As host community for annual gravel events including the Arkansaw High Country Race and Chinkapin Hollow Gravel Grinder, the gravel cycling around Fayetteville has earned national attention.
Already an offseason training destination for professional road cyclists, you’ll find a variety of gravel route options just as accessible from Fayetteville. From mountainous ridgelines to creek lined roads, the opportunities for riding are endless as the surrounding Madison and Washington counties maintain hundreds of miles of gravel roads.
The R.A.P.T.O.R. Gravel Grinder returns to Fayetteville on Saturday, December 5. The gravel road race will feature multiple races distances and a new start line at the Experience Fayetteville Visitors Center, 21 S. Block Ave.
Cyclists can choose between three courses of varying distances including 70+, 50+ and 30+ mile options. Racers can expect a mix of pavement, gravel and even single-track trails - with a gravel-specific or mountain bike recommended to handle the courses.
While parts of Fayetteville’s Centennial Park at Millsap Mountain are still officially under construction, a selection of intermediate mountain bike optimized trails are now open to the public and ready for knobby tires!
Seated in the Ozark Mountains and home to the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville is known as a prominent academic center. Fayetteville’s innovative personality and artistic expression can be found flowing from the University’s campus and into the streets - in the form of public art.
Highlighted by the Razorback Greenway and the multiuse paved trails woven throughout Northwest Arkansas, the bi-annual Square 2 Square Bike Ride (originally scheduled for September 19) is rolling into a virtual format this fall!
The Kessler Mountain Jam is shifting gears this year and converting from a single day AMBCS cross country race to a month-long cross country ride challenge.
While a good portion of Fayetteville’s Centennial Park at Millsap Mountain is still under construction in the southwest area of the city, the future home of the 2022 UCI Cyclocross World Championships has opened the first of a series of mountain bike trails - with more nearing completion.
A Rich History of Road Riding Awaits Cyclists in Fayetteville
A Fayetteville tradition, groups of spandex-clad cyclists have been taking to the scenic roads surrounding our community for decades. Low traffic density, high road quality, diverse mountain topography and route accessibility make for an iconic road riding experience. From Fayetteville, one of the largest county road networks in Arkansas offers over 400 miles of picturesque paved roads and the mild fall and winter seasons make the area popular for off-season team training.
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