Racing professionally on Team RadioShack for the past two years, I’ve had the opportunity to visit many countries through cycling. But I will always love coming back to the place where my passion for the sport started. In fact, last fall I made sure my promotional video was not only shot in Wisconsin, but by a company called Film Matters that’s owned by a fellow Hudsonite! You can see it here. Most of my training took place in my hometown of Hudson, Wisconsin, but I have amazing memories of traveling all over the state nearly every weekend with my dad for cycling races. Every year, from spring to fall, we would discover new, beautiful areas of the state.
Riding and racing countless miles all over the world, I have really come to appreciate the outstanding beauty of Wisconsin. Whether it’s cruising past unique farms, along roaring rivers, through green forests or around still lakes.
One great memory that I will have forever is when we would go up to Hayward, Wisconsin as a family for an off-road bicycle race that usually takes place the second or third weekend in September. Called the Chequamegon Fat Tire Festival, 2,500 racers (now 2,750) would speed from Hayward to Cable. After school on Friday, we’d drive up and stay at the KOA or Telemark Lodge. It was so fun to be up in northern Wisconsin in the fall, catching up with people I only see once a year.
The nerves came out early Saturday morning, as I was getting ready for the 40-mile race from downtown Hayward to the Telemark Lodge in Cable. Some people were there to compete and some were there for the personal challenge, but everyone ended up having fun. After the race, we always went to The Garmisch, a special restaurant right on Lake Namekagon. I loved coming up for the fun-filled family event. Even though I haven’t been to the Fat Tire Festival in some time, I still visit home as often as I can because that’s what it’s all about; enjoying northern Wisconsin with family and friends.
Bjorn Selander is a professional cyclist from Hudson, Wisconsin. Currently splitting his time between Italy and Wisconsin, he races internationally for Team RadioShack and Livestrong.