The 38th Chequamegon Mountain Bike Festival (formerly titled the Fat Tire Festival) will be held this Saturday in the Hayward-Cable area, featuring as many as 3,500 riders in two pointto-point races.

The Festival is produced by LifeTime of Chaska, Minnesota, and presented by Trek Bicycles of Waterloo, Wisconsin.

The main events are the Chequamegon 40, which starts on Main Street in front of the Hayward Primary School, and the Short and Fat 16-mile race, which starts on Randysek Road in Cable. Both races begin at 10 a.m. and finish in the American Birkebeiner start-finish chute in the Town of Cable.

The Chequamegon 40 has a separate start on Main Street in Hayward for the pro-elite women at 12:30 p.m. and proelite men at 1 p.m.

The races traverse a variety of trails and fire lanes, as well as portions of the Birkebeiner Trail, through the Sawyer County and Bayfield County forests.

The Chequamegon 40 racers have a controlled roll-out, led by four-wheelers and squad cars, down Main Street, turning left onto Railroad Street and then right onto Highway 77. After two miles, the mass of cyclists will turn left onto the trail next to Hatchery Road, go through Hatchery Creek Village Field and enter the Birkebeiner Trail in the Sawyer County Forest.

The first race finishers are expected at the Birkie start area near Cable at 10:45 a.m. (Short and Fat) and noon (Chequamegon40).

Other events on Friday and Saturday will include a vendor and sponsor expo at the Birkie start area, and children's races at 6 p.m. Friday and 5 p.m. Saturday in the same venue.

The Chequamegon Mountain Bike Festival was not held in 2020. The pro-elite winners of the Chequamegon 40 in 2019 were multi-time women's champion Jenna Rinehart of Mankato, Minnesota, and men's champion Alexey Vermuelen of Ann Arbor, Michigan.

The festival supports CAMBA (Chequamegon Area Mountain Bike Association) as well as the Wisconsin and Minnesota prep cycling leagues.

Event schedule

Friday, Sept. 17: 1-8 p.m., bib pick-up, food trucks, sponsor and vendor expo, Birkie start venue, Cable; 6 p.m., Little Loggers race, Cable.

Saturday, Sept. 18: 6-8 a.m., bikes can be placed in assigned start corral, Main Street in Hayward or Randysek Road in Cable; 7-9:30 a.m., bib pick-up at Hayward Primary School (Chequamegon 40) and 8-9:30 a.m. at Great Hall in Cable (Short and Fat);10 a.m.— Chequamegon 40 start (downtown Hayward) and Short and Fat start (Cable); 1 p.m.—Chequamegon 40 pro-elite men and women race start, Main Street, Hayward.

10:45 a.m., Short and Fat first finisher, Birkie start venue; noon, Chequamegon 40 first finisher.

10 a.m.-6 p.m., finish vestival, sponsor and vendor expo, Birkie start area, Cable; 4 p.m.—all awards presentation, Birkie start area, Cable; 5 p.m.—Little Loggers race, Birkie start area; 6 p.m.—CAMBA after party, Sawmill Saloon, Seeley.

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