This 16-mile mass start race/tour is the perfect introductory event for younger riders, those new to off-road cycling or those not ready to tackle the rigors of the Chequamegon 40. Each year, 1,000 participants are selected on a first-come, first-served basis to participate in this event on Saturday of Festival weekend.
Friday, September 13th
From 1:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Location: Great Hall (American Birkebeiner Trailhead) - 14875 McNaught Rd, Cable, WI
Saturday, September 14
Day-of bib pickup for the Short & Fat only from 8:00 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. at the Great Hall (American Birkebeiner Trailhead) - 14875 McNaught Rd, Cable, WI
Parking for Friday & Saturday
All parking for the finish and Short & Fat will be in the Airport Field adjacent to the Great Hall/Birkie Start >See attached map
Starting at the Great Hall in Cable, WI, the Short & Fat race route utilizes forest roads, the American Birkebeiner Ski Trail and other backwoods paths on the way to the finish line at the Great Hall.
The dynamic Short & Fat roll out from the start line presents racers with an unmatched beginning to their off-road adventure. For the safety of all riders, please follow these rollout safety tips:
Virtual course map
Check out our virtual course map — brought to you by Trail Genius — for a complete tour of the Chequamegon MTB Festival course including video, GPS data, detailed terrain profiles and other key features to get you ready to rock the race.
> View the virtual course map
There are six start gates in the Short & Fat 16.
Individual rider start gates are automatically assigned using historical data automatically loaded into the registration database. For the Short & Fat 16 assignments, automatic gate assignments, for those riders having recent race history, will be made using the best of either 2016, 2017 or 2018 Short & Fat 16 times.
Riders who do not have past Chequamegon event results will by default be placed in the last start gate.
After you receive your start gate confirmation email up until September 1, you may request a gate review via our online race change portal HERE
Start gate time splits for the Short & Fat
• Start Gate 1: Race time less than or equal to 1:06:59 |** limited spots
• Start Gate 2: Race time greater than or equal to 1:07:00 and less than 1:13:59 |** limited spots
• Start Gate 3: 1:14:00 - 1:19:59 |** limited spots
• Start Gate 4: 1:20:00 - 1:23:59 |** limited spots
• Start Gate 5: 1:24:00 - 1:29:59 |** limited spots
• Start Gate 6: Race time greater than or equal to 1:30:00 and new riders without qualifying times
**Full gates: If your qualified gate is full, you will be placed in the next available gate. Sign up early to secure your spot in your gate!
Placement in gates
Each participant’s start gate will be indicated on their laminated handlebar number provided at bib pickup. You may not enter start gates with a lower number, however, you may enter a start gate with a higher number. Loading in assigned gates is on a first-come, first-served basis. Please show up early to load into your gate for best placement and to ensure you will get in your gate.
Your race time is calculated using a 10:00 a.m. gun start time. Your finish time will be determined by when your race number with transponder cross the finish line.
Ghost bikes at the start line
In Chequamegon start-line operations, the term “ghost bikes” refers to unattended placeholder bikes in the start line area. These ghost bikes fall into two basic categories: bikes WITHOUT RACE NUMBERS attached to them, and bikes WITH RACE NUMBERS attached. In either case, ghost bikes belong to registered participants who plan on returning to them just prior to the start.
As the start time approaches, if the owner does not return in a timely fashion, ghost bikes become a problem. For the safety of those in the start line up, please note our removal policy as it relates to ghost bikes:
At those specific times, the event’s Bandit Patrol volunteers will remove ghost bikes from the start area and place them in the marked impoundment area immediately adjacent to the start line. With this in mind, please plan your last-minute needs accordingly.
Riders who have their bikes removed from the start line will lose their start position and be required to re-enter their start gate at the back of the lineup. If you value your start line position, be sure you are with your race bikes by the posted times. The Chequamegon MTB Festival is not responsible for bikes left unattended in the start gate area or bikes that have been removed from the start gate area.
Notification and request for reconsideration
Once start gate assignments have been made and you have been notified via confirmation email, you may request a further review for reassignment to another gate. The first group of gate assignment emails will be sent to all registered riders by June 1. Following that those who registered late with guaranteed entries will receive start gate assignment emails over the summer at regular intervals prior to September 1.
After September 1, no further start gate reconsiderations will be made. If you have any questions about start gate assignments please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Bicycles left unattended in the start gates must have a valid race handlebar number attached to them by 9:30 a.m. and must be accompanied by their registered rider by 9:45 a.m. If you fail to meet these requirements your bike will be removed from the gate and placed in the bicycle impound area adjacent to the start line by the Bandit Patrol.
• Top 3 men and women in the Short & Fat will be recognized and receive an award
• Overall age class winners will be taken out of the age class
Top 3 males and females in the following age groups will receive an award:
Classes for Males & Females
• 12 – 17
• 18 – 29
• 30 – 39
• 40 – 49
• 50 – 59
Top 3 overall males and females receive an award.
Top 3 overall males and females receive an award.
Top 3 overall teams receive an award.
Each participant will receive a Chequamegon MTB Festival T-shirt.
Registration for the Sept. 14, 2019 Chequamegon MTB Festival events NOW OPEN
Registration will close when the limits are reached or on September 1 which ever comes first.
Saturday, September 14, 2019
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The Chequamegon MTB Festival weekend is always scheduled the second weekend following Labor Day Monday.
As Labor Day moves on the calendar, so does event weekend.
Chequamegon MTB Festival, Inc.
P.O. Box 267
Cable, WI 54821.
13460 Spruce Street
Cable, WI 54821.
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