The 6th Annual US Open Fat Bike Beach Championships is a race like none other in the USA. Being held on an all sand course along the pristine shores of Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina this course will prove both challenging for competitors and fun to watch for families and fans.
With the recent and fast-rising popularity of Fat Bikes, bikes with tires wider than 4?, riding a bicycle in the thick sand has become easier than ever. Combine Fat Bikes with an ever-changing beach and the competitive spirits of a bunch of athletes and bicycle riders and we couldn’t help but hold the 6th annual race.
The course will start in front of the host resort and presenting sponsor, The Blockade Runner Beach Resort, and traverse whatever mother nature has sculpted for us. Laying out the course with several elements in mind, tight turns, fast sections at low tide, crossing deep truck tracks, climbing up and rolling down naturally occurring berms.
About The Races:
The start of the event will be a standing start with the SUPER FAT racers starting first at 2:00 pm, the FAT racers following at 4:10 pm.
The SUPER FAT and SUPER FAT RELAY category will have a time limit of 2 hours and is expected to cover a distance of 24+ miles *.
The FAT category will have a time limit of 1-hour and is expected to cover a distance of 12+ miles *.
* Sand and wind conditions may make this estimate longer or shorter.
The course will be marked with tape and flagging so that all turns are visible and to help keep spectators from wandering into racers. The age groups are as follows ( (M & F), 15 & under, 16-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69, 70+ with awards going to top 3 in each group, Female and Male.
The SUPER FAT RELAY category will be open to a team of up to 4 racers on each team. The categories will be Female Team, Mixed Team, Male Team with awards going to the top team in each category. The riders will be racing the 2.0 Hour event and can switch off each lap or do multiple laps before handing their timing chip off to their teammate. Teams are encouraged to wear matching jerseys/clothing so that they can keep track of each other and their competition.
The entry fee for this year’s event is $65. The entry fee for the relay race is $200 per team. All participants receive a T-Shirt and a special gift.
*A portion of the proceeds of your entry fee also goes to support the Wrightsville Beach Foundation.