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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 Sat 8/29: This morning we set up the course and it is in great shape! After the rain of last night and a dry and very windy morning, the course is still pretty dry and hard-packed, but no dust anywhere and only a couple of puddles in a few potholes out in the back. Note that all solo categories will run the same course, including the extended loop in the far back of the farm (which we'll skip for the relay). It's a beautiful loop through lush fields of berries, corn, pumpkins, and what not. A true farm crit!
Get ready for the Kruger's Kermesse - CX Farm Crit & Bike Relay. This ever-popular off-road bike race will be staged on Sunday August 30, 2015 at Kruger's Farm in the beautiful countryside of Sauvie Island (just 20' from downtown Portland)!
Like last year, racers will have the choice between racing solo or as a 2-person relay team... or do both!
This race, which is open for racers of all ages and all abilities, is nothing like a road criterium, but rather feels like a fast and non-technical cyclocross race over hard-packed farm roads, featuring some potholes, some ruts, a sprinkle of gravel, and a couple grassy sections. However, everything will be 100% rideable (no barriers or dismounts). 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 the spring edition) and some of the great action shots from previous editions posted here, 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 - Clydesdale, Beginner Men, Junior Men 12-18, Women B/C, Master Women B 35+, Master Women 45+, Beginner Women, Junior Women 12-18 (45 min)
11:00am - Men B, Men C, Master Men B 35+, Master Men C 35+, Master Men 50+ (45 min)
11:45am - FREE Kiddie Race (Beginner 5 min, Expert 10 min)
Noon - Men A, Master Men A 35+, Singlespeed, Women A, Master Women A 35+ (45 min)
1:00pm - 2-Person Men Open, 2-Person Women Open, 2-Person Co-Ed Open, 2-Person Singlespeed, 2-Person Men 80+, 2-person Men 100+, 2-Person Junior (45 min)
2:00pm - Awards, Raffle & Good Times!
Awards & Prizes & Goodies:
- $300 cash purse for Men A & Women A (split based on # of pre-registrations in each category).
- Unique, custom medals for top 3 finishers in each solo category.
- Random "Belgian Primes" - courtesy of Hopworks Urban Brewing, Dave's Killer Bread and Bob's Red Mill - throughout the solo races and free post-awards raffle for all racers in attendance. Throughout the day, we'll be giving away more
than $1,500 worth of primes and prizes!
Volunteer and Race for FREE!
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.