Woolley Cross

Thumbs up at Woolley Cross After taking a year off from this PNW classic, it will be the grand opening of Cascade Cross Series 2015! Paired with the CXR race in Arlington on Sunday, it should be an amazing weekend up north. The course we lay up for you is now a staple in the healthy, balanced dirt diet of any good PNW cyclocrosser. This is considered by many to be a classic course of the north. Epic conditions during its appearance in the Seattle CX series some years ago stamped the site firmly into the minds of many mud aficionados, and it has come through for the Cascade Cross Series ever since. We can count on plenty of fun & challenges again this year!

You will find yourself in the off-the-beaten path of the Northern State Recreation Area, just east of the town of Sedro Woolley on the Cascade Highway (Hwy 20).

Northern State Recreation Area :: Sedro Woolley, WA

Brought to you by the Collective on Sept 26, 2015

The race is on a 2 mile course; 10' wide on rolling grass & gravel with runups and barriers. Skagit County Parks maintains the Northern State Recreation Area trails for middle & high school cross country meets and frisbee golf. It looks smooth and fast, but wet conditions will quickly bog you down and have you wishing for an easier gear.

This is part of the old Northern State (mental) Hospital - pretty appropriate for cyclocross racing in our typical fall weather. Registration will be inside the old barn adjacent to the start & finish lines. Bring a trainer and you can warmup inside if the weather gets crazy-nasty.

DIRECTIONS: From I-5, take exit 230. Alternately, from the north (Bellingham), take the Cook Rd. exit to bypass Burlington. Head east on State Hwy. 20 for 8.6 miles. Turn left onto Helmick Road and go north for 0.4 miles, parking on left.


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--- Woolley Cross 2009 ---

Ben Rathkamp gets in deep

Craig Etheridge surfing the slop

Steve Fisher has a thick coating

Patrick Means (photos) and Ryan in mud-coated post-race bliss

--- Woolley Cross 2010 ---

Grated road climb back to barns

Muddy switchback

Frisbee golf run-up pitch

Racers and spectators at the start/finish barns

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