Every year the Chequamegon Fat Tire Festival’s limited race field sold out well in advance of the event weekend. This year was no different as the popular Chequamegon 40 filled 2,100 spots within weeks of the January 1, 2016 registration opening.
Using a bit of creative effort, those who missed out on the limited Chequamegon 40 spots may yet get a chance to ride in one of the nation’s greatest mountain biking events, as 50 reserved entry spots will be awarded to the winners of the 50 Ways to Ride the Chequamegon essay contest.
Contrary to the contest title, essays don’t have to list 50 individual reasons for wanting to ride. Submissions have taken the form of cycling stories, original songs, poems, drawings, parodies and even chunky crayon notes from children. All variety of expressions have been used to gain the judge’s favor. Your own personal pitch might site event history, race resume, bonding with family or friends, demographics, health considerations, advocacy efforts or any other reason.
Each submission is scored based on originality, creativity, humor, sincerity, special effort and a variety of other diverse factors. Competition for the reserved entry allotment is keen for the coveted fifty reserved registrations.
Essays must be legible, with a 500 word maximum (most are much less) and be postmarked to our PO Box address below or emailed to the Chequamegon office no later than July 1, 2016. If you are considering a three-dimensional submission please keep the size reasonable (nothing over 20 inches by 20 inches) and ship it to our office address below. Shortly after that date, submissions will be judged and winners selected. All those who entered the contest will be notified of the outcome by July 15, 2016.
Fifty slots will be reserved for the winners, and those not selected will be encouraged to join the spectator or volunteer fun at the Chequamegon event in the fall. The decision of the judges is final in this last-chance-at-an-entry-spot essay contest. All essays become property of the Chequamegon Fat Tire Festival, will not be returned and may be reproduced at some future date without notification.
If a shorter off-road adventure is more to your liking, there are still spaces available on a first-come, first-served basis in the Short and Fat 16-mile event. Register now before those short event spots are sold out.
Essay contest submissions should be mailed to: Chequamegon Fat Tire Festival, PO Box 267, Cable, Wisc., 54821 or emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org prior to the July 1, 2016 submission deadline.