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Arkansas Cycling Events Coming Up In 2024


With warmer weather approaching, cyclists in Arkansas can start marking their calendars for the upcoming riding and racing season.

Dates and registration details have been emerging almost weekly since the middle of December, whether on social media or any of the popular registration websites.

Below is a look at the upcoming season (so far), including some old and new cycling events for those looking for some fun miles in 2024. If you’d like to add an event to this list, just let us know.

March 3 – Redemption Enduro / Eureka Springs / MTB

The Southern Enduro Tour continues its 3-state run with the Redemption Enduro at the Great Passion Play mountain bike trails in Eureka Springs on Sunday, March 3. Current prices range from $80 to $100 for competitors or $30 for a pass to ride the course for fun (register here).

March 9 – Cinnamon Roll / Goshen / Gravel

This free event, which is both a bike giveaway drive and a pre-ride to review portions of the Highlands Gravel Classic race course in April, is hosted by the City of Goshen along with Pedal It Forward (info here).

March 16-17 – Wildcat Marathon and Northwoods Enduro / Hot Springs / MTB

A full weekend of events is on tap March 16-17 in Hot Springs with the Wildcat Marathon mountain bike endurance races and the Northwoods Enduro, which is also part of the Southern Enduro Tour. Current Wildcat prices range from $60-$80 (register here), while the Northwoods Enduro pricing follows the same current $80-$100 fee structure as the Redemption Enduro earlier in the month (register here).

March 23-24 – Ouachita Challenge / Hot Springs / Gravel & MTB

The Ouachita Challenge returns to Oden for a two-day event on March 23-24. Up first is a 100k gravel race on Saturday that organizers said will use some of the same roads as Sunday’s mountain bike race. Current prices range from $70 for the gravel grinder to $90 for the mountain bike race or $140 for both (register here).

March 29 – Doom / Jasper / Gravel

There are a few spots left for those brave enough to tackle the annual DOOM event, which features a 400-mile (or shorter 200-mile) bike-packing race that starts and ends at Horseshoe Canyon Ranch. Current prices range from $66.60 for returning Doomers or $100 for new souls (register here).

April 3-7 – U.S. Pro Cup / Fayetteville / MTB

The U.S. Pro Cup is set for April 3-7 and is part of a series of races that feature Olympians, world champions, and national champions competing for last-minute critical qualifying points ahead of the Summer Olympic Games in Paris. Current prices are $30-$99 (register here).

April 6-8 – Boston Mountain Eclipse Challenge / Witts Springs / Gravel

The 50-mile Boston Mountain Eclipse Challenge is set for April 6-8 and includes teams of four who will stop at several locations to complete challenges before riding to the next stop. The current price is $400 per team (register here).

Danielle Larson, Crystal Anthony and Aubrey Drummond stand on the podium after the Avoca Road Race on May 25, 2022. (Flyer photo/Todd Gill)

April 13 – Hazel Valley Rally / Fayetteville / Gravel

Registration for the annual Hazel Valley Rally opened on Jan. 17 and quickly filled up, so if you didn’t get registers, your only option at this point is to hop on the waiting list and keep your fingers crossed (register here).

April 14 – NWA Spring Classic Road Race / Prairie Grove / Road

The Arkansas road season begins Sunday, April 14, with the annual NWA Spring Classic Road Race, which starts and ends at Prairie Grove Elementary School. Current prices for the USA Cycling-sanctioned event range from $35-$60 and include distances from 13 to 72 miles, depending on the category (register here).

April 17 – Natural State Criterium Series / Springdale / Road

Weeknight crit racing returns to downtown Springdale for another 3-race series beginning Wednesday, April 17. The USA Cycling-sanctioned, spectator-friendly events feature riders racing multiple loops around the downtown course and include several categories to choose from depending on comfort level and skill. Current prices are $15-25 per race (register here).

April 20 – Double Barrel / Bentonville / Gravel

Registration for this year’s Double Barrel gravel ride opened on Feb. 1 and quickly filled up, so the waiting list is your only option at this point (register here).

April 21 – Iron Mountain XC / Caddo Valley / MTB

The USA Cycling-sanctioned Iron Mountain XC race is on Sunday, April 21, in Caddo Valley. Current prices for the Arkansas Mountain Bike Championship Series event range from $20-$40, depending on the category (register here).

April 27 – Highlands Gravel Classic / Goshen / Gravel

The Highlands Gravel Classic will once again serve as the only qualifier race in the U.S. for the UCI Gravel World Championships. As part of the Gravel World Series, the top 25% of finishers in each age group will qualify for the world championships finale in Belgium. Current prices range from $70-$80 (register here).

More 2024 cycling rides and races in Arkansas

May 3-4 – Coler’s Noon2Moon / Bentonville / MTB (register here)
May 4 – Pedaler’s Bash / Bentonville / MTB (register here)
May 4 – Tour de Toad / Conway / Road (register here)
May 4-5 – Big Mountain Enduro / Mt. Nebo / MTB (register here)
May 5 – Ugly Gnome / Conway / MTB (register here)
May 8 – Avoca Road Race #1 / Avoca / Road (register TBA)
May 8 – Big Bear Bicycle Battle #1 / Conway / Road (register here)
May 11 – Femme Gravel 100 / Bentonville / Gravel (register here)
May 11 – Delta Grind / Helena-West Helena / Gravel (register here)
May 15 – Natural State Criterium #2 / Springdale / Road (register here)
May 17-18 – Rule of Three / Bentonville / Gravel (register here)
May 18-19 – Dirtsurferz Arkansas Enduro / Eureka Springs / Road (register here)
May 22 – Avoca Road Race #2 / Avoca / Road (register TBA)
May 22 – Big Bear Bicycle Battle #2 / Conway / Road (register here)
May 24-27 – Joe Martin Stage Race / Fayetteville / Road (register TBA)
May 24-26 – Bentonville Bike Fest / Bentonville / Mix (info here)
May 25-26 – Bike City Fondo / Fayetteville / Road (register TBA)
June 1 – Big Bear Bicycle Battle #3 / Conway / Road (register here)
June 1 – Single Speed Royal Rumble / Russellville / MTB (register TBA)
June 1 – Tour de BBQ / Bentonville / Road (register TBA)
June 2 – Old Post Challenge / Russellville / MTB (register here)
June 5 – Avoca Road Race #3 / Avoca / Road (register TBA)
June 9 – Battle of Townsend Ridge / Rogers / MTB (register TBA)
June 12 – Natural State Criterium #3 / Springdale / Road (register here)
June 19 – Avoca Road Race #4 / Avoca / Road (register TBA)
June 22 – True Grit Ride / Fort Smith / Road (register here)
June 23 – Arkansas Graveler / Fayetteville / Gravel (register here)
June 23 – River Valley Rumble / Fort Smith / MTB (register TBA)
July 3 – Avoca Road Race #5 / Avoca / Road (register TBA)
Sept. 7-8 – Hincapie Gran Fondo / Bentonville / Road (register TBA)
Sept. 14 – NWA MTB Championships / Devil’s Den / MTB (register TBA)
Sept. 22 – Kessler Mountain Jam / Fayetteville / MTB (register here)
Sept. 28 – Big Dam Bridge 100 / North Little Rock / MTB (register March 8)
Oct. 5 – Arkansas High Country Race / Russellville / Gravel (register July 4)
Oct. 5 – Pedals for Compassion / Magnolia / Gravel (register here)
Oct. 12 – Conway Fall Classic / Conway / MTB (register in June)
Oct. 13 – Little Sugar MTB / Bentonville / MTB (register March 1)
Oct. 18-20 – Outerbike / Bentonville / Expo (register here)
Oct. 19 – Big Sugar Gravel / Bentonville / Gravel (register March 1)
Oct. 26 – Chinkapin Hollow Gravel Grinder / Fayetteville / Gravel (register here)
Nov. 4-5 – Beast of Burden Race / Fayetteville / MTB (register TBA)
Nov. 8 – Güdrun MTB Festival / Hot Springs / MTB (register TBA)
Nov. 10 – Attila the Hun / Hot Springs / MTB (register TBA)

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Dustin Bartholomew is the co-founder of Fayetteville Flyer, an online publication covering all things news, art and life in Fayetteville, Arkansas since 2007. A graduate of the Department of English at the University of Arkansas and a lifelong resident of the area, he still lives in east Fayetteville with his son Hudson, daughter Evelyn, his wife Brandy, and his two dogs Lily and Steve. On occasion, he tickles the ivories in a local band called The Good Fear.

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