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Why is there a participation limit on the event?

       After the 1990 and 1991 events which presented extremely wet race day conditions, a decision was made in 1992 to self-impose a field limit cap on the participation for the cross country events.  At that time a limit of 2,500 was set. Since then the limit has been raised incrementally twice and today stands at 3,100 riders for the combined totals of the Chequamegon 40 & Short & Fat cross county events.

     Preservation of the race course trails is the foundation for the limit with the acknowledgment that those trails have a definite carrying capacity. Managing the safety concerns of 3,100 riders over the race course is another reason for the limit. In addition management for quality and not quantity means that the staff and volunteers maintain organizational sanity and have as much fun as participants.

     The net result is the consistent high quality of the Chequamegon experience for the participants, staff, volunteers and community.  Its a win-win-win for all involved.

Is there a waiting list for entries?

      While no-shows are anticipated, no waiting list is kept to fill the spots of participants who enter and decide to not show up. In fact, the event is traditionally over booked by a small percentage beyond the 3,100 person limit to take into account the customary no-show percentage.

How Do I get There?

Map of Cable Area
Approximate Driving Times

Minneapolis/St. Paul 3 hours
Duluth/Superior 1.5 hours
Green Bay 5 hours
Milwaukee 7 hours
Chicago 8 hours
Wausau 3 hours
Madison 6 hours
Rockford 7 hours
Dubuque 5 hours

Where can I find out about the off road trails?

The Chequamegon Area Mountain Bike Association (CAMBA) maintains a network of 300 plus miles of user friendly trails in southern Bayfield and northern Sawyer Counties.

Where do I find area lodging information?

Contact the Cable Area Chamber of Commerce the Hayward Area Chamber of Commerce or the Hayward Lakes Visitors & Convention Bureau for information about the lodging and other area events.

Event Contact Information?

Write: Chequamegon Fat Tire Festival, Inc. P.O. Box 267, Cable, WI 54821. Phone 715-798-3594 Fax 715-798-3595. When in the area stop by the new Chequamegon Festival office at 13460 Spruce Street in downtown Cable. E-Mail us a

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