Trending: Sand Peddlars

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15 PEOPLE | CULTURE | HAPPENINGS trending Riders on the Beach Sand Peddlers By McCALL REEDER Photography by EMMY ERRANTE he beautiful, deep sand of Wrightsville Beach is loved by tourists and locals alike. It’s perfect for relaxing on a lazy day, watching the crashing waves and walking past the rustic piers. But riding a bike on the soft, often-sloping stuff? That’s a different proposition. "Sand is tricky to ride on; it kind of has a notorious reputation in cycling," says Ben Brown, an accomplished bike racer. “In cyclocross, racing promoters often add a ‘sand pit’ to the course to stump racers, often forcing them to dismount and carry their bike through.” Despite the difficulty — or maybe because of the challenge — competing on the beach is a new and growing sport in the cycling world. It’s called Fat Bike racing. “The race culture with Fat Bikes is brand new, but piggybacks on the success of similar types of bike racing where the riders and crowd get to interact all along the course,” says Bill Sessoms, a Wilmington rider. Michael Vandenheuvel from Cary, North Carolina, competed in the expert division of the inaugural U.S. Open Beach Fat Bike Championships in 2015. www.wrightsvillebeachmagazine.com WBM T


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