Fat bike Birkie

Cameron resident Pavel Nelson, pictured in the middle, took first place at the sixth annual 45NRTH Fat Bike Birkie—the world’s largest fat bike race—in Cable on Saturday, March 10.

It was a perfect morning under blue skies at the American Birkebeiner Trailhead as riders from 16 states and two countries rolled their way through the Northwoods of Wisconsin in the sixth annual 45NRTH Fat Bike Birkie—the world’s largest fat bike race—on Saturday, March 10. 

Fat bike 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 degrees at the finish line.

Below is a list of the top three winners for each race and division:

Big Fat 47K Men’s Results

• First place—Chris Stevens, New Richmond, 1:48:12

• Second place—Corey Stelljes, Madison, 1:48:12

• Third place—Cole House, Oneida, 1:50:30

Big Fat 47K woMen’s Results

• First place—Jill Cederholm, Mendota Heights, Minn., 2:03:06

• Second place—Leia Schneeberger, De Pere, 2:05:29

• Third place—Heather Stelljes, Madison, 2:06:43

Chico 21K men’s results

• First place—Pavel Nelson, Cameron, 55:33

• Second place—Jeremy Pomeroy, Marshfield, 55:48

• Third place—Jack Brandvold, Minneapolis, Minn., 56:29

Chico 21K women’s results

• First place—Shelley Nelson, Minneapolis, Minn., 1:03:41

• Second place—Sara Conrad, Minneapolis, Minn., 1:03:48

• Three place—Jennifer Swift, Hayward, 1:04:53

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