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  • Test ride

    Fat bikes are coming to the Kickapoo Valley Reserve, a sprawling 8,600-acre nature preserve and recreational area hidden away in the substantial hills and hollows of western Wisconsin. And they’re arrival may lead to even bigger things.

     
  • No Tuscobia phobia
    Against all odds, I was poised to steal a win seven hours into the 75-mile fat bike race at this year’s Tuscobia Winter Ultra held between Rice Lake and Park Falls, Wisconsin. That didn’t look at all likely at the start, when the sub-zero temp caught me a little off guard. I was losing sensation in my toes before I even got off the bus. 
  • Trading my Birkie for a Korte
    So I called the American Birkebeiner office to switch my registration from the full 54K classic Birkie to the 23K Kortelopet set for February 21. Sigh. 
  • Lottery for entry now open for Chequamegon Fat Tire Festival
    Applications for the 33rd Annual Chequamegon Fat Tire Festival registration lottery are now being accepted at www.cheqfattire.com. The event is set for September 19, 2015. 
  • Stoked students
    A new sport enjoyed a successful first season at Hortonville High School in Hortonville, Wisconsin, as mountain bikers formed a competitive team that raced in the Wisconsin High School Cycling League (WHSCL) this year. 
  • More Wisco fat bike races announced
    New fat bike races keep pouring in. Here are three more coming up in Wisconsin this February. Also below are more details about expanded Sturgeon Stampede Winter Festival and the World Ice and Snow Sailing Championships in Oshkosh. 
  • 2014-2015 Upper Midwest Fat Bike Races
    The upper Midwest is home to no less than five fat bike-specific race series this winter. And there are many more stand-alone events, and fat bike races paired with ski races, listed here also. 
  • Lapham Peak hosting new fat bike race series
    The Lapham Peak Fat Bike Race Series, on the trails in the Town of Delafield, Wisconsin, is the latest addition to the expanding race calendar throughout the Midwest. 
  • WEB EXCLUSIVE: Mountain bike racing at the Fall Color Festival
    The Fall Color Festival has something for riders of all abilities. It is usually held on the last weekend in September. This year's festival is scheduled for September 27. The morning race options are 30, 22 and 12 mile rides. In the afternoon there are some shorter rides of 5 miles, a children’s solo ride and a parent-child ride. Other festival activities include a craft tent for kids, beginner’s mountain biking seminar, beer tent and live music. A typical FCF draws 350 riders and 200 spectators. 
  • Matter and Rinehart win shortened Chequamegon 40
    Brian Matter and Jenna Rinehart won their sixth and fifth respective titles earlier today at the Chequamagon 40 on a course shortened to 38.5 miles due to recent rainfall and tree blowdown. 
  • Chequamegon 40 racers will be rerouted Saturday
    A reroute of the course for the Chequamegon Fat Tire 40 on Saturday will eliminate a tough, seven-mile stretch on the American Birkebeiner Ski Trail and send riders instead on a gravel fire lane, race officials announced late Thursday. 
  • Chequamegon Fat Tire Fest may be a mud fest
    Volunteers cleared downed trees and other debris from the Chequamegon Fat Tire Festival courses over the weekend, but some route changes are still possible because of standing water left from a deluge last Thursday, the race director shared Monday. 
  • Mountain bikers pay for Chequamegon trail building
    The Chequamegon Fat Tire Festival and other mountain biking events have bankrolled a substantial amount of the singletrack that now exists in the Chequamegon area, nearly 90 miles worth, according to the Chequamegon Area Mountain Bike Association, which began building singletrack in 1999. 
  • Police in Marquette, Michigan, shared the name of the cyclist found dead within a few miles of the finish of the Ore to Shore mountain bike race on Saturday, August 9: Peter Bausch, an attorney and father of two boys, who lived in Elm Grove, Wisconsin. 
  • How to ride 24
    Twenty-four hour racing is largely determined by one’s equipment and physical readiness, but it also warrants a premeditated psychological strategy to endure the unknown places the wee hours will take a rider. 
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