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CHEQUAMEGON FAT TIRE FESTIVAL: "The most spectacular mountain biking event this side of the Pacific Ocean"

Chequamegon Fat Tire Festival
Three miles into the Chequamegon 40, the pack makes the turn at "Rosie's Field"
Chequamegon Fat Tire Festival

Based in and around Cable, Wisconsin, the Chequamegon Fat Tire Festival features several biking events the second weekend in September. The "Chequamegon 40" is a 40-mile marathon race between Hayward and the Telemark Ski Resort near Cable. The muddy route includes steep hills, and it crosses logging roads in the deeps of northern Wisconsin (see map). The sight of nearly 1,700 riders blasting from the starting line is amazing.

A sixteen-mile loop called the "Short and Fat" allows less experienced riders to take on some of the challengs of the longer marathon. There is also a bicycle orienteering treasure hunt called the "Rough Stuff Rendezvous," in which riders using compasses, maps and brain-power to find seven checkpoints in a forest. The "Cable Criterium" is a spectator favorite. Racers compete in a multi-lap, twisty, narrow ½-mile racecourse.

Click here for a field report from the 2003 race.

Click here for information about this year's results.

From Minneapolis/St Paul about 156 miles using I-94 to US-63 is about three hours. From Duluth about 79 miles via US-53 and US-63 is about 1.5 hours.

2003 Race Photos
More 2003 Race Photos
Local Off-Road Bike Trails maintained by Chequamegon Area Mountain Bike Association
The Wisconsin Off-Road Bicycling Association
North Central Mountain Bike Patrol
Off-Road USA Trail Finder
Cable Area Resorts & Events

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