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Cyclocross events get the green flag at KRP in August


Of the Keizertimes

On a night billed as a chance to look at future amenities for Keizer Rapids Park, an event for next month moved forward.

Jarod Seaman from Half Penny Cycling in Salem spoke at the Keizer Parks and Recreation Advisory Board on Tuesday for a second time, having also spoken to the board last month.

Seaman has proposed using a 1.5 mile course through the wooded section of KRP for a series of three events on three consecutive Monday nights in August.

The course is a mixture of pavement, gravel, grass, barriers and features a wooden staircase participants must climb with the bikes.

The Keizer Rapids Cross Twilight CX Series will start at 5:45 p.m. Aug. 11, 18 and 25.

Racing would wrap up around 7:30 p.m. each night.

“Everything is going well,” Seaman said of getting details put together. “Everything is on the calendar for the race.”

Seaman noted he talked with Bill Lawyer, Public Works director for Keizer, about the logistics of the event. He also indicated the Keizer CERT (Community Emergency Response Team) will be helping with parking.

Board member Richard Walsh asked what will be done to make sure children don’t wander onto the course during an event.

“It will be flagged off,” Seaman said. “We will use a small portion of the paved trails, but mostly the dirt trails. There will be signs up during and before the event.”

Lawyer said he understood from last month the Parks Board supported the event and wanted staff to figure out the details. Board members nodded that the understanding was correct.

“We had some questions,” Lawyer said, referring to a map of the course layout. “There are a few minor tweaks we need to make to this, but we can move forward and make it happen.”

As an example, Lawyer said the boat ramp parking can’t be reserved for the cyclocross event, as it has to stay open for boat ramp access.

“Jarod has good plans for pedestrians, who can still use the park safely,” Lawyer said. “I don’t see a lot of hurdles here.”

Board member Jason Bruster encouraged Seaman to let participants know of other events that could be going on at the same time, like disc golf.

“Disc golf and bikes don’t mix too well,” Bruster said.

Lawyer said his recommendation is that the disc golf course be closed those three nights.

“Disc golf is open the whole year, so (these three nights) shouldn’t be a big deal,” Parks Board chair Brandon Smith said.

Seaman noted large fliers will be posted on the kiosk near the trail and the course will be flagged off.

Walsh said occasional use of the trail could be a positive.

“Sporadic heavy use will actually help the course, help mat it down,” he said.

After a short discussion, Smith indicated there were no further concerns.

“I think we’re good,” he said.

The three nights will have different levels of races, with beginners starting at 5:45 p.m., including a youth race. The top level of riders will start their races at 6:55.

Registration will open at 5 p.m. each night. Entry fees will be $15 per night or $40 for the three nights. The top three finishers in the top race will receive cash prizes, with the winner getting $100.