Why a bicicle shanty challenge at a bike race you may ask? Well, we figured that since x-nationals will once again draw a few thousand racers and spectators from around the country to Madison for the week, we better give them a taste of Wisconsin. So in addition to a polka band, good beer and cheese curds, we’re having a bicicle shanty challenge!
A boy dressed in knickers clears the ice in preparation for fishing next to his family’s ice shanty in 1898. Photo from the Wisconsin Historical Society.
Yet, this isn’t just for your run-of-the-mill ice shanties like your grandpa used to build. Oh no! This is a Bicicle Shanty Challenge and creativity will be awarded! In fact, shanties will be judged in the following categories: Best Overall, Most Bicycle Themed and Most “Wisconsin.” So get together with some friends and family and get creative! Think mobile bike shed, chicken coop, classic ice fishing shanty, tiny house, garden shed, or Orca Whale Shanty–the sky’s the limit really!
Just for a little inspiration: this Orca Whale shanty is just one of the many creative shanties from Minocqua, Wisconsin built local resident Ron McMullin. “Ice fishing may seem to be a simple “sport” but appearances can deceive: anglers must be able to tolerate long hours of chilly, silent monotony in tiny, cramped shelters before reeling in their finny rewards. It’s no surprise, then, that some winter anglers choose to add a little creativity toward designing a hut that really kicks butt. One cold winter day McMullin decided to combine business and pleasure, the result being the Orca Ice Shanty above.” For more shanty ideas visit: 10 Creative Ice Fishing Hut Designs.
So with that, go forth and build your very own shanty creation! Just don’t forget to register by filling out the form here by December 28th!