Fayetteville, Arkansas, to host 2021 UCI World Cup

October FayetteCross Leads to 2022 World Championships

The Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) Management Committee announced that Fayetteville will host a cyclocross World Cup as part of the 2021-2022 cyclocross World Cup schedule.

The third annual FayetteCross, and first time World Cup event, is scheduled for Wednesday, Oct. 13. It will be held at the 248-acre Centennial Park, home of the 2022 UCI Cyclocross World Championships.

As a World Cup, FayetteCross 2021 will offer a preview of the championship course and an opportunity for spectators to see the world’s best racers compete before the 2022 UCI World Championships set for Jan. 29-30, 2022. The event, which will feature athletes from more than 25 countries, is being held in partnership with Experience Fayetteville, the city’s convention and visitors bureau.

“I can confidently say there is no other cyclocross course like this in the United States, perhaps anywhere,” said Brook Watts, FayetteCross race director. “We have been building this course for the past 16 months, with each meter of the course dedicated to bringing the best out of this beautiful Fayetteville mountainside.”

“It has daredevil chutes, a lung-busting climb challenging off-camber sections plus a 38 step climb that will test the racers. And, to the delight of spectators, most of the course is accessible with ease, even the wooded sections.”

Experience Fayetteville CEO Molly Rawn said, “Fayetteville is ready to show the world its newest world-class course and welcome both racers and spectators to enjoy our bike-friendly community and all the fun experiences to be had during their stay.”

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About Centennial Park

Centennial Park is a 228 acres former agricultural site just minutes from the heart of central Fayetteville. Under the direction of the Fayetteville Parks and Recreation Department, the space has been developed into a dedicated cycling center with all-weather parking, mountain bike trails and a permanent mountain bike cross country and cyclocross race courses in anticipation of hosting cyclocross and mountain bike competitions at all levels from beginner to elite.

Watch this space for the technical guide.

dates and times

Schedule of Events

Tuesday October 12

2:00                             Official Training (120 minutes)

Wednesday October 13

8:00                             Gates Open

9:00                             Official Training (120 minutes)

12:00                           Official Training (60 minutes)

1:30                             UCI Cyclo-cross World Cup Women Elite Start (50 minutes)

2:30                             Women Elite Award Ceremony

3:00                            UCI Cyclo-cross World Cup Men Elite Start (60 minutes)

4:10                             Men Elite Award Ceremony

4:30                             Party Continues until 7:00 at Public Party Tent & Beer Garden


Times are Subject to Change

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When is the FayetteCross 2021?

FayetteCross 2021 will be on Wednesday October 13, 2021.

How many people do you expect to attend FayetteCross 2021?

We expect a few thousand fans will come to enjoy a Wednesday afternoon in the park. Some spectators will travel here from other nations, many more will be local residents with others traveling from outside of the Northwest Arkansas region.

Where will FayetteCross 2021 be held?

FayetteCross 2021 will be held at Centennial Park, in Fayetteville, Arkansas.

How many cyclists will be in Fayetteville and where are they from?

Over 200 of the world’s top cyclocross racers from more than 25 countries will compete in FayetteCross 2021.

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About Fayetteville

Fayetteville is located in Northwest Arkansas.  With a population of 75,000, it is the third largest city in Arkansas and is the home to the University of Arkansas with more than 27,500 students. It is also known for Dickson Street, the most prominent entertainment district in the state of Arkansas and home of the Walton Arts Center, a performing arts center that serves as a cultural center for the Northwest Arkansas area.  Fayetteville was ranked 8th on Forbes Magazine’s Top 10 Best Places in America for Business and Careers and Business Insider named Fayetteville the 2nd best place to live in the South in 2016. Fayetteville has a robust and active Convention and Visitor’s Bureau, Experience Fayetteville 

pandemic response


While there has been no part of the society which has remained shielded from the adverse effects of COVID-19 global pandemic, sporting events have been particularly hard-hit and cyclocross races are no exception. 

FayetteCross 2021 is committed to providing a safe environment for all race participants, spectators and all associated personnel and will adhere to the rules and regulations mandated by the CDC, the State of Arkansas Department of Health, as well as guidelines promulgated by  local county and city agencies. 

The FayetteCross 2021 Covid 19 Task Force will be implementing such strategies as may be necessary to promote healthy behaviors that reduce the possible spread of Covid-19 and that maintain healthy environments and operations.

All race participants, spectators and associated personnel are encouraged to obtain a Covid-19 vaccine when available, and irrespective of receipt of such vaccine, to continue to utilize personal prevention practices, such as handwashing, staying home when sick, maintaining 6 feet of distance, and wearing a mask.   All race participants, spectators and associated personnel are asked to stay home when appropriate (if you have tested positive for COVID-19, are showing COVID-19 symptoms, or have had a close contact with a person who has symptoms of COVID-19 within the past 14 days).