• Revised Race Day Schedule for MFG #5 – SCCA/Starbucks GP

    Due to scheduling conflicts at Marymoor Velodrome on November 2nd, we have made some welcomed and fun changes to the race day schedule for MFG #4, the SCCA/Starbucks GP. Full details are posted here:

    We have added a Beer Garden (permit pending) with net proceeds going to the Seattle Cancer Care Alliance and will be starting later in the day with the first race going off at 1:00 pm.

    A number of races will be racing under the lights of the Marymoor Velodrome that day. Please review the schedule as start times have been rearranged a bit from the standard MFG Cyclocross race day schedule. Also note clocks fall back one hour on November 2nd.

    • Posted October 13, 2014 by Terry B
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  • Team Standing After MFG Cyclocross #3

    Blue Rooster super at The Super Duper taking first place for the race and overtaking Alki-Rubicon for the overall lead in the Team Series Competition.  Hagens Bergman finishes strong in second place for the race and moving closer to the overall podium.  Alki-Rubicon is third for the race, dropping to second in the overall.

    • Posted October 13, 2014 by Terry B
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  • Sponsor Spotlight: The Cycling House


    MFG Sponsor:   The Cycling House


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    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 stay:

    • Fully Guided Rides
    • Great Accommodations
    • Vehicle Sag Support
    • Amazing Food
    • Coaching
    • Trail Running Guide
    • Hammer Nutrition Fuels
    • Bike Assembly/Breakdown
    • Transportation To/From Airport
    • Lap Swim Shuttles
    • WiFi Internet
    • Bike Handling / Descending Clinic
    • Massage Therapy Available*
    • Core Workout Sessions
    • Garmin Fitness Demos
    • Oakley Sunglass Demo
    • CycleOps PowerTap Demos
    • HED Demo Wheels

    *Sports massage available from a very experienced therapist at $70/hour

    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 FIVE years now, and their week-long stay at the house is always the most desired prize among the MFG category winners.  This year in 2014, there will be TWO chances to win the week-long stay.


    • Posted October 07, 2014 by Terry B
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  • Race Report from The Super Duper

    Everett, Washington’s Thorton A Sullivan Park played host to the thid stop on last year’s MFG Cyclocross Series. The venue change was a last minute one, done after heavy rains made a joint venture with the Cascade Cross series in Bellingham impossible (the impact of nearly a thousand people and two days of racing would have been too high). This year however was a different story.

    This time 870 racers made the trek north from Seattle for what is the third stop on the 2014 MFG calendar. A race dubbed “The Super Duper”, named in honor the on-the-field exploits of Mark Duper, a wider receiver with the Miami Dolphins from 1982 – 1992. The course featured plenty of short punchy climbs, fast and lose off-camber descents, a two stepped run up, that only the fittest (or those best at finding good traction) could ride, fun single track, and the return of the double beach.

    Last year’s women’s series winner, Kristen Kelsey (AXIOMHVAC-Voler-Cycle U), who won through six consistent performances but never found the top step of the podium, took control of this year’s race from Andi Zolton (Nemesis Racing) on the second lap on a long paved climb. Kelsey attacked on a paved climb expecting Zolton to hold her wheel. The course’s technical nature worked against those in the position of chase, allowing Kelsey to reach the podium’s top step with a fifty-six second advantage. Recent Chicago transplant Trica Fleischer (ABD Racing) finished off the podium some twenty-seconds behind Andi Zolton.

    Kristen Kelsey(AXIOMHVAC-Voler-Cycle U) put together a strong ride to earn the top spot, increasing her lead in the series standings. Photo: Geoffery Crofoot

    Kristen Kelsey(AXIOMHVAC-Voler-Cycle U) put together a strong ride to earn the top spot, increasing her lead in the series standings. Photo: Geoffery Crofoot

    The men’s race played out in contrast to last week’s race, where a flat fast course allowed a group of six to control the entire race. This week a small group hung together for the first two laps, with Raleigh-FSA teammates Adam McGrath and Steve Fisher leading the charge. Fisher soon broke away from his teammate and a main chase group that included last year’s main instigators Russell Stevenson (Trek Collective) and Toby Swanson (Ravenna Capitol Management) who missed the first two series stops. Fisher took the win with a forty-five second advantage over Swanson, with Adam McGrath taking third. Special shout out to Scott Funston (Rad Racing NW), who at the age fifteen finished fifth, less than a minute behind the Fisher.


    Fisher (Raliegh/FSA) dominated the men’s race. Photo: Robert Grunau


    • Posted October 07, 2014 by Terry B
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  • Sponsor Spotlight: Coal Headwear


    MFG Sponsor:   Coal Headwear


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    In 2002 Coal started as a labor of love in an apartment in Portland, Oregon. In Coal’s first year, they launched the brand with a vision for a quality headwear line inspired by friends and family—one that would be an outlet for our whole new take on the woolen, knit beanie. Coal was founded on the belief that headwear is more than an accessory.  It’s part of you, your identity, and your lifestyle.

    Why we like Coal Headwear

    Some many hats whether it is summer or winter. Great fabrics.

    Five things you should know about Coal Headwear:

    1. Their hats are available at Evo.
    2. They offer collections for Spring/Summer and Fall/Winter.
    3. They also offer scarfs and gloves.
    4. Coal has sponsored MFG for multiple seasons by outfitting podium winners in every category.
    5. Randy Salomon likes The Preston.
    • Posted October 04, 2014 by Terry B
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