I snapped images from the start of the 11:15 race until about 2:00–and at least while I was spectating–the weather was merely cool and gray compared to last weeks’ rain and mud epic at Marymoor. This week’s post-race banter involved a widow-maker branch that caught a few racers off-guard, and difficult ruts that challenged even the top racer’s bike handling skills.
Woodland Park 2014 Scenes Flickr Gallery
Woodland Park 2014 11:15 Race Flickr Gallery
Woodland Park 2014 12:15 Race Flickr Gallery
Woodland Park 2014 1:00 Race Flickr Gallery
Woodland Park 2014 1:50 Race Flickr Gallery
Steve Fisher won this year’s Men’s Cat 1/2 series and Heidi Wood took the Women’s Cat 1/2 title.
Next up for MFG Cyclocross, and dubbed “The Waves for Water Cyclocross Collaboration,” is a full weekend of sanctioned UCI Category 2 racing the weekend of December 6th and 7th. Saturday’s race will be on the campus of Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, and Sunday’s race will be at Ft. Steilacoom Park in Lakewood. Registration is slated to open on USA Cycling’s website Wednesday November 12.
These additional races are possible through the help and continued motivation of Dean Burke of the Tacoma South Sound Sports Commission. USA Cycling, Micah Rice, and the UCI have also been helpful and accommodating. A friend of MFG’s is graciously funding the title sponsorship for the weekend. In exchange for his support, he has asked that the weekend bring awareness to and help support for Waves For Water.
Waves For Water is a non-profit with a simple mission: “Get clean water to every single person who needs it.” To date, Waves For Water has helped provide access to clean water to over 7,500,000 people.
Each race day will focus on bringing financial support to two Waves For Water projects: Project Liberia and Project Nepal. MFG says that the funds raised to positively impact these two nations will be a direct reflection of the financial participation from the Pacific Northwest’s cyclocross community.
In addition to donating at the Waves For Water web site, there is an option to donate during on-line race registration.
One of the Waves For Water mantras is, “Do What You Love and Help Along the Way.” The MFG staff identify with this philosophy of life and are excited to be able to provide a way for the cyclocross community do the same.