2019 Races + Events

These dates and details are subject to change, so make sure you check-in with organizers before you make plans. Let us know about your event at lindseymillar@arktimes.com.

 


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Runway Bike Park 2019 events

The Runway Bike Park is an outdoor bicycle skills training area at the Jones Center in Springdale. There you’ll find a pump track (the largest asphalt track in North America), a skills course and a bicycle playground.  

Monthly: Learn-to-ride classes for kids on strider bikes

April 25, May 2, May 9, May 16, May 23: Adult Thursday Time Trial Series

May 3: Corporate Games Challenge

June 1: An adult pump-track race for ages 16 and up.

Summer 2019 (date TBA): A three-day kids camp.

Fall 2019 (date TBA): Bike Park Festival for families, with racing.

Dec. 7: Santa’s Pump Trump Classic, a pump-track race for kids ages 3-15.

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For more info, visit thejonescenter.net.


Little Bellas Mountain Bike Camp

Sundays Through June 2

Blowing Springs Park, Bentonville

$250

Program for girls to make friends and learn mountain bike skills. No openings; register to sign up for the waitlist at littlebellas.com.

NWA Tough Guy Town XC Series  

May 21, 28

Slaughter Pen, Bentonville

Fees vary

The first in a series of mid-week Enduro races for riders of all abilities and ages (11 years and older). See toughguyproductions.com for more information and registration.

Little Rock Ride of Silence

May 15

12th and Main streets, Little Rock

A slow ride to the state Capitol to remember those killed while bicycling.

NWA Ride of Silence

May 15

Fayetteville, historic square

A slow ride from 7-9 p.m. to remember cyclists who have been killed or injured on public roadways.

Square 2 Square Bike Ride

May 18

Razorback Regional Greenway

$25

A 30-mile one-way ride from Fayetteville to Bentonville. Riders are welcome to start at any point along the trail if not able to ride the entire 30 miles. Along the course, participants can enjoy three festive pit stops featuring entertainment, bike maintenance services and basic ride refreshments. Contact Tiffany Hoover, thoover@fayetteville-ar.gov, for details.

R.A.P.T.O.R Cycling Relay

May 18

2200 Industrial Drive, Fayetteville

Fee varies

Four-person teams will compete over 193 miles with segments around 25 miles. Two-person teams and solo riders will compete on a 116-mile course. Competitors will be handicapped by time based on four criteria (USA Cycling category, age, gender and weight) to ensure competitiveness. Contact Bruce Dunn, bruce@allsportsproductionsinc.com, for more information.

Liv Ladies All Ride

May 18-19

Slaughter Pen, Bentonville

$295

A touring mountain bike clinic for women led by professional mountain biker Lindsey Richter. See ladiesallride.com for details.

NWA Tough Guy Town XC Series  

May 21

Coler Mountain Bike Preserve, Bentonville

Fees vary

The second in a series of mid-week Enduro races for riders of all abilities and ages (11 years and older). See toughguyproductions.com for more information and registration.

NWA Tough Guy Town XC Series  

May 28

Back 40, Bella Vista

Fees vary

The second in a series of mid-week Enduro races for riders of all abilities and ages (11 years and older). See toughguyproductions.com for more information and registration.

Tour de Rock

June 1

Riverfront Drive, North Little Rock

$45-$60

One of Arkansas’s largest cycling events, this CARTI benefit attracts riders from all over the South. Riders pick between four pancake-flat routes that wind and weave through Central Arkansas. With plenty of rest stops and support and an after-party with music, exhibitors, great food and a beer garden. Contact Jennifer Selig, Jennifer.selig@carti.com, for more information.


Ozark Valley Triathlon

June 2

Lake Wedington Recreation Park

$55-$120

The event includes an International Triathlon, a Sprint Triathlon, Aquabike and a Sprint Duathlon. The swim parts takes place in Wedington Lake; bike courses are on paved roads surrounding the park; and runs are on a two-loop course inside the park. With finisher medals, post-race food, awards and prizes. Contact Bruce Dunn, bruce@allsportsproductionsinc.com, for details.


Arkansas High Country Race

Sunrise, June 8

Clinton Presidential Center Park Bridge

The inaugural race on a new route that takes riders 1,000 miles north to the state’s border with Missouri and back to Little Rock again. Get more information at facebook.com/ArHCrace.

Le Tour de Tomato

June 8

101 E. Cedar, Warren

$30

A new event for the Bradley County Pink Tomato Festival. There will be 15-, 30- and 62-mile options, which will include aid/break stations. More info at runsignup.com/Race/AR/Warren/TourDeTomatoBicycleRide

Beast of Burden Endurance Race

June 22

Details TBA. Contact Brannon Pack, brannon.pack@gmail.com, for more information.

Pedals for Compassion

June 22

Magnolia

$45

A ride with 100K, 35-mile and 15-mile routes that benefits the Compassion’s Foundation Inc., a nonprofit organization that supports the Magnolia domestic violence shelter. See bikereg.com/41164 for more information.

True Grit Ride

June 22

7313 Terry St. , Fort Smith

$45

The 8th Annual True Grit Ride offers 10-, 30-, 45-, 62- and 105-mile courses while the guided mountain bike tour offers an 18-mile course. With support, a free T-shirt and other swag and live music. Visit truegritride.com for more info.

Arkansas State Time Trials

June 23

Little Rock
Details TBD. For more info, email pointman@aristotle.net.


Jumping Mini-Clinic

July 6

Bentonville

A training session for riders with two years of experience from Ninja Mountain Bike Performance. The goal is to have riders clearing a four- or five-foot gap at the end of the session.

Fat Tire Festival

July 12-14

Lake Leatherwood City Park, Eureka Springs

Details TBA. This is a yearly mountain bike festival including several competitive races as well as plenty of noncompetitive rides and activities for all. See fattirefestival.com for more information.

Open Streets Springdale

July 13

A festival aimed at demonstrating the importance of streets as public spaces. For more info, visit bikenwa.org.

AES Enduro Bella Vista

July 20

Back 40, Bella Vista

Part of the 2019 Arkansas Enduro Series. Details TBA. See arkansasenduroseries.com for more information.

Wampoo Roadeo

July 20

All Souls Church, 4601 Walker’s Corner Road, Scott

$15

A flat, fast road bike ride with 62-, 40- and 28-mile routes and four rest stops. The ride benefits the Marilyn Fulper Memorial Fund, which supports bicycle safety and education in Central Arkansas and bicycle-related nonprofits such as Recycle Bikes for Kids. Look for a watermelon feast, Loblolly ice cream and chocolate milk, live music and a bicycle raffle at the finish line party. Online registration at bikereg.com/wampoo-roadeo. Contact Charlie Hart, chart88@att.net, for more information

Rogers Cycling Festival

July 26-28

Entry fees vary

Rogers

Nine cycling events over two days: The Race for the Spike Road Race, an 11-mile, mass-start, time-trial against the Arkansas & Missouri Railroad train; beat the train and win an engraved railroad spike. Race for the Spike Mountain Edition, a 6-mile mountain bike time trial on the Lake Atalanta trails against the train; beat it, win a spike. The Frisco 5 Poker Ride, a family friendly 2-mile course on paved trails along Lake Atalanta. The Wheel Sucker, a three-person USA Cycling team time-trial over a 10-mile road course. The Family Glow Ride, where families are encouraged to decorate themselves and their bikes with glow paint and LED lights. The Walnut Valley Road Race, a USA Cycling-sanctioned road race around a 6.1-mile loop. The Rats Kids Mountain Bike Race, a singletrack race for kids ages 5-10. The Gambler MTB Endurance Race, a four-hour solo or team endurance race through the Lake Atalanta trail system. And the Whitney Gravel Ride, a 30-plus-mile route through gravel and other backcountry roads. See rogerscyclingfestival.com for more details.


Kessler Mountain Jam

Aug. 11

A family-friendly event with multiple race opportunities, including a cross country race that is part of the Arkansas Mountain Bike Championship Series. Also live music, food, and much more. More details TBA. See fayetteville-ar.gov/3416/Kessler-Mountain-Jam for more information.

Tri Fest for MS

Aug. 30-Sept. 1

Bentonville

Fees vary

Three triathlon distances, a 5K, and a dedicated night of kids triathlon. Register as an individual or as part of a relay team. See researchms.org for more information.

Conway Fall Classic Bike Tour

Sept. 21

Conway

Usually there are 20-, 40- and 60-mile routes. Details TBA. Visit cycleconway.com or contact Peter Mehl, cabcycleconway@gmail.com, for information.

Springhill Classic

Sept. 22

Barling (Sebastian County)

A cross country race on a 10-mile trail. Part of the Arkansas Mountain Bike Championship Series. More details TBA. See ambcs.com for more info.

FAST Coler Roller

Sept. 28

Coler Mountain Bike Preserve, Bentonville

Friends of Arkansas Singletrack’s third annual mountain bike festival. More details TBA. Contact Candice Kozark, candice@bikenwa.org for more information.

OZ Cross

Oct. 5-6

Part of the USA Cycling American Cyclocross Calendar. Details TBA. Contact Candice Kozark, candice@bikenwa.org, for more information.

OZ Trails Off-Road

Oct. 11-13

Bentonville

$70-$130

Three days of events, including a ride on singletrack, occasional double track and paved segments. Contact Aimee Ross, Aimee@bikebentonville.com, for more information.

Wheel A’ Mena

Oct. 12

Mena

A tour of the Ouachita Mountains along the Talimena Scenic Drive with multiple steep climbs. There are 30-, 50- and 70-mile routes. Go to wheelamena.org for more info.

Joe Weber Arky 100

Oct. 13

Sheridan Community Center 1511 S. Rose St., Sheridan

A ride-through along a 100-mile loop through rolling farm, ranch and timberland with mostly very rural roads and supporting rest stops. The ride supports donations to the Boys and Girls Club, Bicycle Advocacy of Central Arkansas, League of American Bicyclists, Cystic Fibrosis, Firehouse Hostel and other worthy causes. Four ride options: 25-, 50-, 62- and 100-mile courses. See arkansasbicycleclub.org for details.

Lewis and Clark Urban Adventure Ride

Oct. 26

Lewis and Clark Outfitters, 4915 S Thompson, Springdale 

$15-$45

Three paved-trail ride options for riders of all levels of experience. Contact Bruce Dunn, bruce@allsportsproductionsinc.com, for more information.

Tour Duh Sunken Lands

Nov. 2

Southern Tenant Farmers Museum, Tyronza (Poinsett County)

The product of America’s greatest earthquake, the Sunken Lands are home to unique lowland swamps and agricultural open spaces. Details TBA. Contact Linda Hinton, lhinton@astate.edu, for more information.

Growler Grinder

Nov. 30

GPP Cycling, 318 S. First St., Rogers

A 50k gravel grind in the Rogers area aimed at working off Thanksgiving. See gpp.events for more information.


The Ugly Gnome

May 18-19

Ender’s Fault Trail, Woolly Hollow State Park, Greenbrier

Fees vary 

USA Cycling license required 

A cross-country race for all ages and skill levels. Part of the Arkansas Mountain Bike Championship Series. There will be food and awards for participants. The park also has hiking and tent camping available as well as swimming, fishing and boat rental.   

See therideonline.net/theuglygnome for more information.


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AES Eureka Springs Enduro

May 18-19

The first race in the 2019 Arkansas Enduro Series and the first stop on the Enduro World Series’ North American Continental Enduro Series. Fully supported, with 10-12 unique stages, including one starting at the Crescent Hotel. The race will utilize trails at Lake Leatherwood and Passion Play. There will also be new lines created especially for the event. New this year is an expert women’s category. More than $5,000 in cash and prizes. See arkansasenduroseries.com for more information.

Arvest Dirty Fondo

May 19

Historic Marlsgate, 2695 Bear Skin Lake Road, Scott

$90

A gravel grinder with levee crossings and plenty of scenic bridges to traverse presented by Recycle Bikes for Kids. With 48- and 28-mile gravel routes as well as an 18-mile half-gravel, half-paved route. See bikereg.com/41410 for details and registration.

Pedals for Compassion

May 22

Magnolia

$45

A ride with 100K, 35-mile and 15-mile routes that benefits the Compassion’s Foundation Inc., a nonprofit organization that supports the Magnolia domestic violence shelter. See bikereg.com/41164 for more information.

Highway 71 Pastry Tour

May 26

Walker Park, 10 W 15th St., Fayetteville

A supported ride with local pastries stocked at reststops along the way. Proceeds benefit the Breakaway Cycling Team. Contact breakawaycyclingteam@gmail.com for more information.

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Battle for Townsend’s Ridge

June 9

Hobbs State Park, Rogers

USA Cycling license required 

Part of the Arkansas Mountain Bike Championship Series. Contact Brannon Pack,
817-980-1048, for more details.

Ladies Duathalon

June 9

Veterans Memorial Park, Fayetteville

$45-$75

Run, ride and run again around Lake Fayetteville in this ladies-only duathlon. Each run will be 2 miles and the biking will be 11 miles, all of which will be on paved trail. Register at fayetteville-ar.gov/recreation.

Blackeyed Susan Young Crops Ride

June 15

Lepanto Fire Department, 728 Greenwood Ave., Lepanto

$60

See Blakeyed Susans and young row crops in this ride through Northeast Arkansas, which travels through or near Wilson, Hampson Archeological State Park and Johnny Cash’s boyhood home. Registration begins at 9 a.m. A light mid-ride meal will be served at the Wilson Cafe, and there will be a watermelon and ice cream social in Lepanto after the ride.

AES Enduro Mt. Kessler

June 22

Kessler Mountain, Fayetteville

Part of the 2019 Arkansas Enduro Series. Details TBA. See arkansasenduroseries.com for more information.

Arkansas State Criterium Championships

June 22

State Capitol grounds, Little Rock

Champions will be crowned in 11 category and age brackets. Presented by Central Arkansas Velo (CARVE). For more info, email pointman@aristotle.net.

Cane Creek Timberland Mountain Bike Race

June 23

Cane Creek State Park, Star City (Lincoln County)

A mountain bike race on an 8-mile loop through the forests of Southeast Arkansas’s Cane Creek State Park. Primitive tent camping sites are open for anyone associated with the race and cost $2 to stay Saturday and Sunday. For more info, call 870-628-4714 or email canecreek@arkansas.com.


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Eureka Springs Multisport Festival

July 19-21

Eureka Springs

Fees vary

A three-day multisport festival consisting of a sprint distance triathlon on Friday afternoon, Gran Fondos on Saturday morning and running races on Sunday. Participants can enter individual events or take on “Eurekan” challenges. A “Full Eurekan” must complete the triathlon, 100-mile bike ride and the 10K run. A “Half Eurekan” must compete in the triathlon, 62-mile bike ride and 5K run. Contact Bruce Dunn, bruce@allsportsproductionsinc.com, for details.


Arkansas Bike Summit

Aug. 1 & 2

Bentonville

Details TBA. Contact Aimee Ross, Aimee@bikebentonville.com, for more information.

Tour De Cure

Aug. 3

8 Street Market, 801 SE Eighth St., Bentonville

Fees vary

A run/cycle race to benefit the fight against diabetes. With road cycle routes of 10, 20, 50, 62.5 and 100 miles and mountain bike routes of 10 and 20 miles. There will be safety marshals and safety vehicles, fully stocked rest stops and more.  For more information, contact Haley Pratt, hpratt@diabetes.org or 479-464-4121 x 6872.

Crystal Bridges Endurance Gravel Grinder

Aug. 3

Siloam Springs

Details TBA. Contact David Vansandt, 479-549-5229, for more information.

AES Enduro Red Star

Aug. 10

Ozark National Forest, near Boston Mountain.

Part of the Arkansas Enduro series. This race takes place on the Upper Buffalo Mountain Bike Trail that offers about 40 miles of singletrack surrounding the highest point in the Ozark Mountains. See arkansasenduroseries.com for more information.

WalStreet Member Bike & Brew

Sept. 6

Bike Rack Brewing Co., 801 SE Eighth Street, Bentonville

A cycling social sponsored by the Greater Bentonville Area Chamber of Commerce. For more info, visit greaterbentonville.com. 

Square to Square

Sept. 7

Razorback Regional Greenway

$25

A 30-mile, one-way ride from Fayetteville to Bentonville. Riders are welcome to start at any point along the trail if not able to ride entire 30 miles. Along the course, participants can enjoy three festive pit stops featuring entertainment, bike maintenance services and basic ride refreshments. Contact Tiffany Hoover, thoover@fayetteville-ar.gov, for details.

INNOVATION CYCLES FESTIVAL

Sept. 13-15

Talks, workshops and social events on the future of cycling with a special focus on e-bikes. E-bike demoes will be available to the public. See innovationcyclesfestival.com for more info.

Devil’s Den AMBCS Race

Sept. 14

Details TBA. See ambcs.com for information.

AES Enduro Coler

Sept. 20-22

Coler Mountain Bike Preserve

The fifth and final race of the 2019 Arkansas Enduro Series. See arkansasenduroseries.com for more information.


Big Dam Bridge 100

Sept. 28

Big Dam Bridge, Little Rock

Fees vary

Arkansas’s largest cycling event offers several routes, ranging from 15 and 100 miles, with some beautiful mountain and river scenery, as well as a few challenging hills on the longer routes. The event provides participants with maps, well-stocked aid stations, volunteer support, and an event T-shirt, a unique finisher medal, food and drinks. The event finish line ends in the Argenta District of downtown North Little Rock with a block party and live music. See thebigdambridge100.com for more information.


Outerbike

Oct. 25-27

$85-240

Bentonville

The world’s premier bike and gear manufacturers set up at the Outerbike expo site for its second year near Crystal Bridges in Bentonville. Browse the latest innovations, pick a bike to try and take it for a ride. See outerbike.com for more information. See outerbike.com for more info.


R.A.P.T.O.R Gravel Grinder

Nov. 23 

Mt. Sequoyah Retreat Center, 150 N. Skyline Drive, Fayetteville

$50

A race on a mixture of pavement, gravel and some singletrack dirt with three distances from which to choose: 25-35 miles, 45-55 miles and 65-75 miles. The course map will be published at 8 a.m. Contact Bruce Dunn, bruce@allsportsproductionsinc.com, for details.


Past Events

Kodiak Tough Wildcat Marathon and Northwoods Enduro

Feb. 16-17

Cedar Glades Park

461 Wildcat Road, Hot Springs

Fees vary 

Part of a weekend of events, the Wildcat Marathon is the Arkansas Mountain Bike Championship Series season opener at the Northwoods Trails. The 22-mile marathon course combines trails from Northwoods and Garland County’s Cedar Glades trails; the race covers the loop twice. It’s the first of five races in the Arkansas Mountain Bike Championship Series Marathon Series. The Enduro on Feb. 17 covers 20 miles in a loop mostly in Northwoods. Enduro pre-party and course viewing on Saturday at Superior Bathhouse brewery. See bikereg.com/41587 for more information and registration.

Cross Winds Classic

Feb. 24

Stone Links Club House, 110 Hwy. 391 N, North Little Rock

$10-$55 

A road race around a 12.8-mile loop for juniors (18 and under), men and women with cash prizes. USA Cycling rules will be followed. Experienced racers — CAT 4 and above — must have a current license to ride. Advance registration discounts via usacycling.org. Onsite registration begins 7 a.m. Feb. 24.  

Rogers Roubaix

March 2

GPP Cycling, 318 S. 1st St., Rogers

$35-$55

A 50K and 100K race that travels into Missouri on paved and gravel surfaces. Rain or shine and self-supported. The ride will conclude with free food and beer on the back deck of GPP Cycling Shop. See gpp.events for more information.

Lake Greeson three-day tour

Feb. 22-24

Likely beginning at the Glenwood Country Club (Pike County)

Riders must be members of the Arkansas Bicycle Club.

A three-day tour that makes a counter-clockwise loop around Lake Greeson passing through Daisy State Park and Kirby. See arkansasbicycleclub.org or contact John Linck, JELMarine@aol.com, for more information. 

Hazel Valley Gran Prix

Feb. 23

Hazel Valley Ranch, 16330 Olive Road, Fayetteville

Free

A ride, not a race, that runs through 55 miles of challenging gravel roads and several 30-plus-minute climbs and includes an incredible view atop White Rock Mountain. Expect to complete the journey in 4-6 hours. See ozarkcyclingadventures.com for more information.

St. Francis Gravel Classic

March 2

Mississippi River State Park, Mariana 

$65 before Feb. 24 (prices increase thereafter)

A gravel grind with 12-, 25- and 55-mile routes, all of which start at the Mississippi River State Park and travel around Bear Creek Lake. The top three male and female finishers in each distance will receive prizes. More information at runsignup.com/Race/AR/Marianna/StFrancisGravelClassic

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Joe Martin Stage Race

April 4-7

In and around Fayetteville

Fees vary

A four-day, four-stage professional men’s and women’s race that’s part of both the USA Cycling Pro Racing Tour and the Union Cycliste Internationale America Tour. More than 750 cyclists from 27 countries and all 50 states are expected. For racers and spectators, it’s a chance to potentially see cyclists who might go on to race in the Olympics or big European races. The event also includes a two-day, three-stage amateur race. For more information, visit Joemartinstagerace.com or call 479-521-7766.

Tough Guy MTB Town Series

March 12, 19, 26

Coler Bike Preserve, Bentonville

Fees vary

A series of mid-week, short-track, cross country bike races for riders of all abilities and ages (11 years and older). See toughguyproductions.com for more information and registration.

Bad Moon Rising

March 23

489 Bunch Springs Road, Berryville

$20-$80

Solo and team racing night racing through a 4-mile course through the fields and lowland forest of Trimble Ranch. With complimentary camping and craft beverages, communal bonfires and food available. Onsite registration and campgrounds open at 4 p.m. on race day. The course will be available to pre-ride from 4-5 p.m. Racing starts at 6 p.m. and runs until midnight. Proceeds go toward volunteer trail advocacy in Carroll County. Contact Brannon Pack, brannon.pack@gmail.com, for more information.

Bicycle Ride Around Arkansas

March 31-April 6

Arkansas Bicycle Club membership required 

Last year’s ride traveled from Camden to Magnolia, El Dorado, Moro Bay, Smackover and back to Camden. This year the Bicycle Ride Around Arkansas will be six days and travel from Forrest City over the Big River Crossing to Memphis. See arkansasbicycleclub.org for more details.

Ark-La-Tex Challenge

April 6

2901 Leopard Drive, Texarkana

$15-$50

Ride through three states with 35-mile or 70-mile routes. Other routes travel only through Arkansas and Texas. See arklatexchallenge.com for more information.

Double Barrel Poker Ride

April 6

11674 Arkansas 72, Bentonville

Free

Ride gravel loops of 15, 25, 43 or 67 miles that start and finish at the Benton County Quail Barn and pick up poker cards along the way. Afterward, there’ll be clay pigeon shooting, jambalaya, crawfish, local beer and live music. Contact Brandi Newton, brandi_N@phattirebikeshop.com for details.

Iron Mountain Enduro

April 7

Part of the Southern Enduro Series, details TBA.  See southernendurotour.com for more information.

Two Rivers Time Trial Training series

April 9, 16, 23, and 30, and May 7, and 14

9009 Pinnacle Valley Road, Little Rock

USA Cycling license requiredA 9.2-mile course that begins 200 meters to the north of the railroad tracks on Pinnacle Valley Road. Contact Peter Beland, pebeland@sbcglobal.net, for details.

Tour De Hills Bicycle Race and Tour

April 13

Harrison Parks and Rec., 202 S. Spring, Harrison

$45-$65

A race and tour through the famed Northwest Arkansas “Jasper Disaster” course with some 316 turns in 58 miles, plenty of scenic overlooks and multiple opportunities for wildlife sightings, including the Boxley Valley elk herd. See pirateperryevents.com/tour-de-hills.html for more information.

Pedaler’s Bash

April 13

The Pedaler’s Pub, 410 SW A St., Bentonville

$85-$100

A 45-mile marathon through 95 percent single track, including the trail systems of Slaughter Pen, Bella Vista, Blowing Springs and the Back 40. Part of the Arkansas Mountain Bike Championship Series Marathon Series. Entry fee includes Friday night pre-race meal 5-8 p.m. and post-party drinks, food and live music. Contact Kevin Benoch, kevinbenoch@yahoo.com, for details.

Highroller Cyclery Bentonville Tweed Ride

April 14

410 SW A St, Bentonville

With stops at Airship Coffee and Pedaler’s Pub, where there will be a live band. Contact Jeremy Ordaz, highrollercyclery@gmail.com, for more information.

Avoca Wednesday Road Series

March 20, April 10, May 1, May 22

Rogers

USA Cycling license required 

Racecourse follows a 6.1-mile loop on Avoca and Benton County roads. Contact Jason Evans, motox215@yahoo.com, for more information.

Ouachita Challenge

March 30-31

Oden Public School, Arkansas 135 School Drive, Oden (Montgomery County)

$100

USA Cycling license required

Two days of touring and racing on the Ouachita and Womble trails along a 60-mile loop. Part of the Arkansas Mountain Bike Championship Series Marathon Series. See ouachitachallenge.com for more information.

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Ozark Mountain Bike Festival

April 6-7

Devil’s Den State Park

Free

A family-friendly weekend with a big splash competition, hosted group rides, camping, cookouts and a schedule that includes rides and other activities for all skill levels. The event is free, but campsite reservation is available by calling Devil’s Den State Park at
479-761-3325. 


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Arkansas Wine Country 100

April 6

1700 Saint Mary’s Mountain Road, Altus

$50

A tour through the Arkansas Wine Country along the Arkansas River Valley with 17-mile, 35-mile, 100K, 80-mile and 100-mile rides, all of which begin and end at Post Familie Winery. The tour is part of the Wine, Wheels, & Wellness Festival hosted by Post Familie Winery. Proceeds benefit Arkansas Children’s Hospital. Contact amandawdicken@gmail.com for more information.


The Dirt Church MTB Festival

April 13-14

937 Passion Play Road, Eureka Springs

$28-75

This inaugural event includes racing, inflatables for the kids, lawn games, food and a raffle for all participants on Sunday. Information about the courses and prizes will be announced soon. See jaggedaxetraildesigns.com/dirtchurch for more information.

River Valley Duathlon

April 14

7308 Ellis St., Fort Smith

$30-$50

The 2nd Annual River Valley Duathlon is a 5K run/11-mile bike/5K run race around the roads of Fort Chaffee. Proceeds go to the River Valley Skin Cancer Alliance, Reynolds Cancer Support House and the Melanoma Research Foundation. Participation medals will be awarded. Email rvska@yahoo.com for more information.

Tour de Toad 2019

May 4

The 12th Annual Tour de Toad takes off at 11 a.m. (9 a.m. registration and packet pick-up) at the Conway Municipal Airport. An official event of Toad Suck Daze, Tour de Toad raises funds to increase literacy in Central Arkansas while encouraging a healthy lifestyle through a fun cycling event. literacyactionar.org/events/tour-de-toad

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NWA Tough Guy Town Enduro Series 

April 16

Coler Mountain Bike Preserve, Bentonville

Fees vary

The launch of a series of mid-week Enduro races for riders of all abilities and ages (11 years and older). See toughguyproductions.com for more information and registration.

Cardiac Classic

April 20

Burns Park, North Little Rock

$25-$60

A ride presented by the Arkansas Heart Hospital to raise awareness about cardiovascular disease and promote physical activity to improve cardiovascular health. With 100K, 20-mile, 35-mile and 50-mile routes. Contact Gretchen Wood at gretchen.wood@arheart.com or 501-297-4398 for more information.

Two Rivers Time Trial Training series

April 23 And 30, and May 7 and 14

9009 Pinnacle Valley Road, Little Rock

USA Cycling license required

A 9.2-mile course that begins 200 meters to the north of the railroad tracks on Pinnacle Valley Road. Contact Peter Beland, pebeland@sbcglobal.net, for details.

NWA Tough Guy Town Enduro Series 

April 23

Back 40, Bella Vista

Fees vary

The second in a series of mid-week Enduro races for riders of all abilities and ages (11 years and older). See toughguyproductions.com for more information and registration.

NWA Spring Classic

April 28

801 Viney Grove Road, Prairie Grove

$20-$45

USA Cycling License required

Road races on 24-mile and 13-mile courses. Part of the USA Cycling Road Development Race Series. See nwaspringclassic.com for details.

Caddo Valley MTB Festival

May 4

Skyline Drive, Arkadelphia 

Fees vary

Event includes the Iron Mountain Man Mountain Bike Marathon and the Dawg Days Cross Country Mountain Bike Race. Contact DLTevents@yahoo.com for more information.

Tour de Hoot

May 4

205 N. Washington Ave., 

McGehee

$40

The ride ranges from 25- to 100-mile routes on flat paved rural roads, with police and sag support. Each registered participant receives a swag bag that will include Tour de Hoot socks. There will be indoor and outdoor camping available as well as showers after the event. All proceeds from this event directly support the Boys and Girls Club of McGehee. Contact Tommy Carrol, tcarroll@bgcmcgehee.org, for more information.

Arkansas NICA Spring Adventure Program

May 4-5

Detail TBD.

Women Shred

May 8-11

Bentonville

Free

Group rides, workshops, bike shows, an expo and more. For more info, visit womenshred.com

24-Hour Epic Race

May 11-12

Siloam Springs

$100

A 24-hour race with the entrant completing the most laps, trails and “logging roads” to be crowned the winner. Details TBA. Contact Oddvar Naustvik, oddvarnaustvik@me.com, or 479-549-5229, for more information.

NWA Tough Guy Town XC Series  

May 14, 21, 28

Slaughter Pen, Bentonville

Fees vary

The first in a series of mid-week Enduro races for riders of all abilities and ages (11 years and older). See toughguyproductions.com for more information and registration.


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Iron Pig Festival

April 20

Fayetteville Executive Airport, 4500 S. School, Fayetteville 

Fees vary

A festival with four events: a duathlon (5K run, 30k bike, 5K run) with both individual and team categories; a 5k; a fun run; and a 17-mile bike time trial. The bike course is out and back on U.S. Highway 71 with only a 300-foot elevation change. Contact Bruce Dunn, bruce@allsportsproductionsinc.com, for details.


England-Keo Lions Club Mini Fondo

April 27

First Baptist Church, 201 E. Haywood, England

$35

A 25-mile fun ride designed to spotlight the beauty of cycling in the England-Keo region. The final destination is lunch at Geautreaux’s. Morning refreshments, homemade snacks and lunch included. Proceeds benefit the England-Keo Lions Club. Contact Larry Cyr, larry.cyr@aacet.net, for details.

NWA Tough Guy Town Enduro Series 

April 30

Mount Kessler, Fayetteville

Fees vary

The third in a series of mid-week Enduro races for riders of all abilities and ages (11 years and older). See toughguyproductions.com for more information and registration.

Avoca Wednesday Road Series

May 1, May 15, May 22, May 29

Avoca

USA Cycling license required 

Racecourse follows a 6.1-mile loop on Avoca and Benton County roads. Contact Jason Evans, motox215@yahoo.com, for more information.

Joe Martin Gran Fondo

May 4 

Walker Park, Fayetteville

Fees vary

Five new road courses (13-, 25-, 66- and 85-mile options) and two gravel courses (38- and 44-mile options). See joemartingranfondo.com for more information.

Ride Like a Mountain Man

May 4

Sulphur Creek Outfitters, 620 South Seventh Street, Heber Springs

$25-$50

The event includes a 55-mile route around Greers Ferry Lake, a 20-mile route through and around Heber Springs and a 10-mile ride for beginners or those just wanting a more laid back ride. Participants receive admission to the spaghetti dinner and kids rodeo and a T-shirt and goody bag. Finishers also receive a unique finishers pin/medal. See gfltc.com/rlamm.html for more information.

65 Roses Tour

May 11

Spring Park, 401 S. Main St., Searcy

$25-$45

Three routes are available — 65-mile, 35-mile and a 10-mile family fun ride. The 65-mile route is about 2,800 feet of climbing through back roads and farmland. The 30-mile route is easier with just one hill. Food and refreshments will be provided. The name of the tour was inspired by a young child with cystic fibrosis who thought the name of his disease was “65 roses.” All proceeds go to cystic fibrosis research. Contact Bruce Berkheimer, brucekevinberkheimer@yahoo.com, for more information.

Inner City Classic

May 11

1212 East Sixth St., Little Rock

$45 registration before April 11 ($55 April 12-May 10, $65 day of ride)

A ride with 20-, 40- and 62-mile options. Riders depart from The Rail Yard in the East Village and return to enjoy Count Porkula BBQ after the ride. Proceeds send kids to Young Life camp. Contact Mike Sells, mike@sellsagency.com, or 501-912-1500 for more information.