Festival and events to be held Sept. 16, 2017
CABLE, Wisc. May 5, 2017—Every year the Chequamegon MTB Festival’s limited race field sells out well in advance of the event weekend. This year will be no different as the Chequamegon 40 entry portal is predicted to close soon when its 2,100 rider limit is reached.
Those who miss out on the limited Chequamegon 40 spots may yet get a chance to ride in one of the nations largest and longest running mountain biking events. Up to fifty guaranteed entry spots will be awarded to the winners of the 50 Ways to Ride the Chequamegon essay contest.
Contrary to the contest title, essays don’t have to list fifty individual reasons for wanting to ride. Creative contest submissions have taken the form of cycling stories, songs, poems, drawings, parodies and even children’s chunky crayon notes. A variety of creative expressions have been used to gain the judge’s favor. Your own personal pitch might site event history, race resume, bonding with family or friends, demographics, health considerations, advocacy efforts or any other reason.
Each submission is scored based on originality, creativity, humor, sincerity, special effort and a variety of other factors. Competition for the reserved entry allotment is keen for the coveted fifty reserved registrations.
Essays must be legible, with a 500 word maximum (most are much less) and be postmarked to our PO Box address below or emailed to the Chequamegon office no later than July 1. If you are considering a three-dimensional submission please keep the size reasonable (nothing over 20 inches by 20 inches) and ship it to our office address below. All submissions will be judged and winners selected. All those who entered the contest will be notified of the outcome by July 15.
Fifty slots will be reserved for the winners, and those not selected will be encouraged to join the spectator or volunteer fun at the Chequamegon event in the fall. 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 notification.
Celebrating their 35th anniversary, the Chequamegon MTB Festival events are presented by Trek and produced by Chanhassen, Minn. based Life Time Fitness.
For those seeking a shorter off road adventure, at this writing there are still spaces available on a first come first served basis in the Short and Fat 16 mile event. Log onto www.cheqmtb.com to register before those short event spots are sold out as well.
Essay contest submissions should be mailed to: Chequamegon MTB Festival, PO Box 267, Cable, Wisc, 54821 or emailed to: firstname.lastname@example.org prior to the July 1 submission deadline.