Christian Vande Velde of the Garmin-Cervelo professional cycling team is slated to line up at the 29th Annual Chequamegon 40, part of the Chequamegon Fat Tire Festival that takes place in Cable, Wisconsin, each year. A seven-time Tour de France contender, Vande Velde will be doing a rare stint behind the flat bars on September 17th.
Also slated to race will be three-time winner and course record holder Brian Matter, winner of last year's race. In addition to Matter, Vande Velde faces a mix of "accomplished regional riders as well as domestic professionals" says Race Director Gary Crandall. As for the course, and whether it stands to suit Vande Velde, who, admittedly, sees a great deal more asphalt than dirt, "It's a power course," he says. If you've got good fitness you'll do well"
If the Leadville 100 should serve as any sort of example, it would seem that Vande Velde, along the lines of Lance Armstrong and Levi Leipheimer, could stand more than a pretty good chance at Chequamegon.