Sponsor Spotlight: Raleigh

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MFG Sponsor: Raleigh Bicycles

Website: http://www.raleighusa.com

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Location: Kent, WA
We’d like to think that our partnership with Raleigh Bicycles is exactly that:  a partnership. When MFG Cyclocross came onto the Seattle scene in 2009, Raleigh was definitely offering cyclocross bicycles, but perhaps in a different way than what the brand looks like today. Our friend and Raleigh Product Development Guy Brian “Sally” Fornes has transformed the Raleigh brand to a legitimate, internationally-recognized cyclocross powerhouse. Over the last seven years, Raleigh has graciously supported MFG Cyclocross as Title Sponsor, and together we’ve collaborated on creating a venue (MFG) and a product (Raleigh) to grow the sport and the industry of cyclocross.

In seven years, Raleigh has transitioned from being a company offering an aluminum cross bike that was meant for racing, but also as a utility bike, to a company that supports cyclocross on nearly every level, all around the globe. It’s safe to say that Raleigh is the modern day BOSS OF CROSS.

MFG would like say a sincere thanks to Brian and Raleigh Bicycles for supporting our series once again.

Today, Raleigh can boast the following cyclocross accolades:

  • Raleigh has been the Title Sponsor to MFG Cyclocross for the 7th year in a row.  To our knowledge MFG Cyclocross is the 2nd largest cyclocross series in the world, based on average participation.
  • Raleigh hosted the first-of-kind Midsummer Night’s Cyclocross in 2011 where the outcome of a single race lead to three professional contracts.    They again accomplished this feat in 2012 & 2103.
  • In the spring of 2012, Raleigh sponsored the first-ever cyclocross race at Sea Otter, the internationally-recognized, week-long bicycle racing festival.
  • Since 2012, Raleigh Bicycles has partnered with Clement to present the professional team Raleigh/Clement, featuring an international roster of riders including Jamey Driscoll and France’s Caroline Mani.
  • For 2016, Raleigh offers SEVEN cyclocross models in it’s line-up including women specific models.

Why we like Raleigh:

Raleigh is the perfect blend of fun, function, and fast. The Raleigh brand, models, and support for cyclocross is five parts fun, three parts fast, and four parts function.  Between the professional race team, the utilitarian , and the sponsorship of multiple cyclocross races, teams, and events, Raleigh is the real cyclocross deal.

Five things you should know about Raleigh:

1.    Raleigh sponsors the Raleigh/Clement professional cyclocross team.

2.    Raleigh’s cross line-up for 2016 features seven ‘cross options!

3.    Raleigh’s underground cyclocross singlespeed team in Seattle is HODALA!

4.    Raleigh/Clement recently won both days at CXLA this season.

5.    Raleigh USA headquarters are in Kent, WA.

Woodland Park GP Race Report

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The day dawned bright, clear and cold as Seattle settled in for a lull between storms. Sunny and clear isn’t the stereotypical weather for the MFG finale at Woodland Park. Years past the race has been rainy, or, at the very least, wet. Held later in the season to make room for a weekend of UCI racing, this year’s Woodland Park GP was surprisingly dry. The revamped course featured tricky corners, and a deceptive leg searing barrier forced run up. Sections of course remained slick throughout the day, but by the time the elite women took to the course, large portions had dried out. Spectators clustered in groups at both run ups to cheer for their local favorites, and a group dressed as escaped zoo animals (Woodland Park is also home to a zoo) offered encouragement and mini muffin hand ups.

The women’s race started off fast, with only a few of the usual suspects making a group of four that forced a quick separation. That group included series leader Kristen Kelsey (AXIOM HVAC/Cycle U), her teammate Melanie Lewis, and Monica Lloyd (Olympia Orthopedic Associates) the Athletic’s Abby Watson and Richard Sachs’ rider Elizabeth White. Within two laps however Monica Lloyd was off the front of the group and gaining time on her competitors. She would cruise to what seemed like an easy victory with a flawless, smooth ride, finishing the day with nearly fifty seconds in hand. Behind her Watson, Kelsey and Lewis weaved through lapped traffic and battled for position. In the end Lewis would best Watson in a sprint to the line, and Kelsey would roll in for fourth, and synching the series overall in the process.

Temps had warmed significantly by the start of the men’s field. The men took advantage of a dryer course, cruising through several sections with a ton of speed. The opening laps saw Russell Stevenson (Trek CXC), Raleigh/FSA CX’s Steve Fisher, and Zach McDonald (Source Endurance) and Rad Racing’s Scott Funston take control. The junior couldn’t hold on however, and soon it was Fisher, McDonald, and Stevenson animating the race. With four to go Fisher had fallen off while McDonald kept Stevenson behind him. “My goal today was to just ride the front and not let anyone else take a turn.” McDonald said afterwards. The rider tried several times to dispatch Stevenson, but the elder rider held on to McDonald’s wheel over the courses rolling climbs and sharp corners, but in the end it was McDonald who would still take the victory from the former Master’s World champ Stevenson. Fisher would eventually finish third.

The series ends this year with Kristen Kelsey taking the women’s overall, followed by Hedi Wood (333FabCX) and Monica Lloyd finishing third for the year. On the men’s side of things Steve Fisher, had his win locked down by the fourth race of the season, Stevenson—who missed two races this year, while competing elsewhere—finishes the series off in second, and Dyna Racing’s Mitchell Thonton finishes third, in a two way tie with Scott Funston with 96 points.

The series is over, but the party is not. On Monday, November 30th, series sponsor Brower’s Café will host the post season awards party from 6:00 pm till 9:00 pm. Brower’s Café is located at 400 N. 35th St. in Seattle’s Fremont neighborhood.

Sponsor Spotlight: Outdoor Research

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MFG Sponsor: Outdoor Research

Website: www.outdoorresearch.com

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Location: Seattle, WA

Outdoor Research was established in 1981 by a Ron Gregg.  You can see a video about OR here.

Why we like Outdoor Research:

When you take a glance at Outdoor Research’s Core Values, it’s clear why we like this company so much.   Outdoor Research values:

1.  A Culture of Respect

2.  Innovation that Works

3.  Improve Every Day

4.  Beauty In Function

5.  The Power of the Journey

Five things you should know about Outdoor Research:

  1. OR has a retail store on 1st Avenue South.
  2. The Floodlight Jacket is fully waterproof and down insulated.
  3. OR offers an Infinite Guarantee on all of their products.
  4. The OR Transfer Hoody and Cathode Jacket are the official jackets of MFG Staff.
  5. MFG Staff and Series Winners are fully outfitted by Outdoor Research.


Details for Woodland Park GP

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Here are the details for Woodland Park GP, Sunday, November 22, 2015.


Directions & Parking:
From I-5 North/South take the NE 50th Street exit. Travel west on 50th to Woodland Park. Limited parking in gravel lot off of 50th just east of Hwy 99 overpass. More parking off of Greenlake Way N on east side of park.

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

Discounted pricing ends at Midnight Saturday, November 20, 2015.

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.



Deschutes Six Pack Winners:
Garrett George
Matt Soja
Marc Edwards
Scott Brown
Eric Swanson
Doug Reid
Dan Peterson
John Allwright

Timing Chips and Bib Numbers:

If you had and issue with being scored this season it is suggested you stop by Registration to confirm your bib and chip number are correct in the database.

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 to 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 Paper – Make sure to stop by Registration and get this week’s copy of “MFG Newspaper” now located in “The Green House of News”.

The Course:

Course map: http://www.mfgcyclocross.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/MFG_Woodland_Park_Course_Map.jpg

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

The Here and There Grill will be on site with a complete menu for breakfast, lunch and sweets.

Motofish Coffee will be serving.
Results will be posted at Customer Service and can be found on race day using www.webscorer.com.

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.


Beginner Men and Women
We will have Brouwer’s Cafe Gift Certificates for the Top Five in this category. Pick up prizes at Customer Service.

The 2:45 PM races will receive “The Treatment” this week. The Treatment will include excellent prizes and podium presentations for the top-3 finishers. 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 2015 will be #mfgcross. We love to see your experiences at the races so please tag it up.

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Tent Setup:

Please see this post for details on Team Tents:


Junior Season Points Awards at Woodland Park GP:

Please see this post on details:


Team Tents at Woodland Park GP

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Here are the details for tent set up this Sunday at Woodland Park GP:

1. See Course Map below.
2. Tents must be loaded in by 8:00 am.
3. Tents will be placed in the triangle of grass east of the gravel parking lot off of NE 50th Street. Same area as the last six year.
4. We will have four spots available for teams with trailers on the pavement at the end of the loop through the Picnic Area. Tents and trailers will need to be place on the SW side of the pavement against the log curbs. Please email terry@mfgcyclocross.com to reserve one of these spots.
6. Tents will not be allowed in any other area except for the pre-approved take over of Hodala corner by an unnamed club.
7. Reminder that branded tents advertising commercial organizations can only erected for a fee of $50 per tent. Zac Daab will be walking through the Team Tent Area by 8:30 to collect cash, check or credit card for these fees from each team.  This is a discounted price from City of Seattle Parks. If you want to avoid paying this fee, either bring a blank tent, or it is totally acceptable to turn your tent topper inside out.   This is a Seattle Parks and Recreation fee that we have agreed to enforce.
8. Anyone not working with race staff in a courteous way to get set up correctly in the Team Area will not be allowed to set up a team tent.



Woodland Park Work Party November 23

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Come join us for our 7th Annual Woodland Park Work Party on Monday, November 23rd.

We will be working on course-specific maintenance needs the day after the race.

When:   Noon-3pm

Who:   You, your friends and MFG

Why:  To work with parks and make improvements around the park

Where:  Meet at the gravel lot on 50th Street and we will supply tools


Subaru Cyclo Cup Race Report – Day 2

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Early weather reports called for a second day of rain, but it came and went early, allowing for a bit of sun, though not a whole lot of warmth; a different type of cross weather. There was no run up today, but the racers were routed to long climb paved climb that later transitioned to gravel; a longer version of yesterday’s climb. The day’s sun turned sections of the course that were slick yesterday into tacky mud and grass, which made for higher speeds, to the amazement of spectators.

Katerina Nash (Luna Pro Team) again went bell to bell with what seemed like an effortless ride. And once again, it was Raleigh Clement’s Caroline Mani who took up a solo chase, Elle Anderson (SRAM/Strava) also left to chase the leaders ahead of her with no help, she would eventually finish third. Behind her Washington native Courtenay McFadden (Rock Lobster/American Classics) and Canadian national champ Mical Dyck battled for fourth place, which seemed to be the most contested places for the day. At the front of the race Nash crossed the line 24 seconds ahead of Mani.

In the men’s race Logan Owen (California giant/Specialized) once again set the pace. Yesterday’s winner went out hard and soon reduced the men’s field to a group of three, which included Jonathan Page (Page/Fuji Racing) and Zach McDonald (Streamline Insurance). The trio took turns at the front, and seemed to take turns attacking each other, but no one was able to make a true separation. Half way through the hour and six minutes of racing McDonald suffered a mechanical taking him out of the group. A lap latter Owen had dispatched Page, and rode to the line alone. Page ran out of gas on the last lap, which allowed Jamey Driscoll to overtake the former national champ, making day two’s podium a traced image of day before.

In local news, Russell Stevenson (Trek CXC) took the win both days in the Men’s Open race, followed by Aaron Bradford who took second on Saturday and Sunday. Rad Racing found itself on the third step both days, with Calder Wood taking the third spot on Saturday, and Scott Funston with the honors on Sunday. These juniors have stepped up, this year and will soon be giving the big local names a run for their money.

Most of fast local women, opted for the Elite races this weekend leaving the Open field open for out-of-towners. On Saturday the podium was comprised of Ann Kennedy, Stephanie Uetrecht (Twin Six) and Julie Baird took first, second and third respectively. On day two it was Stephanie Uetrecht who landed on the tallest step, with Ann Kennedy taking second and Oregon’s Laura Trace (Team Oregon p/b Laurelwood Brewing Co) finishing third.

Next week we go back to good old MFG Cyclocross action when the series finale comes to its traditional home, Woodland Park. The lower bouts of the men’s overall podium are still up for grabs, with less than ten points separating fourth through second place. In the women’s race 333Fab CX’s Heidi Wood will be looking to upset Kristen Kelsey (Axiom HVAC/Cycle U), and Hagens Berman/Society Consulting’s Kenda Super will be hope to hang on to the final podium spot.

Sponsor Spotlight: Golazo

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MFG Sponsor: Golazo

Website: www.drinkgolazo.com

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Golazo is a performance sports drink company offering a hydration and energy product made from natural ingredients.

Why we like Golazo

In a world of synthetic sports drinks, we like the fact that Golazo keeps it simple with all-natural ingredients.   In fact, if you look at their ingredient list for their energy drink, you’ll see only 10 ingredients, which is about half of what other sports drink companies are formulating in their drinks.

Five things you should know about Golazo:

  1. Golazo offers a sugar-free energy drink in their line-up.
  2. Golazo is a Seattle-based company and co-founder Alex R. is a cycling enthusiast and MFG cyclocross racer.
  3. The hydration drink from Golazo comes in four flavors:  Mango Lime, Mandarin, Hibiscus and Lemon Lime.
  4. Pele, yes Pele, is a part of Team Golazo!
  5. Golazo has been on-site at every MFG race this year, and has generously provided all Treatment winners with Golazo Energy product.

Subaru Cyclo Cup Race Report – Day 1

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UCI level racing returned the Pacific Northwest on Saturday with day one of the Subaru Cyclo Cup, held at Ft. Steilacoom Park in Lakewood Washington. The venue has hosted many races over the years, including day two of last year’s Waves for Water Collaboration weekend. This year’s course differed in two key ways. The first was a steep muddy run up, instead of last year’s leg busting paved and gravel climb. The second was the inclusion of a sand pit located in the venue’s infield, which was brought in specifically for the event.

Throughout the day racers were deluged with rain, making some sections of the course slick and coating others in a thick mud, ideal cyclocross conditions to put it more bluntly. The conditions made for ideal spectating, especially at the run up, where the crowd’s cheers could be heard from a distance, and where dollars bills, and a few unopened cans of beer could be found for hand ups.

Logan Owen (California Giant/ Specialized) took control of the men’s race from the drop of the flag, hoping to do better than last year, when he came up empty handed on both days. This year the youngster quickly distanced himself from the pack of elite racers and worked himself comfortable lead. Raleigh Clement’s Jamey Driscoll mounted a chase, and for a majority of the race he was able to keep Owen within his sights. Jonathan Page (Page/Fuji) followed after Driscoll, but the elder statesman of American cyclocross was unable to catch Owen’s pursuer. After an hour and two minutes of racing, it was Owen who took the win, with Driscoll twenty-seven seconds in arrears. Page finished off the podium, coming in less than thirty seconds behind Driscoll.

“It was nice to get my first two UCI wins in a year, with my Tour of Utah win earlier this year, and then today in front of a home crowd, it’s exciting.” The twenty year old said.

In the women’s field it was Luna Pro Team’s Katarina Nash who took control of the women’s race. The field had come into the first run up bunched together, but from there the gaps the just went out, spreading the field along the course. Nash rode a clean race and that kept Caroline Mani (Raleigh/Clement) who, despite a lingering sickness, had set a solo chase. Behind her was the Canadian national champion Mical Dyck (Naked Factory Racing). However, Nash’s lead, was a dominant one, she would cross the line first with thirty seconds in hand. Mani found her way onto the second step, while Mical Dyck followed a minute behind in third.

Day two of Subaru Cyclo Cup again takes place at Ft. Steilacoom, with the women starting at 2:00 pm PST, and the men following at 3:00 pm PST. The course will feature some minor tweaks to keep things interesting. The forecast calls for morning rain, which should pass in time for the Elite races.