Chequamegon Fat Tire Festival
To enthusiastic off-road bicyclists from across the country, the annual trek to the Chequamegon (She-wa-me-gon) Fat Tire Festival presented by Trek means fat tire racing and fat tire fun. Each year in mid-September, thousands of fat tired fliers descend on the towns of Cable and Hayward in northwestern Wisconsin to take on the off road bicycle tests of endurance and agility offered throughout the weekend.
From the 27 cyclists who lined up to ride the unknown trails of the Chequamegon at the first Festival in 1983 to the sold-out, limited field that is currently chosen by random lottery, the Festival is one of the nation’s greatest grassroots events. The rolling glacial terrain of the area's forests provides point-to-point courses that are as beautiful as they are challenging. Combined with the congenial welcome of the Hayward and Cable communities who provide a tireless volunteer army, the support of Presenting Sponsor Trek and a cast of other generous sponsors, the Chequamegon Fat Tire Festival has earned its iconic rank in the sport today.
The event is promoted by Life Time Athletic Events of Chanhassen, Minn. Festival Director is Gary Crandall, who after riding in the inaugural 1983 event, has directed the event ever since. His key event staff brings hundreds of years of combined experience to the race weekend as well as nearly eight hundred community volunteers.