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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!
--- Update Mon 05/19 ---
THANKS to everyone who came out to Kruger's Farm yesterday to race, spectate and cheer!
Despite the overnight change in weather this weekend and the intermittent rain showers, the course rocked, the atmosphere was 100% Kruger's Farm, the relay was a blast, and the glory of winning, podiuming or just racing was totally earned.
Results of all solo and relay races have been posted on OBRA. If you have any questions or corrections, please email Chief Judge Kelli Schauer at email@example.com.
Ruckus Test Team racer Dan Gonzalez posted a bunch of photos of yesterday's races on flickr. If anyone has more great shots they like to share, feel free to send me the link (firstname.lastname@example.org) and I'll post them here.
The medals for top-3 finishers in all solo categories will be available for pick-up today (after 2pm) at the Hollywood Bike Gallery (5329 NE Sandy Boulevard, Portland, OR) or you can pick them up at the first race of the Portland Short Track Series.
Further, I like to thank:
- our title sponsor, Bike Gallery, for helping us putting on this fun event and for providing mechanical support;
- our other great sponsors: Hopworks Urban Brewing, Trek, Nossa Familia Coffee, Chris King, Portland Design Works, Showers Pass and Rip van Wafels;
- all volunteers and OBRA officials who did an amazing job setting up the course, getting people through registration, counting laps, marshaling around the course, and cleaning up, down to the last cone.
Last but not least, a major shout to Don Kruger and all the friendly folks over at Kruger's Farm. We are very fortunate to have farmers like Don who make their property available for unique bike races like these. Please support them by shopping at the farm market and their three city farm stands (in NE, SE and North Portland).
Before we gather back at Kruger's Farm on Sunday August 24 for an encore (and possibly a second summer Kermesse at another farm --- still finalizing the details), we're looking forward to seeing you all back a the Portland Short Track Series (starting two weeks from today) and the Six Hours of Mt Hood (Sunday, June 29).
|photo: Dan Gonzalez|
Get ready for the Kruger's Kermesse CX Farm Crit & Bike Relay brought to you by Bike Gallery. This ever-popular off-road bike race will be staged on Sunday May 18 2014 at Kruger's Farm in the beautiful countryside of Sauvie Island (just 20' from downtown Portland)!
To spice things up this year, 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 (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+, Master Men C 35+, Master Men 50+, Singlespeed, Clydesdale (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!
Advance Registration* Race Fees (per racer):
- Solo: $22 (Juniors: $10)
- Relay: $17 (Juniors: $10)
Solo & Relay Combo: $25 (Juniors: $13)
* Requires online registration by Fri 5/9.
Race fees after 5/9 and at the race: click here.
This is an OBRA sanctioned event. OBRA licenses (annual or 1-day) can be purchased when you pre-register online or at the race.
Like for all events at Kruger's Farm, there will be a $5/car "parking fee" to help support the farm.
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 and Rip van Wafels - 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 email@example.com. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.