Weston Beach Race
Words: Fergus Coyle
Images: Fergus Coyle
For the past 36 years, in late Autumn when seasonal tourism reaches a low ebb, the 3-mile-long beach at Weston Super-Mare goes through a dramatic transformation. Â One million tons of sand is moved to sculpt a course containing 36 mammoth dunes â€“ the tallest, 15 metres high.
The course itself stretches to be up to 6 Kilometres long, with a starting straight of 2 Kilometres.Â By the end of the 3-hour long endurance race, the Severn Estuaryâ€™s tide is well on its wayÂ to swallow up the 2 km straight.
What ensues is three days of turmoil – a constant battle between riders, their bikes and the highly corrosive sand. Only aÂ few emerge victorious. All emerge to drain sand from places they never thought necessary.