This Just In-Single Speed Wins Chequamegon 40

Jesse Lalonde, the tattooed young gun who won the Single Speed World Championships in 2005 (well….. the race anyway) took top honors at The Chequamegon Fat Tire Festival yesterday, beating out former winners like Steve Tilford and Brian Matter.

And he did it on a rigid single speed.

Lalonde rode a 36-16 gear on a rigid 29er, becoming the first rider to win the Chequamegon Fat Tire Festival on a singlespeed. “It was only a matter of time,” Lalonde said about his singlespeed win. Marko Lalonde, Jesse’s younger brother and teammate, finished fourth, also on a singlespeed. Their extraordinary rides in the 25th annual Chequamegon Fat Tire Festival illustrate that just one gear is all that’s needed to win a bike race.

A hard and fast course kept the field bunched together the entire race. “It was a super strategic race,” said Travis Brown (Trek/VW) who rode a cyclocross bike. “It would string out, then regroup, like a road race.”

According to Matter, who won the race in 2004, the course was “really fast”, which allowed a group of a dozen riders to stick together until Lalonde made his decisive move. “I should have been sitting on Jesse’s wheel. He was the guy to beat.”
The women’s race was also close, with the top three finishing within 15 seconds of each other.

“This may not seem very important I know, BUT IT IS, so I’m bothering telling you so.”

-Dr. Suess


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