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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 CX Farm Crit. This year, 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 can choose between racing solo for 45', together with a buddy for 90', or 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. We'll have organic beer on tap and gourmet food (roasted corn, grilled food, etc), catered by Kruger's Farm Market and their concession stands.
At 11:45am, we will stage two FREE kiddie races, one short loop around the concert lawn for the little ones and novice kids, and one full-lap race on the regular course for expert kiddie racers and U12 juniors. After our officials have tallied the results (around 2pm), we will wrap up the day with awards 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)
Noon - 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 (90 min)
2:00pm - Awards, Raffle & Good Times!
Online (until 5/9): Juniors $10 - Adults $22
Online (5/10-5/16): Juniors $12 - Adults $25
At the race: Juniors $15 - Adults $25
Second Race: $5
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:
- Unique, custom medals for top 3 finishers in each solo category.
- Random "Belgian Primes" throughout all race heats!
- Free raffle for all racers.
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.