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News and Updates
Oct-17-2021
CONGRATULATIONS!
Good Morning Breeders,
 
Big Congratulations to the 13 birds on the drop yesterday on a fast 1743ypm (59.42mph)!
Arandas Loft got the number one spot in the loft...so a well deserved congratulations!  That first group of birds made all the right decisions yesterday!  It was a nice clean drop with the birds coming down from the heavens and trapping up quickly before the next group arrived. 
 
All the early birds came in from very high, so they definitely were able to find some good tailwinds yesterday.  Release was calm and I didn't see any real winds on the way home until about 60 miles from the loft and then it definitely picked up.  Only a few birds came off line of flight, so it didn't look like many over flew the loft.  
 
I do my best to give the birds the best chance to be successful and definitely prefer a headwind race.  This late in the season with all the smoke delays I have limited choices when it come to race days, so I will pick days that are clear and don't have rain and snow on the course or 40 mph tailwinds or headwinds.  This next week is going to be raining/snowing and blowing all along the course through Monday at this point in the forecast, so I do not have an idea on when the final will be yet.  
 
Big congratulations again to everyone that made some money yesterday.  These birds are doing great for me this year and over 2500 miles on them between racing and training!
 
Good Luck to everyone in the races!
 
Lucas
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Lucas Cramer
503-510-2661
 
Crooked River Challenge is a proud user of Primalac, Topigeon clocking system, and Ropa B
Oct-15-2021
300 MILE RACE UPDATE
Good Morning Breeders,
 
Tomorrow is looking like the best day weather and wind wise for the 300 mile race.  
 
Weather at release looks like it will be 40 degrees clear with 5-7mph wind out of the East North East.  Looks to be clear sunny skies the whole way home with birds encountering some tailwinds once they get into Oregon.  By the time they get home the weather is looking clear with a temperature of 75 degrees and a south wind of 5-7 mph.   
 
Tomorrow's race has the potential to be faster than I like but I will take what I can get this late in the season.  300 miles is a long ways so fingers crossed they have a good day!
 
Good Luck to everyone tomorrow.  300 mile payout has been posted.  Release video will be posted to FB as soon as I get good reception in the morning.
 
Lucas  
 
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Lucas Cramer
503-510-2661
 
Crooked River Challenge is a proud user of Primalac, Topigeon clocking system, and Ropa B
Oct-07-2021
250 MILE UPDATE
Good Afternoon Breeders,
 
Weather forecast is showing that Saturday is going to be the best day out of the next 7 days to have a good race.  Looks like clear sun along the entirety of the course and winds ranging from 5-15mph out of the North and West which are head and side winds.  I usually do not like to race on Saturday's but it looks like we really don't have much of a choice with the way the weather is looking.  It is currently raining near the release point... windy.com has some webcams in the NE of Nevada that are close to our 250 mile release.  Looks like rain/snow and high winds coming back to that area Sunday/Monday/Tuesday.
 
It was a chilly 27 degrees here at the loft this morning and the birds had a nice training toss from the 55 mile spot.  Appetites have been great with the cold temperatures and the birds look ready to go.  
 
Good Luck to everyone
 
Lucas
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Lucas Cramer
503-510-2661
 
Crooked River Challenge is a proud user of Primalac, Topigeon clocking system, and Ropa B
Oct-04-2021
250 MILE RACE UPDATE

Good Morning Breeders,

 
Birds are out enjoying a beautiful morning here at the loft.  
 
250 Mile Race update.  
Tuesday has tailwinds up to 40mph on the course so that is out.
Wednesday and Thursday are both showing rain/low clouds and high winds.
Friday and Sunday at this point could be an option.  I am keeping a close eye on the weather and winds.  Fingers crossed we can get one in later in the week.  I will not race on Saturdays due to clubs flying in the area.
 
Yesterdays toss from Pine Mountain saw the birds head straight home and then we had a coopers spook some of the birds off the loft.  When I arrived home there was flock that decided to fly for another few hours before they were brave enough to come down.  We are having lots of raptor activity this time of the year.
 
2021 Payout has been posted under Race Info tab on the website....subject to change if all checks do not clear.  Payout breakdown for 300 and 350 will not be posted until I have actual numbers of birds going to each race.  
 
837 birds x $450 = $376,650
         less 10%    =  -$37,665
             TOTAL    = $338,985 available 
Please double check my numbers and if there are any questions or inaccuracies please shoot me a message.  Refund checks were sent out last week for any paid bird that did not basket on the 200 mile race.
 
Hope this finds everyone well!
 
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Lucas Cramer
503-510-2661
 
Crooked River Challenge is a proud user of Primalac, Topigeon clocking system, and Ropa B
Sep-28-2021
200 MILE RACE TOMORROW
Good Afternoon Flyers,
 
Looks like tomorrow should be a good day for the 200 mile race.  The rain along the course yesterday looks to have improved air quality all along the course.  Weather tomorrow looks clear and sunny at release with 40 degree temperatures and wind out of the ENE 3-9MPH (side/shoulder wind).  Around the 100 mile station it looks as though the wind shifts to a tailwind out of the South 4-15mph.  Weather at the loft should be clear and sunny with a temperature around 62 degrees and a tailwind 5-15mph.  Tailwinds are not ideal but that is what we have to work with this week. 
 
Good Luck tomorrow and thank you all for getting your payments in.
 
Lucas
 
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Lucas Cramer
503-510-2661
 
Crooked River Challenge is a proud user of Primalac, Topigeon clocking system, and Ropa B
Sep-26-2021
HAPPY SUNDAY!
Good Afternoon Flyers,
 
Birds had a speedy toss from Pine Mountain this morning and there are a few late ones coming in this afternoon.  Weather/rain is coming, so we will not be racing the 200 tomorrow.  The next best day looks like Wednesday.  Unfortunately, it looks like there are tailwinds all week so it could be a faster race than I like to see.   
 
Thank you to everyone for getting those payments in. There is one bird listed under Crooked River Challenge that is available if anyone would like to enter that bird please let me know (no this bird was not bred by me).  You can click on the bird and see all past results.  
 
Payments are due before the first race!  Not day of or day after or next week.  I will not hold checks.  If your payment is not here I will post those birds available for purchase on Tuesday.  There are several electronic options to choose from, if you need it.  Zelle, Venmo, Paypal, Apple. Please make sure to get those electronic payments in by tomorrow.  Thank You!!!!
 
If you are not going to activate your birds please let me know.  
 
Birds are looking and handling great.  Appetites continue to be super and birds continue to receive Primalac and Ropa B in their water.  This group loves to fly and are all over the place on loft fly days which is great to see.
 
I hope everyone is having a great weekend.  Thank you all for the support and I wish everyone the best of luck in the coming races!
 
 
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Lucas Cramer
503-510-2661
 
Crooked River Challenge is a proud user of Primalac, Topigeon clocking system, and Ropa B
Sep-21-2021
ENTRY FEES DUE
Good Morning Breeders!
 
Beautiful 45 degree morning here at the loft with beautiful blue skies.  I love this time of year with the chilly nights and beautiful warm days.
 
Yesterday was a beautiful day for a race and the birds overall did really well from the 150 mile station.  Most of the birds arrived in great time.  Birds took off in the correct direction with no circling.  They must have gotten broken up at some point since the late birds have been coming from every direction.  The falcons are out in full force! 
 
Congratulations to Tian Loft for having the first bird in the clock!  Chafardon Racers took the first sprint spot followed by Peters and ALO Loft.  Congratulations to Jimmy Peters for taking the first average speed spot in the Spring Series, he was followed closely by AFL in the second position only being beat by 51 seconds :).  YMTN was able to clench the third position.  I like the sprint series and it is something I will continue next year.  
 
Entry Fees are now Due! $450 per bird all birds must be activated.
 
Any one having funds available from Sprint series may apply them to the main entry.  Activation is a two day race, so any birds returning today also need to be activated.  Please let me know if you are choosing to not activate your team so I can make them available to others for activating.  
 
As long as weather and smoke are good the first race will be next Monday and fees need to be here by then.
 
Money Orders and Checks work fine for me but need to be in the mail today.
Electronic options work great also.
Zelle, Venmo, Apply Pay please use my phone # 503-510-2661
Paypal email address is remarc80@gmail.com via friends and family/gift.
Please make sure you add a note to the transaction so I know where to apply if names are different.
 
Zelle Payment from "DAN COMPLETE HOME REMODELING INC"  
Please let me know where this payment of $1350 needs to be applied.
 
Give me a shout with any questions!!!
 
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Lucas Cramer
503-510-2661
 
Crooked River Challenge is a proud user of Primalac, Topigeon clocking system, and Ropa B
Sep-08-2021
SMOKE CONTINUES...
Good Afternoon Flyers,
 
The smoke continues to plague us here in Central Oregon.  I will continue to loft fly when I feel comfortable with the air quality and be back on the road when it clears up.
 
Activation fees are not due until after the 150 mile activation race and at this point I don't know when exactly that will be.  You are of course welcome to send them in early if you so choose.  Full refund issued immediately after the 200 mile race if your bird doesn't make it to the basket.
 
Birds are doing well and are receiving Ropa B Flight boost in the water for a few days to help with any smoke issues.  
 
Helpful apps that I use daily to track smoke/air quality/weather are BreezoMeter, AirVisual(IQAir), and Windy.
 
Take Care 
Lucas
 

 
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Lucas Cramer
503-510-2661
 
Crooked River Challenge is a proud user of Primalac, Topigeon clocking system, and Ropa B
Sep-01-2021
SPRINT PAYOUT
Good Afternoon Flyers,
 
Birds did great on the 86 mile trainer today from Fort Rock.  The weather was perfect with blue skies and  50 degrees at release and 60 when they got home.  Dead calm release and at home, but now we have a pretty good wind out of the north.  Looks like I am still out 26 birds, hopefully I will see them this afternoon 
 
Congratulation to Jimmy Peters for getting the first bird in the clock and the first prize in the sprint series.  AFL took the second spot and Morningside took 3rd in the sprint series.  Nice Job guys!
 
Spring Series Payout 136 birds entered.
136 birds = $13,600 less 10% = $12,240
 
Average Speed $6,120
1st $3,060
2nd $1,830
3rd $1,224
 
Each Race (4 races) $1,530 x 4 = $6,120
1st $765
2nd $459
3rd $306
 
I am hoping the smoke stays away and we can continue to train.  Good luck everyone and hope this finds everyone well!
 
Take Care
 
Lucas
 
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Lucas Cramer
503-510-2661
 
Crooked River Challenge is a proud user of Primalac, Topigeon clocking system, and Ropa B
Aug-27-2021

Good Morning Breeders,

 
Birds will be out enjoying a loft fly again this morning.  Smoke continues to be an issue along our course.  Good news is the birds are doing well and continue to loft fly great for me.  
 
Birds will be in tomorrow and then maybe out to loft fly again on Sunday.  I will be heading out to attempt a 100 mile running race of my own on Saturday, so I'm not sure I will be home in time to loft fly on Sunday morning.  I am shooting to get my race completed in under 24 hours! 
 
Next week I will do another mass release from 55 miles before the 86 miler, so there is still time to enter birds into the sprint series if you wish. 
 
Have a great weekend!
 
Lucas

 
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Lucas Cramer
503-510-2661
 
Crooked River Challenge is a proud user of Primalac, Topigeon clocking system, and Ropa B
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