Fat bikes, we may as well call them snow bikes... right? The scene that pops into your head when you think fat bikes:
(Photo: AC with First Tracks Productions)
Or well-groomed snow covered singletrack, pogies, winter boots, frozen water bottles:
(Photo: Dirt Ambassador Shannon in IL)
Or destination races like the ten-hour in Silverton, CO (that is a damn fine party):
(That one was me)
We’re comfortable with that, fat bikes were born in the snow. But fat bikes have grown up! You see them everywhere now. The streets of New York and the Philippines, the trails of Colorado and Utah, the beaches of California and... wait for it... North Carolina.
Over a hundred riders divided into every class raced on a backhoe-groomed course entirely made of sand. Put on beautifully by the Bike Cycles Bike Shop of Wilmington, North Carolina, the Red Bull and Dirt Components sponsored U.S Open Fat Bike Beach Championships is held on the beaches of Wrightsville, North Carolina.
(Jesse Piersol on her way to another win)
I got to ride the course and was pleased with how many people came out for the event. We drove overnight from ATX to attend, we just kept hearing about this event and how it was getting bigger every year. Then I saw them sell out and it was decided!
We closed out the bar that night, got some sleep in the Sprinter and headed back.
Put the U.S. Open Fat Bike Championships on your event list for next year! Fat bikes are for every season and terrain, they just happen to do the hard stuff really well.