by Noah on October 1, 2013

You can see the attached results for both the LONG and SHORT2013 Deer Fly Chase race.  Defending champion Aaron Swanson repeated his winning ways and took home the overall award in the Men’s LONG race.  Jennifer Barden took the Women’s LONG race.  Logan Schlough won the Men’s SHORT and Jenna Spicer was victorious in the Women’s SHORT race.

The weather looked ominous, but the rain held off for our 3rd Annual Deer Fly Chase.  The star-studded field of racers started under partly sunny skies.  The equalizer climb on Rattlesnake Hill broke the contenders out early and spread out the racers.  Great conditions were experienced, as the racers hit the spectacular singletrack.  The racing continued through fast flowy singletrack, broken up by rolling ski trails and gravel roads, as the course wound its way past glacial lakes and through forested ridges.  The wind blew and the clouds darkened, but all racers were off the course before the threatening rain finally came.  While it rained, the tired racers and volunteers enjoyed a meal and a Fat Tire under the big tent.  Awards were received and much Swag was dispersed.  Despite the changing weather a great time was had by all.  Our smallish event continues to grow, 98 registrants, just shy of 100!

I want to say thank you for making this a great race.  The race has benefited from the return of a lot of the same faces each year.  In 3 years we have yet to have an issue that we couldn’t solve.  Please come back next year for more fun.

You know who you are.  I am calling you out.  Unfortunately, you missed out.  There is always next year to get in on this great time.

Many thanks go out to those that are repeat volunteers and the new ones that I hope I can ask to come back next year.  I hope that you enjoyed the day of racing, helping make the event a success and the food and drink that followed.  Let me know how I can repay the favor.  Special thanks go out to Bob Schwartz for organizing registration and timing the event; Brian Kelley for the unending hours spent building trail with the mini x; Randy Stearns for the many hours of course setup and take down.

The Organizations of Influence:
First, a great thank you to Chippewa County and Mike Dahlby, for the continued partnership surrounding the race, but more importantly on the access to maintain and develop the mountain bike trails at Hickory Ridge.  Second, to the Friends Of Hickory Ridge, for being an ally for silent sports in Chippewa County and representing “our voice” effectively at the county level.  And third, CORBA for having the members and tools to make great trails possible in this area.

Park Ridge Distributing / New Belgium:  Angie Bowe and team once again provided the Fat Tire and plenty of SWAG for everyone.
Spring Street Sports: Joe, Dave, Nate and others for their ongoing support of the race and providing winners’ prizes.
Wisconsin Scale: John Nelson and team provided support for the event.
Gordy’s County Market:  Provided beverages and food supplies.
Bloomer Tent Rental:  The Young Family in Bloomer continue to provide “much needed” support with use of a tent and tables.
Kelley Chiropractic: Brian and Tina Kelley for providing delicious hot dogs, and grilling them too.

See you next year!!
Thanks again,

Noah Michaelsen

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