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.

The World is Coming to Fayetteville

Fayetteville is proud to welcome a worldwide audience of national teams and athletes, spectators and more than 50 million TV viewers as the official host of the 2022 UCI® Cyclo-cross World Championships to be held January 28-30, 2022. To get the party started and showcase the excitement of cyclo-cross, Fayetteville hosted a 2021 UCI® World Cup event on October 13, 2021 featuring pro teams and riders. Click here to see results from that event as well as interviews with some of the riders. Make plans now to come see this spectator-friendly sport and to support world-class cycling events in the USA. In the 72-year history of cyclo-cross world championships, this is only the second time for the event to held outside of Europe. The World’s Best Cyclists How good are world-class cyclo-cross riders? Jolanda Neff of Switzerland and Tom Pidcock of Great Britain – both professional cyclo-cross racers expected to compete in Fayetteville – showed their talent and versatility by winning Gold in the Tokyo Olympics mountain biking events. The defending elite male cyclo-cross champion, Mathieu van der Poel, wore the Yellow Jersey as race leader for 6 days in the 2021 Tour de France, while former world champion Wout van Aert, won three stages in the Tour. In other words, these athletes are the best in the world. Cyclo-Cross 101 Cyclo-cross is the fastest growing type of cycling across the globe. It is often described as mountain biking with a road bike on a criterium style course. Cyclo-cross courses are twisty, hilly, wet, muddy and full of obstacles that require riders to dismount and carry their bikes at times. Best of all, cyclo-cross courses are relatively short – usually around 2-miles – and the riders complete multiple laps in a race. This means it’s great for spectators because the world’s best cyclists are just an arms-length away each time they circuit the course. The Cyclo-Cross Culture The first thing you’ll notice about Fayetteville’s UCI cyclo-cross events is that they’re happening in the winter months which tells you that the mood is pretty chill! We’ll have parties, festivals, music, and expos for all to enjoy, not to mention great cycling for all from our world-class trails, mountain biking, gravel rides and road courses renowned by the pros who train and race here. Experience Fayetteville Come for the world-class cycling but stay for the unique and welcoming experience you can only find in Fayetteville, Arkansas! From our vibrant local art scene to our unique dining and natural beauty, Fayetteville is a favorite destination for many travelers and adventure-seekers. Getting Here For those visiting from far away, Fayetteville is conveniently located less than 20 miles from the Northwest Arkansas National Airport (XNA). If traveling by car, the drive to Fayetteville allows guests an excellent opportunity to see the beauty of the Ozark Mountains. Visit our Getting Here page to learn more about popular routes and attractions along the way. Schedule of Events World Cup - October 13, 2021 Elite Men & Women Races World Championships - January 28-30, 2022 U18 Men & Women Races U23 Men & Women Races Elite Men & Women Races For more information, please visit our cyclo-cross event website at www.cyclocrossfayettevillear.com.  

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Event date: April 18, 2021

OZ Trails US Pro Cup presented by Experience Fayetteville April 9-11, April 16-18

OZ Trails announced as a stop on the trail to Tokyo – Mountain Bike Olympic qualifiers come to Centennial Park in Fayetteville, Arkansas on April 9-11 and April 16-18. Fayetteville will be home to Olympic mountain bike qualifying for back-to-back race weekends this spring with the inaugural OZ Trail US Pro Cup, presented by Experience Fayetteville. Over two weekends of off-road racing at Centennial Park at Millsap Mountain, professional men and women cross country mountain bikers will compete for critical points and a spot in the Summer Olympics in Tokyo. A full schedule of cross country and short track cross country races are expected to showcase a deep field of US and International riders representing past and future Olympians, national champions, and continental and world champions.

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