Details for Lake Sammamish GP Sept 9

By | 2018, Cyclocross

Big thank you to Planet Box our presenting sponsor of Lake Sammamish GP.

Directions & Parking:
• From I-90 East take Exit 15 WA-900 W/17th Ave NW. Turn left on WA-900/17th Ave NW. Turn left on NW Sammamish Road. Enter the park on the right at main entrance.
• From I-90 West take Exit 15 WA-900 W/17th Ave NW. Turn right on WA-900/17th Ave NW. Turn left on NW Sammamish Road. Enter the park on the right at main entrance.

Learning Laps with Meredith Miller:
Come join “retired” cyclocross professional Meredith Miller from Rapha Boulder to recon a lap of the course and learn tips from a pro at Lake Sammamish GP. Meredith will meet riders at the Finish Line at 8:30 am and do a few laps with riders. This mini-clinic is free of charge and brought to you by Rapha Seattle.

Discounted pricing ends at Midnight Saturday, September 8, 2018.

Register Here:

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.


2018 Cyclocross Race Timing Chip Policy

For the 2018 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.

If you have had any issues with scoring at the last two MFG Cyclocross races please stop by Registration on Sunday to confirm we have the correct timing chip number for you. A number of you have multiple chips and/or family members racing as well so some mix ups may have occurred on our side or your side. Best to double check data.

The Course:

Course map:

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

Here and There Grill will be on site with a complete menu for breakfast & lunch. New owners this year. We will miss Julie!

Tripod Coffee will be serving.

Results will be posted at Customer Service and can be found on race day using 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 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 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.

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 – 3:15 PM Podium Presentation
• 2:50 PM Races – 4:00 PM Podium Presentations

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 2018 will be #mfgcross. We love to see your experiences at the races so please tag it up.

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Tent Setup:
Here are the instructions for tent setup at Lake Sammamish State Park for NW CX Cup #1 and MFG Cyclocross #1 on 9/8 & 9/9. Please be advise you can leave your tent over night at your own risk. Best to collapse the tent and leave it on the ground.

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.

Double Weekend in Leavenworth – Hype and Lodging

By | 2018, Cyclocross

We are very excited to take our cyclocross show on the road September 22nd & 23rd for our double weekend of racing in Leavenworth, WA with NW CX Cup #2 and MFG Cyclocross #2 presented by MIIR at the Leavenworth Ski Hill. The weekend will feature:

  • A new and challenging course for PNW cyclocross scene;
  • Two on course beer gardens;
  • Garlinis food truck featuring Philly style sandwiches and frites;
  • Later start times at Saturday’s NW CX Cup #2 so you can come over that morning if you desire;
  • A possible appearance by Leavenworth Alphorn;
  • A possible appearance by Sasquatch;
  • A chance to stare down your nemesis when you run into them at dinner on Saturday night at King Ludwig’s.

Lodging is always tight in Leavenworth. Book now! We hear Bavarian Lodge and Enzian Inn have some rooms left.

Sept 9th – Learning Laps with Meredith Miller

By | 2018, Cyclocross

Come join “retired” cyclocross professional Meredith Miller from Rapha Boulder to recon a lap of the course, and learn tips from a pro at Lake Sammamish GP. Meredith will meet riders at the Finish Line at 8:30 am and do a few laps with riders. This mini-clinic is free of charge and brought to you by Rapha Seattle.

About Meredith

Notable Cyclocross Results:
• 1st CrossVegas, 2014
• 2nd place US National Championships, 2009
• 3rd place US National Championships, 2010 and 2014
• 6th Tabor World Cup, 2013
• 8th CrossVegas, 2017 (*retired)
• Team USA Member World Championships, 2010 – 2016
• Colorado State Cyclocross Champion, 2013
• US National Singlespeed Cyclocross Champion, 2018

A Note from Meredith on her racing career:

My competitive cycling career spans for 15+ years. I came to the sport by way of collegiate soccer, and I consider myself a lifelong athlete. Sports dominated my childhood, shaped my undergraduate experience and have paved my career path for the entirety of my adult life to date.

I made a name for myself as a super domestique on the road, and I was amongst the top-ranked American women in cyclocross for the majority of my eight year cyclocross career.

My story in professional cycling starts on the other side of the pond. While living in Denmark, I joined the Danish-based Team SATS where I spent three years racing in Europe full-time. With Team SATS I raced all the big women’s tours including the Giro Donne and Tour de l’Aude and World Cups including Flèche Wallonne, Primavera Rosa and Flanders.

Following my stint with Team SATS, I rode for U.S.-based squads over the next eight seasons. With TEAm Lipton, Aaron’s Pro Cycling and Team TIBCO. My teammatesand I chased top honors across the country as we raced all the big events on the
NRC calendar. I also spent small portions of each season racing in Europe. In 2009, after winning the U.S. National Road Championships, I represented the U.S at the Road World Championships in Mendrisio, Switzerland.

After five seasons with Team TIBCO, four as road captain, I announced my retirement from road racing in August 2013. I entered CrossVegas in 2008 on a whim. It was my first ‘cross race, and I lined up with minimal expectations. I crossed the finish line with a gigantic grin plastered across my face and a clear understanding that I was completely hooked. Less than
18 months following my first ‘cross race, I finished in 12th place at the 2010 Cyclocross World Championships in Tabor, Czech Republic.

On the road, I relished my role as teammate extraordinaire. I strove to be the best teammate and contribute to my team’s success both on and off the bike. When I tried my hand at cyclocross in 2008, I discovered a place where I could nurture my personal ambitions, which I am still continuing to do.

Report from TCH Tour of Montana

By | 2018, Sponsor

Last year Anne Marie Stonich won our Season Pass Holder Raffle for a Tour of Montana Trip by The Cycling House. She took Tracy Erbeck with her to celebrate a milestone birthday for Tracy this year. Here is Tracy’s report back from Tour of Montana.

The sound of the pavement under my tires.  I love that sound.  Living in the city, I hadn’t thought about that sound much, or often…we hardly ever get to hear it.  But there we were, in Montana, hearing the sound of the pavement under our tires.  The road…expanse and open.   The sky, big. Rarely a vehicle passing.  Every road seemingly in the middle of nowhere, but every road leading to a fabulous meadow, or field, or wooded campsite that would be our home for the evening.  Our tents were ready, we only had to shower and relax…..if we wanted to.   We could go for an afternoon hike, or swim, or river soak, or hit the hot springs….every day provided another opportunity to see more, do more, ride more.

The Cycling House Tour of Montana is not just about the cycling though….I mean, that’s what you go for, but you surprisingly get so much more-

  • FOOD– Really, honestly, completely amazing, gorgeous food.  Most of it locally sourced, every meal different, every meal better than the other, and you wonder how Hannah and Chloe pull this off…all while being some of the best humans you have ever met in your life.  Cheerful and attentive, these two remember food preferences, allergies and concerns and you’ll never go without.  Both of these girls can also pull the peloton faster than your average cyclist.  What a luxury it was to arrive in camp daily to snacks and cold drinks…followed by cocktail hour of gorgeous appetizers (caprese anyone?) and then the main event…things like wild caught grilled salmon, flank steak, lamb burgers….we did not go hungry.
  • GUIDES- Guides sprinted and drifted back and forth between the splintered groups, providing assistance, acting as tour guides, giving a wheel for pulls back to the group. We figured out early on to be last to roll out of camp in the morning in order to get the what amounted to be personal guide service- all of the guides different and interesting (math teachers, law students, master woodworkers), all with a true passion for the bike (be it road, dirt or gravel) and the great outdoors.  These were some of the finest humans we have ever met and when I die and go to heaven, I want them on my team.
  • ROAD SUPPORT– We flatted.  We broke derailleurs.  We lost headset bearings.  But we didn’t worry about any of this.  The team of mechanics are masters of their craft and we weren’t held back by failing equipment.
  • CAMPING– We never tired of tent camping (I’ve also never said this in my life). Every night was picturesque and every morning equally so. They don’t call Montana “Big Sky” for nothing….and you can’t even comprehend the moniker until you experience it yourself.  Surprising was how the Cycling House manages to find these spots…complete with shower, laundry, maybe cell service, sometimes karaoke…tucked away in towns with names like “Wisdom”.
  • OWEN GUE– Owner extraordinaire and former pro racer, Owen is the personality that creates the culture of the Cycling House. Owen has the unique ability to pull together the group of guests with extremely different backgrounds to operate as a community.  Aside from the bike, he manages to find and engage the commonalities within the diverse group…the oil tycoon from Texas, the ironman triathlete from Germany, the concrete contractor from Florida…the list goes on.  By day two we’re all having the time of our lives together- committed and focused on having the BEST VACATION. EVER.

Win a TCH Glacier to Yellowstone Camping Trip

By | Cyclocross, Uncategorized

All 2018 Season Pass Holders will be entered to win a free trip with The Cycling House at their Glacier to Yellowstone Camping Trip in 2019.

Glacier to Yellowstone Camping Trip – July 29th to August 4th, 2019
– Camping
– 24 – 85 miles per day
– Point to point each day
– 6 spectator rides
– Climb to top of Beartooth Pass at 10,947′
– Complete details posted at The Cycling House

The winner will be responsible for transportation to and from Missoula, MT.

Those that purchase a Season Pass in June & July will receive three entries in the random drawing. If we wait until August you will get two entries. And a September purchase gets a single chance to win. Season Passes are available at

The drawing will be made at MFG Cyclocross World Headquarters on Friday, September 7th.

Click here to register

Learn More About The Cycling House

Details for NW CX Cup #5 on 12/10

By | 2017, Cyclocross

Venue Rules:
• No outside alcohol.
• No cycling shoes or muddy clothing in Clubhouse or restaurant.
• Please only ride bicycles on paved surfaces and the race course.

Rider Check-In, Bib Numbers, Timing Chips
All riders most check-In at Registration to have their bib and timing chip number entered in the Start List data. Registration will be located inside the Clubhouse. If you have a bib number from a previous NW CX Cup race, please use that number. We will be using the timing chips from MFG Cyclocross and Cross Revolution. Please bring your timing chip from those series with you. New riders to the NW CX Cup will be issued bibs and timing chips at Registration.

You can register at the race at Registration on our computers or from your own device up to 30 minutes before the race here, See above for Check-In details after you register.

We will need to have all riders sign hard copies of the standard USAC waiver and a waiver from Snohomish County Parks.

Driving Directions & Parking
From I-5 South: Take Exit #199 for Marysville / Tulalip. Turn Left onto 4th St and continue onto Marine Drive Follow for 12 Miles. Turn Right onto Kayak Point Road. Take the first Left onto 156th St NW. Kayak Point Golf Course entrance will be on the Left in 1/2 mile.

From I-5 North or South: Take Exit #202 for 116st St NE. Head West on 116st St NE (Left from South, Right from North). Turn Right at traffic light onto Quil Ceda Blvd. At the traffic circle, continue North on 34th Ave NE. At the traffic light, turn Left onto 136th St NE / Firetrail Road. Continue for 10 Miles. Becomes 140th St NE then becomes Kayak Point Road. There are brown Kayak Point signs along the way. At the bottom of the hill, turn Right onto 156th St NW. Kayak Point Golf Course entrance will be on the Left in 1/2 mile

Parking Fee: $5 per car.

Tent Set-Up
Team tents will be set up on the pavement in Tee Box Area of the Driving Range. The Driving Range is to the right as you enter the parking lot.

The FireCreek Grill at Kayak Point Golf Course will be open and offering a lunch menu, beer and spirits. The course finish line will be right beside the grill and if we get a beautiful day beers and spectating on the deck will be available.

Full Race Details:

Details for NW CX Cup #4 on 12/3

By | 2017, Cyclocross

Here is a list of important details for NW CX Cup #4 at Ft. Steilacoom Park on December 3rd.

Rider Check-In, Bib Numbers, Timing Chips
All riders most check-In at Registration to have their bib and timing chip number entered in the Start List data. If you have a bib number from a previous NW CX Cup race, please use that number. We will be using the timing chips from MFG Cyclocross and Cross Revolution. Please bring your timing chip from those series with you. New riders to the NW CX Cup will be issued bibs and timing chips at Registration.

You can register at the race at Registration on our computers or from your own device up to 30 minutes before the race here, See above for Check-In details after you register.

Driving Directions & Parking
From I-5 take the South 74th(#129) Street exit and head west. After 3 or 4 miles the road veers left and turns into Custer Road. In about 1 mile take the free right turn onto 88th St. SW. The road then turns into Steilacoom Blvd. In about 1 mile turn left at the traffic light at 87th Ave SW and take an immediate right into the park. Follow paved road in park about 1/2 mile to gravel parking area by the lake and the animal barns.

Tent Set-Up
The Start / Finish stretch will be in the grass to the left of the main road we usually use for the Start / Finish. Tents will be placed in the grass to the left of the road along the Start / Finish stretch. You will be able to drive right down the road to drop off your tent. Please drop your tent off quickly and park your car in the main parking. There will be some traffic on this road getting to the parking adjacent to the soccer fields. Thank you.

We will have a self-serve waffle bar. Stop by Registration after your race for a hot fresh waffle.

Full Race Details:

2017 Woodland Park GP Race Report

By | 2017, Cyclocross

MFG ‘Cross Hunger Games in the Woods

Sunday, November 19, 2017

By Nina and Robert Milligan

It was attack after attack, racers taking down one after another, in this last-of-season MFG ‘cross Games. This was at Woodland Park, beside the world-famous Zoo. This venue is of one of the NW cyclocross community’s most popular venues for racers and spectators alike. It features a big forest with rolling hills, which provided the perfect Games battlefield: the tree canopy dimmed the light; fallen leaves and pine needles left a carpeted forest floor, making well-timed passes undetectable; a silent “swish” and then a gentle whirl of leaves as one rider took out another, then another. Some never knew what happened to them. The best weapon of the day was timing when passing.

Today’s course traveled a circuitous loop though the park’s lovely forest, with run-ups, log jumps, installed barriers, and a series of three deceptively gentle hills that rearranged the rider lineup, just before a downhill to a 90-degree bottom turn at a classic local CX spectacle, Hodala! Corner. This one provided an optional course detour where allegiance, treachery and abandon happened simultaneously. Hodala!’s contribution to the Games consisted of a giant bubble machine and slip-n-slide,  tent-side service of non-FDA approved food and beverage hand-ups, billowing campfire smoke, all accompanied by various loud noises. Several elite men and women risked their leader positions and maybe reputations by taking the “shortcut”. The other less-observed section of the course was the finish, over a paved section, where sprints made the difference for many, and the audience cheering for all.

Over 1,000 racers entered the forest Games at Woodland Park today. All returned home afterwards.

As the season finale, this race closed the MFG Cyclocross season rankings. In the men’s category 1/2 race, it was leader Steve Fisher’s (McGovern Cycles / FSA CX) season to lose. At the starting line, he led by only four points over Spenser Paxson (Kona). Each race win adds only a two-point gap per position, so for Paxon to take the title, he would not only have to win today, but Fisher would have to drop to third place. Paxson had won only one race this season, the “North 40” on November 5th, which Fisher did not attend. Conversely, the only race Fisher lost this MFG Cyclocross season was to Russell Stevenson (Trek CXC) at MFG’s “Tall Tyler” on September 30th, winning after Fisher’s crash and mechanical. Paxon and Stevenson had this last chance to snatch the season away from Fisher.

Paxon took the lead on the opening tri-uphill climb with Fisher and Stevenson following along. The other racers strung along behind like spaghetti, a string that whipped around the course, sticking together (like our pasta) through the first two laps. But then Fisher, Paxson and Stevenson began to pull away with Kaler Marshall (road racer representing Canyon Cycles) hanging on. These four leaders established a wide enough lead to divert to the slip-n-slide at Hodala! Corner on the fourth lap, taking their bikes with them down the sudsy slide with the crowd going wild (wilder than usual). The chase group got a rise at this opportunity and kept their heads down, with Ian Tubbs (Audi) putting on the steam. But, it was insufficient to catch the now soaped-up leaders, who just, well, slipped away.

Marshall hung close with the podium leaders until the final lap, when he was reputedly taken out in an entanglement with another rider. In the exciting finish, Paxson roared through the finish eleven seconds ahead, with Fisher rolling over the line to take second, three seconds ahead of Stevenson, and winning the 2017 MFG Cyclocross Men’s Cat 1/2 series championship.

The women’s category 1/2 racers had Monica Lloyd (Olympia Orthopaedic Associates/CBC Racing) arriving at the Games with a solid hold on the series title. But series be damned, this race was all about Heidi Franz (NWCX Project). Trisha Fleisher (Monument Wheelworks/Jenkins Imaging) claimed the holeshot, but then Franz snatched the lead in the first lap and dominated the entire race, growing her lead ultimately to finish by more than a minute over second place. Franz was seen only once in the 2017 MFG Cyclocross series, at the first race at Lake Sammamish. She spent most of her 2017 ‘cross season gaining UCI points and grabbing a few wins at major races. Franz is also known for her road racing, taking a win as national collegiate champion for Seattle University.

The other races provided more drama. With Franz well out in front, the real battle was for second and third. Initially, Fleischer was hanging third on Lloyd’s wheel, but in the fifth lap Laura Jeddeloh (MD Endurance Coaching) jumped Fleisher to take Lloyd’s wheel, riding third. Jeddeloh then moved to second, but Lloyd would have none of that, yanking it back and not relinquishing, finishing a skinny second ahead of Jeddeloh’s third.

Shannon Mallory (NWCX Project) and Gina Estep (Team Thrive p/b Kaiser Permanente) brought up fourth and fifth places respectively, within a minute behind, holding steady on their series standings.

In other exciting races, going into the Woodland Park race, Liz Nettles (Team Thrive) held first place for the season, leading Mallory Nowels (Tenspeed Hero) by only two points in Women’s Cat 3. But Nowels squeaked out a win over Nettles by a split-second, knocking Nettles off the podium third place, closing the season in a tie.

In a similarly competitive situation, Men’s Cat 4 35+ began the day with only a two points gap between first and second, Christopher Quast (Yakima Basin Velo) and Mark Doane. But Doane closed out Quast by one second to win the race and tie for top spot for the season.

Big “Thanks” go out to today’s lead sponsor, home of many famous and talented musicians from the great NW, and the soundtracks for MFG Cyclocross’s outstanding playlist, Sub Pop Records

And many thanks to the City of Seattle Parks Department for allowing the use of such a great venue.

Also, last and so essential, thanks to the loyal MFG Seattle food vendors (Here and There Grill, Tripod Coffee), first aid, and our bike techs.

Next up – The final event, the Series Awards Party at Brouwer’s Café November 27.

Woodland Park GP 2017

2017 Series Champions

By | 2017, Cyclocross

Cat 1/2 Men
1. Steve Fisher
2. Spencer Paxson
3. Brian McCleerey

Cat 1/2 Women
1. Monica Lloyd
2. Gina Estep
3. Stephanie Taplin

Single Speed Men
1. Daniel Olsen
2. Alex Walker
3. Galen Erickson

Single Speed Women
1. Lea Stralka
2. Rachel Wood
3. Julie Zivin

Cat 1/2 Men 35+
1. Brian Bressler
2. Barney Gill
3. JC Ramirez

Cat 1/2 Men 45+
1. Doug Carlton
2. Craig Undem
3. Rainer Leuschke

Cat 1/2 Women 40+
1. Julie Robertson Zivin
2. Jodi Duquette
3. Lisa Coyne

Men 55+
1. Kevin Johnson
2. Todd Reedy
3. Rodney Brandon

Men 60+
1. Robert Milligan
2. Jim Hansen
3. Erik Brooks

Cat 3 Men
1. Adrian Magun
2. Brandon Sprouse
3. Ricky Lyman

Cat 3 Men 35+
1. Ruaraidh Stenson
2. Joshua Simmons
3. Jeffrey Miller

Cat 3 Men 45+
1. Peter Benarcik
2. Keith Heinzelman
3. Matthew Mack

Cat 3 Women
1. Mallory Nowels
2. Liz Nettles
3. Callah Robinson

Cat 3/4 Women 40+
1. Malia Greening
2. Jane Matera
3. Olga Magun

Cat 4 Men
1. Thomas Baron
2. Trey Trefry
3. Paul Strefling

Cat 4 Men 35+
1. Mark Doane
2. Christopher Quast
3. Mark Selander

Cat 4 Men 45+
1. Cameron Janes
2. Colby Titland
3. Wesley Toller

Cat 4 Women
1. Ruth Rondema
2. Addison Leckrone
3. Kelsey Cohan

Clydesdale – 200 lbs +
1. Jim Bowes
2. Russ Sovde
3. David Mcintosh

Jr Boys 2002/2003
1. Euan Mcelwaine
2. Jacob Miller
3. Mickie Wilkinson

Jr Boys 2004/2005
1. Parker Casazza
2. Sammy Walker
3. Jack Harris

Jr Boys 2006-2008
1. Jonathan Davies
2. Nathan Sabol
3. Milo McIntosh

Jr Boys 2009/20010
1. Owen Stralka
2. Sebastian Mulier
3. Boris Grant-Riess

Jr Girls 2002/2003
1. Anna Pilbeam
2. Josie Welbourn
3. Elle Bush

Jr Girls 2004/2005
1. Poppy Knorr
2. Devon Hodgins
3. Sofia Ruiz-Murphy

Jr Girls 2006-2008
1. Ivy Stringham
2. Keaghlan Robinson
3. Iris Phillips

Jr Girls 2009/2010
1. Taylor Duquette
2. Sophie Matera
3. Scarlett George

Sponsor Spotlight: Sub Pop Records

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MFG Sponsor: Sub Pop


Instagram: @subpop

What Sub Pop does:

Sub Pop is a Seattle-based record label producing decades worth of historic music.  Sub Pop was founded by Bruce Pavitt and Jonathan Poneman in 1988 with early releases from TAD, Mudhoney, Soundgarden, and of course, Nirvana.

More recent artists working with Sub Pop to release music include Beach House, Fleet Foxes, The Postal Service, Shabazz Palaces, and Foals.

Why we like Sub Pop:

Travel anywhere around the world and the Sub Pop logo will be plastered on a hat, a stop sign, a toll booth basket, or a bathroom urinal.   We love that the Sub Pop mark has stood the test of time.   We also love the diversity of music being produced.   Shabazz Palaces, TAD, and The Postal Service couldn’t be more different in sound and presentation.   That Sub Pop has given each of these bands a road map and a chance to produce music is admirable.

Five things you should know about Sub Pop:

  1. Sub Pop is (in)famous for their rejection letter to artists that began, “Dear Loser,”
  2. Multiple members of the Sub Pop staff race bicycles
  3. Papercuts, one of our all time favorite bands, produced their first album with Sub Pop.
  4. Their tag line at the moment reads “We’re not the best, but we’re pretty good”
  5. You can see Porter Ray and Shabazz Palaces in Vancouver, BC on Dec 1st