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Kermesse ~ 1. annual, local celebration, common in the area of Belgium and northern France, accompanied by feasting, dancing and sports of all kinds. ~ 2. (a.k.a. "kermiskoers") Belgian style summer bike race, staged during local kermesse festivities. Good times, on and off the course!
Get ready for the Kruger's Kermesse Encore - CX Farm Crit & Bike Relay. This ever-popular off-road bike race will be staged on Sunday August 24, 2014 at Kruger's Farm in the beautiful countryside of Sauvie Island (just 20' from downtown Portland)!
Like we did at the spring edition back in May, we are adding a 2-person team relay race option to the mix, so you will be able to choose between racing solo for 45', racing with a buddy for 60', or - even more fun - do both!
Note: While this race is called a farm crit, it is nothing like a road criterium. The race is open for racers of all ages and all abilities and feels more like a fast and non-technical cyclocross race over hard-packed farm roads, featuring some potholes, some ruts, a sprinkle of gravel, a bit of sand, and depending on the weather, possibly some mud. However, everything will be 100% rideable (no barriers or dismounts). Just think about it as Portland's mini-version of Paris-Roubaix, sans cobblestones. To get a better idea of what we're talking about, check out the course map & course preview video (the course will be the same or very similar to last year's edition) and some of the great action shots from last year's editions posted here, here, here, here and here.
Throughout the afternoon, racers and spectators will be able to kick back on the concert lawn, located behind the farm store, right next to the finish line. Kruger's Farm Market and their concession stands will be serving chili, salads and grilled sausages, but feel free to bring whatever you like to throw a little post-race farm picnic, while watching the racers fly by.
At 11:45am, we will stage two FREE kiddie races, one short loop around the concert lawn for the little ones and novice racers, and one full-lap race on the regular course for expert kiddie racers and Under-12 juniors. After our officials have tallied the results (around 2pm), we will wrap up the day with awards (for all solo categories) and a free raffle for all racers in attendance.
10:00am - Solo Women B/C, Master Women B 35+, Beginner Men, Master Women 45+, Beginner Women, Junior Men 12-18, Junior Women 12-18, Master Men 50+, Master Men C 35+, Clydesdale (45 min)
11:00am - Solo Men A, Master Men A 35+, Men B, Men C, Women A, Master Women A 35+, Master Men B 35+, Singlespeed (45 min)
11:45am - FREE Kiddie Race (Beginner 5 min, Expert 10 min)
12:15pm - 2-Person Men, 2-Person Women, 2-Person Co-Ed, 2-Person Singlespeed, 2-Person Men 80+, 2-Person Women 80+, 2-Person Co-Ed 80+, 2-Person Junior (60 min)
1:30pm - Awards, Raffle & Good Times!
Awards & Prizes & Goodies:
- $300 cash purse for Solo Men & Women A.
- Unique, custom medals for top 3 finishers in each solo category.
- Random "Belgian Primes" - courtesy of Hopworks Urban Brewing, Portland Design Works and Bob's Red Mill - throughout the solo races!
- Free raffle for all racers. Throughout the day, we'll be giving away more
than $2,000 worth of primes and prizes!
Volunteer and Race for FREE!
We are in need of volunteers to help
on Saturday with Set-Up and on Sunday with marshaling, lap-counting and the kiddie race. If you like to help us make it all happen (and have a great time while you're at it), just email Kris Schamp at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you volunteer for three or more 1-hour shifts, you will get a FREE race entry for yourself or a friend. All volunteer slots will be filled on a first-come first-serve basis.
Just email Kris Schamp at email@example.com.