A kermesse is a race based around a festival with foodstands, circus rides, and lots of cycling fans. In Belgium, there are several every week. Most kermesse courses are around 5km long, and we race many laps, so the spectators can have a decent show.
Often times the roads are narrow, sometimes as narrow as a bikepath, sometimes there are cobble sections and sometimes there is ''road furniture'' (they love this stuff over here) scattered around the course.
|Pretty wild decor hanging from the celing at the race registration spot. (Which is of course, a bar. It's a kermesse, afterall)|
|Sign in! A kermesse costs 10 Euros to enter, and 5 Euros are given back upon return of the race plate and bib number. A concept we don't use back in America.|
Today, I raced a 16 lap, 82km race with my Optum Pro Cycling presented by Kelly Benefit Strategies teammate Leah Kirchmann, and fellow Québécoise, Karol-Ann Canuel as a training in prepartion for the World Championships. We decided not to race in Team Canada kits, to stay off the radar.
|Karol-Ann, Lex, and Leah. -Bruno Forrestier|
|Lex Albrecht covering moves and taking care of business while Leah Kirchmann was off the front with another rider. -Bruno Forrestier|
|Lex going first through the corners, peloton trailing behind. -Bruno Forrestier|
|Leah Kirchman in second place at today's Kermess|