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41st ANNUAL JOE MARTIN STAGE RACE ATTRACTS TOP DOMESTIC AND INTERNATIONAL PRO AND AMATEUR CYCLING TEAMS, FAYETTEVILLE, AR  (2018).

The 1st edition of the Joe Martin Stage Race will kick off April 12 – April 15, 2018 in Fayetteville, Arkansas. 

When the late Joe Martin help begin the Fayetteville Spring Classic Cycle race in 1978, he might not have realized it would become one of the longest and continually held races in the country. Renamed after Martin’s death in 1988, will celebrate its 41st anniversary as an amateur race; 16th year on the USA Cycling Pro Road Tour (PRT) and the 4th year on the Union Cycliste International America's Tour calendars.  The PRT is the pro and elite amateur cycling tour of USA Cycling.  The JMSR has become one of the premiere events on the professional cycling tour.  “Being able to celebrate 40 years of any event, especially this race, speaks a lot about the community, the racers, and the fans that come and support it”, said Bruce Dunn, Race director and owner of All Sports Productions, Inc.

The 4-day, 4-stage race will offer thousands of dollars in cash and merchandise.  This year’s event-planners are expecting over 750 athletes from 27 countries and all 50 states to attend the race. 

NEW format in 2018.  The races begin Thursday, April 12 with a Pro Men, Pro Women and an Elite Men category road race finishing on top of Mount Sequoyah. Three epic new courses and a tough first day in the saddle. There will be great excitement and anticipation for the uphill finish!  Events begin at 11am and the first finishers are set to arrive at 2:30pm with the final finishers around 5pm.  There will be lots to see and do on the Mount. 

Friday, the Pro Men’s road race begins at 11:30 am for a distance of 110 miles.  The Pro Women will start their 64 mile race at 12:15 pm.  Both races will finish beginning at 2:45 pm in the downtown retail and entertainment district of Fayetteville, Arkansas

Saturday’s action begins at 8:00 am in Devils Den State Park with the uphill time trial.  The "Race of Truth" challenging riders on the switchbacks of this iconic course. There is also a Gran Fondo occuring in Prairie Grove that morning as well.  And that afternoon the amateur racers begin their weekend of racing with road race on the traditional Hogeye loop! 

Sunday’s criterium races, which are the most spectator friendly, start at 8:00 am. The Pro women's race is contested at 2:00 pm, Pro Men's race at 3:00 p.m and then the Elite Men 1, 2 wrap up action for the day from 4:30 p.m. There will be a special event for kids, ages 3-9 held at 1:45 pm.

"The really special thing about the Joe Martin is the people that return to Fayetteville after the race, said Dunn.  This race has attracted those riders back to the area for vacations with their families.  They come back every year for the race, but we know they are starting to come back because of the attraction of the area and the city of Fayetteville."