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  • Sponsor Spotlight: Raleigh

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    MFG Sponsor:   Raleigh Bicycles

    Website: http://www.raleighusa.com

    Like them on Facebook or follow them on Twitter!

    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 Marketing Guy Brian “Sally” Fornes has transformed the Raleigh brand to a legitimate, internationally-recognized cyclocross powerhouse. Over the last six 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 six short 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 6th 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.
    • For 2014 Raleigh Bicycles continues a partnership with Clement to present the professional team Raleigh/Clement, featuring an international roster of riders including Belgium’s Ben Berden, France’s Caroline Mani, and Seattle’s very own Craig Etheridge.
    • For 2014, 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 2014 features seven ‘cross options!

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

    4.    Raleigh/Clement team riders get up fast when they hit the deck!

    5.    Raleigh USA headquarters are in Kent, WA.

    • Posted November 08, 2014 by Terry B
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  • Details for Subaru Woodland Park GP

    Here are the details for Subaru Woodland Park GP this Sunday, November 9th.

    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:
    Robert Cartwright
    Matt Clark
    Tamara Donnelly
    Jessica Emard
    Tracy Erbeck
    Timothy Erickson
    Jean Fisher
    Emily Huebner
    Shannon Kupfer
    Eric Malmassari
    Stewart Matthiesen
    Brent Morrow
    Dodi Nov
    Rosemarie Schmidt
    Wade Schultz
    La’ Akea Siverts
    Jason Sobottka
    Kristine Swanson
    Leigh Thurgood
    Chris Wood

    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.

    If this is your last race of the year please return your timing chip to Registration.

    The Course:

    Course map: http://www.mfgcyclocross.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/04/Woodland-Course-Map-2013.pdf

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

    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. See course map.

    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 2:45 PM races will receive “The Treatment” this week. 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. 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 Clydesdales will be out trying to “Beat the Hodala” rider. The challenge will be to beat the Hodala rider racing this “geared” category on a single speed. 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 Ashley Stotts will be flying the Hodala colors. Go get him.

    • Posted November 07, 2014 by Terry B
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  • Beat the Hodala Rider at Woodland Park GP

    This week the Clydesdales will be out trying to “Beat the Hodala” rider. The challenge will be to beat the Hodala rider racing this “geared” category on a single speed. 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 Ashley Stotts will be flying the Hodala colors. Go get him.

     

    • Posted November 07, 2014 by Terry B
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  • Ok. Here’s the news we’ve been excited to share with you:

    Yes, it’s official! We will be hosting a double weekend of sanctioned racing, headlined by UCI Category 2 races on Saturday, December 6th and Sunday, December 7th of this year. The race weekend will take place at two separate venues: Saturday, on the Campus of Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma and Sunday, at Ft. Steilacoom Park in Lakewood.

    This weekend will give you the chance to extend your racing season into December. For those of you who are interested in gaining USAC points for Nationals, you’ll have a local option. For those Elite racers who need UCI points, you’ll have two opportunities to collect points. The Elite payout for men and women will be equal for both days.

    We are very thankful for the help and continued motivation Dean Burke, of the Tacoma South Sound Sports Commission, has provided us in bringing this weekend to Tacoma. We are also happy to report how helpful and accommodating USA Cycling, Micah Rice, and the UCI have been throughout this process.

    We are fortunate to have a friend in California who has graciously decided to personally fund the title sponsorship for the weekend. With his support, we are able to do great work, and keep UCI racing in the Northwest. In exchange for his support, he has simply asked that we bring awareness to and help support an organization that he firmly believes in: Waves For Water.

    Waves For Water is a non-profit with a simple mission: “Get clean water to every single person who needs it.” To date, Waves For Water has helped provide access to clean water to over 7,500,000 people.

    Each race day will focus on bringing financial support to two Waves For Water projects: Project Liberia and Project Nepal. These two projects will be exclusive to our cyclocross weekend. The funds raised to positively impact these two nations will be a direct reflection of the financial participation from our cyclocross community.

    One of the Waves For Water mantras is, “Do What You Love and Help Along the Way.” We identify with this way of life and look forward to seeing the cyclocross community do the same.

    Race Twice, Give Twice. We will see you in December.

    -Zac, Terry, Ken, and Rich

    • Posted November 05, 2014 by Terry B
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  • Sponsor Spotlight: Outdoor Research

     

    56171_054MFG Sponsor:   Outdoor Research

    Website:  outdoorresearch.com

    Like them on Facebook or follow them on Twitter!

    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. You can rent snowshoes, ice axes, and other mountaineering tools at their location.
    3. OR offers an Infinite Guarantee on all of their products.
    4. The OR Transfer Hoody is the official jacket of MFG Staff.
    5. Looks like MFG provided some inspiration on this one.

     

    • Posted November 04, 2014 by Zac
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