On October 8, the second stop of the 2016 Cascade Cyclocross Series saw 150 racers take on the soggy fields of the Northern State Recreation Area in Sedro Woolley, WA. Known for being a small town cyclocross production with a big heart, fun atmosphere, and great courses, the crew from Cascade Cross and Team Racepace developed a truly Belgian-level challenging track through old dilapidated barns, sweeping views of the Cascade foothills, and lots of deep mud.
Kona Endurance Team rider Spencer Paxson piloted his mud-devouring Private Jake to a commanding victory. “It’s hard to ask for more in a local race series where the community is so great, and where I can have an outlet to keep my skills sharp in the off season,” says Paxson, who regularly focuses on mountain bike events during the spring and summer.
“It may be a local series, but the population of resident elite-level athletes in Bellingham and Seattle makes every weekend a good, challenging race. Not to mention that the courses are wildly entertaining and challenging… in a good way! It’s also great to have friends come out and race – I can vouch for several friends who have now done their first ‘cross race because of the support that Kona provides at the races. It’s great to see more people catch the ‘cross bug.”
Indeed, Kona Bicycles has been flying the flag high at the series by providing neutral support and free Private Jake demo bikes.
Paxson has been building steam on his cyclocross campaign, with a 3rd and 2nd place finish at the last two MFG Cyclocross Series events in Seattle, and now a win at the Cascade Cross Series. Up next is the penultimate round of the hotly contested MFG Series in Tacoma, followed two weeks later by the MFG series finals “Woodland Park Grand Prix”. Meanwhile, the next stop on the Cascade Cross series takes place on November 5th in Ferndale, WA at the DeltaTech industrial park.
Thanks to Sarah Paxson for the photos. Follow Spencer on Instagram for racing updates and general nerdery.