A huge thank you to everyone who came out to compete in the 32nd annual Chequamegon Fat Tire Festival presented by Trek! Despite the course changes due to recent rainfall and blowdown trees, athletes still came out and gave it their all.
A special congratulations goes out to the top male and female finishers: Brian Matter (Team Wisconsin/Trek) who won his sixth title in 1:59:2.5 and Jenna Rinehart (Nicolett Bike/Specialized) winning her fifth tittle with a time of 2:10:16.9 on the Chequamegon 40 course that was shorted to 38 and a half miles.
Matter used his speed, smarts and the dozen or so years of Chequamegon experience, along with a dual-suspended 29er bike, to rail the final descent and outsprint Jeremiah Bishop (Sho-Air/Cannondale) who finished second in the male division and T.J. Woodruff (Momentum Endurance) who trailed Matter by 10 seconds to finish third. In the female division, Rinehart also used speed and experience to position herself in front of second place finisher and former champion, Sara Kylander-Johnson (Kuhl/Ski Hut), who trailed Rinehart by two minutes and Amber Markey (Madison, WI) finishing four and a half minutes behind Kylander-Johnson in third.
Brian and Kim Eppen (Mercy) won their 13th tandem title, finishing 26 overall in 2:05:01.2 despite a high speed crash descending into Martel’s Pothole to beat out the second place tandem team of Kevin Ishaug and Adam Froemming (Freewheeling) finishing in 2:08:25.9.
Josey Weik won the 16-mile Short & Fat on a cyclocross bike in 51:05.3, just 20 seconds ahead of second place finisher Fletcher Arlen (Wausau, WI) and Samuel Olson (Duluth, MN) who finished third with a time of 54:28.8. Stacy Kalemkiarian (Stillwater, MN) won the women’s Short & Fat in 1:0051.3 followed by Sophie St. Jacques (Minneapolis, MN) who finished second and third place finisher Kyra Jackson (Hayward, WI).