Teams are limited to (2) riders per team. All teams will be competing to complete as many laps as possible within the time allowed.

Cruise The Blues General Information and Racer Divisions

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 27, 2016, the Palens will host their 13th annual Cruise the Blues festival. 

The general schedule of events, in the past, is as follows, although changes in weather or other happenings may alter these times on the day of the event.

 

 

Friday

7:00pm to 10:00pm

Open Riding On The Farm

8:00pm-11:00pm

Bonfire

All Night

Camping On The Farm

Saturday

Breakfast

7:00-12:00am

Farm Fresh Breakfast

7:30-10:00am

Open Registration

10:00-10:30am

Mandatory rider meeting (for all participants)

Racing

11am

Official Start of the Cruise The Blues Race!

4pm

Last Lap (All riders must have started their last lap)

6pm

Official Race Finish

7am-3pm

Concession Stand

Festival

5:30pm

Cruiz'n Kids Race (Please have racers register earlier in the day)

6:00pm

Farm Fresh BBQ Meal (must purchase meal ticket)

6:30pm

Awards ceremony

7:30 - 11 pm

Live Band

8:30pm

Bike and Costume Parade!

9:00pm

Musical Bikes!

9:30pm

Bike Sumo!

8:00pm-11 pm

Bonfire

All Night

Camping On The Farm

Sunday

7:00am - Noon Open ride on the farm



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. One 4 mile lap takes between 25 and 40 minutes to complete, depending on your abilities. Riders can race individually or as a team with 2 riders. Joy categories are divided by age:


SOLO MEN

SOLO WOMEN

MEN'S TEAMS - combined age

WOMEN'S TEAMS - combined age

COED TEAMS - combined age

5 - 15 years

5 - 15 years

30 Years and Under

30 Years and Under

30 Years and Under

16 - 30 years

16 - 30 years

31-60 Years

31-60 Years

31-60 Years

31 - 50 years

31 - 50 years

61-90 Years

61-90 Years

61-90 Years

51 years and older

51 years and older

91 Years and Over

91 Years and Over

91 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 9 miles of the Joy Course trail and adds on additional miles of timber, pasture, and cropland. There are three Glory categories. Teams are two person with no age breakdown.


SOLO RACERS

TEAM RACERS         TEAM RACERS

Open Men

Open Men                     Coed

Open Women

Open Women

Did we mention cash and prizes? Every year, we give away 50 trophies as well as $2,400 in cash. Here's how it works in the Glory Division:


SOLO MEN

SOLO WOMEN

MEN'S TEAMS

WOMEN'S TEAMS

1st Place: $300

1st Place: $300

1st Place: $300 / Team

1st Place: $300 / Team

2nd Place: $200

2nd Place: $200

2nd Place: $200 / Team

2nd Place: $200 / Team

3rd Place: $100

3rd Place: $100

3rd Place: $100 / Team

3rd Place: $100 / Team

The top finishers in both the Glory AND Joy Divisions walk away with trophies, smiles, and bragging rights. 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, but this has never been an issue due to fantastic attendance every year.

 

 

 

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