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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 08-28-2013 -
THANKS to everyone who came out to Kruger's Farm last Sunday to race, spectate and cheer!
The course rocked, the weather gods added some interesting twists, the atmosphere was 100% Kruger's Farm, and the glory of winning, podiuming or just racing was totally earned. Don Kruger much liked watching the racers flying through his fields and he is already looking forward to our next rendez-vous at the farm:
The 8th edition of the Kruger's Crossing Cyclocross Classic (on Sunday, Nov 24... Mark your calendars!).
Here are some links to Sunday's results and photos:
- Final results have been posted on OBRA.
- Photo's by Leonard Johnson of HotFoot Photo (339 photos of all races and podiums)
- Photos by Matt Lasalla (Cat A race and some podium ladies)
- Photos by Nita Galambos & Craig Ruby
(all race heats, except Noon races)
Further, I like to thank:
- our title sponsor, Bike N Hike, for helping us putting on the event and providing mechanical support;
- our other great sponsors: Hopworks Urban Brewing, Nossa Familia Coffee, Chris King, Portland Design Works, Hammer Nutrition, Larabar and Food Should Taste Good;
- all volunteers and OBRA officials who made it all happen and did an amazing job setting up the course, getting people through registration, counting laps, marshaling around the course, tending to the inured, 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 attending their events (they have one last summer concert this Thursday and soon they'll shift into full Halloween pumpkin picking and corn maze mode) and by shopping at their farm store and city farm stands.
Again, thanks for helping us make Sunday's race such a fun one. We hope to see you back at the farm on November 24th!
PS: unclaimed medals (for top-3 in each category) will be available for pick-up at Bike N Hike (on SE Grant Ave), starting Thursday.
Get ready for an encore of the Kruger's Kermesse CX Farm Crit, the ever-popular off-road bike race, presented by Bike N Hike and staged at Kruger's Farm in the beautiful countryside of Sauvie Island (just 20' from downtown Portland). Sunday August 25th is the date to mark on your calendar, which - like in years past - will make for a perfect segway into the upcoming cyclocross season!
Note: this is NOT your usual road crit! The race - open for racers of all ages and all abilities - will probably feel 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 very similar - if not identical - to the spring edition) and some of the great action shots from the spring edition posted 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. Starting at Noon, local bluegrass musicians Eliot Chamberlain & Band will be performing live music. We'll have organic beer on tap and gourmet food (roasted corn, woodstove pizza, grilled burgers & ribs, 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 of the A races (around 2:15pm), we will wrap up the day with awards (for all categories) and a free raffle for all racers in attendance.
Note: due to logistical reasons, we won't be able to stage an all-for-fun team relay race after the Cat A races.
Men Open : Men A, Men B, Men C, Clydesdale, Singlespeed, Beginner Men
Master Men: Men A 35+, Men B 35+, Men C 35+, Men 50+
Women Open : Women A, Women B/C (combined), Beginner Women
Master Women: Women A 35+, Women B 35+, Women 45+
Juniors: Junior Men 12-18, Junior Women 12-18
10:00am - Women B/C, Master Women B 35+, Beginner Men, Master Women 45+, Beginner Women, Junior Men 12-18, Junior Women 12-18 (40 min)
11:00am - Men B, Men C, Singlespeed, Clydesdale (45 min)
11:45am - FREE Kiddie Race (Beginner 5 min, Expert 10 min)
Noon - Master Men B 35+, Master Men 50+, Master Men C 35+ (45 min)
1:00pm - Men A, Master Men A 35+, Women A, Master Women 35+ (45 min)
2:15pm - Awards, Raffle & Good Times!
Online (until 8/11): Juniors $10 - Adults $20
Online (8/12-8/16): Juniors $12 - Adults $22
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 summer 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 category.
- $300 worth of Bike N Hike gift certificates for top-3 finishers in Men A and Women A fields.
- Random "Belgian Primes" throughout all race heats!
- Free raffle for all racers.
Volunteer and Race for FREE!
We are in need of a few hands to help
on Sunday with parking marshaling 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 remaining volunteer slots will be filled on a first-come first-serve basis.
Just email Kris Schamp at firstname.lastname@example.org.