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Enumclaw: Tractor Pull of a CX Race

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Like a tractor pull in the slop

This is one CX race I was super upset to miss, but knew better with a nagging knee injury, and the expected conditions of MUD BOG. There’s a reason Enumclaw is nicknamed, the “claw” too. Cause it grabs at you, robbing speed, and sometimes throwing you down into the mud.

Peter from Woodinville Bicycle shared these photos and Michael Brazel had this to say on his Facebook:

The ENTIRE course was a slick, deep, muddy mess. ‘Tractor Pull’ conditions, 400 watts @ 4 mph. Any firm green grass that could be found was a blessing. I spent the entire hour searching for firm ground. Another small Single Speed A field. This time my start was not so good, last place chasing the group through the first lap. Then, as everybody settled in, I started pulling them back one by one. Midway through the race in 3rd place and the leaders still in sight I clipped a chain link fence and hit the deck hard. I took inventory to make sure all limbs were still pointing in the right direction, climbed back on continued my search for firm ground. Finished the race on the lead lap (thanks Russell Stevenson) and held onto my 3rd place for the day and series lead.

Well raced! I was icing my knee, while Brazel was searching for firm ground. The course was a two mile flat loop that I heard felt completely uphill with a 50+ft run up. Speeds ranged from 3 to 6.5 mph and in the elites, 10-min laps.

Epic as the claw always is. See the rest of the photos Peter shared on G+ and Flickr.

Urban Cyclocross Racing - Red Bull Velodux


Red Bull Velodux took CX racing to the next level, putting top notch racers against a technical off-road course, with an “all-things-go” attitude towards doing whatever it takes to inch past your opponent.

AND! A Lemans start. As we posted last month, it didn’t have the Red Bull sponsorship, but they were racing urban CX in 1943.

Another Weekend of Cross

Mark V single speed

Before racers pin their numbers on and line up, here’s a gallery of photos from Woodland, our fav race of the year in the Pacific Northwest. DBC Photography and Woodinville bike shop shared these with us, including Mark V and me racing single speeds. See the rest of the photos on G+ and Flickr.

This set up worked well. A 40T 130mm bcd ring swapped out for the 44T. 10sp rear wheels with SS spacer kits, and modified Salsa “Tuggnut” axle tug.

SSCX

Why is Woodland so good? I asked Matt from Crosssports…

It’s pretty simple. Location, atmosphere, course design, and occasionality are the essential elements for a special cross race, and WP scores pretty close to a 10 on all.

Indeed.

UCI CX in the Pacific Northwest

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Pro men racing

MFG Cyclocross has been so busy working on bringing the previously cancelled UCI race to the Pacific Northwest, they didn’t send out a press release, like they normally do before a big event.

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Pro women

Not unlike CX Worlds in Louisville that was bailed out by Papa Johns, the event was “saved” by a unnamed California who asked that participants donate to water charities. Here’s their Facebook announcing the dates of 12/6 - 7.

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.

Granting the Californian’s wish and with a big thank you, here’s what Waves for Water is about:

We work on the front-line to provide clean water to communities in need around the world. We work with world leaders and strategic partners who take a no-nonsense attitude toward making global change.


Sounds good to us; especially in the land of plentiful water. Been around the sport long enough to know the work, dedication, and effort these events require.

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And us amateurs

We’ll race that weekend and report from the big show. Here’s a selection of photos from past Starcrosseds (MFG’s previous UCI races) and who can forget Joey?!.

10 Things About MFG Cross and Starbucks GP

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A race report in the most Russell Stevenson-way possible…and yup, under #1 I missed it, choosing a long ride instead.

10 take aways from last nights MFG Cyclocross “Instant classic” Starbucks GP… GO

  1. If you missed it, you missed it. This was one to remember. Epic’esk conditions, record crowds, and flowing energy under every tent. People here really are crazy.
  2. You either love or hate these conditions. Most everyone I saw last night was a lover… and spreading it.
  3. If I were a dog I think i’d be a Labrador Greyhound mutt.
  4. Training is overrated, just motivate. Seriously, in a race like that, you could be the fittest, leanest, highest FTP around. Would it matter if you’re not psyched to get nasty, crash, and butt slide into course stakes?
  5. Ian Tubbs has arrived. Dude!?!?
  6. The right gear makes a big difference - see gear selection below.
  7. SRAM road CX1 in mud? - PASS
  8. Jason Miles is now an official pit boss, thanks buddy! What did you learn standing there in the gook all night?
  9. My family rocks. It’s pretty awesome having you’re lady and little grom yelling at you every lap. Thanks Nikole Rock! Love you
  10. Winning never gets old.

Gear and Bike Set-Up

  • Bike: 56cm Trek Cyclocross Collective Boone Disc w/ IsoSpeed. These machines are like soft tails with just enough give in the rear. I can sit it down through nasty corners and still there’s amazing punch and snap on exit. 16.3lbs of fun - game changer…again.
  • Wheels: Vision Metron 40 Tubular. These are as light and stiff as the next and twice as expensive hoops out there. Wider rims and heavier gauge spokes make em’ more stout than most. Love.
  • Tires: Clement Cycling PDX Tubular F/R @ 19/20 psi. Nothing better. B bike had slightly higher pressure and wow, I can tell. Go low… lower than you think.
  • Guts: SRAM Force CX1 Hydro disc. Last night was a big test for a guide-less chainring. PASS with flying colors. Bikes stopped and shifted well all night after only 2 pits.
  • Cockpit: FULL SPEED AHEAD K-Force 44 compact carbon bar and 90 stem. Anyone else see how many spacers I run underneath? HA! I once was quoted as saying “No carbon bits on CX bikes”. Well that was then…
  • Pedals: crankbrothers Candy 11. I prefer the Candy over the Egg’s simply because they are a little easier to locate. None-issue in mud and 100% rebuildable.
  • Shoes: The new new Bontrager XXX race shoe. For a full fledged carbon race shoes this thing runs well and holds up to the gook. Two Boa ratchets trump velcro hands down.

Photo: MFG Cyclocross

Like Russ said, aint cyclocross fun? It is and I’m anxious to get back out there.

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