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U.S. Open Fat Bike Beach Championships

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12' 4 m

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7' 2 m

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A fat bike race in Wrightsville Beach, NC.

Chris Hidalgo

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Overview

The course will start in front of the host resort, 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 from long shore erosion, with of course the safety of spectators, the course will be a multi-lap event that keeps racers in sight of the spectators the whole time. By keeping the racers tight, the event will encourage spectators to line the course and heckle their favorite racer or cheer for their family member.

Need to Know

The age groups are as follows (M & F): 15 & under, 16-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69, 70+ with awards going to top 3 in each group, Female and Male.

Description

The start of the event will be a standing start with the SUPER FAT racers starting first, the REALLY FAT racers next, then the FAT racers following.

  • 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 REALLYFAT category will have a time limit of 1.5 hours and is expected to cover a distance of 18+ miles.
  • The FAT category will have a time limit of 1 hour minutes and is expected to cover a distance of 12+ miles.
Sand and wind conditions may make the distance estimate longer or shorter for each category.

The course will be marked with tape and flagging so that all turns are visible and to keep spectators from wandering into racers. The course will not be closed to spectators but volunteers and signage will help to ensure that bystanders know of the racers presence.

As mother nature often does in the winter time, she is expected to shift the sand again for the 2018 edition of the race. The long shore currents can build up rollers along the immediate waters edge as well as cutting a ledge that is close to three feet in sections. Some years this ledge has been up to 10 feet which would make for some serious climbing.

History & Background

This year's event will be the 4th annual iteration.

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