It’s Chequamegon time again! Each September, me and thousands of other cyclists head to Hayward, Wisconsin for the Fat Tire Festival. The festival includes several races, but is highlighted by Saturday’s point-to-point 40 mile, and shorter 16 mile mountain bike races. This year has been a bit more challenging for the community, as last week a storm hit the area causing lots of damage including power outages, downed trees and flooding. The community has been working feverishly since the storm to clear the courses and make any necessary changes to the routes. There’s a “portage” area on the long course to pass high water and a slight divert off the Birkebeiner ski trail to protect the integrity of the trail, but other than that, the courses are ready for race day. The rest of the challenge is up to each of us to ride hard, fast and smart. Check out what Chequamegon is all about and check in on all your fellow Chicagoans participating this weekend. For information on the festival, click here.
If you’re home this weekend, there’s still plenty of riding. Check the listing below for upcoming options.
MATTS Season Finale – It’s the final time trial in the MATTS series and it’s located in Garden Prairie. The distance is 27K for all riders, except for Junior’s and 70+, who will race over a 20K loop. Get geared up and head out to the Rockford area for one more all-out effort. For details on the event, click here.
Fall Fling Race Series – Not ready to throw the towel in on the road season? No worries, the ABD fall series will help fill that end of the season void with four fun-filled races. The first two will be held next weekend. The first course is held on a big square course just outside the Pella Windows factory. It’s fast and fun and not too technical. The second race is held across the road in an industrial park. The course is a little longer, and maybe a tad more technical, but lots of fun. For race details, click here.
Junior Girls Cyclo-Cross Clinic – Our local Chicago Cuttin Crew is teaming up with the organizer of the Trek CX Cup to provide the opportunity for young girls to learn about cyclo-cross racing! It’s an amazing opportunity to learn from the best women in the sport. Pass this along to all future cyclists and help continue to grow our sport! For details on the event, click here.
Have a great weekend!