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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!
UPDATES - SATURDAY 5/18:
Final call-up list will all 150 racers who pre-registered. Online registration has closed, but on-site registration will be open on Sunday from 8:30am until 15' before each race.
- Course update: Check out some photos of the course we took on Friday and the updated course map (note: we decided to reverse the course direction and run all races clockwise.)
- We still have a couple open slots for the Ultra Farm Team Relay! Just shoot an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with the list of racers on your team (minimum 4 racers).
- Local bluegrass band Max's Midnight Kitchen will be performing live on the concert lawn throughout the afternoon.
On Sunday May 19, Portland Racing and Bike N' Hike present the return of the Kruger's Kermesse Farm Crit, a fun and novel off-road bike race held at Kruger's Farm in the beautiful countryside of Sauvie Island (just 20' from downtown Portland).
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 2013 course will be very similar to the 2011 edition) and the 2011 race report by Oregon Cycling Action.
Throughout the afternoon and evening, 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 local, organic beer on tap, a live band and gourmet food (roasted corn, woodstove pizza, grilled burgers & ribs, etc), catered by Kruger's Farm Market and their concession stands.
At 2pm (after the end of the Cat A and Singlespeed races), we will stage our ever-popular Farm Team Relay Race, a fun and exciting 30' race on a super-compact farm crit course, featuring up to 20 teams of 4 to 10 racers and farm-appropriate exchange batons (think zucchinis, corn ears and other seasonal edibles grown at the farm!). Finally, we'll wrap up the day with awards (for all categories) and a free raffle for all racers in attendance.
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, 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 A 35+, Singlespeed (55 min)
2:15pm - Ultra Farm Team Relay Race (30 min)
2:45pm - Awards, Raffle & Good Times!
Online (until 5/5): Juniors $10 - Adults $20
Online (after 5/5): Juniors $12 - Adults $22
Online (after 5/15): Juniors $15 - Adults $25
At the race: Juniors $15 - Adults $25
Second Race: $5 / Team Relay: $10/team
This is an OBRA sanctioned event. OBRA licenses (annual or 1-day) can be purchased when you pre-register online or at the race.
Parking at the farm is FREE!
Awards & Prizes & Goodies:
- Custom medals for top 3 finishers in each category.
- $300 purse for Cat A Men and Cat A Women.
- Free raffle for all racers