Fat Cross Amelia Island 2018

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10:00 AM


Saturday, February 24, 2018


Peters Point Beach Front Park
Amelia Island, Florida
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FAT 1 Hour Race
REALLY FAT 1.5 Hour Race
SUPER FAT 2 Hour race


Thursday, February 22, 2018  10:00 PM


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Fat Cross Amelia Island




09/14/2017 : Our thoughts and prayers go out to those who have been impacted by Hurricane Irma. Amelia Island was not spared by Irma, and the hard work of recovery by the residents of Amelia Island is under way. With the beaches taking the full force of the storm surge and the erosion caused, we have made the decision to postpone the Fat Cross Amelia Island event until February, 2018. This will allow Amelia Island, its residents and beaches to recover, putting Amelia Island back to the beautiful destination it always has been.

09/05/2017 : The North Florida Bicycle Club Pedaling for Safety Campaign main charity ride, The Endless Summer Watermelon ride has been cancelled due to Hurricane Irma. This is their main charity raising event for 2017. The pedaling for Safety campagn is our affiliated charity and when you register for Fat Cross Amelia Island, make sure you donate something to their charity. They are working hard to keep us safe on the streets.

08/01/2017 : We are proud to announce that the North Florida Bicycle Club Pedaling for Safety Campaign will be the affiliated charity for the Fat Cross Amelia Island event. They are doing amazing work in the education of the general public in the North Florida region for the safety of all that ride bicycles. Please visit their page and help support them, as we are in their campaign. 

07/14/2017 : We have finalized the Fat Cross Amelia Island logo.

2017 Fat Cross Amelia Island Logo

06/15/2017 - Registration is open for the 2017 Fat Cross Amelia Island

05/24/2017 - We have changed the format from number of laps to a specific time for each category.

The athlete who completes the most number of laps and has the lowest total time for that number of laps will be awarded the win.

  • Joe does 24 laps and has a total time of 2hrs 1min and 3 secs. Joe is awarded 1st.
  • Paul does 24 laps and has a total time of 2hrs 1min and 45 secs. Paul is awarded 2nd.
  • Chris does 23 laps and has a total time of 2hrs 3min and 45 secs. Chris is awarded 3rd.

The same applies for each category. 


Set Up Events and Fat Cross Multisport is bringing the successful Fat Cross format introduced by the US Open Fat Cross Beach Championship to Amelia Island, Florida.
The format is like no other in the USA.  Being held on an all sand course along the shores of the historic Amelia Island, Florida 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 another race.
The course will start on Peters Point Beach Front Park and traverse whatever mother nature has sculpted or has left for us on the beach. We will incorporate anything we find into the obstacles and with 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 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 minutes 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 this estimate longer or shorter.

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.  

The age groups are as follows (M & F),  15 & under, 16-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69, 70+.  

The SUPER FAT RELAY category will be open to teams of up to 8 racers on each team.  The riders will be racing the 2 Hour 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.

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 26X4.6″ 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. 

Category Pricing

Fat 1 Hour Male
Fat 1 Hour Female
Really Fat 1.5 Hour Male
Really Fat 1.5 Hour Female
Super Fat 2 Hour Male
Super Fat 2 Hour Female
On-site Registration$45.00

**This pricing is based upon Date

Once a date is reached the price will increase to the next tier

Super Fat 2 Hour Relay
On-site Registration$185.00

**This pricing is based upon Date

Once a date is reached the price will increase to the next tier

Note: On-line Registration for this event closes on 02-22-2018 at 10:00 PM.

On-site registration is available for this event on 02-24-2018 during normal packet pick up hours.

Affiliated Charities

This event benefits North Florida Bicycle Club Pedaling for Safety Campaign.

North Florida Bicycle Club Pedaling for Safety Campaign

Pedaling for Safety's mission is to promote safety for people who bicycle along Florida's First Coast.

Our vision is zero fatalities or serious injuries from bicycling in our region.

 Since its inception the Pedaling for Safety Campaign has

  • Funded billboards at multiple sites along the First Coast and radio spots.  Safety Campaign Billboards and Banner
  • Displayed our safety message on 25 Jacksonville Transportation Authority buses and distributed car door magnets and bumper stickers promoting our campaign.
  • The Ride Bright at Night initiative began in February 2015 with the placement of posters on bus shelters, targeting corridors identified by the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office (JSO) with high citation rates for bicyclists riding without lights. JSO has distributed 1000 set of lights to patrol officers to hand out to cyclists riding at night without lights in lieu of citations.
  • Placed posters at local bike shops and on public bulletin boards at receptive businesses.
  • Continuing outreach to community shelters and surrounding counties.
  • Dedicated a significant percentage of the profits from the Tour de Forts Classic and Endless Summer Watermelon Ride to the Pedaling for Safety Campaign.

Lodging Information

Amelia Hotel at the Beach

Fat Cross Amelia Island participants can enjoy a standard guest room starting at $109 plus tax at the Amelia Hotel at the Beach.

To book online please visit PROMO code: FATX

Or you may call the hotel at (904) 206-5600 and mention “Fat Cross Race”

Reservations are based on availability, Not valid with any other discounts.

Amelia Rentals

Amelia Rentals is offering 15% off our vacation rentals for race participants October 12- 16, 2017. (A few select properties are excluded from this discount )

  • Minimum 3 nights booking to receive 15% off

  • Contact our reservations team at 800-874-8679 and mention "Fat Cross Amelia Island" to receive the discount at the time of booking.

  • Applies to NEW reservations only!

  • Please call (904) 261-9129 to reserve your accomodation.

Beachside Motel

Any guest attending the Fat Cross event can receive a 15% discount October 13-15.

Call directly to book or use the promo code Fat Cross on beachside on our website

Hoyt House

Race participants can take advantage of 10% off a one-night stay OR 15% Off two-night stay at the charming Hoyt House.  

Must call and mention "Fat Cross" at time of booking.  Cannot be combined with any other package, discount of special event.​

To book your reservation please call

  • 904-277-4300
  • 800-432-2085

You can get more details about the Hoyt house at our website.

Omni Amelia Island Plantation

Fat Cross Amelia Package

Stay with the Omni Amelia Island Plantation on the Fat Cross Amelia Package and enjoy a rate of $149 per night, waived nightly resort fee and a welcome amenity.

 For booking use the Promo Code: AMELIA

Rate available: October 13-15, based on availability. Rate does not include taxes.

Residence Inn Amelia Island

Residence Inn Amelia Island is offering rates starting at $149 per night for Fat Cross participants, October 13-15, if booked by September 15.

Enjoy spacious accommodations and free breakfast, just minutes from the race location.

Residence Inn Amelia Island  for 149.00 USD  - 229.00 USD  per night

Click Here to Book your group rate for Fat Cross Amelia Island 2017

The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island

The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island is featuring the Breakaway Package, valid through December 30, 2017, which starts at $549 USD per night and includes deluxe accommodations and a $100 resort credit.



Refund are not available for this event.


Withdrawals will be available after Thursday, January 25, 2018.


This event does not provide transfers.


This event does not allow deferrals.


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Race Weekend Agenda

Below is the 2017 Race Weekend Agenda. Use this as a guide to the weekend.

We will update closer to the event as we firm up the details.

Friday, October 13th, 2017

6:00-7:00pm Race Packet Pick up. TBD.

Saturday, October 14th, 2017

Low Tide :10:43am

High Tide 5:23pm

8:00-9:15 AM Race Packet Pick up. Peters Point Beachpark
9:15 AM Course sections open up for pre-ride as available.
10:00 AM Race Start 2 Hour Super Fat Category
10:30 AM Race Start 1.5 Hour Really Fat Category
11:00 AM Race Start 1 Hour Fat Category
12:00 PM Race Ends
12:30 PM Awards, Peters Point Beachpark