On Thursday, September 4 a fierce storm swept through the area that encompasses the Chequamegon MTB Festival race courses from Hayward to Cable. Heavy rain, hail and high-velocity winds pounded the Sawyer and Bayfield County forests for most of the morning. In the Hayward to Seeley area, many trees were uprooted or broken off resulting in closed highways and greatly impacted recreational trails. Power was off in many homes throughout the day and is still being restored in much of the area.
At this time, trail managers are assessing the impact from the storm and formulating plans for a cleanup. Trail users are advised that not only are the trails saturated with the rains that have fallen over the past couple of weeks, but also the recent wind damage will mean that some trails cannot be ridden. Caution and common sense is urged on all recreational trails at this time. Please allow the trails to dry out and let the land managers facilitate the clean up before you head out there. Over the coming week work crews will be out on the forest roads and recreational trails working on the downed trees.
In addition, there is a forest roadwork project in progress from Boedecker Road north on Seeley Fire Tower Road to the Sawyer and Bayfield County Line and Randysek Road going north to the Seeley Fire Tower area. The recent rains have currently impeded the completion of the project. Please travel these roads at your own risk while the crews continue to work on roads that bisect the Chequamegon 40 race course.
No decision has been made as to the routing or distance of either the Chequamegon 40 or Short & Fat 16-mile race courses. As the week continues and further review and the progress of cleanup efforts take place we will post any race route changes or updates here and on the Chequamegon MTB Festival Facebook page.