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Cheat the Ferry Man - Fat Tire Ride

Saturday, May 18, 2024, 9:00 AM until 1:00 PM
Ft. Fischer Recreational Area
1000 Loggerhead Rd
NC  28449
Additional Info:
Event Contact(s):
Jeff Jarrett
8623085125 (p)
8623085125 (c)
Wayne Marquino
Ride Leader
910-228-2982 (p)
910-228-2982 (c)
Club Ride - Limited
Registration is not Required
Payment In Full In Advance Only

Cheat the Ferryman

Ft. Fischer to Bald Head Island


Ride Description:


The ride you thought could not be done.  This ride is for fat tire bikes or tenacious mountain bike riders.  In any case, be ready to push your bike through some stretches.  The sand is variable from one day to the next.  From Ft. Fischer rec area bathrooms, take the boardwalk to the beach, and ride 9 miles south, to the paved streets of Bald Head Island. (Yes, they don’t want you to know it’s the same island as Carolina Beach, check it out on Google Earth)  Then a 16 mile loop on the pavement of Bald Head Island to the rest stop at the local market, the lighthouse & marina, and back to the sand.  Shorter route is an out an back and skip the tour of Bald Head Island.  Depending on the head wind, a time will be set to regroup at the market for the return trip.  A bailout option involving 2 ferries is available, it was only needed once.   Plan on a 4+ hour adventure.  FYI: The ride date was picked to maximize the amount of beach available at low tide. This is an out and back ride.


Ride Instructions & Rules:

  1. Please sign the new CFC liability waiver when you arrive at to the ride.  
  2. If you need a ride map, please print out the ride map and bring it to the ride.
  3. Please arrive to the ride start location at least 15 minutes prior to the ride start time.
  4. Please visit and review CFC ride policies.
  5. If the temperature at start time is below 32 degrees or there is steady rain, the ride will be canceled.


Ride Communications:

  1. We currently use the SLACK app to provide up-to-the-minute ride changes and weather info. CLICK HERE to get started.
  2. Monitor the CFC Slack channel “Saturday-am-ride-schedule” before the ride for last minute ride information or cancelation.
  3. At the start we will trade cell phone #'s to stay in communication.  There is cell tower coverage along the whole route


Ride Parking:

Parking is available at the Ft. Fisher Recreational parking area.


Ride Pace:

Normal ride pace speeds don’t apply on the sand.  Expect an energetic “B” pace on a fat tire bike, more energy is required on a mountain bike.  Expect 10 mph or so downwind and 7 mph or so upwind and slower if the wind is especially strong.  The ride leader will regroup riders at various locations along the route.  No one will be left behind.


Ride Maps:

Ride Maps are now on the Clubs Ride with "Ride with GPS page" located here:  Cheat the Ferryman Bald Head Island Ride


General Information:

First time riders are welcome.  If you enjoy the experience, pick up a membership from at your local bike shop or visit for instructions on joining the club.  Membership not only supports the club and cycling advocacy, it extends insurance coverage to you on club rides.


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