Cyclocross is a very specific type of bicycle racing held mostly in the Fall and Winter months. Cyclocross has parallels with mountain biking, cross-country cycling, and criterium racing. The course consists of many laps of a short course over a set time. Racers are measured in their quantity of laps, not distance covered. You can expect to encounter grass, dirt, mud, gravel, sand, and a whole slew of other assortments and combinations. Check out the video here.
Depending on your category, a race can be as quick as 30 minutes (for beginners), or as long as 60 minutes (for pros).
Courses will typically include barriers, as well as other ‘features’ that will necessitate hopping both off, and back onto, your bike. These barriers are considered obstacles. With very few exceptions, barriers are small enough for everyone to safely run through. Those skilled enough can hop their bikes right over them. Often there are hills, sand pits, and muddy sections that are too difficult or slow to ride, and a racer will shoulder their bike and run with it.
Cyclocross races go on regardless of bad weather. This means that if you look outside and see rain, snow, sleet, or shine, the show will still go on.
There are some tips and skills that come in handy in a cyclocross race. Luckily, there are some great groups in Northwest Arkansas offering practice sessions. Drop in on some practices or clinics to pick up some skills and have more confidence on the bike.
Yes! Cyclocross is a very spectator friendly sport! Bring the whole crew to join in on the fun! Spectating at the event is completely free! Come and see some exciting racing and check out the beautiful setting of Centennial Park at Millsaps Mountain. Bring the kids – have a picnic!
Centennial Park at Millsap Mountain is located off of MLK Jr. Blvd, just east of I-49. The park is accessible from Old Farmington Road. You can view a map on Google Maps.
The 2019 race will not use the exact World Championship course; that course will begin construction soon and will be available for races beginning in 2020. But – you will be able to see the park that will host the World Championships in its pre-development stage.
The Elite Women start at 3:00 pm on Saturday and Sunday and the Elite Men start at 4:15.
Yes, there will be a public bike washing stations located at the venue.
363 days a year, we LOVE your dog(s). The two days that make up FayetteCross are the exception. Unfortunately, dogs and bike races don’t mix. Please leave your dog(s) at home. If you have a cat, please take photos to post to Instagram before you arrive because they are not allowed either.
Yes! Amateur racers can race additional races on the same day for a $15 discount.
Onsite registration will open at 90 minutes before the first race on Saturday & Sunday. You can also register at the Friday Night Packet Pick up (watch for details about that soon!).
Yes! Space for team tents will be available on a limited basis with advanced reservations. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for details.
You may bring your RV to the race, we have parking space for vehicles like RV’s.
Please note: there is no overnight parking or camping at the park (due to insurance and zoning restrictions)
In addition to on-site registration pick up, you can pick up your number at the Friday Night Packet Pick-Up. Watch the website for more details.
The course will be open for pre-ride from 3:00 – 6:00 PM on Friday, October 4. You can ride the course at that time as long as you sign a Rider Liability Waiver (and wear the waiver wrist band) first.
Please note: the course will be closed and under construction until 3:00 PM Friday. Our insurance does not allow any riders on the course before that time and you will be asked to leave if you’re riding.
FayetteCross has made arrangements for special rates for racers and fans with several hotels that are located near the race. You can see the hotels listed on the slider on the homepage.
Pick up your race number from 5:30 to 8:00 pm at The Bike Route, 3660 N Front St #3, Fayetteville, AR 72703.
Enjoy a complimentary cold beer and save the hassle of standing in line on race day.
Yes, we’ll have all kinds of food available for racers and fans.
Of course! It’s not a cyclocross race without a beer!
Sure! Volunteers working a minimum of 4 hours per day will be reimbursed for one race. Contact us for more info.
Want to volunteer at FayetteCross? We can always use some helpers at the race to assist in lots of ways from course marshals, go-fers, registration helpers and other tasks. If you want to lend a hand and have some fun, send a note to email@example.com
Send your request to firstname.lastname@example.org