Over the summer months, the Chequamegon area has experienced relentless pounding by numerous extreme weather systems. On several occasions, high straight line winds and unusually heavy rains significantly impacted the area. State and county highways, forest roads and trails throughout the region have suffered from blow downs and wash outs.
To aid in the recovery of erosion on the Birkie Trail, the Chequamegon event has financially partnered with the American Birkebeiner Ski Foundation. Great progress has been made on all fronts with repair efforts continuing in the area’s hardest hit. Reinforcing our commitment to trail sustainability, in the best interest of the trails we use, the Chequamegon event has proactively decided to reroute a section of the Chequamegon 40 course to give the Birkie Trail a rest aiding in its recovery.
Approximately 10.5 miles into the Chequamegon 40, the traditional race course turns east off the Phipps Fire Lane onto a short section of Gravel Pit Road and then north on the American Birkebeiner Trail. This year’s race course change will keep riders on the Phipps Fire Lane at Gravel Pit Road to ATV/Snowmobile Trail 5 which is just south of Cty Hwy OO.
At Trail 5, riders will proceed east and north back to the American Birkebeiner Ski Trail intersection. From there, a north turn will route the course back on the last two kilometers of the Birkie Trail before Cty Hwy OO. From there, the course will continue on its traditional path to the Mt. Telemark finish line.
The number two aid station staffed by the Hayward Lions Club will be relocated to the intersection of Phipps Fire Lane and Gravel Pit Road.The number three aid station staffed by the Namakagon Fire Department will remain at its traditional location at the Birkie Rest Cabin on the south side of Cty Hwy OO. The course reroute should not greatly impact the 40 mile published distance of the Chequamegon 40.