The R.A.P.T.O.R. Gravel Grinder returns to Fayetteville on Saturday, December 5. The gravel road race will feature multiple races distances and a new start line at the Experience Fayetteville Visitors Center, 21 S. Block Ave.
Cyclists can choose between three courses of varying distances including 70+, 50+ and 30+ mile options. Racers can expect a mix of pavement, gravel and even single-track trails - with a gravel-specific or mountain bike recommended to handle the courses.
While parts of Fayetteville’s Centennial Park at Millsap Mountain are still officially under construction, a selection of intermediate mountain bike optimized trails are now open to the public and ready for knobby tires!
Seated in the Ozark Mountains and home to the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville is known as a prominent academic center. Fayetteville’s innovative personality and artistic expression can be found flowing from the University’s campus and into the streets - in the form of public art.
Highlighted by the Razorback Greenway and the multiuse paved trails woven throughout Northwest Arkansas, the bi-annual Square 2 Square Bike Ride (originally scheduled for September 19) is rolling into a virtual format this fall!
While a good portion of Fayetteville’s Centennial Park at Millsap Mountain is still under construction in the southwest area of the city, the future home of the 2022 UCI Cyclocross World Championships has opened the first of a series of mountain bike trails - with more nearing completion.
A Rich History of Road Riding Awaits Cyclists in Fayetteville
A Fayetteville tradition, groups of spandex-clad cyclists have been taking to the scenic roads surrounding our community for decades. Low traffic density, high road quality, diverse mountain topography and route accessibility make for an iconic road riding experience. From Fayetteville, one of the largest county road networks in Arkansas offers over 400 miles of picturesque paved roads and the mild fall and winter seasons make the area popular for off-season team training.
While historically known for world-class road cycling, the counties surrounding Fayetteville feature considerable amounts of gravel riding options. Fayetteville and all of Washington County boasts over 500 miles of accessible gravel roads alone.
Fayetteville, Arkansas is home to a large portion of the NWA Razorback Greenway - a 40-mile off-street paved trail system that, starting from Mount Kessler Regional Park and the official “Mile Zero”, winds through our Southtown, Downtown, and Uptown areas.
With no shortage of trailside stops, you and your family will find easy access to local food and refreshments all along the way. Here is a selection of routes to make an afternoon or day out of the NWA Razorback Greenway and Fayetteville’s extensive network of trails.
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