). You can still purchase a Season Pass that evening, and also receive 20% off any Rapha purchase.