Woodland Park Cross- Success!

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Stopped by the final race in the MFG Cross series yesterday, held at Woodland Park. The occasional sprinkle, and cool weather made for a perfect cross day. I can’t express how pumped I am that Seattle has finally allowed a cross event to take place within the city limits. Woodland Park was a great park to host the event, and I hope that all that attended had a good time. I didn’t make it to the wrap party at Brouwer’s post race, but I’m sure it was a blast. I snapped a few photos and got to see Benny, though I missed his race. Cross racing is a great spectator sport, and Raleigh even had test bikes available if people wanted to get muddy.

My computer is in need of many updates, so I can’t see the posted results, but you can HERE

I hope that James, riding for uBRDO did well, he has been in the top of Men’s Cat 3 for this series. Good on ya.

If you attended, or even if you didn’t, but you are supportive of more races being held in Seattle City Parks, please let your voice be heard. For whatever reason, the supporters of these events are not as vocal as the few negative Nancy’s out there. So sing sweet songs from your rooftops to the City of Seattle – and let them know that you encourage them in working with local race promoters. You can email these folks at the Seattle Parks Department with your kudos:

timothy.gallagher@seattle.gov

christopher.williams@seattle.gov

tom.rasmussen@seattle.gov

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Outlier 4 Season OG Pants

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Outlier is now on their third iteration of their 4 Season OG pants in their effort to make the perfect pair of pants for on and off the bike.  I must say they look very nice.  I can’t tell if they have a gusseted crotch, which I am fond of when it comes to cycling specific clothing, though it may not be necessary when this Schoeller fabric is used.  It uses a “french seam” – I don’t know what that is, but the French are known for many things, like bread, kisses, and a little bike race that happens every year. The OG pants come in a variety of sizes, and they include a handy little reference card that breaks down how it will fit on your body- that’s nice if you can’t get into one of their retailers to try them on.  They fit similarly, but a little slimmer than Levis 501 jeans, so those that have tree stump legs like me might be left in the cold.  They have a 6 month return policy, and if you are just switching out size or color, return shipping is on them.

Outlier garments are what they describe as “Tailored performance clothing for cycling in the city”  I like the sound of that. Quality clothing does cost money, and these pants will run you $180.  They are made in New York City, which I think is wonderful.  Outlier seems to have a solid brand while maintaining ideals, designing and manufacturing from a community stand point.  I love to see US made products.  Keep it up Outlier!

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Oh my. Premium Rush.

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Major movies about bikes aren’t new, and they generally aren’t very good either. Inevitably, a movie about bikes will be met with much criticism from the cycling community. Especially a movie about a bike messenger. Especially if the movie is directed by the same man that wrote Jurassic Park, the new Indiana Jones, Spiderman, and many others. David Koepp is well known for his work as a screen writer and is breaking into the directing world with Premium Rush. A major budget action movie that according to Cinemablend:

The film centers on a bike messenger in New York City who is given an envelope with information that a dirty cop is desperate to claim. Think of it as 16 Blocks with Bruce Willis replaced by a twenty-something delivery boy and Mos Def replaced by a piece of paper.

Oh I’ll be there on opening night to see it to be sure, but I’m not going to hold my breath.

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Seen on Bikereviews.com and further on Cinemablend

An example of Hollywood’s “messenger” : Blond Ambition. Jessica Simpson as a bike messenger.

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Cyclocross Race in Woodland Park this SUNDAY!

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Seattle has shown some reluctance in allowing cyclocross racing within city limits. I don’t know why. Prudes. I guess. But this Saturday you’ll get a chance to see cross in all its wet and sloppy glory as MFG Cyclocross brings series race #6 to Woodland Park. You don’t want to miss it.

Come cheer, encourage, heckle, or berate your favorite riders as they kick ass and take names like they do up here in the Northwest. And just so you know, the Single Speed Cyclocross World Championships (SSCXWC) will be held in Seattle next year.

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Race Day Schedule (proposed)

Time Class Duration
9:30 Cat 4 Master Men 35+
Cat 4 Master Men 45+
Cat 4 Women
Jr Boys & Girls 13-14
30 min.
10:20 Cat 4 Men
Master Women
Single Speed Women
Jr Boys & Girls 15-16
40 min.
11:20 Cat 3 Master Men 35+
Cat 3 Master Men 45+
Cat 1/2 Women
Cat 3 Women
45 min.
12:10 Jr Boys & Girls 10-12
Little Kids Race
20 min.
12:30 Open Course
1:20 Cat 1/2 Men
Cat 1/2 Master Men 35+
Cat 1/2 Master Men 45+
60 min.
2:30 Cat 3 Men
Single Speed Men
Jr Boys & Girls 17-18
45 min.
3:30 Urban XC Trail Running RaceOpen Men
Open Women
5.5 km (2 laps of cyclocross course)

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Dekochari.

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Dekochari are customized bicycles in Japan, fashioned after Deko-toro decorated trucks.  Popular with the kids.  Bringing scraper bikes to the next level.

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See the Tony McNicol’s full set HERE

Thanks Mike D. for sending this my way.

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