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Cable, WI –                     For immediate release February 22, 2014

For further information contact:               Gary Crandall  cheqfat@lifetimefitness.com

 

Chequamegon Fat Tire Registration Lottery Closes March 15

 

              Only a few more days remain to join the online registration lottery for this year’s Chequamegon Fat Tire Festival.  On midnight March 15, the online application portal will close. The event entry spots are limited to a total of 3,100 for the race weekend’s main cross country events.  The Chequamegon 40 has a 2,100 rider cap and the Short and Fat 16 mile is topped at an even 1000 participants. Racers are selected via random lottery from all applications received.

             Participants hopeful of entry into either cross county event should visit the www.cheqfattire.com web site to sign up before the lottery application process closes. Shortly after the March 15 close of registration an electronic lottery drawing will take place to select the cross country event participants.  

             The thirty second running of the Chequamegon event, presented by Trek and produced by Life Time Fitness will be held over the September 12-14, 2014 weekend.  Applications for the event are taken exclusively online and participants are selected in the random lottery drawing from all the applications received.

              Following the registration lottery drawing, on or about April 1, confirmation Emails will be sent to those who have entered the drawing notifying them of the results. Those who are not selected in the registration lottery will be provided information on other ways they can participate in the 2014 Chequamegon event. Each year hundreds of entry submissions are denied when the event limit is reached via the lottery drawing.

              For complete details of the registration lottery procedure and other event information visit the Chequamegon Fat Tire Festival web page at www.cheqfattire.com . Direct all correspondence to CFTF, PO Box 267, Cable, WI 54821, 715-798-3594 or via Email to cheqfat@lifetimefitness.com .  If you find yourself in downtown Cable, stop by the event headquarters at 13460 Spruce Street.

 

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PR Contact: Gary Crandall – cheqfat@lifetimefitness.com 715-798-3594

 

FOR RELEASE

 

Chequamegon Fat Tire Festival to Open 2014 Registration Lottery Jan. 1

Festival and events will be held Sept. 12-14, 2014

 

              CABLE, Wisc. (Dec. 20, 2013) – New Year’s Day will kick off the Chequamegon Fat Tire Festival’s online registration lottery process for the coming year.  The thirty second running of the event, presented by Trek and produced by Life Time – The Healthy Way of Life Company, will be held Sept. 12-14, 2014.  Applications for the annual registration lottery will be accepted at www.cheqfattire.com beginning Jan. 1, 2014. 

              The race spots for the weekend’s main cross country events are limited to a total of 3,100 riders.  Split between 2,100 participants in the Chequamegon 40 and 1000 in the Short & Fat, the event sells out every year. Online applications will be taken from the launch date on January 1 to midnight on March 15, 2014.  Shortly after the March 15 close of registration, an electronic lottery drawing will take place to select the cross country event participants. Participants will be notified of their selection via email following the lottery drawing.

              Only those who are selected in the lottery drawing will be billed for the event’s entry fee.  A $5.00 registration lottery application fee will be charge to all who sign up with the total collected forwarded to the Chequamegon Area Mountain Bike Association to support their local trail advocacy.

               For complete details of the registration lottery procedure and other event information visit www.cheqfattire.com. Direct all correspondence to CFTF, PO Box 267, Cable, WI 54821, 715-798-3594 or via email to cheqfat@lifetimefitness.com.

 

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For release:  9-1-13                                                                                          

Cable, Wisconsin

Contact: Gary Crandall, cheqfat@lifetimefitness.com 

The 31st Chequamegon Fat Tire Festival presented by Trek will run Sept. 13-15, with the main events starting Saturday at 10 a.m.  Chanhassen, Minn. based Life Time Fitness produces the event.

A sold out field of 2100 riders will participate in the Chequamegon 40 which starts on Main Street in Hayward and finishes at Telemark Resort.  Another 1000 riders will start at the same time in downtown Cable and race 16 miles in the Short & Fat, which also finishes at Telemark.

              Riders can pick up bibs from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. under the Big Top Chequamegon tent on the Telemark Resort grounds on Friday, and both of Saturday’s races will finish in the Telemark stadium area just outside the tent.  The tent will also host the Sunday Funday events. 

             On Friday, the weekend starts at 1 p.m. with CAMBA (the Chequamegon Area Mountain Bike Association) trail tours at the Camp 38 trailhead off Telemark Road, south of Cable.   This is a chance to ride some of CAMBA’s new flow trails.  Sponsor and vendor expo as well as the pasta feast will be at 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday under the canvas.

            On Saturday, the Children’s Bicycle Parades in Cable and Hayward start at 9 a.m.

             Several top riders and former champions return for the main events – the Chequamegon 40 and the Short & Fat.  Four-time champion Brian Matter returns, hoping for an unprecedented fifth title.  He won in 2004, 2009, 2010 and 2011.  He will be challenged by Cole House who narrowly edged Matter in this year’s Ore to Shore event.  Alabama rider Michael Olheiser, second to Matter in 2011, comes to the race hungry and hopes to claim his first title.  Ageless three-time champion Steve Tilford from Topeka, Kan. will also factor in the race.  Former Radioshack rider Jason McCartney will be back and wants to improve his 2011 third place finish.  Former champ Jeff Hall has gotten back into the sport after several years’ absence and could surprise the field.  

            Minnesota rider and 2012 champion Jenna Rinehart returns to defend her title.  Her toughest competition may come from Arizona rider Chloe Woodruff.  Rinehart will also be chased by three-time champ Catherine Walberg, a Topeka, Kan. rider.  Don’t count out former champion Sara Kylander-Johnson either.  

             Both Brett Poulten and Ian Haupt, second and third in last year’s Short & Fat, hope to climb to the top spot on the podium this year.  In the women’s short race, second place finisher the last two years, Terra James, hopes she can win it in 2013.  Sixteen-year-old Keely Jackson of Hayward could challenge James. 

             The Rough Stuff Poker Ride, an bicycle orienteering race around the Telemark woods, highlights the Sunday events, starting at 9:00 a.m.  Day of registration is at the Big Top Chequamegon tent from 7:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m on Sunday. 

              Rounding out the weekend, the Sunday Funday events held at the Telemark Resort event site will put some fun into the fat with complimentary events for those over twelve.  New this year – Bicycle Bowling.  Folks can also try the Klunker Toss, Bicycle Limbo, Lumber Jack and Jill Log Pull, Flying Bunny Hop from 10:00 a.m.to 12:00 p.m.  A complimentary children’s bicycle rodeo will be held for those twelve and under.

CHILDREN’S EVENTS

The festival features several children’s events starting with bicycle parades in either Cable or Hayward.  Bike decoration starts at 8 a.m. and the parade begins at 9 a.m.  In Hayward, children should gather on the 200 block of Main Street, and in Cable at the fire hall behind the Old School Mall.  For all participants, there will be prizes, surprises and treats.

On Sunday, kids can ride in the Bicycle Rodeo at the base of Telemark ski hill.  Rodeo events include bike limbo, a bike relay, a log pull and an obstacle course. There will be a fun lap race for kids as well. The parade and rodeo are free and open to all kids under 12.  Helmets required.

 

2012 CHEQUAMEGON FAT TIRE FESTIVAL

RIDERS TO WATCH

Chequamegon 40 men

 

Jeff Hall: Foundry, Burnsville, Minn.  Former champion in both the Chequamegon 40 and Short & Fat.

Cole House: Cashcall Mortgage; Oneida, Wis; Second in 2009.

Brian Matter: RACC/Geargrinder; Sheboygan, Wis; 2004, 2009, 2010 and 2011

Chequamegon champion and course record holder.

Jason McCartney: Bissell; Coralville, Iowa; Third in 2011. 

Michael Olheiser: Cashcall Mortgage; Huntsville, Ala.  Second in 2011.

Steve Tilford: Trek/Tradewind Energy; Topeka, Kan; Won the race in 2000, 2001 and 2002.  Third in 2009.  At 53, he still shouldn’t be counted out.

Travis Woodruff: Momentum Endurance, Tucson, Ariz. Fourth in 2011.

Chequamegon 40 women

 

Sara Kylander-Johnson: Ski Hut/Kuhl; Duluth, Minn; 2006 champion.

Jenna Rinehart: Nicolett Bike/Specialized; Mankato, Minn; 2007, 2009, 2010 and 2012 champion.

Catherine Walberg: Kenda, Topeka, Kan; veteran who won in 1997, 2000 and

2001.  Third in 2009.

Chloe Woodruff: Crankbrothers; Tucson, Ariz.

Short & Fat men

 

Ian Haupt: Expo Racing; Whitefish Bay, Wis.  Second in 2011, third in 2012.

Jorden Poulten: Lake Forest, Ill.; Second in 2012.

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Short & Fat women

 

Keely Jackson: Hayward, Wis.

Terra James, Sweet N Salty Cycling, Minneapolis, Minn.  Second in 2011 and 2012.

Sophie St. Jacque, The Fix Studio, Minneapolis, Minn. Fourth in 2012


RACE ROAD CLOSURES

Forest roads will have limited access on Sept. 14 during the race from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.  Only permitted race vehicles, local residents and hunters will have access during this time.  Spectator traffic will not be allowed in the closed road area.

In the town of Spider Lake, Telemark Road/Spider Lake Fire Lane from Clear Lake Road north to the town line, Boedecker Road from the town line east to Spider Lake Fire Lane and Janet Road from the town line north to Boedecker Road will be closed.

In the town of Lenroot, Boedecker Road from Northern Lights Road east to the town line and Janet Road from Highway OO north to the town line will be closed.

The Spider Lake Fire Lane from Telemark Road south to the town line will be closed in the town of Cable.

Race support vehicles need a permit from race headquarters prior to race morning to use these closed roads.  Contact the Chequamegon office before race morning at cheqfat@cheqnet.net with details of rider receiving support, the support vehicle driver’s name and vehicle type.

These road closures will increase rider safety during the event.  Spectators using these roads need to be in place before 10:30 a.m.

NO PARKING RESTRICTIONS IN HAYWARD AND CABLE ON RACE MORNING

Hayward residents and visitors should take note the entire length of Main Street from Railroad Street to Wittwer Road will be a NO PARKING area from 6 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 14 for the start of the Chequamegon 40.

The city will barricade all intersecting side streets by 6 a.m.  The Sawyer County Sheriff’s office will allow passage across Main Street on Highway 63 and at Fifth Street until just before the start of the race at 10 a.m.   

In Cable, County Highway M near the Short & Fat start area, First Street east of First Avenue to Randysek Road and Randysek Road south of M will be posted no parking.  Also, do not park in the United Church of Christ lot next to the Short & Fat start line or the Trinity Lutheran Church at Spruce Street and Randysek.

 Do not leave vehicles in the local business lots during either race.

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Cable, Wis. – For release the week of Sept. 8-14
Contact: Gary Crandall, cheqfat@lifetimefitness.com 

Media Member:                                                                      Sept. 4, 2012

The 30th Chequamegon Fat Tire Festival sponsored by Trek will take place Sept. 14-16.  The event is produced by Life Time, The Healthy Way of Life Company.

Just as it has for the past 30 years, since the first Chequamegon Festival with 27 riders in 1983, the Chequamegon 40 will start in Hayward at 10 a.m. on Saturday Sept. 15.  This year, 1850 riders head north 40 miles to finish at Telemark Resort.  Meanwhile another 900 riders will start concurrently in downtown Cable in the 16-mile Short & Fat and also finish atTelemark.

            The Big Top Chequamegon tent outside of Telemark the Resort will once again shelter the weekend’s activities.  Riders can pick up bibsunder the canvas on Friday, and both of Saturday’s races will finish here.  The tent will also host the Sunday fun events.

             On Friday, the weekend starts with CAMBA (the Chequamegon Area Mountain Bike Association) trail tours at the Highway 00 trailhead in Seeley.  Under the tent at Telemark, bib pick-up runs from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.  The sponsor and vendor expo as well as the pasta feast will be at 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Telemark.

On Saturday, the Children’s Bicycle Parades in Cable and Hayward start at 9 a.m.

             Brian Matter returns to the 30th edition of the race, hoping for an unprecedented fifth title.  He has won the last three in a row, and the Sheboygan, Wisc. rider also won the Chequamegon 40 in 2004.  He will be challenged by Cole House who recently bested Matter in the Ore to Shore race in Marquette, Mich., a race similar to the Chequamegon 40.  Alabama rider Michael Olheiser, second to Matter in 2011, hopes to claim his first title.  Two-time champion Doug Swanson and three-time champion Steve Tilford from Topeka, Kan.willalso factor in the race.  Tristan Schouten, who trains with Matter and trailed him by just a few seconds in 2010, would like his first win as would T.J. Woodruff, fourth in 2011. 

             Like Matter, Lea Davison will race the Chequamegon 40, defending her 2011 title, her third.  She could become the first woman to win four races.  A Specialized-sponsored rider from Vermont, Davison placed 12th in the 2012 Olympic mountain bike race in London so she’s in good form.  Former champion and Minnesota rider Jenna Rinehart, second to Davison in 2011, hopes to climb back to the top spot in the podium.  Davisonwill be chased by three-time champ Catherine Walberg, a Topeka, Kan.rider.  Don’t count out former champion Sara Kylander-Johnson either or Chloe Woodruff, riding in her first Chequamegon.

Jordan Cullen is the clear favorite in the Short & Fat, after having won it by four minutes in 2011.  Several young riders will challenge Cullen in the 16-mile race, including last year’s runner up Ian Haupt and 2011 fourth place finisher Collin Kemmesat from Bismarck, N. D.In the women’s short race, last year’s second and third place riders, Terra James and Jeanne Fleck, look poised to move up a spot into first and second. 

            On Sunday, the Cable Crit-cross, a multi-lap cyclocross race at Telemark Resort, and the Rough Stuff Poker Ride, an orienteering race, highlight the day.  The RSPR begins at 9:00 a.m. and the Crit-cross starts at 10:00 a.m.  Registration is at the Big Tent.

            Rounding out the weekend, the Sunday Funday events will put some fun into the fat with complimentary events for those over twelve.  New this year – Bicycle Bowling.Folks can also try the Klunker Toss, Bicycle Limbo, Lumber Jack and Jill Log Pull, Flying Bunny Hop from 10:00 a.m.to 12:30 p.m.

CHILDREN’S EVENTS

            Lea Davison and Little Bellas are returning to Chequamegon Sept 14-16, and girls will have the option of riding one, two or three days.  The camp features bike game and rides that focus on both fun and skills.   For more information and to register, go to LittleBellas.com and click on the Chequamegon Camp under programs. Registration closes Sept. 7.

The festival features several children’s events starting with bicycle parades in either Cable or Hayward.  Bike decoration starts at 8 a.m. and the parade beginsat 9.  In Hayward, children should gather on the 200 block of Main Street, and in Cable at the fire hall behind the Old School Mall.  For all participants, there will be prizes, surprises and treats.

On Sunday, kids can ride in the Bicycle Rodeo at the base of Telemark ski hill.  Rodeo events include bike limbo, a bike relay, a log pull and an obstacle course.  The parade and rodeo are free and open to all kids under 12.  Helmets required.

2012 CHEQUAMEGON FAT TIRE FESTIVAL
RIDERS TO WATCH

Chequamegon 40 men

Cole House: Competitive Cyclist; Oneida, Wisc; Second in 2009.

Mark Lalonde: Madison, Wisc.  2011 Chequamegon 100 champ.

Brian Matter: Geargrinder; Sheboygan, Wisc; 2004, 2009, 2010 and 2011
Chequamegonchampion and course record holder.

Michael Olheiser: Competitive Cyclist;Huntsville, Ala.  Second in 2011.

Tristan Schouten: Plymouth, Wisc; Optimum; 2011 WORS champ.

Doug Swanson: Minnetonka, Minn. Two-time champ.

Steve Tilford: Trek/Shimano;Topeka, Kan; Won the race in 2000, 2001 and 2002.  Third in2009.  At 52, he still shouldn’t be counted out.

Travis Woodruff: Momentum Endurance, Tucson, Ariz.

Chequamegon 40 women

Lea Davison: Specialized; Jericho, Vt; 2008 and 2011 champion.  2012 USA
Olympic Team, 12th overall London Olympic MTB race.

Sara Kylander-Johnson: Trek; Duluth, Minn; 2006 champion.

Jenna Rinehart: Specialized; Mankato, Minn; 2007, 2009 and 2010 champion.

Catherine Walberg: Kenda, Topeka, Kan; veteran who won in 1997, 2000 and
2001.  Third in 2009.

Chloe Woodruff: Crankbrothers; Tucson, Ariz.

Short & Fat men

Myles Beach: Adventure 212/Specialized; Larsen, Wisc.

Jordan Cullen: Hudson, Wisc.  2011 Short & Fat champion.

Mark Frise: La Crosse, Wisc.  Former Cheq 40 champion.

Ian Haupt: Expo Racing; Whitefish Bay, Wisc.Second in 2011.

Short & Fat women

Jeanne Fleck: Proctor, Minn.  Third in 2011.

Terra James, Sweet N Salty Cycling, Minneapolis, Minn.Second in 2011.

Nicolette Reker: SPBRC; Little Canada, Minn.

Keeley Jackson: Hayward, Wisc.

RACE ROAD CLOSURES

Forest roads will have limited access on Sept. 15 during the race from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.  Only permitted race vehicles, local residents and bear hunters will have access during this time.

In the town of SpiderLake, Telemark Road/Spider Lake Fire Lane from Clear Lake Road north to the town line, Boedecker Road from the town line east to Spider Lake Fire Lane and Janet Road from the town line north to Boedecker Road will be closed.

In the town of Lenroot, Boedecker Road from Snowmobile Trail 22/Winding Pine intersection east to the town line and Janet Road from Highway OO north to the town line will be closed.

The Spider Lake Fire Lane from Telemark Road south to the town line will be closed in the town of Cable.

Race support vehicles need a permit from race headquarters prior to race morning to use these closed roads.  Contact the Chequamegon office before race morning at cheqfat@cheqnet.net with details of rider receiving support, the support vehicle driver’s name and vehicle type.

These road closures will increase rider safety during the event.  Spectators using these roads need to be in place before 10:30 a.m.

NO PARKING RESTRICTIONS IN HAYWARD ON RACE MORNING

Hayward resident and visitors should take note the entire length of Main Street from Railroad Street to Wittwer Road will be a NO PARKING area from 6 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 15 for the start of the Chequamegon 40.

The city will barricade all intersecting side streets by 6 a.m.  The Sawyer County Sheriff’s office will allow passage across Main Street on Highway 63 and at Fifth Street until just before the start of the race at 10 a.m.

Festival Contest Awards Race Spots

For release:  4-1-12                                                                                          

Cable, Wisconsin

With a random lottery drawn limit of 2,750 riders, hundreds of applicants will fall short in the Chequamegon Fat Tire Festival selection process. Shortly after the March 15 entry submission postmark deadline, race applicants will learn if they made it or not.  Those unlucky in the draw or late in the application process still have a chance to ride in the sold out September 14-16 cross county events.

The Chequamegon Festival which is sponsored by Trek and produced by Life Time Fitness will award fifty guaranteed reserved entries to the winners of the 50 Ways to Ride the Chequamegon essay contest.

In spite of the contest title, you do not need to list fifty individual reasons for wanting a race spot. Past contestants have submitted Chequamegon themed stories, songs, poems, drawings, parodies and even children’s chunky crayon notes. Submissions may be written, drawn, photographed, filmed and/or recorded. 

Past contest winners have used tales of personal relationships, lifestyle motivations, historical connections, advocacy efforts, competition goals, personal demographics, geographic location and countless other reasons to sway the contest judges. What ever the reason, the authors of the winning essays will receive a reserved race spot in the sold out event.

A multi-point scoring system is applied to each contest submission. Originality, creativity, humor, sincerity, special effort and other undisclosed factors will produce a total essay score. Contestants are advised to give it their best shot.  With hundreds of contest submissions, the competition is keen.

Essays must be legible, with a 500 word maximum (most are much less) and if three dimensional in nature be less than two foot by two foot in overall size.  All submissions must be postmarked, emailed or otherwise delivered to the Chequamegon office no later than July 1. After the submissions are judged, winners will be selected and all contest participants notified of the outcome by July 15.

Winners will get reserved entries. Those out of the winning column will be encouraged to join the spectator or volunteer fun over the Chequamegon event weekend. 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 further notification.

To be included in this year’s “50 Ways to Ride the Chequamegon” essay contest postmark your submission by July 1 to the Chequamegon Fat Tire Festival, PO Box 267, 13460 Spruce Street Cable, WI 54821. Emails are acceptable if received by that July 1 deadline at cheqfat@lifetimefitness.com.   

 

Chequamegon & Gu Team Up to Clean Up

For Release:       April 1, 2012     

Cable, WI

 

The Chequamegon Fat Tire Festival sponsored by Trek has a long standing sustainable and responsible trail use philosophy.  This commendable core value insures that the area trails are left in great shape for future rider’s enjoyment.  In support of this tread lightly focus, Gu Energy Labs returns to the 2012 event to sponsor the Gu Clean Up Crew. 

The GU Clean Up Crew will be on hand to see that what ever is inadvertently left behind when 2,750 riders pass is packed out and disposed of properly. You can be a part of this commendable trail advocacy assignment as a volunteer crew member. Sixteen volunteer crew members will be selected from those who best complete the statement, “I want to be on the GU Clean Up Crew because…”

Those interested in being considered for one of the crew spots should send in a short written statement to the Chequamegon race office postmarked by July 1. Team members will be selected from among the submissions received. All applicants will be notified of the crew selections by July 15. Before the event weekend draws near, those selected will receive further instructions about their specific race day clean up assignment. On race day, the crew members will be assigned one of three trail clean up sections insuring that the entire trail is left in good shape following the racer’s passing.

A job well done deserves an appreciative thank you. Each volunteer GU Crew member will receive an assortment of GU Energy Labs products including GU Energy Gel, GU Brew, GU Chomps and other GU premiums. In further recognition of the noble clean up efforts, each GU Crew member will receive a guaranteed Reserved Registration for the 2013 Chequamegon event.

This is a great opportunity to participate in a note worthy Chequamegon weekend effort to do something good for the trails. Join the GU Clean Up Crew, you will be glad you did.

Crew applications should be submitted in writing by the July 1 postmark deadline to: GU Clean Up Crew, PO Box 267, Cable, WI 54821 or you can email your submission to cheqfat@lifetimefitness.com .  The Chequamegon Fat Tire Festival is produced by Chanhassen, Minn. based Life Time Fitness (www.LifeTimeFitness.com ).

 

30th Chequamegon Fat Tire Dates Set in September

Cable, WI – For immediate release - December 1, 2011

Off road bicyclists from across the country and overseas will converge on Telemark Resort in Cable, Wisc. for the running of the historic 30th Annual Chequamegon Fat Tire Festival sponsored by Trek on September 14-16.  A sold out field of 2,750 riders will test muscles, minds and pedal powered machines in the nation’s largest mass start point-to-point off road bicycle event. The Chequamegon Fat Tire Festival is owned and produced by Chanhassen, Minn.-based Life Time Fitness.

The main event of the weekend, on Saturday, September 15, is the Chequamegon 40. The mass start roll out of 1,850 riders from Hayward’s Main Street at 10:00 a.m. is not to be missed. A select few elites will compete for the chance to be called champion, while the rest of the field is made up of citizen's class athletes in it for the adventure and personal challenge inherent in the forty mile off road journey. 

The Short & Fat, a 16-mile companion event, offers an additional 900 cyclists a shorter but challenging back woods cycling opportunity.  This rolling mass of cyclists will launch from Randysek Road in Cable at 10:00 a.m. Both events head cross-county utilizing a twisted maze of wooded trails to arrive at the Telemark Resort finish line in Cable.  A Children’s Bicycle Parade is held before the start of the racing excitement at both start lines on Saturday.

Registration for the cross country events is limited to 2,750 and selected via a random lottery in March.  Entry blanks for the event become available on line by the first part of February or by mail from individual requests.  To be eligible for the lottery drawing, entries must be completed and returned with payment prior to the March 15 postmark submission deadline.

On Sunday September 16 of the Chequamegon weekend, participants can enjoy several competitive and fun events.  At 9:00 a.m. the Rough Stuff Poker Ride, a bicycle orienteering event will kick off the Sunday events.  The Rough Stuff offers a timed competition and a fun for all poker ride division where fastest times and top poker hands win prizes.  The Cable Crit-Cross features hot laps on a fast track in a cyclocross dirt circuit beginning at 10:00 a.m. on Sunday.

Rounding out the weekend, the Sunday Funday Events are free, fat and family fun.  Consisting of a bicycle toss, log pull, bicycle limbo, hill climb and more, the Funday events are a great way to wrap up the event weekend.  A Children’s Bicycle Rodeo will also be held on Sunday at Telemark Resort in Cable. 

With a combination of fat tires, friends, family and fun it is not just a race, it’s a really great time. For more information about the event weekend contact:  Chequamegon Fat Tire Festival, Inc., PO Box 267, Cable, WI 54821, 715-798-3594, cheqfat@cheqnet.net or visit the event’s web page at www.cheqfattire.com.

End of Release 12-1-11

 

Cable,WI Sept. 17, 2011

For immediate release

Contact Gary Crandall cheqfat@cheqnet.net

Records Set in Chequamegon Events

Matter- Davison win 40 Miler

      Cullen - Ganju take Short & Fat

Cable, Wis.—Brian Matter (Gear Grinder) won his fourth Chequamegon Fat Tire Festival sponsored by Trek, becoming the first man to do so in the 29-year history of the race.  His time of 2:00:59.9 was nearly two minutes faster than the previous record in 2010.

The Sheboygan, Wis. rider did so despite strong rides from Radioshack and Garmin/Cervelo road professionals Jason McCartney and Christian Vande Velde.  “They set the tempo and blew everybody off the back,” said second place Michael Olhesier (Juwi Solar).  

McCartney kept the pressure on all race, driving the pace and whittling down the field in the first half of the race.  By mid-point in the 40-mile race, coming out of Martel’s Pothole, it was a five-man race among Matter, McCartney, Vande Velde, Travis Woodruff (Trek) and Alabaman Olheiser.  

By the Seeley Firetower climb the group had lost Woodruff, and with seven miles to go McCartney launched a serious attack.  “I drilled it up a hill and they came back,” he said, “and then (Vande Velde) went.”  The Garmin/Cervelo rider forged a nice gap over the remaining three riders.  “I felt like I was getting one twoed,” said Matter about the McCartney and Vande Velde attacks.

But it wasn’t to be Vande Velde’s day.  According to Matter, the chasing riders rounded a corner a mile or so later, and there was Vande Velde with a flat rear tire. 

Of the three left, Matter easily won the sprint over Olheiser and a cramping Jason McCartney, who crossed the line 20 seconds behind Matter.  Matter first won his first race in 2004 and followed with wins the last three consecutive years.

The women’s race was decided by a mud puddle.  Jenna Rinehart (Specialized) got off to a quick start and established an early lead, looking as though she would follow Matter and also grab her fourth title.  But 2008 champion Lea Davison (Specialized) worked her way up to Rinehart as the two approached Lake Helane.  “There’s only one mud puddle on the entire course, and I went through the middle of it,” Davison said. 

According to the Vermont rider, the mud was over her hubs but somehow she made it through upright.  Rinehart didn’t fare as well, however.  She bobbled, stopped and had to put her foot down in the muck.  She never saw Davison again, who put nearly four minutes into Rinehart, finishing in 2:17:31.  Rebecca Sauber (Trek 29er) nipped Diana McFadden (Trek Co-op) for third.  

Jordan Cullen of Hudson, Wis. destroyed the men’s Short & Fat field, finishing in 48:41.6.  He topped Ian Haupt of Whitefish Bay, Wis. by almost four minutes.  Nathan Labecki of Milwaukee was third.

The women’s Short & Fat race was a close one as Anna Ganju bested Terra James by six seconds.  Ganju finished in 58:07.1.  Jeanne Fleck was third.

Brain and Kim Eppen (Mercy/Specialized) continued to dominate the Chequamegon 40 tandem race.  The Iowa City, Iowa couple finished in 2:08:05.1, good for thirteenth overall.    

Sept. 18, 2011

For immediate release

Chequamegon Sunday Douses Competion

Cable, Wis.— Jake Richards (Maplelag) and Martha Flynn Kauth won the men’s and women’s edition of the 2011 Cable CritCross sponsored by Trek.  Richards won on a last lap pass of Joseph Maloney while Flynn Kauth led from start to finish in the four-lap race on a rain-soaked Sunday.

Joseph Maloney, who had the fastest time in the two-lap qualifying round (4:24.2), took the lead and held it until the bell lap when Richards passed him and jumped all of the barriers on the final lap while Maloney dismounted and ran the three obstacles. 

Maloney insisted that dismounting and running was faster.  “I just couldn’t get into my pedals.”  Mason Bacso was third, and Richard’s father Jay (Maplelag) was fourth to give Maplelag riders three of the top four spots. 

Martha Flynn Kauth rode a cyclocross bike to capture her first ever CritCross title over Kari Gates of Duluth, Minn. and Niki Soderberg of Rochester, Minn.  Flynn Kauth, a former in-line skater from St. Paul, is a relative newcomer to the sport of mountain biking and cyclocross, taking up the sport just two years ago. 

In the Rough Stuff Rendezvous, Maria Statz and Gerg Pattison won the timed orienteering race through the woods around Telemark Resort.  In the women’s division, Emily Osowski of Wisconsin Rapids, Wis. was just four seconds behind Statz, who finished in 1:07:06.4.  Susie McGinnity of Green Bay, Wis. was third.

Gregg Pattison of Lakeville, Minn. captured his first title in 1:06:05.3.  Tom Puzak won a close race for second over Neil Statz.

See www.itiming.com for complete results.

 

 

Cable, Wis. – For release the week of Sept. 10-16 

Contact: Gary Crandall, cheqfat@cheqnet.net 

2011 Chequamegon Fat Tire Festival Pre-Race Release

The 29th Chequamegon Fat Tire Festival sponsored by Trek is set to go on Sept. 16-18. 

As it has since the first Fat Tire Festival in 1983, the Chequamegon 40 will start on Main Street in Hayward at 10 a.m. on Saturday with over 1850 riders making their way through the dirt and mud 40 miles north to Telemark Resort.  Another 900 riders will compete in The Short & Fat, a 16-mile race starting in downtown Cable at the same time.  Both events will finish at the Big Top Chequamegon located at Telemark Resort.

With the reopening of Telemark Resort, Chequamegon activities will be buzzing around the historical lodge, although festival director Gary Crandall will still use the Big Top Chequamegon, an 80x160 foot tent set up outside the resort, for all of the race activity.  Crandall enjoyed the circus-like atmosphere under the large walled tent last year so the canvas is back.  The sponsor exposition, bag pick-up and concession sales will take place here. 

On Friday, the weekend starts with CAMBA (the Chequamegon Area Mountain Bike Association) trail tours at the Highway 00 trail head in Seeley, showcasing recently built singletrack there.  The Pasta Feast will be at 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. under the Big Top Chequamegon at Telemark.

Saturday’s races are preceded by Children’s Bicycle Parades in Cable and Hayward at 9 a.m.

The Chequamegon 40 and Short & Fat courses will again use the same routes as last year.  With the wet summer, some of the traditional mud holes have filled up, but even so Crandall expects another possible record in the long race set at just under two hours and three minutes by Brian Matter in 2009.

Brian Matter will return to defend his 2010 title.  The Sheboygan, Wis. rider also won the Chequamegon 40 in 2004, and he was a member of the US World Championship cyclocross team in 2008.  He will be challenged by two-time champion Doug Swanson and three-time champion Steve Tilford from Topeka, Kan.  Garmin-Cervelo professional rider Christian Vande Velde will also be a factor.  He finished 17th in this year’s Tour de France, the seventh Tour he has finished in his long career.  And expect a strong ride from Cole House, riding for SixOneSix Fabrications, who was just nipped at the line by Matter in 2009.  Tristan Schouten, who trailed Matter by just a few seconds last year in the race, is having a good year, leading WORS (Wisconsin Off-Road Series).

            

Like Matter, Jenna Rinehart will also return to defend her 2010 title in the Chequamegon 40, her third.  She will be chased by three-time champ Catherine Walberg, a Kenda sponsored rider from Topeka, Kan.  Rinehart’s biggest challenge might come from Sara Kylander-Johnson, a Trek/Kuhl-sponsored rider from Duluth, Minn.  Kylander-Johnson, who didn’t race in 2009, won the Chequamegon 40 in 2006 and is in top form this season having just won the Seeley Lions Pre-Fat event.  Lea Davison, riding for Specialized, is also in the race to try and repeat her overall win from 2008 and could give Rinehart trouble.

            

With three-time Short & Fat winner Jake Richards moving on to the Chequamegon 40, the field remains wide open.  A trio of young riders look promising – Myles Beach, Ian Haupt and local Cable, Wis. rider Dakota Dale. In the women’s short race, Anna Ganju returns to defend her 2010 victory.  The New Berlin, Wis. Riders will face challenges from track rider Terra James and Little Canada, Minn. sisters Nicolette and Zoe Reker. 

            

On Sunday, the Cable Crit-cross, a multi-lap cyclocross race at Telemark Resort, and the Rough Stuff Poker Ride, an orienteering race, highlight the day.  The RSPR begins at 9:00 a.m. and the Crit-cross starts at 10:00 a.m.

Rounding out the weekend, the Sunday Funday events will put some fun into the fat with complimentary events for those over twelve.  Folks can try the Klunker Toss, Bicycle Limbo, Lumber Jack and Jill Log Pull, Flying Bunny Hop from 10:00 a.m.to 12:30 p.m.

CHILDREN’S EVENTS

On Saturday, kids can ride in bicycle parades in either Cable or Hayward.  Bike decoration starts at 8 a.m. and the parade rolls out at 9 a.m.  In Hayward, children should gather on the 200 block of Main Street, and in Cable at the fire hall behind the Old School Mall.

The Chequamegon Fat Tire Festival will provide balloons and streamers, but kids can also decorate their bikes before the event.  Expect prizes, surprises and treats.

On Sunday from 10:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., kids can ride in the Bicycle Rodeo at the base of Telemark ski hill at Telemark Resort.  The rodeo includes a bike limbo, a bike relay, a log pull and an obstacle course.  The parade and rodeo are free and open to all kids under 12.  Helmets are required.

 

2011 CHEQUAMEGON FAT TIRE FESTIVAL

RIDERS TO WATCH

Chequamegon 40 men

 

Nathan Guerra, Wheel & Sprocket, Oconomowoc, Wis.

Cole House: SixOneSix Fabrications; Oneida, Wis; 2nd in 2009.

Pat Lemieux: Kenda/Geargrinder; St. Paul, Minn.

Brian Matter: Geargrinder; Sheboygan, Wis; 2004, 2009 and 2010 Chequamegon

champion, course record holder.

 Doug Swanson: Grandstay; Minnetonka, Minn. 

Steve Tilford: Tradewind Energy, Topeka, Kan; Won the race in 2000, 2001 and 2002.  Third in 2009.

Tristan Schouten: Plymouth, Wis; Mafia/Felt; leading WORS.

Christian Vande Velde; Garmin-Cervelo; Lemont, Ill; 17th in 2011 Tour de

France.  Completed seven Tours de France.  

Chequamegon 40 women

 

Lea Davison: Specialized; Jericho, Vt; 2008 champion.

Sara Kylander-Johnson: Trek/Kuhl; Duluth, Minn; 2006 champion.

Jenna Rinehart: Specialized; Mankato, Minn; 2007, 2009 and 2010 champion.

Catherine Walberg: Kenda Tire, Topeka, Kan; A veteran who won in 1997, 2000 and 2001.  Third in 2009.

Short & Fat men

 

Myles Beach: Adventure 212/Specialized; Larsen, Wis.

Dakota Dale: Kent Eriksen Cycles, Cable, Wis.

Ian Haupt: Expo Racing; Whitefish Bay, Wis.

Short & Fat women

Anna Ganju: Polska; New Berlin, Wis.

Terra James, Sweet N Salty Cycling, Minneapolis, Minn.

Kristy Henderson: Hollywood Cycles, Minneapolis, Minn.

Nicolette Reker: SPBRC; Little Canada, Minn.

Zoe Reker: SPBRC; Little Canada, Minn.

RACE ROAD CLOSURES

Forest roads will have limited access on Sept. 17 during the race from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.  Only permitted race vehicles, local residents and bear hunters will have access during this time.

In the town of Spider Lake, Telemark Road/Spider Lake Fire Lane from Clear Lake Road north to the town line, Boedecker Road from the town line east to Spider Lake Fire Lane and Janet Road from the town line north to Boedecker Road will be closed.

In the town of Lenroot, Boedecker Road from Northern Lights Road east to the town line and Janet Road from Highway OO north to the town line will be closed.

The Spider Lake Fire Lane from Telemark Road south to the town line will be closed in the town of Cable.

Race support vehicles need a permit from race headquarters prior to race morning to use these closed roads.  Contact the Chequamegon office before race morning at cheqfat@cheqnet.net with details of rider receiving support, the support vehicle driver’s name and vehicle type.

These road closures will increase rider safety during the event.  Increased traffic on the course recently has endangered riders and also resulted in long delays for traffic on race day.  Spectators using these roads need to be in place before 10:30 a.m.

 

NO PARKING RESTRICTIONS IN HAYWARD ON RACE MORNING

Hayward resident and visitors should take note the entire length of Main Street from Railroad Street to Wittwer Road will be a NO PARKING area from 6 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 17 for the start of the Chequamegon 40.

All intersecting side streets will be barricaded by the city by 6 a.m.  Passage across Main Street will be allowed on Highway 63 and at Fifth Street by the Sawyer County Sheriff’s office until just before the start of the race at 10 a.m.   

 

 

 

29th Chequamegon Fat Tire Dates Set in September

Cable, WI – For immediate release  January 19, 2011

     Off road bicyclists from across the country and overseas will converge on Telemark Resort in Cable, WI for the running of the 29th Annual Chequamegon Fat Tire Festival sponsored by Trek on September 16-18.  A sold out field of 2,750 riders will test muscles, minds and pedal powered machines in the nation’s largest mass start point-to-point off road bicycle event.

     

     The main event of the weekend, on Saturday, September 17, is the Chequamegon 40. The mass start roll out of 1,850 riders from Hayward’s Main Street at 10:00 a.m. is not to be missed. A select few elites will compete for the chance to be called champion, while the rest of the field is made up of citizen's class athletes in it for the adventure and personal challenge inherent in the forty mile off road journey. 

     

     The Short & Fat, a 16-mile companion event, offers an additional 900 cyclists a shorter but challenging back woods cycling opportunity.  This rolling mass of cyclists will launch from Randysek Road in Cable at 10:00 a.m. Both events head cross-county utilizing a twisted maze of wooded trails to arrive at the Telemark Resort finish line in Cable.  A Children’s Bicycle Parade is held before the start of the racing excitement at both start lines on Saturday.

     Registration for the cross country events is limited to 2,750 and selected via a random lottery in March.  Entry blanks for the event become available on line by the first part of February or by mail from individual requests.  To be eligible for the lottery drawing, entries must be completed and returned with payment prior to the March 15 postmark submission deadline.

     On Sunday September 18 of the Chequamegon weekend, participants can enjoy several competitive and fun events.  At 9:00 a.m. the Rough Stuff Poker Ride, a bicycle orienteering event will kick off the Sunday events.  The Rough Stuff offers a timed competition and a fun for all poker ride division where fastest times and top poker hands win prizes.  The Cable Crit-Cross features hot laps on a fast track in a cyclocross dirt circuit beginning at 10:00 a.m. on Sunday.

     Rounding out the weekend, the Sunday Funday Events are free, fat and family fun.  Consisting of a bicycle toss, log pull, bicycle limbo, hill climb and more, the Funday events are a great way to wrap up the event weekend.  A Children’s Bicycle Rodeo will also be held on Sunday at Telemark Resort in Cable. 

     With a combination of fat tires, friends, family and fun it is not just a race, it’s a really great time. For more information about the event weekend contact:  Chequamegon Fat Tire Festival, Inc., PO Box 267, Cable, WI 54821, 715-798-3594, cheqfat@cheqnet.net or visit the event’s web page at www.cheqfattire.com.

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