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  • 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. 
  • Copper Harbor Trails win more deserving recognition
    Recognition comes in many forms and many forms of recognition continue to come in for the well deserving Copper Harbor Trails in Michigan's Upper Peninsula. 
  • Epic singletrack dreaming
    Getting an International Mountain Bike Association (IMBA) Ride Center in Wausau, Wisconsin, would be a big deal, a coup for the local mountain bike club and the surrounding community.  
  • Hurts so good
    Experience proves that a WEMS race is a long day with plenty of time for dramatic reversals as the hours take their toll. After 40 of those monsters now, I’m still learning lessons.  
  • Mountain bikes should remain prohibited on National Scenic Trails, such as the Ice Age and North Country trails in the Midwest, according to Gregory A. Miller, president of the American Hiking Society (AHS) in an fundraising email sent to members of his organization. 
  • Charles Dickens’ novel A Tale of Two Cities juxtaposes life in Paris and London during the onset of the French Revolution. In contrast, two small northwestern Wisconsin hamlets, Hayward and Cable, serve as anchors to two of my favorite and humbling events, the Chequamegon Fat Tire Festival and the American Birkebeiner.  
  • Meeting a need for singletrack in metro Milwaukee
    As any avid Milwaukee-area mountain biker knows, finding enjoyable singletrack through hilly wooded terrain requires a drive of a 30- to 60-minute drive, depending on the direction you travel. 
  • WIN Cycling, a new effort to establish mountain biking clubs in Wisconsin schools, is backed by the Wisconsin Off Road Series, the country's largest statewide mountain biking race series.  
  • Just the other day, I was organizing my ideas for an article on skiing, roller skiing and mountain biking safety when suddenly I had an epiphany. It occurred to me that one of these disciplines was by far more dangerous than the others, and that sport was mountain biking. 
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