Cycling

With world-class riding around every corner – make Fayetteville your next cycling destination!

Fayetteville, Arkansas is home to authentic cycling experiences. From road cycling to gravel riding, the surrounding Ozark Mountains create the perfect backdrop for all day adventures or just an afternoon cruise.

With over 100 miles of paved and singletrack trails accessible from the city center, Fayetteville boasts an extensive trail network featuring a variety of experiences for cyclists of all abilities. From the family-friendly Razorback Greenway to the purpose-built mountain bike trails at Centennial Park, the toughest decision may be deciding what bike to ride.

After the ride, you’ll find an abundance of bicycle-friendly restaurants, coffee shops, and breweries rich with local flavor and area hotels prepared to welcome cyclists to town.

Keep scrolling to start planning your next cycling vacation or just that next ride in Fayetteville.

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From Fayetteville, road cyclists will discover one of the largest road networks in Arkansas – with over 400 miles of scenic paved roads accessible from town. Low traffic density, high road quality, and diverse mountain topography make Fayetteville the ideal destination for your next road cycling vacation. Here is a selection of routes to get you pedaling!

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Fayetteville is home to world-class mountain biking with a variety of family-friendly flow trails, technical singletrack and purpose-built trail systems just a few miles from downtown. Over 50 miles of singletrack can be found throughout town and additional trails are just a short drive away.

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Surrounded by the Ozark Mountains, hundreds of miles of gravel roads are accessible right from Fayetteville. From winding ridges to twisting descents, Fayetteville is your gateway to endless gravel riding opportunities. Here is a selection of routes favoring gravel cyclists looking for their next adventure.

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Fayetteville features an extensive 50-mile network of family-friendly paved trails winding through town and is home to Mile Zero of the regional Razorback Greenway. Cyclists of all abilities can cruise the trails where they will find easy access to local eateries, breweries, and public art. Click here for a selection of routes to get you started!

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Didn’t bring your own wheels to Fayetteville? No problem! Fayetteville has several options available for scooting around town. Dockless rental e-scooters from Veo and Spin can be found from downtown to Lake Fayetteville and most local bike shops (page 100 in our Visitors Guide) have a rental bike to meet your needs!

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Fayetteville hosts a diverse calendar of national, international, and championship-caliber cycling events each year. From road cycling to gravel grinding, Fayetteville is an annual destination for cycling fans, racers, and casual spectators. Check out some of our favorite events below!

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In January 2022, Fayetteville hosted the Walmart UCI Cyclo-cross World Championships, a global sporting event that put the city in the spotlight as a cycling destination. Download the report below to learn more about the event and how it impacted the city.

Fayetteville’s Key 2022 Cycling Events

If you’ve spent any time in Fayetteville recently, you’ve probably heard a whole lot about the wide world of cycling and all the events that come along with it! It’s no secret that Fayetteville has become a hotspot cycling destination for bikers and fans from all over the world, especially after gaining its Bike City label and hosting the 2022 Walmart UCI Cyclo-Cross World Championships at Centennial Park.

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Event date: January 30, 2022

2022 Walmart UCI Cyclo-cross World Championships Jan. 28-30

The UCI Cyclo-cross World Championships will be held in Fayetteville, Arkansas, Jan. 28-30, 2022.  This is only the second time that the championships have been held in the United States! Hosted at Centennial Park in Fayetteville, Arkansas, the Worlds is a two-day event featuring six championship races for Elite Men and Women, Under 23 Men and Women, and Junior Men and Women spanning a festive weekend. The World Championships give athletes the opportunities to compete for their country, just like the Olympic Games.  Cyclo-Cross is a fall and winter cycling sport that has grown in the last decade, especially in the United States. Competitors race on a spectator-friendly course approximately 1.75 miles (3 km), in length that includes short steep hills and obstacles that may require dismounting and running with the bike. Races take place ‘rain or shine', making cyclo-cross riders some of the toughest across disciplines. Click here to find out more about cyclo-cross.  The World Championship weekend will be part of a multi-day festival for both new fans and die-hard cyclo-cross spectators.  The race will be the pinnacle of a weekend filled with activities and events that showcase all that Northwest Arkansas has to offer. Visit Getting Here to start planning your trip to enjoy the Worlds. Need lodging options? We've got you covered! Click here for a complete list of Fayetteville hotels. For full event details, visit cyclocrossfayettevillear2022.com.

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Event date: December 11, 2021

RAPTOR Gravel Grinder 2021

What’s better on a crisp fall day than busting out your bike to take on some gravel? Having a fully-mapped course to follow with well-stocked aid stations along the way, of course! Enter the RAPTOR Gravel Grinder race, back in Fayetteville on December 11, 2021.

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Event date: November 06, 2021

Joe Martin Gran Fondo presented by Experience Fayetteville

The Joe Martin Gran Fondo presented by Experience Fayetteville returns this fall! While the annual Joe Martin Stage Race is known to test the top professional men and women road cyclists in the country, the Joe Martin Gran Fondo presented by Experience Fayetteville features the same iconic courses – but as fun paced group rides! UPDATE DATE CHANGE: All Sports Productions has elected to reschedule the Joe Martin Gran Fondo (JMGF) event until Saturday, November 6, 2021. The overall experience for our Gran Fondo participants is always a priority, and this date change will bring with it the cooler and more inviting temperatures of fall.

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