Full Details for North 40 CX – 10/30/16

By | 2016, Cyclocross | No Comments

Here are the details for North 40 CX, Sunday, October 30, 2016.

Important Venue Rules:
No alcohol.

Directions & Parking:
Please Note: Parking is not accessed from the main entrance of the Marymount Event Center. Please do not park in that lot.

From I-5 North/South take the Puyallup/Mt. Rainier exit (Exit 127) to Highway 512. From HWY 512 take the Pacific Avenue exit toward Spanaway/Parkland. At Pacific Ave S turn right (south). At 138th Street E turn left (east). At 4th Ave E turn right (south) and continue into Parking at the end of the street. Park as directed by race staff.

Please carpool. Parking is limited.

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

Discounted pricing ends at Midnight Saturday, October 29, 2016.

Register Here:

https://www.webscorer.com/register?raceid=76580

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

If you registered online and already have a bib number and timing chip no need to visit the on-site registration.

ON-SITE REGISTRATION IS CASH, CHECK, or Visa/MasterCard

2016 Cyclocross Race Timing Chip Policy

For the 2016 cyclocross racing season, both MFG Cyclocross and Cross Revolution will be using the Dual Tag timing chip. This chip has been invented and manufactured by our finish line production partner Dave Wamsley of Center Event.

In past seasons, timing chips have been purchased, built, and provided to racers at no charge. For the 2016 season, all chips will be distributed for $5 and are 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 can be purchased at the first race of the season. Easiest if you bring a five dollar bill.

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 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/2016/10/MFG_N40CX_Course_Map-2016.png

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

Food:

South Beach Cuisine will be serving Cuban inspired breakfast and 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 is followed.

Prizes:
The 1:55pm 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.

We will also have random prizes for riders during this start time from Snoqualmie Ice Cream.

Cash prizes for Cat 1/2 Men and Women will be award three-deep at all races in the series.

Brouwers Hot Lap
The Brouwers Hot Lap competition is scored on the second lap for two categories at each race. The fastest second lap or “hot lap” will be awarded a Brouwers Cafe Gift Card. Winners should stop by Customer Service to pick up their Brouwers Gift Card.

This week’s categories are:

Men 60+ Clydesdale

Winners of Brouwers Hot Laps at Magnuson Park Cross were:

Men 55+ – Bob Bautista
Cat 4 Men 45+ – Dan Scott

If you did not get your Brouwers Cafe Gift Certificate at Race #4 stop by Customer Service this week to pick it up.

Social Media:
The official social media hashtag for MFG Cyclocross 2016 will be #mfgcross. We love to see your experiences at the races so please tag it up.

Team Competition Instagram Photo Contest theme for this week is “This Isn’t Junk”.

Find us at:
www.facebook.com/mfgcyclcross
www.instagram.com/mfgcross
www.twitter.com/mfgcross

Tent Setup:

Here are the details for tent set up this Sunday at North 40 CX:
1. View Course Map for location, http://www.mfgcyclocross.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/MFG_N40CX_Course_Map-2016.png.
2. Tents must be loaded in by 8:00 am hard stop.
3. Tents will be placed on the north and south side of gravel road that is just south of the Start/Finish stretch.
4. This site is very compact so we request no support trailers or automobiles at this race in the Tent Area.
5. Tents will not be allowed in any other areas.

Sponsor Spotlight: The Cycling House

By | 2016, Cyclocross, Sponsor | No Comments

Facebook | Twitter | Instagram

Location: Tucson, AZ

The Cycling House was born out of cold Montana winters being training-prohibitive in the InterWest region.   The goal was to find a venue where the weather was great, the rain was non-existent, and the terrain was plentiful: namely, Tucson, Arizona.

The Cycling House takes a comprehensive approach to the concept of a training vacation by incorporating elements such as health, nutrition, and equipment along side great rides, amazing food, and first-class accommodations.

The Cycling House includes the following during each trip to their Tucson location:

  • 5 Nights/6 Days Accommodations (double occ.)
  • Airport Transfers to/from Tucson Airport (TUS)
  • 3 Chef Prepared Meals/Day
  • Bicycle Mechanic Support
  • Bike Build & Break Down
  • Ride Nutrition
  • All Shuttle to/from Rides

Add-on’s include:

  • Bike Rental
  • Massage Therapy

Why we like The Cycling House:

As if it wasn’t enough to provide amazing food and first-class accommodations, The Cycling House offers Power Tap demos, Garmin demos, brand-name nutrition, and high end bike rentals at a very affordable price.    What’s more, The Cycling House is dialed down to details such as all-natural shampoos, conditions, and soaps.   It’s the little details that count, right?

The Cycling House has been a proud sponsor of MFG Cyclocross for eight years now, and last year their week-long stay at the house was the first and most desired prize among the MFG category winners.    Ask Kempton Baker for details on his stay!

Five things you should know about The Cycling House:

  1. For 2017, there are TEN camps from which to choose.
  2. The Cycling House has one of the most organized trip matrices in the business!
  3. Trips start under $2000 for 6 days.
  4. Custom Camps are available.
  5. TCH president Owen G. raced for the Seattle-based Broadmark Capital Cycling Team, now Hagens Berman.

Race Report Magnuson Park Cross

By | 2016, Cyclocross | No Comments

Unlike the sunny east-coast, Seattle—and the Pacific Northwest in general—hosted the remnants of typhoon this weekend. The storm didn’t deliver the predicted winds, but it did bring plenty of rain, dropping off classic cyclocross conditions at Seattle’s Magnuson Park. The mostly flat course featured several sections that were beset by thick mud, slowing most riders on the traditionally fast course.

The Junior and Women’s beginner races received “The Treatment” this week, with the winners taking home pink MFG bags filled with race swag. Lara Rogers took top honors in the Women’s Beginner category. Walker Busken took the Junior Boys 2001/2002 category, Trey Trefry won Jr. Boys 2003/2004, and Joe Spranger was tops in the Jr Boys 2005/2007 category. In the Junior Girls category Juliann Vander Haegen won the 2001/2002; Callah M Robinson took the 2003/2004; Ryan Connolly the 2005/2006 and Tomas McIntosh won the Junior 2008/2009 category.

Magnuson Park Cross 2016 GWC-2663

The women’s race was animated by Monument Wheel Works Tricia Fleischer, Gina Estep (Group Health), and NWCX Project’s Shannon Mallory. The trio quickly distanced themselves from the rest of the women’s field, with Estep and Fleischer trading leads. Mallory would lose the pace at times, but always managed to catch back on. The tactical race was decided with two laps to go as the women came down the small off-camber descent. Estep got caught up in tape, and had to put her foot down. Fleischer took advantage of the small gap and put the hammer down escaping her competitors, crossing the line first with thirty seconds in hand.

Magnuson Park Cross 2016 GWC-2481

In the men’s race several riders tried to fill the void left by a missing Steven Ettinger and Fernando Riveros. With Recycled Cycles Rory Jack and Kona’s Spenser Paxson being the early instigators. Steve Fisher (McGovern Cycles – FSA CX) bided his time, before moving to the front and blowing the race apart with the hope of getting past the mechanicals that held him back at the Katie Blincoe Prestige. Fisher dominated, acing the course’s muddy sections, and gaining time on the long gravel climb along the back of the course. Paxson fought hard to keep Fisher close, finishing a mere three seconds down on the charging Fisher. Rory Jack would hang on to finish third.

Magnuson Park Cross 2016 GWC-8642

In two weeks MFG Cyclocross will return to LeMay Family Collection where riders will battle with two run steep run ups and technical descents. Last year’s race was battered by high winds, rain and mud. We can hope for some good cross conditions again this year.

Details for Magnuson Park Cross

By | 2016, Cyclocross | No Comments

Here are the details for Magnuson Park Cross, Sunday, October 16, 2016.

Directions & Parking:
We encourage transportation modes that are low to no impact to Magnuson Park for this race:
1. Riding to the venue via the Burke Gilman
2. Car-pooling with team mates
3. Taking the bus to the event

From Interstate 5, you can exit at either N.E. 45th Street (Exit #169) or N.E. 65th Street (Exit #171).

From the N.E. 45th Street exit, go east on 45th, past the University of Washington, and down the 45th Street ramp. Continue east past University Village Shopping Center. Bear left and continue about 2 miles. You will pass Seattle Children’s Hospital and Sand Point Village/Princeton Avenue.

From the I-5 N.E. 65th Street exit, head east approximately four miles on 65th (stay on the arterial!) until you have crossed Sand Point Way N.E. into the N.E. 65th Street entrance to Warren G. Magnuson Park.

From State Route 520 (SR520)
• Take the Montlake Boulevard exit (north) and continue north about 1 mile.
• Bear to the right as Montlake Boulevard becomes NE 45th Street, continue past University Village Shopping Center.
• Continue east through the NE 45th/Union Bay Place intersection. As the street bears to the left and north, it then becomes Sand Point Way NE.
• Continue on Sand Point Way NE about 2 miles, you will pass Seattle Children’s Hospital and Sand Point Village/Princeton Avenue.

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

Discounted pricing ends at Midnight Saturday, October 15, 2016.

Register Here:

https://www.webscorer.com/register?raceid=76578

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

If you registered online and already have a bib number and timing chip no need to visit the on-site registration.

ON-SITE REGISTRATION IS CASH, CHECK, or Visa/MasterCard

2016 Cyclocross Race Timing Chip Policy

For the 2016 cyclocross racing season, both MFG Cyclocross and Cross Revolution will be using the Dual Tag timing chip. This chip has been invented and manufactured by our finish line production partner Dave Wamsley of Center Event.

In past seasons, timing chips have been purchased, built, and provided to racers at no charge. For the 2016 season, all chips will be distributed for $5 and are 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 can be purchased at the first race of the season. Easiest if you bring a five dollar bill.

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 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/2016/10/2016-MFG_Magnuson_Course_Map.jpg

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

Food:
The 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:
The 1:15pm 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.

We will also have random prizes for riders during this start time from Deschutes and other sponsors.

Cash prizes for Cat 1/2 Men and Women will be award three-deep at all races in the series.

Brouwers Hot Lap
The Brouwers Hot Lap competition is scored on the second lap for two categories at each race. The fastest second lap or “hot lap” will be awarded a Brouwers Cafe Gift Card. Winners should stop by Customer Service to pick up their Brouwers Gift Card.

This week’s categories are:

Men 55+ Cat 4 Men 45+

Winners of Brouwers Hot Laps at Katie Blincoe Prestige were:

Cat 3 Men 35+ – Bob Bautista
Cat 3 Men 45+ – Chris Wood

If you did not get your Brouwers Cafe Gift Certificate at Race #3 stop by Customer Service this week to pick it up.

Social Media:
The official social media hashtag for MFG Cyclocross 2016 will be #mfgcross. We love to see your experiences at the races so please tag it up.

Team Competition Instagram Photo Contest theme for this week is “Team Pyramid”.

Find us at:
www.facebook.com/mfgcyclcross
www.instagram.com/mfgcross
www.twitter.com/mfgcross

Tent Setup:
Here are the details for tent set up this Sunday at Magnuson Park Cross:
1. View Course Map for location.
2. Tents must be loaded in by 8:00 am.
3. Tents will be placed on the west and east side of Lake Shore Drive running North from Course Crossing near the Cross Park Trail. We need a walking path left down the middle. Tents one deep on each side. If we overflow this area tents will go one deep along the south, west perimeter of Parking Lot E4 at the end of Lake Shore Drive.
4. Team cars that will at the venue all day can park in the center parking spots in Parking Lot E4 at the end of Lake Shore Drive.
5. No trailers or cars in line with tents this week. Team cars and trailers can be parked in center spots of Parking Lot E4 at the end of Lake Shore Drive. The front half of this lot will be used for the Vendor Expo. Cars will not be able to leave this lot until the final race is finished.
6. Tents will not be allowed in any other area.
7. Tent Setup in Seattle Parks:

A. Tents with blank tops can be set up for no fee (example: a blue tent)
B. Tents with club logos that do not promote a commercial licensed for-profit or not-profit organization can be set up for no fee (example: Soft Like Kitten’s tent).
C. Tents with logos promoting a commercial licensed for-profit or not-profit organization must pay a $50 fee for a single tent and a $200 fee for two to three tents (examples: Team Group Health’s or Team Audi’s tent). Payment for these tents will be collected by Zac Daab on site day of race.

Sponsor Spotlight: Nuun

By | 2016, Cyclocross, Sponsor | No Comments

cta-nuun-energy

MFG Sponsor: Nuun

Website: www.nuun.com

Twitter: @nuunhydration

Facebook: nuun

What Nuun does:

  • Nuun is a local Seattle company that pioneered the concept of an electrolyte tablet without all the sugars or plastic bottle waste. The company focuses on delivering optimal hydration for whatever activity you choose, leaving you to find energy from bars, or waffles!
  • Nuun is comprised of triathletes, runners, climbers, and cylcocross racers, so they are often out there racing with you.
  • The Nuun hydration tent is present at all MFG venues, with Nuun on tap to fill bottles and maintain proper hydration.

Why we like Nuun:

Nuun has been a MFG series sponsor from the start.   Perhaps more than any other vendor, Nuun has made a dedicated effort to staff a professional booth at nearly all MFG events, raced the days races, and help tear down at the end.   The crew at Nuun includes Tyler S. and Peter B. and has a very strong and positive presence at all MFG events.

Beyond the involvement of Tyler and Peter and MFG events, Nuun as a company is extremely involved in many outdoor events.  If you look at kits from racing teams around the Northwest, you’ll see the Nuun mark on the backside of many racers.   Call it branding, call it lifestyle:  one thing is for certain, Nuun is OUT in the field, doing great work.

Five things you should know about Nuun:

  1. The newly formulated Nuun Active uses monk fruit and a touch of stevia leaf extract to sweeten the experience.
  2. Nuun is effervescent so that it dissolves quickly, and does not clump on the bottom of your bottle.
  3. Nuun Energy has 40mg of green tea extract caffeine.
  4. Yes, Nuun is 100% gluten-free, dairy-free, and soy-free.
  5. Nuun sponsors elite running star Kara Goucher

 

Team Tents at Magnuson Park Cross

By | 2016, Cyclocross | No Comments

Here are the details for tent set up this Sunday at Magnuson Park Cross:

1. View Course Map for location.
2. Tents must be loaded in by 8:00 am.
3. Tents will be placed on the west and east side of Lake Shore Drive running North from Course Crossing near the Cross Park Trail. We need a walking path left down the middle. Tents one deep on each side. If we overflow this area tents will go one deep along the south, west perimeter of Parking Lot E4 at the end of Lake Shore Drive.
4. Team cars that will at the venue all day can park in the center parking spots in Parking Lot E4 at the end of Lake Shore Drive.
5. No trailers or cars in line with tents this week. Team cars and trailers can be parked in center spots of Parking Lot E4 at the end of Lake Shore Drive. The front half of this lot will be used for the Vendor Expo. Cars will not be able to leave this lot until the final race is finished.
6. Tents will not be allowed in any other area.
7. Tent Setup in Seattle Parks:

  • Tents with blank tops can be set up for no fee (example: a blue tent)
  • Tents with club logos that do not promote a commercial licensed for-profit or not-profit organization can be set up for no fee (example: Soft Like Kitten’s tent).
  • Tents with logos promoting a commercial licensed for-profit or not-profit organization must pay a $50 fee for a single tent and a $200 fee for two to three tents (examples: Team Group Health’s or Team Audi’s tent). Payment for these tents will be collected by Zac Daab on site day of race.

Katie Blincoe Prestige Race Report

By | 2016, Cyclocross | No Comments

This past Sunday was the third installment of the 2016 MFG Cyclocross season. Riders tackled a winding series of climbs and descents on the shores of Thornton A. Sullivan park for the Katie Blincoe Prestige. And of course there was the sand. Rain the day before gave the sand a firmer feeling, and kept the dust down for the early races, but soon the clouds cleared and the sun dried things out by the start of the late morning races. All of which made for a beautiful fall day in the Northwest.

Katie_Blincoe_Prestige_2016_GWC-7324

The 11:10 Races received “The Treatment” where Corbin Hudacek (Shuksan Velo Club) took top honors in the open Cat 3 race, with Brain Debronsky (Egencia) and Scott Villalon (SCCA/Starbucks Cycling) coming in second and third respectively. The Cat 3 35 + podium was Adam Worobec (SCCA/Starbucks) Greg Heath (Hodala!) and Sid Wray (Major Taylor Racing) The Cat 3 45 + podium supported the weight of Chris Wood (Ravena Capital), Carey Grumelot, and Max Kullaway (333Fab CX Factory Team. Anne-Marjie Rook (Nomi) stood tall in the women’s Single Speed Division, while Lea Stralka (Black Sheep Velo) and Jennifer Burtner came in second and third respectively.

Katie_Blincoe_Prestige_2016_GWC-7538

Monument Wheel Works Tricia Fleischer easily translated her skills on a mountain bike to her cross bike, quickly distancing her fellow competitors. NWCX Shannon Mallory, put in a strong effort, trying to keep Fleischer close, but she was always just a few turns behind. It didn’t take long before Fleischer was working her way through not only the lapped women riders, but men as well. She rode in a more conservative fashion than the week before at Moor Cross, deciding to skip a game of tag with course tape, but taking more careful lines didn’t seem to slow her down at all.

Katie_Blincoe_Prestige_2016_GWC-1389

Behind her, Monica Lloyd eventually overtook Mallory, finishing fifty-one seconds down on the charging Fleischer. Mallory put in strong ride, and held on for third place.

Katie_Blincoe_Prestige_2016_GWC-7542

The men started off fast and stuck together for a majority of the first lap, with Steven Ettinger (Ride biker Alliance p/b Focus) and Steve Fisher (McGovern Cycles – FSA CX) leading the group of nearly fifty men. There was a crash behind the pair as the racers charged the steep climb, that for a majority of the day had been a run up. Ettinger looked back, took stock of the situation and attacked. Fisher followed but was soon entering the pit with a puncture. That wasn’t the end of the problems for Fisher, who also suffered from a Di2 malfunction (Fisher would later say that he thought his battery had come disconnected.), and was stuck riding the rest of the race in his lowest gear combination.

Katie_Blincoe_Prestige_2016_GWC-7604

Fernando Riveros (Quarvi Imports/ Raleigh Bikes) took up the chase, as he has the last three weeks. Ettinger was uncatchable however, even lapping the entire women’s field. For a moment there both the men’s and women’s race leaders were racing side by side; an infrequent sight. Riveros would once again finish second and Kona’s Spencer Paxton rolled in third.

Katie_Blincoe_Prestige_2016_GWC-1414

The MFG Series takes a break next week, but is back on October 16th this time on the shores of Lake Washington, for Magnuson Park Cross. Where there might, possibly, be some rain, hopefully, maybe and the 1:15 races (Junior Girls and Boys) will receive age appropriate prizes for “The Treatment”.

Sponsor Spotlight: Vermarc Sportswear

By | 2016, Cyclocross, Sponsor | No Comments

29849588231_d0b5e9af17_z

(Photo: Geoffrey Crofoot)

cvs_esl_short_sleeve_f_1900_720_80_ffffff_s_canvasls_shirt-prr-km_f_1900_720_80_ffffff_s_canvaseq_prr_short_sleeves_f_1900_720_80_ffffff_s_canvasVermarc Sportswear is Belgian clothing company specializing in custom team wear for cycling.  Vermarc is the official custom teamwear sponsor for MFG Cyclocross.   Currently, elite series leaders Stephen Ettinger and Tricia Fleischer can be seen wearing the Vermarc leaders jerseys in 2016.  Perhaps the most visible place Vermarc team clothing is recognized is in the World Tour peleton on teams like Etixx-Quick Step, Telenet-Fidea Lions, and Lotto Soudal

Why we like Vermarc:

We have personally used Vermarc clothing since 2006.   The quality of sewing and fabric technology is second to none.   Vermarc offers 3 clothing collections for teams looking to do custom team wear:  ES.L (Essential Line), SP.L (Sport Line), and PR.R (Pro Racing Research)

Five things you should know about Vermarc:

  • You can purchase a variety of euro pro replica clothing directly from Vermarc USA here
  • The Pro Racing Research (PRR) line from Vermarc is the same exact clothing worn by the Telenet Fidea Lions cyclocross team.
  • Local cycling clubs can produce custom team wear with Vermarc USA here
  • If you like beer and cycling, Vermarc USA is running a special on beer themed jerseys here
  • Vermarc USA is run by the legendary Mr. Worthy of Boulder, CO.

Facebook:  Vermarc Sport

Twitter:  Vermarc Sport

Team Competition Standings After Moor Cross

By | 2016, Cyclocross | No Comments

Monument Wheelworks proves to be unstoppable in the team competition. Dyna not having it as they boost their likability on Instagram – who doesn’t want to see a bunch of guys in pink, right?

Standings

Tomorrow, the critical move is that selfie with Mr. Trombley.

Team Camp Photo from last week….

Get to Know Katie Blincoe

By | 2016, Cyclocross | No Comments

This Sunday, 10/2/16, we bring you the Katie Blincoe Prestige at Thornton A Sullivan park on Silver Lake. We fired a few questions at Katie this week so you could get to know one of the pioneers of PNW Cyclocross.

MFG Cyclocross: You have been one of the most influential female cross racers in the Northwest. Tell us about when you started racing, and when you stopped.

Katie Blincoe: Thank you so much for this honor. I started out road racing for the Greggs Greenlake Cycles team with a friend of mine Stephanie. She and I had met on a Young Life trip and she told me how she wanted to be a bike racer. I thought that sounded like a good idea so I just just jumped in alongside of what she was planning. In the year leading up to meeting Stephanie, ironically, I had had two different friends on two different occasions tell me that I would make a good bike racer and two of them actually even lent me their bikes.

Once Steffanie and I joined Greggs around 1992 and started doing team rides on the weekends I was hooked! That’s when I met Dan & Jackie Norton who taught me tons about bike racing.
After about 5 years of National road racing and local velodrome racing success, Dan found out that I had been a runner in college so he recruited me for cyclocross.

MFG: For many years, you raced on the Redline team with Ann Knapp. At times, the two of you seemed inseparable. Tell us about being teammates with Ann.

KB: I raced Cyclocross starting in 1996. Then in 1997-2000 with Redline and 2 years with Ann on the team. We laughed so much! Her corny humor and mine meshed well. Also, it was great to have a teammate who was always pushing to get to the next level. When we flew to Europe in 1999/2000 to race in the first ever Women’s Cyclocross World Cup races (and World Championships), I was so broke! Initially, when Ann talked to me about going to Europe to race, I said that I could not do it. Fortunately, she did not want to go without me! Ann bought my plane ticket there since Redline was not helping us other than providing two bikes/kits. We had a tremendous time in Europe. We were so well received, at each race the announcers would make a big deal of these two laughing women from the USA. It was such hard racing but so much fun to experience.

MFG: Do you see her much these days?

KB: Sadly I don’t see enough of Ann. We had a short reunion when she was pregnant and then again last year at the Jerry Baker memorial ride. Dale Knapp & Ann’s daughter is now 10, so time flies by too fast!! But, we are planning on starting a yearly reunion. Maybe at a bike race.

MFG: You’ve been on the Worlds Team a number of years. When you were going to Europe to race, what were you hoping to achieve? Did you go to those races thinking you could be competitive?

KB: Well, despite my great results and excellent experience in 1999, I actually didn’t make the Inaugural Women’s World Championship Team, but Ann did. All the rest were coaches choice and at that time the criteria were foggy. Some women who had raced on the National Road team were given the spots. I am glad now to see that the criteria are more clear and there’s more performance based choices that a rider earns.

Regardless, going to Europe was like walking into the unknown. I had heard so many rumors from some of the US guys that had gone the year before. They talked about how you get sick because the European cold virus is different. They talked about how you’re just dirt bagging and barely surviving over there. They also talked about never being able to get better than thirtieth-something place. Needless to say, I was pretty freaked out but also I knew that I would try my hardest.

In our first race in The Netherlands, Ann placed 2nd and I got 4th. After that, we were still afraid, but we at least got to be in the front 3 rows for the start! I had a few more 4th places, then 10th or 11th, then I got that crazy European cold virus and a fever ruined my last few races.

The best part of racing in Europe is that they would pay you to come to their race, which really helped us pay for the gas and rental van! Actually the best part was the party that surrounded the racing. Each male professional had a big bus full of their fan club members. The buses had their were painted in certain colors and the festivity around these rider fan clubs was fantastic. Whole towns would come out to see racers from their hometown. Every race was just a huge celebration scene with different bob bands playing. Lots of beer gardens. And people lined the whole race course several meters thick

MFG: The Super Cup was a staple in the US cross scene when you were racing. Tell us about your experience racing the Super Cup, and what you felt was done really well about that series?

KB: I really like the Super Cup series races because the courses were all very different and they had cool gear and cash prizes that helped me to upgrade my bike. I loved winning things! As far as the courses go, you never knew what it was going to be like which was fun. Also they would have a race on Saturday and Sunday to make your travel more worth the effort. I also love having new competitors to race with, I would get super nervous and go faster than normal.

I think my favorite was either San Jose because it was sunny and Philadelphia because my parents were able to come watch me race. My least was in Boulder, CO because we had about a foot and a half of snow the night before and it was about -10° out no one could get their shoes & pedals to connect. They cut the race down to 20 or 30 minutes for fear that our lungs and faces would freeze. The officials had heaters they were standing around. You had to stand on cardboard or your feet would just go numb.

The worst part about the Super Cup series is that you had to travel, traveling takes money so when Redline paid our way for a few years I was stoked!!

MFG: Many times beginner riders want to focus on learning how to get on and off the bike. Do you have an alternative tip or skill to practice beyond getting on and off the bike?

KB: I love practicing the on and off at speed going over obstacles. I think the least favorite is running up the hills! But, I think the most important thing is doing your intervals 2-3 times a week so that you can really get used to having your heart rate up to that lactic acid threshold. You have to be able to push through the pain. But you have to also not go too far or you will completely blow up like I did in 1996 at the national championship race.

I used to do sprint intervals once a week, plus longer hill or time trial style intervals that I also did once per week. Since I was older than most of my competitors (by at least 8 years) my recovery was not very good, so doing three sets of intervals in a week did not work for me. But if you are young, go do your intervals!

I also think it’s really important to run at least twice a week and to make sure you’re doing Hills or stairs. I did a lot of stair workouts over the years.

MFG: Now that you have been away from the sport for awhile, what do you notice about cyclocross in the modern era? Does it seem more similar than different? Does it seem faster? What sticks out?

KB: Cyclocross now is so much more popular. There are many people of all ages going out to race and there are altogether so many more women! YAY!. The fact that there’s that many women out there having fun and not being super crazy “Win or Quit” makes me open to coming out to race. In fact I bought a cyclocross bike last year hoping to race this year plus help some high schoolers learn how to race. But alas, I was gone too much in August and then got injured.

I love that some people are taking it seriously wanting to be nationally competitive & others not too seriously. I love that many people use cyclocross to stay fit and be outside. I miss that. I don’t miss all the bike/clothes cleaning off and hosing down, but it seems like everyone is having a great time. The races have a family friendly feel to them and a celebratory atmosphere which makes it fantastic. A favorite race for me was at the MFG Woodland Park a couple years ago, there was a gospel choir walking around the course singing! That was so cool, Now there are pros in the races like Tyler Farrar! Last year I saw Jenny Reed walking around the course cheering people on. She’s amazing, a Seattle grown former world & Olympic track champion.

I have to say too that I’m so impressed with the single speed racers. I don’t know how they do it. I love my gears.

All the racing looks faster to me! I can’t imagine being able to ride that hard anymore. What sticks out to me is that the courses have so much variety with good amount of hills//obstacles and challenges!

MFG: We see a lot of up and coming junior girls and U23 women riders having success around the US. Do you have an words of encouragement for local girls and women racing cyclocross?

KB: I love seeing more girls racing. and choosing a sport that isn’t popular like soccer. Bike racing can take you so many places in the world. So hang in there push hard get a coach and play other sports in the off-season so that you can keep your mind fresh. Stay you’ve got to be strong in the mental area.

MFG: What accomplishments are you most proud of?

KB: I’m most proud of my 3 National Championships, but mostly the one in Boston that my Masters group started back 30 seconds or a minute behind the Senior women and Juniors. I rode so hard but this time not going over my limit and also being better prepared, I managed to catch and pass all of the Juniors and Senior women landing a fifth place in their race and first place in my race!

I also feel super proud of the time I got top five placements in the Olympic trial races at the velodrome and on the road in the same year. At the track I had just flown into Philadelphia airport driven straight to the velodrome in Trexlertown and as I arrived I found out that I had 10 minutes before my first race started!! I borrowed a friends bike, helmet and shoes to race. The time was, good enough to get(I think in the kilo) me a fifth place! That’s crazy no warm-up not even writing on my own bike!

One other proud race moment was winning the Super Cup. I just put everything on the line and I was able to get enough points to win.