We're so into Cyclocross that we made this special page for it. Also publish a Tumblr about Suffer Faces.

Trail Running in Sitka Alaska

While in Sitka and with cross season mostly over tried trail running in shoes Scott Sports sent me. Not a subject-matter expert in running (besides with a bike), what I noticed was they gripped with confidence across a variety of surfaces and were comfortable. See what Scott’s running pros have to say about them like Ian Sharman, while I figure out what to do with my hands… and hey a good portion on what I do on the bike is running on trails with a bike on my shoulder up stairs, so there’s that!

On the trails I almost exclusively use the T2 Kinabalu and this has got me through multiple 100-milers really effectively. The tougher the terrain is, the better, since it’s got the perfect balance of cushioning, flexibility and grip for the trails. I feel like I can run over technical, sharp rocks without worrying about hurting my feet, but it’s also fine for running on the short road sections that most long races have to incorporate at some point. – Ian Sharman.


And I enjoyed running by the Russian Blockhouse, a graveyard, Totem Park, and with Mt. Edgecumbe always in sight. See the photos from this video on G+ and listen to the Afrobeat tunes from Ayetoro on Bandcamp.

Enumclaw: Tractor Pull of a CX Race


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.


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.


UCI CX in the Pacific Northwest


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.


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.


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?!.

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