Trek Women
September 17, 2007

Chequamegon 40

This weekend I rode in the Chequamegon Fat Tire Festival held in Hayward and Cable WI.  Don't worry about the pronunciation...if you are not from Wisconsin, you won't say it right.

The race was through off road trails that went through the beautiful forests of Northern Wisconsin.  The weather turned out to be perfect, despite the cold frost the night before.  There were thousands of cyclists who showed up to race, including the pros.  I got to meet and chat with Lea Davison, who is on the Trek VW Pro Team.  She was way cool!  I also got to see guys like Travis Brown and Gary Fisher! The whole scene was just amazing.

Now, for the race...  I did better than expected, considering it was only my second race ever. It was 40 miles long, but it flew by.  The trails were fast and fun. Rolling hills the whole way. The best part was being surrounded by other riders the entire race.  There were 1700 riders in the race, and unless you were at either end, you were surrounded.  It was great!  I even passed about 20 people in the last 3 miles.  I ended up getting third in my age group (18-24 yrs).  Lea Davison got first in my age group...and she's a pro rider!  (There was a 45 minute gap between our times, but that is beside the point).  I went to the awards ceremony and they gave me a nice plaque for my third place finish.  It was a nice touch for the end of a great day.

I am really starting to like this whole mountain bike racing thing.

Keep Riding!

Comments

You rock!!! Second race and you took third?!!? Good for you. Within a couple of years you'll be racing on a professional team! No joke! Keep up the good work!!

Posted by: Susan | Sep 17, 2007 7:53:51 PM

Wow - congratualtions! I was there as well, competing in my 2nd short & fat race. My only accomplishment was not finishing last in my age group (30-34)- I beat 5 girls! My goal is to be more competitive next year for 16 miles and then graduate to the 40 by 2010.

Maybe I'll see you next year - we are the team with the roosters on our jerseys ;-)

Posted by: Shelly D | Sep 21, 2007 1:01:42 PM

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