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.
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.
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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