Graand Kinetic Challenge
Sat. & Sun., July 15 & 16, 2017
Contact Kinetic Challenge
This is no ordinary race. Graand Kinetic Challenge teams are out
to prove that their sculpture is the best--best in
art, best in engineering, best in speed, best in pageantry, and
best all around!
Their biggest test is the race itself and what a course it is!
Racers must ride over 10 miles of city streets, over a man-made
sand dune, across 3000 feet of sun-dried, clay pasture, through 200
feet of deep, thick, sticky mud, and down 2 miles of the Willamette
River. All of this under pedal power with no help from their
friends (or spectators)!
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What is a kinetic sculpture?
Kinetic sculptures are moving works of
art, pedaled by human power over a rigorous, all-terrain course by
teams of fun-loving racers. These engineering marvels move in all
kinds of ingenious ways, sculpted into all sorts of fantastic
shapes--sea anemone, school bus, flying pink elephant, slice of
cheese, yellow submarine--everything imaginable! And the racers and
their pit crews are part of the art, decked out in costume and
trying to out-compete each other in the entertaining show they put
on for the spectators!
The teams consist of pilots, pit crew and the
entourage. Kinetic Pilots pedal the sculpture and steer, the pit
crew assists the pilots in transforming the vehicle for the various
elements and fixing mechanical issues, and the entourage is
the loyal group of friends and family providing support and more
fun to the teams. The teams give out "bribes" to the
judges, race committee members and of course the
adoring da Vinci Days fans.
Spectators are welcome to follow
the race on their bikes (please mind all traffic laws that apply).
Seeing these amazing and inspiring works of art and
engineering is a reminder that it's fun to get around
under pedal power!
In the competitions for speed, design,
artistry, and pageantry, there are great prizes donated by local
artists and businesses. Special recognition in all sorts of other
categories honors the spirit and dedication of racers with trophies
and prizes. For teams that complete the race under their
own power, there is the coveted Leo
The first rule of the Graand Kinetic Challenge is to have
Some of the rules are of special note to spectators.
Sculptures must carry the following equipment at all times during
- A flag, prominently waving in the breeze at all times, which
symbolizes an important aspect of the team's philosophy of life,
the universe, and everything.
- One copy of the final and official da Vinci Days Graand Kinetic
Challenge Rules in a water tight container.
- A whistle for every pilot while on the water for safety--as
required by the State of Oregon.
- A team song/chant demonstrating cunning rhyming technique,
utilizing the team name and the words da Vinci, kinetic and
Corvallis, to be performed on demand by the Judges.
- A thematically appropriate, comforting, and/or cuddly stuffed
animal, preferably bear-ish and of fabric composition.
Judging and awards are a big part of
the fun. On Saturday morning, teams run a gauntlet of Art and
Engineering judges and also perform their required team song.
Benton County Fairgrounds
9:00 AM -
GKC Art, Engineering & Pageantry Judging
The Lemans start of the road race at the Fairgrounds parking lot
gives a close-up view of the racers and their costumed pit crew and
entourage. After the road course along Campus Way headed toward
OSU, racers return to the sand dune obstacle at the Benton County
Fairgrounds. They then complete the course through fields and along
the multi-use path to the west to the finish line at Benton County
Benton County Fairgrounds
2:00 PM -
GKC Road Race & Dune Climb
Teams traverse 100 feet in thick, sticky mud before entering the
Willamette River for the last obstacle of the race.
Crystal Lake Sports Park
10:00 AM -
GKC Mud Bog
Racers enter the river at the Willamette Boat Landing between
12:00 -1:30 pm and exit at 1st & Tyler between 1
- 2:30 pm. Times are fluid. Return to Finish Line at Benton County
Fairgrounds. Course closes at 3 PM.
Crystal Lake Sports Park to 1st and Tyler
12:00 PM -
GKC River Race