Fat Cross Beach Bash - Wrightsville Beach 2017

presented by Watermans Brewing Company


9:00 AM


Saturday, October 28, 2017


Crystal Pier, Wrightsville Beach
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Fat Bike Triathlon
Fat Bike Duathlon


Friday, October 27, 2017  3:00 PM


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Fat Cross Beach Bash - Wrightsville Beach




September 18, 2017 : We have had a lot of questions regarding Fat Bikes so here are some answers. Please use the contact us link above to send us any specific questions.

  • We do not provide Fat Bikes for rent, however Shawn at Bike Cycles does have Fat Bikes for Sale and a number of Fat Bike he rents. If you do not have a Fat Bike you may want to check with your local bike shop(s) to see if they have any Fat Bikes for rent or demo. 
  • We will not allow any tire size below 4.0 onto the course due to the heavy sand in some parts of the course. This is for the safety of all riders.
  • One suggestion if you do not have a Fat Bike, but want to still do the event. Find a friend who has one. They may want to do the mixed team relay with you.

I hope everyone is getting excited about this brand new style of multisport. I get a lot of comments about how unique and safe the event is and that they would like to do it and I always tell them the same thing. Fat is the New Thin.

August 21, 2017 : We are proud to welcome Waterman's Brewing as the presenting sponsor for the Fat Cross Beach Bash. Waterman's is generously providing all the awards, as well as providing the pre and post race party, including awards in their 'Ohana room. What's more rewarding than to drink a beer with your fellow athletes ? Their amazing brew's by their talented Brew Master Zac Brown, will be on offer to sample. If you cant wait to sample their beer and food selection, check them out on Facebook and their website, and make a point to visit. The brewery is conveniently located just off Wrightsville Beach at 1610 Pavilion Place.

Make sure you register today and make Watermans Brewery one of your stops when you come to the beach.

May 1st, 2017 : Online Registration is now open.


In the first event of its kind, the Fat Bike Beach Bash will have 2 formats to choose from

  • Fat Bike Beach Triathlon - 500 meter swim, 9 Mile Fat Cross Bike, 2 mile run.
  • Fat Bike Beach Duathlon - 2 mile run, 9 Mile Fat Cross Bike, 2 mile run.

Starting at Ocenanic Pier on Wrightsville Beach, the event will start on low tide to make the best use of the hard pack exposed by the receding tide.

This event will be the most fun you have ever had in a triathlon, guaranteeing you to have the biggest grin from ear to ear to the finish. The course is completely void from any motorized vehicles and if you have any over corrections, the sand makes for a soft landing. Adding our unique beach furniture and a few challenges to mix it up in front of your family and friends, will make the fun meter go into overdrive when you pass them every 5-8 minutes on the 1 mile bike loop.

All of these reasons will probably make it the safest, most spectator friendly triathlon or duathlon you will ever race in. 

Fat is the New Thin

Event Site Rules

While we expect this to be a fun filled event there will be a couple of rules we have to make sure you dont miss

  1. Drafting. Please draft a lot and draft often.
  2. Overtaken. Thats an invitation to go faster.
  3. Blocking. We have no defined lanes. Find a safe way to go around
  4. Dismounting and running through obstacles is allowed, sometimes its is the only way.

On a serious levels

  1. Only tires over 4 inches are allowed. If you have a mountain bike and it has 4 inch tires, great, but anything under 4 inches will make it dangerous for others in the soft sand.
  2. Respect your fellow competitor. No pushing or shoving in tight sections.
  3. No riding in the sand dunes.
  4. If there are marked turtle nests DO NOT ENTER the marked boundaries. 


Packet Pickup

Waterman's Brewery will be the packet pickup location for the Fat Bike Beach Bash. Watermans will be providing each competitor who picks up his or her packet on Friday evening between 5:00pm and 7:00pm a free appetizer and beer. How cool is that !!!!

Friday Packet Pickup Details

Date : Friday September 27th

Time : 5:00pm to 7:00pm

Location : Waterman's Brewery (Click for map)

Address : 1610 Pavilion Drv, Wilmington, NC

Saturday Packet Pickup Details

Date : Saturday September 28th

Time : 7:30am to 8:00am

Location : Crystal Pier Beach (Click for map)

Address : 703 South Lumina Ave, Wrightsville Beach, NC

Affiliated Charities

This event benefits North Carolina Coastal Federation.

North Carolina Coastal Federation: Working together for a healthy coast.

Whether you live and work on the coast, visit on occasion or just dream of walking along our beautiful beaches, the well-being of your world depends on healthy oceans and coastal ecosystems.

The North Carolina Coastal Federation works to protect and restore coastal water quality and habitats throughout the North Carolina coast by collaborating with and engaging people from all walks of life who are committed to preserving the coast for current and future generations.

Please show your generousity during the registration process. Every little bit helps support such a great cause preserving our beach play ground.

Protect and Restore Coastal Water Quality by Decreasing Polluted Runoff 

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Refund are not available for this event.


This event does not provide transfers.


This event does not allow deferrals.


Inclement Weather

In the event of inclement weather the following procedures will be followed:

The event will be postponed in hopes the inclement weather will pass. If the inclement weather does not pass in time to complete the event safely in the original or modified format, the event will be cancelled. If the weather passes and the water conditions are not deemed safe, the triathlon will be converted to a duathlon, the swim run will become a beach run and the swim will be cancelled.

Every effort will be made to hold this event on time on this date. Should this event be cancelled due to an Act of God or other circumstance beyond the race directors control there will be no refunds, credits, or transfers.

NO EXCEPTIONS will be made to this policy.

By registering for this event you agree to this weather policy.

Fat Bike Triathlon Categories

Fat Bike Triathlon and Duathlon Categories

  • Male and Female Age Group 16-19
  • Male and Female Age Group 20-29
  • Male and Female Age Group 30-39
  • Male and Female Age Group 40-49
  • Male and Female Age Group 50-59
  • Male and Female Age Group 60-69
  • Male and Female Age Group 70+
  • Athena (Above 165 pounds)
  • Clydesdale (Above 220 pounds and 39 years old and below)
  • Master Clydesdale (Above 220 pounds and 40 years old and above)


2017 Fat Cross Beach Bash Results

2017 Fat Cross Beach Bash Lap Times