The Joe Martin Stage Race, one of the top professional and amateur road cycling stage races in the nation, returns to Fayetteville, Arkansas April 2-5th, 2020. In its 43rd year, the Joe Martin Stage Race is the second oldest continually held cycling stage race in the country.
Over 4 days, a hundred professional and elite amateur road cycling teams from around the globe gather in Fayetteville for a series of race stages. Rooted in the Ozark Mountains, an expansive road network of quality pavement, diverse topography, and sweeping scenery shapes each stage. The energy culminates for the final stage – the spectator-friendly Experience Fayetteville Criterium on the streets of Historic Downtown Fayetteville.
On Sunday, April 5th a total field of 750 cyclists - representing all 50 states and 27 different countries - will speed through the spectator lined streets of downtown Fayetteville for a delirious display as riders plunge into turns at 40mph. The race director, Bruce Dunn, will tell you “there is nothing like the sound made by cyclists buzzing by you at those speeds. You can only appreciate it by being there in person.”.
The Joe Martin Stage Race is part of both the Pro Road Tour (PRT) which is the pro and elite amateur cycling tour of USA Cycling and the UCI America Tour. USA Cycling is the national governing body of cycling operating under the United States Olympic Committee. The Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) is the world governing body for the sport of cycling recognized by the International Olympic Committee (IOC). Over 750 athletes from 25 countries and all 50 states will be attending the race. The race is ranked as one of the top stages races on both the PRT and UCI America Tour Calendars. 2020 will mark the 43rd edition of the amateur races; 18th anniversary on the Pro Road Tour (PRT) and 6th year on the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) America Tour calendar.
Originally known as the Fayetteville Spring Classic, the race was renamed after long-time race director, Joe Martin after his passing in 1989. It is one of the largest annual events in Fayetteville, and one of the most popular things to do and witness for visitors, especially for cyclists who come to Fayetteville and Northwest Arkansas to train due to the terrain of the Ozark Mountains and temperate climate year-round.