CABLE, WI — It was a perfect morning on Saturday March 10th, under blue skies at the American Birkebeiner Trailhead as riders from 16 states and two counties rolled their way through the north woods of Wisconsin in the 6th annual 45 NRTH Fat Bike, the world’s largest fat bike race. A New Richmond biker took top honors in the men’s 47K race.
Riders tested their expertise and skill on the legendary hills of the Birkie Trail just east of Cable. The 2018 45NRTH Fat Bike Birkie included the Big Fat (47K) and the Chico (21K) races.
The field was comprised of first time Fat Bike Birkie riders, as well as seasoned racers making their sixth appearance at the event. The course was firm and fast, as cold overnight temps rose to a balmy 32 at the finish line.
The Big Fat 47K first place winner in the men’s division was Chris Stevens of New Richmond with a time of one hour 48 minutes and 12 seconds.
Corey Stelljes of Madison was second and Cole House of Oneida was third.
For the women, Jill Cederholm placed first with a time of two hours, three minutes and six seconds. Leia Schneerger of De Pere, WI took second place with Heather Stelljes of Madison capturing third.
Results for the 27K Men’s race were Pavel Nelson of Cameron, 1st; Jeremy Pomeroy of Marshfield in at second and Jack Brandvold of Minneapolis, third.
In the women’s division the winner was Shelley Nelson of Minneapolis, second was Sara Conrad of Minneapolis and third was taken by Jennifer of Hayward.