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.

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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Event date: November 13, 2021

All Cross 2021

Get ready to party at Centennial Park in Fayetteville! All Cross, a cyclo-cross event specifically designed to be accessible to anyone and everyone, will kick off its 4-event series in Fayetteville on November 13, 2021.

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Event date: October 13, 2021

2021 UCI World Cup

The Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) Management Committee has announced that Fayetteville, Arkansas has been selected to host a cyclo-cross World Cup event on Wednesday, October 13, 2021, as part of the 2021-2022 cyclo-cross World Cup schedule.

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What is Cyclo-cross?

In early 2022, the world is coming to Fayetteville, Arkansas. Northwest Arkansas is currently preparing to host the 2022 Walmart UCI Cyclo-cross World Championships, which will draw athletes and fans from around the globe. This is only the second time the event has ever been held in the United States. We want to make sure visitors from around the United States and the world are ready for this exciting event in Fayetteville, and part of that is being educated about cyclo-cross. If you’re not an avid fan who is already familiar with the sport, keep reading to learn more about it.

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Event date: July 31, 2021

Tour de Frida

Arkansas Latinas en Bici presents the Tour de Frida – a public art-inspired cycling event celebrating the life and death of artist Frida Kahlo and the Northwest Arkansas Latinx community. *Event moved from July 17 to July 31 due to inclement weather*

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