Event Spotlight – Cross River Ripper Fat Bike Event (Mass)

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$75 gets you a jersey and an after party. It’s gonna be fun!

All fund raising goes to:

* Barnstable Land Trust  and

* MassAudubon Long Pasture Wildlife SanctuaryHere are the event notes….

The Sandy Neck Fat Bike Winter Classic (SNFBWC) – first annual! – is a night time party ride on a 14 mile course around the Sandy Neck Barrier beach in Barnstable, Massachusetts. Presented by Bike Zone of Cape Cod.

Online registration only. Check in begins at 2pm on race day. 

Ride begins at 4pm with a mass start on the beach just as the sun is setting. We expect all participants to be done riding and safely off Sandy Neck by 8pm as the full moon is rising. 

All riders will be checked in at the beginning and checked out at the end – everybody has to be accounted for before the volunteers and Sandy Neck Ranger Staff can finish their long day and go to the party and we don’t want to lose anybody!

The course begins with six miles of beach. The first of two timed Strava Segments will start at Trail 2, continue around the point, and end just shy of the Sandy Neck Lighthouse ( The Lighthouse Keeper’s Dwelling will host the event’s aid station. The route after the lighthouse continues through dunes, maritime forest, the edge of the Great Marsh, and finishes at the Sandy Neck Gatehouse. This part includes the second timed Strava Segment, which starts at the beginning of the Horseback trail and finishes at the Gatehouse ( 

All intersections will be clearly marked with arrows and/or race tape. While the elevation on this route is almost non-existent, the challenge is grinding through several long stretches of deep, sugary sand – we find riding in sand is the Cape Cod equivalent of elevation training. There are several (possibly unrideable?) short ascents.

The lighthouse aid station will include light refreshments, some treats for interested participants, and the opportunity to warm up a bit. But don’t linger there too long – the aid station will close up no later than 6:30pm and it will take at least an hour to ride to the finish from there. Again: Everybody should be off the beach by 8:00pm and checked off as having safely completed the ride. 

Proceeds for SNFBWC will benefit two local charities that have a stake in the long term well-being and protection of the Sandy Neck barrier beach:  

* Barnstable Land Trust (, and

* MassAudubon Long Pasture Wildlife Sanctuary  (

 All participants are required to wear a helmet, have 2 lights (in case one fails) and phones with ringers on in case of emergency. (Zany costumes optional.)

SNFBWC is not a race in the conventional sense. We will use Strava to score the fastest segment times – the winners will have the shortest combined time. Prizes – donated by the Bike Zone of Cape Cod – will go to the top three men and top three women.

If you’re a registered participant be sure to join the Strava Club. This is where we score both segments! After you are registered join this Strava Club: In the event of a tie, the tie breaker will be decided by Rock, Paper, Scissors! (Best two out of three at the After Party!). In the event of technical problems with determining the true results using Strava, we would like to emphasize that this is a fat bike party ride and it’s supposed to be fun.

Directions to the start: From 6A in East Sandwich, follow Sandy Neck Road past the Gatehouse to the main parking lot at the end of the road. The address is: Sandy Neck Beach, West Barnstable, MA 02668.

Post-ride party will be at 6A Brewing (, about 9 miles west along 6A from Sandy Neck Road, from 7pm to 11pm. Party will include an assortment of food and lots of beer. One pint of Speedway Boogie New England IPA and the food are included as part of your event shwag. Additional beer is available for sale. All riders and volunteers get a 2019 commemorative jersey. Must be 21+years old after 6pm. A secondary I.D. will be required if you have a drivers’ license outside of Massachusetts.

Party location: 6A Brewing Company

119 Cranberry Hwy / Sagamore Bridge Connector Road, Sagamore 

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