Fayetteville is set to host the annual Arkansaw High Country Race, a self-supported 1000-mile ultra-endurance gravel bikepacking event, starting from our Downtown Square on Saturday morning, June 6, 2020.
Borrowing from multi-day backcountry hiking or backpacking, bikepacking combines cycling through rugged terrain with minimalist camping.
The Arkansaw High Country Race follows the perimeter of the Arkansas High Country Route. Published in 2019 by the Adventure Cycling Association with support from the Arkansas Parks and Recreation Foundation, the route connects several of the State’s natural divisions in Central and Northwest Arkansas through a series of three gravel and paved road loops.
Starting from Fayetteville, cyclists will traverse the Ozark Mountains east to the Buffalo National River Corridor, and then south into the Arkansas River Valley. From the River Valley, riders dip west through the Ouachita Mountains with sizeable climbs and rollercoaster ridges before climbing back north through the Ozark Mountains to the finish line in Fayetteville. Ultra-endurance athletes from across the country will gather at the Fayetteville Town Center on Friday evening, June 5, 2020, for mandatory pre-race meetings, guest panels, short-films and more – all open to the public.
The Arkansaw High Country Race is scheduled to officially start in front of the Graduate Hotel at 7 am on Saturday, June 6, with a community roll out event — an opportunity for local cyclists to ride with some of the country’s top endurance racers as they make their way out of Fayetteville along the Northwest Arkansas Razorback Greenway.
All racers will be equipped with SPOT personal trackers, a GPS tracking device that uses the Globalstar satellite network, allowing fans to follow their favorite riders along the route in real time (a practice commonly referred to as “dot following”).
Midway between the suffering associated with road cycling and the surfer-esque culture of mountain biking – gravel riding, sometimes referred to as gravel grinding, is erupting in popularity. A common road surface found in rural areas throughout the United States, gravel road riding has become cycling’s fastest growing discipline. Offering a more relaxed style than traditional paved road riding, cyclists are drawn to the low traffic and diverse scenery associated with gravel riding. It’s not uncommon to ride for hours without encountering a single car.
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.
The wild world of international cyclocross racing lands back in Fayetteville this fall. In its second year, FayetteCross has been selected as the 2020 Pan-American Cyclocross Championships!
Typically held in the Fall and Winter months, International cyclocross racing comes to Fayetteville, Arkansas October 5-6, 2019 for FayetteCross! It’s a full weekend of unconventional bicycle racing at Centennial Park at Millsap Mountain - the future home of the 2022 UCI Cyclocross World Championships!
Fayetteville is known as much for its natural beauty and cool college town vibe as it is for its warmth and hospitality. The convergence of those characteristics, as well as an outstanding network of spectacular mountain biking trails, has attracted the exciting launch of Grit MTB Festival—a grass-roots event for women (cis and trans) and non-binary riders. Set for November 15-17, 2019, the festival is based in Kessler Mountain Regional Park and includes a packed weekend of camping, meals, group rides, clinics and workshops. In addition, an optional race is scheduled, as well as a film screening, keynote speaker, yoga and a used-gear swap.
Whether you’re making your first trip to Fayetteville or you’re a lifelong native of the area, there is no better way to get a true picture of the vibrant and beautiful community than to carve out a few hours to take in the local trail system. The southernmost section of the Razorback Greenway, a 37.6 mile shared-use trail that traverses some of the prettiest countryside in Northwest Arkansas, runs through the heart of Fayetteville and alongside an array of unique stops that will turn a 10-mile local ride into a fantastic all-day adventure.
Originally launched in September of 2018, VeoRide, Fayetteville’s bike share program, offers a unique opportunity to experience the culture, shopping, dining and outdoors in the Fayetteville area.
With VeoRide, a dockless bike sharing system, users can locate, reserve and unlock available bikes at designated areas throughout downtown and the University of Arkansas campus. Featuring both traditional pedal and electronically assisted bicycles (e-bikes), thousands of students, visitors and locals have utilized the bike share program to take 72,000 rides in the program's first year.
The only thing better than leisurely traversing thirty miles of the beautiful Razorback Greenway on a bicycle is making the journey with three party-worthy pit stops along the way! Northwest Arkansas communities along the trail will again play host to the Square 2 Square ride, a wildly popular biannual event that brings out thousands of riders of all ages and experience levels to Fayetteville each fall and spring.
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