With a random lottery drawn limit of 3,100 riders, hundreds of applicants will fall short in the 2015 Chequamegon MTB Festival selection process. Shortly after the March 15, 2015 entry submission deadline race applicants learned if they made it or not in the annual registration lottery. Those unlucky in the draw or late in the application process still have a chance to ride in the sold out cross county events taking place September 19, 2015.
Despite the contest title, you do not need to list 50 individual reasons for wanting a race spot. Past contestants have submitted Chequamegon event or bicycle themed stories, songs, poems, drawings, parodies and even children’s chunky crayon notes. Submissions may be written, drawn, photographed, filmed or recorded.
Previous essay 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 guaranteed 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 factors will produce the essay score.
Essays must be legible, with a 500 word maximum (most are much less) and, if three dimensional in nature, submissions must 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, 2015. After the submissions are judged, winners will be selected and all contest participants will be notified of the outcome by July 15, 2015.
Contest winners will receive a reserved entry code that they use to apply and pay for a guaranteed entry. Those who are not among the winners 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 MTB 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, 2015 to the Chequamegon MTB Festival, PO Box 267, 13460 Spruce Street Cable, WI 54821. Emails are acceptable if received by July 1, 2015. Email submissions to email@example.com.