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MFG Cyclocross Series 2019: Tacko Fall Buffet p/b MIIR
September 29 @ 8:30 am - 4:30 pm PDT
For the past few years, we have celebrated endemic and non-endemic heroes and named our Silver Lake race after a variety of athletes. For 2019, we honor one of the tallest humans on earth, Senegalese native Tacko Fall. Tacko stands 7 feet, 7 inches tall, weighs 311 pounds, and has a standing reach of 10 feet, 2 inches. Tacko played college basketball for the University of Central Florida, and signed a contract in 2019 with the Boston Celtics. We are inspired by Tacko Fall’s curiosity to come to the US as a 16 year old, his academic standing in college, and his underdog/un-drafted status as he enters the NBA.
You’ll need the every bit of a 7’7 athlete’s stride to run the hills, sand, more hills, more sand at Silver Lake. This venue demands a lot of muscle and technique. Numerous tricky turns with multiple lines to choose from. The sand is navigable to those with the speed and technique to master it. You might make up time on the hills, lose it in the sand and downhill…a very entertaining course.
#protip by Steve Fisher – “Break this one into small sections and attack each one with focus. Stay light on the front wheel through the sand pits and attack each climb.”
Categories are self-seeding. Sandbagging will not be tolerated. Riders are encouraged to choose the category that provides them the maximum challenge while allowing for them to be competitive.
Elite – Formally know as Cat 1/2. Regional & National Level riders.
Cat 3 – Intermediate
Cat 4 – CX beginner with experience in other cycling disciplines
Beginner – Someone with little or no racing experience in any cycling discipline.
It is suggested that any rider who finished in the top-5 of any Beginner race in 2018 ride in a Cat 4 category (Masters is ok) in 2019.
Masters – Age graded 35 and over (born 1985 or earlier). Combine your ability/experience with your age to chose a category i.e. over 45 beginner = Cat 4 Master 45+. For the 2019/2020 cyclocross season Master ages will be broken down by the following birth years: 1985 or earlier (35+), 1975 or earlier (45+), 1970 or earlier (50+), 1965 or earlier (55+) and 1960 or earlier (60+). Master Elite is open to any rider born 1985 or earlier.
Clydesdale – 200 lb plus riders. Your home scale weight in your skivvies.
Juniors – Will race grade level. Juniors will grouped as follows: High School, Middle School and Third-Fifth Grade for the 30 minute Junior Race. First and Second Grade will ride a one lap race on the race main course if their parents feel they have out grown the Little Kids Race. Races will be scored separately for Boys and Girls.
Races will be governed by USA Cycling rules for cyclocross, rider conduct, and equipment regulations. It is the rider’s responsibility to know these rules. All rules and regulations will be enforced by MFG Cyclocross staff. Helmets are required by rules in the USA Cycling rulebook.
-Mountain bikes are allowed.
-Forward facing bar ends are not allowed on any bikes.
-Singlespeed categories can be raced with zip ties on shifters (to prevent shifting).
-Feeding is allowed.
-Rule 1J5, regarding cycling jerseys, will not be used.
-Full Speed Ahead provides neutral support at each race. FSA’s neutral support program will offer free service, pit work, wheels, parts and general help. This includes race day emergency repairs and neutral wheels in the pits. Look for the FSA Sprinter Van and tent near the pits.
Start Order Procedure
The top sixteen riders in the series standings will be placed in the front two rows. From the 3rd row on, riders will be staged randomly. This order will be mixed up from race to race.
Event details subject to change; check event websites for details.