This 16-mile mass start race/tour is the perfect introductory event for younger riders, those new to off-road cycling or those not ready to tackle the rigors of the Chequamegon 40. Each year, 1,000 participants are selected on a first-come, first-served basis to participate in this event on Saturday of Festival weekend.
Friday of race week
From 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. under the Telemark Big Top Tent at the finish line
Saturday of race week
Day-of bib pickup for the Short & Fat only from 8:00 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. at the Cable Community Center on County Hwy M in Cable
Included in your pickup envelope are your:
• Tyvek body number
–Use the safety pins to attach the body number to the lower left side of your jersey.
• Laminated handlebar number with timing tag (chip) attached on the back
–Attach the handlebar number with twist ties for viewing from the front.
–Do not fold your handlebar number because it will deactivate the timing tag.
The timing tag (chip) on your handlebar number is disposable and does not have to be returned. There is no strap or transponder to wear and return.
Starting on Randysek Road in Cable, WI, the Short & Fat race route utilizes forest roads, the American Birkebeiner Ski Trail and other backwoods paths on the way to the finish line at Telemark Resort.
The dynamic Short & Fat roll out from the start line presents racers with an unmatched beginning to their off-road adventure. For the safety of all riders, please follow these rollout safety tips:
Short & Fat start in downtown Cable
The first come first served 1000 rider field limit is open to riders 12 years of age and older on race day. Young and old alike line up on Cable’s Randysek Road for the 10:00 a.m. start. The excitement peaks as the gun sounds and the motor paced rollout moves downhill swiftly crossing the Namakagon, a National Wild and Scenic River. After about a mile of pavement, the trail tread turns to dirt and gravel, grass and sand with a bit of mud thrown in for good measure. The course profile levels and then begins an arduous four-mile climb that sorts out the race field.
Short & Fat lead group on Randysek Road
The long tiered climb draws the peloton out as the leaders make their first breaks, the chasers try to bridge the gap and the others just try to survive. At Camp 38 Road the race shares a portion of the Chequamegon 40 course, whose riders will pass after the Short & Fat racers are through. Camp 38 Road and Telemark Road that follow present an exciting three-mile, mostly downhill section and a bit of relief.
Climbing to Camp 38 Road in the Short & Fat
When the route turns back onto Timber Trail, the riders head west to tackle the rolling profile of the American Birkebeiner cross-country ski trail. The undulating hills in this section will test muscle, machine and mind as the miles to the finish tick off one at a time. Following the Birkie trail roller coaster ride, the track narrows at the power line as the racers enter the Telemark Resort ski trail system.
The final three miles to the finish line approach offer a fun, flowing ribbon of dirt. Once the gravel Nordmor Road behind Telemark Lodge is encountered, a long climb followed by a quick descent leads to the last long climb up the Christie Bowl on the back side of the Telemark ski area. The last half mile to the finish line is a rush as the riders try to beat the clock.
Three time Short & Fat champ Jake Richards
Winning time for the men in the Short & Fat is just over 50 minutes and for the women right at the one hour plus a couple of minutes range. Everyone finishes in less than three hours in this fun, off-road adventure. For the most part Short & Fat riders are able to finish, catch their breath and be on hand for the exciting finish of the Chequamegon 40.
Virtual course map
Check out our virtual course map — brought to you by Trail Genius — for a complete tour of the Chequamegon Fat Tire Festival course including video, GPS data, detailed terrain profiles and other key features to get you ready to rock the race.
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There are six start gates in the Short & Fat 16.
Individual rider start gates are automatically assigned using historical data automatically loaded into the registration database. For the Short & Fat 16 assignments, automatic gate assignments, for those riders having recent race history, will be made using the best of either 2016 or 2017 Short & Fat 16 times.
At the time of your application, everyone had the opportunity to request a preferred gate and provide, past results, a short race resume or other criteria to be considered in assigning a start gate.
Riders who do not have past Chequamegon event results and who did not provide a race resume for consideration will by default be placed in the last start gate.
The decision of the race officials is final. After you receive your start gate confirmation email up until September 1, you may request a gate review via our online race change portal at https://register.chronotrack.com/r/35426
Start gate time splits for the Short & Fat
• Start Gate 1: Race time less than or equal to 1:02:00
• Start Gate 2: Race time greater than or equal to 1:02:00 and less than 1:10:00
• Start Gate 3: Race time greater than or equal to 1:10:00 and less than 1:18:00
• Start Gate 4: Race time greater than or equal to 1:18:00 and less than 1:26:00
• Start Gate 5: Race time greater than or equal to 1:26:00 and less than 1:34:00
• Start Gate 6: Race time greater than or equal to 1:34:00
Placement in gates
Each participant’s start gate will be indicated on both their Tyvek body number and laminated handlebar number provided at bib pickup. You may not enter start gates with a lower number, however, you may enter a start gate with a higher number. Loading in assigned gates is on a first-come, first-served basis. Please show up early to load into your gate for best placement and to ensure you will get in your gate.
Your race time is calculated using a 10:00 a.m. gun start time. Your finish time will be determined by when your race number with transponder cross the finish line.
Important start gate protocol
Past year’s improvements in start gate layout and procedures have lessened race morning confusion on both the Chequamegon 40 and Short & Fat start lines. Prior to race morning, each participant is assigned a specific start gate. That gate assignment is printed on both the Tyvek body number and laminated handlebar number. At the start lines, the seven Chequamegon 40 gates and six Short & Fat start gates are clearly marked at the respective start lines.
Permission is granted from the City of Hayward and Town of Cable to close down Main Street for the Chequamegon 40 and Randysek Road for the Short & Fat events at 6 a.m. It is important that you do not lay down your bike on the streets in your start gate before the street closing officially goes into effect.
In both Hayward and Cable the start lines are in close proximity to fire departments and ambulance services. These essential services must be able to access their service areas via the customary roads. Since the official closures do not go into effect until 6 a.m., early morning local traffic is also inconvenienced with early bike lay downs.
Those arriving before the official street closing time can line up adjacent to their assigned start gate. At 6 a.m. riders can move their bikes into their assigned start gates and take a position on the street. At his discretion the start line chief may allow earlier line up. Prior to the gates opening, riders should line up with their bikes on the grassy areas adjacent to their start gate. Once open, access to the designated start gates will be allowed by specific race number only. Priority in each gate is available on a first-come, first-served basis.
We ask that all riders maintain order, be courteous and line up safely at the start lines. Rider entrance to each gate is via the clearly marked entrance at the back of the start gate. Do not climb over the sideline fencing. Help us maintain our valued municipal permissions by observing the posted bike lay down times and locations.
Ghost bikes at the start line
In Chequamegon start-line operations, the term “ghost bikes” refers to unattended placeholder bikes in the start line area. These ghost bikes fall into two basic categories: bikes WITHOUT RACE NUMBERS attached to them, and bikes WITH RACE NUMBERS attached. In either case, ghost bikes belong to registered participants who plan on returning to them just prior to the start.
Ghost bikes are left at the start line for a variety of reasons; while their riders are warming up, standing in the portable toilet line or perhaps having just one more cup of coffee before the start. In all cases the assumption is that riders have every intention of returning to the start line to claim or replace their ghost bikes just prior to the start.
As the start time approaches, if the owner does not return in a timely fashion, ghost bikes become a problem. For the safety of those in the start line up, please note our removal policy as it relates to ghost bikes:
At those specific times, the event’s Bandit Patrol volunteers will remove ghost bikes from the start area and place them in the marked impoundment area immediately adjacent to the start line. With this in mind, please plan your last-minute needs accordingly.
Riders who have their bikes removed from the start line will lose their start position and be required to re-enter their start gate at the back of the lineup. If you value your start line position, be sure you are with your race bikes by the posted times. The Chequamegon Fat Tire Festival is not responsible for bikes left unattended in the start gate area or bikes that have been removed from the start gate area.
Notification and request for reconsideration
Once start gate assignments have been made and you have been notified via confirmation email, you may request a further review for reassignment to another gate. The first group of gate assignment emails will be sent to all registered riders by June 1. Following that those who registered late with guaranteed entries will receive start gate assignment emails over the summer at regular intervals prior to September 1.
New in 2016, requests for additional start gate review can be made online HERE prior to September 1. All gate reconsideration requests will incur a nonrefundable $10 fee, payable online. The decision of the race officials is final. After September 1, no further start gate reconsiderations will be made. If you have any questions about start gate assignments please email email@example.com.
Bicycles left unattended in the start gates must have a valid race handlebar number attached to them by 9:30 a.m. and must be accompanied by their registered rider by 9:45 a.m. If you fail to meet these requirements your bike will be removed from the gate and placed in the bicycle impound area adjacent to the start line by the Bandit Patrol.
More than $30,000 in merchandise awards will be given away during the Festival weekend at the Saturday Awards Ceremony at 4:00 p.m. under the Big Top at the finish line.
The top 10 men and five women in the Short & Fat will receive a framed certificate of accomplishment and a merchandise prize for the high-place finish.
Award medallions and merchandise prizes will be awarded to the overall winner and top three places for men and women in each age/competition class. Competition classes include age class divisions, singlespeeds for men/women, fat bike category for men/women, tandem and mixed tandem.
Competition Classes for men & women
• 12 – 14
• 15 – 17
• 18 – 24
• 25 – 29
• 30 – 34
• 35 – 39
• 40 – 44
• 45 – 49
• 50 – 54
• 55 – 59
• 60 – 64
• 65 – 69
• 70 – 74
• 75 plus
• Mixed Tandems
• Singlespeeds M/W
• Fat Bike M/W
Each participant will receive a Chequamegon Fat Tire Festival T-shirt.
Chequamegon Fat Tire Festival, Inc.
P.O. Box 267
Cable, WI 54821.
13460 Spruce Street
Cable, WI 54821.
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