WRIGHTSVILLE BEACH — The US Open Fats Bike Seaside Championship, which claims the title as the most important seashore race within the nation, is returning to Wrightsville Seaside subsequent month.
Shawn Spencer, the director of the competitors, mentioned the expansion of the race comes from the rising reputation of fats biking on the whole.
“It’s an superior sport, nice train, and a enjoyable option to discover the barrier islands in an environmentally pleasant means,” Spencer mentioned.
The race will happen on the weekend of March 27-29 in entrance of the occasion’s host resort, Blockade Runner. There’s each a 1-hour and 2-hour race, with a number of age teams and a relay division, in response to a launch despatched out Thursday.
“We construct a one-half mile loop course on the seashore the morning of the occasion, using the pure surfaces of sentimental and exhausting sand beneath the sand dunes,” Spencer mentioned.
The 2-hour racers will begin at 2 PM this yr, and the 1-hour bikers roll out at 4:10 PM. There shall be a sandcastle-building contest earlier than the race, with money prizes awarded to first and second place winners. The sand castles will then function course obstacles in the course of the race.
Spencer mentioned intimately the traits of a “extra pure” and natural course than latest years, how the tide will influence racers in the course of the race, whether or not previous champions will once more compete within the race, and comparisons to the world-renowned Leadville 100.
The 2020 course shall be extra pure. In 2018 the Corps of Engineers was dredging, and there have been large pipes we needed to traverse. In 2019 we used a mini-excavator and dug some…