Cross Border Clash

Many a great battle has been staged along boundary lines: the Mason-Dixon Line (Yankees v. Confederates), the Tug Fork river (Hatfields v. McCoys), the Columbia River (Sasquatch v. Unicorns). However, matters have been relatively peaceful along 49th parallel north (the exception being the Pig War of 1859) for a few centuries. That is, until NOW!

The cyclocross steam has been building on both the British Columbia and Washington sides of the Fourth Corner boundary for several years, and now all this tension is coming to a head right here in Whatcom County.

There will be many special elements this weekend including a Boundary Bay Brewery & Alaskan beer garden both days and killer course features including two sand pits, a custom cyclocross pumptrack set by the crew at Traitor Cycles, and of course the Clash Cup to be taken home by the weekend champion!

“They may take our Trader Joes, but they will never take our CLASH CUP!” ~ Billy "Slavecart" Wallace, Bellingham, WA

DeltaTech Industrial Park :: Ferndale, WA

Brought to you by Jack's Bicycle Center and Traitor Cycles on November 1st, 2014

Location and “bold new features” brought to you by Traitor Cycles and Transition Bikes.

Course building, day-of race mechanical support, Boundary Bay beer garden, and prizes for overall series brought to you by the Jack's Bicycle/Homegrown Racing team.

PRE-REGISTRATION: is optional and now open on

WAIVER: If you missed pre-reg or don't like that sort of thing and want to fill it out now, you can download it here.

NUMBERS: Pin them on your left side both days. If you have one from a previous 2013 race, bring it!

START PROCEDURE: Riders will be called up to the start line separated into two groups, Canucks and Yanks, and within those groups according to series overall standing (after the first two races in the series). A coin will be flipped to determine which country gets the inside/outside line into the hole shot corner (a Junior B rider will be flipped to determine if that coin is a Sacajawea or a Loonie).

CLASH CUP: At the end of the weekend, points will be tallied for each country based on their Top 3 finishing riders in each category according to our points system. The winning country will be awarded “The Cup” (pictured above) on Sunday, to be filled with the beverage of your choosing, emptied, then housed by that country's designated representative until the following year.

In the States, the 2012 victors, your trophy house is Donkelope Bikes.
In Canada, your trophy house would be Mighty Riders.

It is strongly suggested the host throw at least one after-party at their location during the remainder of the 'cross season so the award can be properly viewed and enjoyed.

(note: in the future, we would like to split up the double-header to hold one race on each side of the border. We have been in discussions with several promoters with nearby venues to the north that could make this a fantastic but fair challenge to both sides, but licensing requirements up north seem to keep the negotiations at a standstill)

FOOD VENDORS: We will welcome back the WAFL STOP truck on Saturday for your sweet & savory nourishment (sorry, they had a mechanical!), as well as the El Tapatio Taco Truck for a hearty, spicy meal this weekend.

HOST HOTEL: The newly opened SpringHill Suites Bellingham (Marriott) at the corner of Bakerview and Northwest are offering us group rates (good 'til Oct. 28th).

CAMPING: Yes. No facilities (other than portapotties). A nice, hard, level field of grass to park your RV or van upon, or tent it up!

THE COURSE: 2.25 miles of pavement, grass, a sand pit, some dirt jumps, and even singletrack trail. It plays well in both directions, so on Sunday we just reverse it! We'll be having a grand weekend out on Grandview near the offices of Traitor Cycles and Transition Bikes.

Here is the course map with all the amazing features and support you will find on race day. Driving directions are below.

Here is the same course as a Google map, which you can zoom out to see the general location.

Traitor Cycles
2641 Delta Ring Rd.
Ferndale, WA 98248

“DeltaTech: an environmentally responsible light industrial park”

DIRECTIONS: Take exit #266 on I-5 for Grandview Rd, which is north of Ferndale and south of Blaine. Head west on Grandview (left if coming from the south, right from the north).

Go through the first light at Portal Way and cross the railroad tracks. The next stoplight (aboot 1 click) is Vista Rd. Turn right, then turn immediately right again onto Delta Line Rd. which enters the industrial park.

PARKING: Please park on the right hand side of Delta Line Rd, Delta Ring Rd, or in the neighboring field space, as shown in the PDF above and indicated in the Google map above by Ps. Please watch out for cyclists warming up and/or racing!

DAYLIGHT SAVINGS ENDS on the Sunday of this weekend. This just means you have an extra hour to party on Saturday.

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