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Pro Race

Compete for Chequamegonland bragging rights, glory, prize money and the privilege to get your name added to the legendary Chequamegon 40 Champions Trophy.

Pro Rider Schedule

Friday, September 18, 2020

  • 1:00-8:00pm – Bib Pickup @ American Birkebeiner Trailhead Great Hall

Saturday, September 19, 2020

  • 7:00am – 9:30am – Bib Pickup @ Hayward Primary School Gym Not available for 2020
  • 12:30pm – Women’s Pro Start at Hayward Primary School
  • 1:00pm –  Men’s Pro Race Start at Hayward Primary School
  • 4:00pm – Chequamegon 40 Awards at Great Hall/Finish Line
  • 6:00-10:00pm – CAMBA After Party at Sawmill Saloon

MapMyRide – Chequamegon 40 Race Course Map GPS File

Garmin Connect – Chequamegon 40 Race Course Map GPS File

Download Chequamegon 40 Race Course Map as PDF

If interested in riding in the Pro division, please email your resume to Race Director Peter Spencer (pspencer@lt.life). Once your entry request is approved, you will be able to register for the Pro Race.

Click here for a map of what the rollout at the start line will entail/look like

  • Start Line is located in front of the Hayward Primary School (10665 Main Street, Hayward, WI 54843).
  • Start time is 12:30pm sharp for the Pro Women and 1:00pm sharp for the Pro Men. Be early to the start line.
  • There will be a police escort to Rosie’s Field at approximately 20mph, sometimes slower through the city. You will be using way of traffic lane so stay together and do not cross over into oncoming traffic.

Click here for a picture of what the on-course signage looks like

  • There will be no course marshals or aid station support.
  • Know the course and what signage to look for. It is the rider’s responsibility to know where the course goes and to stay on course at all times.
  • Be considerate to other riders when passing or being passed.
    • Pro Riders may encounter age class riders later in the race – the Motos will let them know you are coming, but please give the other riders plenty of space and even some encouragement.
  • Pro Riders should follow the orange signage ONLY (the pink signage is for the Short & Fat race).
  • Signage will be placed in trees and on posts along the course. Turns will be well marked.
  • Crew
    • All riders are expected to be as self-sufficient as possible. Lend a hand to your fellow riders when needed. Other allowable support is defined as:
      • Team or rider support can be provided at any of the official aid stations on course. You can find a Cheq 40 course map above.
  • Littering is unacceptable and will not be tolerated, resulting in a disqualification from the race.
  • The finish line is located at the Great Hall/American Birkebeiner Trailhead. Refer to our travel/parking resources for parking information.
  • The finish line will be packed with the rest of the Cheq riders, cheering you on and waiting anxiously to see the winners – creating an awesome finishing experience for the Pros.
  • Top finishers may be asked to pose for photographs or do a quick media interview post-race.
  • All top finishers must report to pick up your awards starting at 4:00pm at the Great Hall.

Awards & Prize Money

Men’s & Women’s Prize Money Amounts

1st: $2,500
2nd: $1,000
3rd: $750
4th: $500
5th: $250

  • Pro Riders are not eligible for overall or age class/division awards
  • The Chequamegon 40 men’s and women’s Pro Champions will receive special awards trophies made by DragonFly Studios, and also get their name added to the Chequamegon 40 Champion’s Trophy.

Spectator Info

Click here for a map of spectator viewing locations and our rider support guide.

Rosie’s Field: 2 miles from the start
A great place to watch as the early drama of the lead riders develops over the irregular, rough-mowed field. To watch from Rosie’s Field, you must get there before the start of the race and park in the Fish Hatchery Park lot that is accessible from Highway 77 East at Fish Hatchery Road. Please respect the private property easement and do not drive your vehicle into Rosie’s Field. Pet owners must hold dog’s leashed at all times for the safety of the riders.

“OO” and Birke Trail: 15.92 miles from the start
Drive north of the start in Hayward on Highway 63. In Seeley, take Cty “OO” east to the American Birkebeiner ski trail crossing. Park on the north side of “OO” in the large lot. You can watch or provide racer support on the north or south side of the trail. Exit the area via Cty “OO” west back to Seeley.

Janet Road & Snowmobile Trail 71: 17.02 miles from the start
Off Cty Hwy “OO” in Seeley, take Janet Road north to the intersection of the race course on Snowmobile Trail 77. Janet Road is marked as ‘Road Closed Ahead’ and the intersection is closed to vehicle traffic.

Boedecker & Winding Pine Trail: 20.14 miles from the start
Drive north of Seeley on Highway 63 and turn east on Northern Lights Road, the first road north of Seeley on the east side of 63. Proceed 100 yards east to the T-intersection with Boedecker Road. Boedecker should be marked with a ‘Road Closed Ahead’ sign. Turn left onto Boedecker and follow the gravel forest road to Snowmobile Trail 22-Winding Pine Trail intersection. Here you will see the Chequamegon 40 course entering Boedecker from the south, your right, after they ride through Martel’s Pot Hole. The riders will turn right onto Boedecker and ride east to Telemark Road. This is noted by CAMBA land marker S-6 on the north side of Boedecker. Park safely on Boedecker, west of the race-course crossing, and please do not drive your vehicle on the race course.

Winding Pine Trail & Birke Trail: 31.35 miles from the start
This spot is noted by the CAMBA land marker S-6 and is accessible if you walk or ride your bicycle north on the Winding Pine Trail. Walk to the intersection with the American Birkebeiner Ski Trail at CAMBA land marker S-7. Personal vehicles are not allowed on this trail. Return via foot or bicycle to your car at Boedecker and proceed to the finish line via Highway 63 and Cty Hwy M in Cable at Telemark Resort

Race Entrant Policy

Click here for more information on Life Time’s Race Entrant Policy, including the transgender & non-binary participant policy.

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