US Open Beach Fat Bike Beach Championships 2017

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2:00 PM


Saturday, March 11, 2017


beach at Blockade Runner, Wrightsville Beach, NC
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8 mile Fat
16 mile Really Fat
24 mile Super Fat


Wednesday, March 08, 2017  2:00 PM


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US Open Beach Fat Bike Beach Championships





Fat Bike Championship Jerseys are now available to order. 

2017 Fat Bike Championship Jersey

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The US Open Beach Fat Bike 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 bicycle riders and we couldn’t help but hold another race.

  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.

The start of the event will be a standing start with the FAT racers starting first, the REALLY FAT racers next, then the SUPER FAT racers following.  The SUPER FAT race is expected to take 2+ hours and cover over 25 miles.  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 has not disappointed us this year.  The long shore currents have started building up rollers along the immediate waters edge as well as cutting a ledge that is close to 3 feet in sections.  Some years this ledge has been up to 10 feet which would make for some serious climbing.  The FAT category race will consist of eight laps which will take approximately 60 minutes.  The course is the same for all racers with the REALLY FAT and SUPER FAT racers riding more laps. The age groups are as follows (M & F),  15 & under, 16-19, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70+.  

This year we are introducing the SUPER FAT RELAY.  This event will be open to teams of up to 8 racers on each team.  The riders will be racing the 24 lap event and can switch off each lap or do multiple laps before handing their timing chip off to their team mate.  There will be a team pit/staging area along the course where team members can await the arrival of their member prior to handing off the chip.  Teams are encouraged to wear matching jerseys/clothing so that they can keep track of each other and their competition. The teams can use one bike for the whole race or a bike per racer.  A time bonus and special award will be given to any team which chooses to use the same bike for everyone. Corporate teams are encouraged!!

Fans are encouraged to bring MORE cowbells and whistles to jeer and cheer for their favorite racers.

The entry fee for this years event is $65. (after 3-1-17 goes to $95).  

*A portion of the proceeds of your entry fee also go to support the Wrightsville Beach Foundation.

For Fat Bike riders tire pressure is key for racing on sand.  Tests have been done with multiple tire pressures and the best, most efficient pressure for a 26X4.8″ tire is right about 8 psi.  This low pressure seems to allow the rider to float over the thicker sugar sand while giving enough pressure to allow for speeds over 20mph along the hard packed sand.  This course is designed to test the fitness of racers while allowing fat bikers new to sand riding enough practice time the Friday before the event that they will feel confident to test their mettle and their machine.  The maintenance required on a Fat Bike post beach ride is as simple as a good rinse.  It is advisable to rinse with fresh water and lightly lube your chain.  You will use your gears on the beach!  If the wind is blowing as it often does it is equivalent to climbing up a mountain.  However, when you have a tail wind…. you will be a big ring king. 

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Affiliated Charities

This event benefits Wrightsville Beach Foundation.

The Wrightsville Beach Foundation is a non profit organization whose mission is a commitment to develop and promote a venue that will have the ability to generate funds that can be used to promote, improve and enhance the quality and enjoyment of our islands, parks and recreation programs and amenities.



Refund are not available for this event.


Withdrawals are no longer available for this event.


This event does not provide transfers.


This event does not allow deferrals.

Overall Results


Race Weekend Agenda

Friday, March 10th, 2017

6:00-7:00pm Race Packet Pick up, Blockade Runner Resort, Nighthawk Room
7:00-8:00pm Coastal Adventure cycling via Fatbike on area beaches, Nighthawk Room

Hosted by Crank Arm Brewery

Saturday, March 11th, 2017

High Tide : 6:16am

Low Tide :12:43pm

High Tide 6:37pm

11:00-12:00 PM Race Packet Pick up, Blockade Runner Resort, Nighthawk Room
12:45 AM Kids race on hard sand (two modified laps, 12yrs and under) Free race day registration in Nighthawk Room.
1:00 PM Course sections open up for pre-ride as available.
1:15-1:45 PM Skid contest (Hard beach sand near start of couse). Sign up at packet pickup.
2:00 PM Race Start 24 lap Super Fat Category
2:05 PM Race Start 16 lap Really Fat Category
2:10 PM Race Start 8 lap Fat Category
4:30 PM BBQ Dinner offered for sale, Blockade Runner Resort Lawn
4:00-6:00 PM Awards, Blockade Runner Resort Lawn
8:00 PM onwards After party, Blockade Runner Aquarium Bar

Sunday, March 12th, 2017

1:45-4:15pm Guided Eco Tour of Masonboro Island via Wrightsville Beach Scenic Tours pontoon boat. (Limit 20 participants).
  For more info or to register, use the add on when registering for the US Open Fat Bike Championship or email

2017 Results

Fat (8 mile) Results

Really Fat (16 mile) Results

Super Fat (24 mile) Results