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Doug and Tracey Palen own and operate Palen Family Farms located east of Tipton in North Central Kansas. Doug is a mountain bike enthusiast and has established private trails winding through the creeks, pastures, native grass, and croplands of the farm. On Saturday, August 26, 2017, the Palens will host their 14th annual Cruise the Blues mountain bike festival.

Schedule of Events

Friday Night

Trails open for riders, walkers, and runners!

Free camping!

Saturday

Dawn – 10:00am: Trails open for riders, walkers, and runners!

All Day: Free camping and pit row set up

7:30am – 10:00am: Walk-In Registration

9:00am – 5:00pm: Concession stand open, hosted by Tipton Catholic High School

10:00am: MANDATORY RIDER MEETING

11:00am: START OF RACE!!

4:00pm: ALL RIDERS MUST HAVE STARTED LAST LAP

5:30pm: Cruiz’n Kids Race.  Open to ages 3 to 12.  Please arrive early for registration.

6:00pm: Meal hosted by Tipton Catholic High School

6:30pm: Cruise the Blues awards and raffle drawings

7:30pm: Live music by local legends, The Victor Valley Varmints

8:30pm: Bicycle games and other two-wheeled silliness

Sunday

Trails are open until noon for riders, walkers, and runners!

RIDER DIVISIONS

Cruise The Blues is an event in which riders of any age or ability can participate. All riders start at 11:00am and continue to ride laps until 4pm. Participants complete as many or as few laps as they like. You simply check in at the end of each completed lap. There are two divisions for which riders can register and race:

The JOY DIVISION is for the racers riding for fun and good sport. The Joy course consists of 4 miles of trail winding primarily through the timber, pasture, and cropland of the farm. Its design is open and gently flowing, making it enjoyable for riders of any skill level. One 4 mile lap takes between 25 and 40 minutes to complete, depending on ability. Riders can race individually or as a team of two riders. Joy categories are divided by age.

JOY DIVISION

SOLO MENSOLO WOMEN
5 to 15 Years5 to 15 Years
16 to 30 Years16 to 30 Years
31 to 50 Years31 to 50 Years
51 Years and Over51 Years and Over
MEN'S TEAMS
Combined Ages
WOMEN'S TEAMS
Combined Ages
COED TEAMS
Combined Ages
30 Years and Under30 Years and Under30 Years and Under
31 to 60 Years31 to 60 Years31 to 60 Years
61 to 90 Years61 to 90 Years61 to 90 Years
91 Years and Over91 Years and Over91 Years and Over

The GLORY DIVISION appeals to the competitive riders seeking to go pedal to pedal against other contenders for cold hard cash. Riders can race individually or as a team. The 9 mile Glory Course includes 4 miles of the Joy Course trail and adds on additional miles of timber, pasture, and cropland. There are three Glory categories. Teams consist of two people with no age breakdown.

GLORY DIVISION

MEN SOLOWOMEN SOLO
OpenOpen
MEN'S TEAMSWOMEN'S TEAMSCOED TEAMS
OpenOpenOpen

Did we mention cash and prizes? Every year, we give away 50 trophies and medals as well as $2,400 in cash! The top three places in each Glory class win cold hard cash!

GLORY DIVISION CASH PRIZES

SOLO MENSOLO WOMEN
FIRST PLACE$300$300
SECOND PLACE$200$200
THIRD PLACE$100$100
MEN'S TEAMSWOMEN'S TEAMSCOED TEAMS
FIRST PLACE$300$300$300
SECOND PLACE$200$200$200
THIRD PLACE$100$100$100

 All registered participants are also eligible for our prize raffle for additional merchandise donated by our sponsors. Please note: Race promoters have the right to limit cash payouts in each category to a level that doesn’t exceed the total registration fees collected for that category.

Cruiz’n Kids

We encourage kids of all ages to participate in the fun at Cruise the Blues!  Saturday evening, we host a kids’ race called Cruiz’n Kids.  It is open to kids ages three to twelve.  Top three finishers in each age category win a medal and each participant can enter his or her name in a drawing for a youth Sun Bike, donated by Blue Hills Bikes in Osborne, or a little John Deer bike donated by Carrico Implement in Beloit.  Cruiz’n Kids usually starts about 5:30; please arrive early to get riders registered.