Two weeks before the Red Bull Knock-Out… “Hey Chris, do you want to fly to the Netherlands to do a story on a beach race?” Without any questions, I gave just a simple “Hell yeah!” I then found myself scrambling to replace my lost/stolen unused passport. Did you know that you could get a passport in two days? Yeah, you can. In a blur of a week, I was aboard a plane to the Netherlands to compete in the most grueling beach race in the world. To break it down: 650 riders (amateur to pro, 14 to 56 years old, including 10 women) voluntarily lined up on the beach of Scheveningen to test their physical, mental and sand riding strengths. In doing so, they subjected themselves to three hours of two-wheel hell the promoters “kindly” broke down into two 90-minute motos. After the first hour and a half moto, only the top 50 percent of the racers were allowed to compete in the second and final moto in hopes of being crowned King of the Sand. The course consisted of one mile of huge sand rollers, 1.5 miles of tide-threatened beachfront and several man-made obstacles all laid out on about a three-mile loop. Have you ever seen 650 riders on a three-mile track all at one time? That’s what I thought. But with these pictures, now you can view the grueling race firsthand. Want to sign up with me next year?When the press release said, “The toughest sand race in the world,” it wasn’t just juggling its own cookies. This race was not only tough for the riders, but also for everyone involved with making it run. From the track workers who constantly adjusted the course to the promoters who pumped up the event to the city that allowed this race-my hat is off to you guys. The overall experience was once again a Red Bull One-of-a-Kind. Thank you Red Bull, KTM and Dirt Rider for giving me the opportunity to come out and test my sand legs. And remember, life’s a beach!