The four-day, four stage event will attract more than 750 athletes from 27 countries and all 50 states. It is one of the largest annual events in Fayetteville, and one of the most popular things to do and witness for visitors, especially for cyclists who come to Fayetteville and Northwest Arkansas to train due to the terrain of the Ozark Mountains and temperate climate year round.
The Joe Martin Gran Fondo is a two-day, two-stage race for amateurs who would like to experience part of the same courses as the pros, but who do not want to live life on the edge — at least not for their day job!
The Gran Fondo allows more casual riders to “become a pro for a day.” All routes are held on portions of the same course the pros are competing on. It may not be 110 miles like the pro course, but the 74-mile course will make you feel like a pro after you’re finished. (Course options include 23, 40, 51 and 74 miles.)
Sunday’s criterium races finish off the Historic Downtown Square. Cheering on racers at the finish line is an amazing experience and certainly should be on any cycling enthusiasts Fayetteville bucket list.
For more information about the Joe Martin Gran Fondo, including registration details, schedules and course maps, visit joemartingranfondo.com.