New UK beach bike race announced

Cyclocross style loop will challenge riders to negotiate sand, dunes and military pillboxes

Entries open tomorrow for an event which claims to be the first ever beach bike race on UK sand.

The Howies-sponsored Battle on the Beach will take place on March 16 at Pembrey Country Park in South Wales and will be run over an 8km loop.

Beach racing is thriving in the Netherlands, which makes use of the country’s wide, windswept North Sea beaches. However while the Dutch mass participation events are usually run out and back to make use of the wind, the Welsh looped version will be more technical, offering ‘sand, dunes, singletrack and a few surprises’ according to the event website. Those surprises are likely to include riding through old military installations in the dunes, once used by the armed forces.

Entrants will be split into Open, Veteran and Fun/Youth fields. There’s a sub-category for fatbikes too

The top prize is £250 to the winners of the male and female races, but be warned: BikeRadar believes experienced beach racers from the Dutch Koga Mountain Bike Team could be travelling over for the event.

If you’re considering entering, take a look at Rameses Bekkenk’s bike for some kit choices.

Entries cost £18 and will open on January 1 2014 via the website.

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