Thursday - Time Trial - Pro/Elite only
The first event is a time trial for the Pro category Women 1,2 and Men 1, as well as the Men 1,2 categories only. Devil's Den State Park is the site of the Thursday afternoon event, an uphill "Time Trial". Race Schedule to see the estimated start times in the time trial for all categories. Go to the start and catch some of the action as riders leave the start house; walk up the course (be careful of riders) or the finish line. Seeing these competitors cross the line completely exhausted is inspiring, emotional and a little a painful. Directions to Devil's Den State Park, 1133 West Arkansas Highway 74 Winslow, Arkansas 72959. Depending upon arrival time, you must use the appropriate entry to the park. Before 11am arrival - take I-49 south to exit 45, turn west/right on Hwy. 74. After 11am arrival - take I-49 south to exit 53, turn west/right and then proceed south on Hwy 170 to Devil's Den State Park. See Course Details and Maps for more information.
If you've not been to Devil's Den State Park before, you're in for a real treat. Be sure to visit in the fall, the leaves are spectacular!
Friday - Road Race - Pro/Elite only
The second event is a road race for the Pro category Women 1,2 and Men 1, as well as the Men 1,2 categories. The finishes of all three races will be on Church Street in the heart of downtown Fayetteville and the retail and entertainment district of Fayetteville. The anticipated finish for the women's race is approximately 2:45 PM, the Men 1,2 race 3:15 PM and the Pro men's race is 4:00 PM.
A bike race finish is an all-out sprint that no matter how tired the riders are or how long they've been in the saddle; they sprint like there is no tomorrow! Come enjoy the shopping, restaurants, live music and happy hours before and after the races. Oh did we mention - fans and spectators of a bike racing event pay no admission - it's FREE!
Saturday morning - Time Trial - amateurs only
Devil's Den State Park is once again the site of the amateur Saturday morning Time Trial. The pros have the morning off, but the USAC (amateur) categories will be trying to get the legs going so they can put in a good time up the hill. See Race Schedule to see the estimated start times in the time trial for all categories. Park access will be from Hwy. 170 / exit 53 out of West Fork. See additional details above. Click on Course Details and Maps for more information.
Saturday - Road Race - all levels
The third event for the Pro 1 Men, Men 1,2 and Pro Women 1,2 and the first event for the amateur category riders will be a road race. The course will take the competitors from Fayetteville, Arkansas to the Hogeye loop. From Hogeye riders will proceed on the tradition 23-mile loop. There are two main areas for prime viewing:
1. The start/finish of the road race take place in Fayetteville, Arkansas at the intersection of 15th and Razorback by the baseball stadium. See Race Schedule for estimated finish times in the Saturday road race for all categories.
2. "The Wall", found on Hwy. 156 approximately 3 miles east of the intersection of Hwy. 265 and Hwy. 156, is a difficult climb for the riders, as well as the "feed zone" area. Please be respectful of the residents in the area and the racers that will be riding on the course. We encourage you to park at the white church as you enter Hogeye and walk, but if you decide to drive to "The Wall" area, please drive past the "feed zone" and park off the road.
Sunday - Criterium - all levels
The final and the most spectator-friendly stage of the events. The Start/Finish line and vendor expo will be at the intersection of Center St. and Church Ave. The criterium is the final stage of the Joe Martin Stage Race with the leaders from the previous stages looking to hold their advantages while the other competitors try to overtake them in the overall standings. The racing action is fast and furious with riders going at speeds over 35 miles per hour around ninety-degree turns with handlebars and shoulders touching.
You will find some of the streets blocked to traffic in the downtown area, but park your car in one of the many open parking lots available on Sunday or on Mountain St., or portions of Center St. The walk will be worth the effort. Bring the family and enjoy the vendor expo, free kid's ride, community cruiser parade and some exciting racing action on the streets of downtown Fayetteville.